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    1: Angler Fish 

Case #0122204. Statement of Nathan Watts, regarding an encounter on Old Fishmarket Close, Edinburgh. Original statement given 22nd April 2012.

  • Alluring Anglerfish: Something uses a lure in the form of a man asking for a cigarette in an attempt to ensnare Nathan.
  • Ambiguously Human: The figure in the alleyway asks for a cigarette without moving its lips, and its feet never touched the ground. As if it were hanging in midair. When Nathan tries to record it, they fold up like a piece of paper and are pulled away as if on a string... or a lure.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: After taking a tumble on a steep road, Nathan decides to have a cigarette to calm his nerves.
  • Info Dump: After testing his recorder, Jonathan starts the episode by describing his goals: to digitize the Institute's atrociously-organized archives. He also introduces his assistants (Sasha, Tim and Martin); as well as describing his animosity for his predecessor, Gertrude Robinson.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Averted with Nathan, who decides that if the creepy stranger really wants a cigarette he can darn well come out of the dark alley to get it, but played straight with the six probable victims.
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    2: Do Not Open 

Case #9982211. Statement of Joshua Gellespie, regarding his time in the possession of an apparently empty wooden casket. Original statement given 22nd November 1998.

  • Beardness Protection Program: Joshua hopes the beard he has grown in the months since meeting "John" will prevent the latter from finding or recognising him. It doesn't.
  • Coffin Contraband: Joshua finds himself looking after a strange coffin containing… something.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Over time, Joshua sort of gets used to the creepy coffin in his living room that makes noises and compels him to try and open it while sleepwalking. It's still immensely creepy, and he's more than happy when John and the movers arrive to get rid of it.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: The coffin in "Do Not Open" has those three words scratched on its lid. Thankfully, the protagonist isn't Too Dumb to Live and was smart enough not to do so. Though it's not for lack of trying on the part of the coffin.
  • Freestate Amsterdam: The statement begins with Joshua and his friends (all recent graduates) going on holiday to Amsterdam, for exactly the reasons you'd expect (though he also takes time to admire the architecture).
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Joshua does not want to know what's in the box, so he doesn't look when the delivery men and John come back for it, meaning the listener never learns either. Except that it does something to John, or John does something to it, that results in horrible screams and John vanishing.
  • Schmuck Bait: Averted, as Joshua is smart enough not to open the package from Breekon And Hope. John seems surprised and impressed that he's still alive, which suggests this has happened before and other people were not so smart.
  • Sleepwalking: Whatever is in the casket makes Joshua start doing this—he refuses to open it while he's awake, but he keeps waking up with the key in hand, headed for the lock. Luckily, cold wakes him up, so he's able to stop it by keeping the key in a block of ice.
  • Spot of Tea: How Joshua tries to calm himself down when the casket starts to disturb him.
  • The Nondescript: Joshua has tried to recall details about John's appearance over the years, but can only vaguely recall a short man with brownish hair

    3: Across the Street 

Case #0070107. Statement of Amy Patel, regarding the alleged disappearance of her acquaintance Graham Folger. Original statement given 1st July 2007.

  • Changeling Tale: The creature in this episode replaces its victim, and makes everyone believe that it's the person it replaced.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Whatever happened to Graham.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Applies to Graham at first, and Amy by the end of the episode.
  • Perception Filter: The creature in this episode has the ability to make everyone (except Amy) see it as its victim. Curiously, although it makes itself look human, it doesn't look like its victim, but everyone who sees it thinks that's what its victim has always looked like. Specifically, Graham has short dark hair, whereas Not-Graham has blonde curly hair, is shorter, and has a completely different face, but aside from Amy, nobody notices any difference.
  • Window Watcher: Amy confesses that this is her hobby. She does not enjoy being on the receiving end of it from Not-Graham.

    4: Page Turner 

Case #0132806. Statement of Dominic Swain, regarding a book briefly in his possession in the winter of 2012. Original statement given 28th June 2013.

  • Deadly Book: Ex Altiora. It's filled with images of tall mountains that induce a sense of vertigo in all who view them, and appears to have the ability to read minds, as it displayed a Lichtenberg figure identical to that which covered the body of Dominic's childhood friend after he got struck by lightning. This is the first Leitner tome encountered in the series.
  • Kill It with Fire: Gerard Kaey disposed of Ex Altiora by burning it in Dominic's trash can.
  • Spooky Painting: One of the woodcuts in the book Ex Altiora, of a starry sky, is strangely compelling. Dominic spends nearly an hour looking at it without realising it.

    5: Thrown Away 

Case #0092302. Statement of Keiran Woodward, regarding items recovered from the refuse of 93 Lancaster Road, Walthamstowe. Original statement given 23rd February 2009.

  • Creepy Doll: Disembodied doll heads are the first items to be found in the trash bags.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: As Alan loses sleep, Keiran notices the bags under Alan's eyes getting deeper, and sees him drink multiple energy drinks to get through his shift.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Unusually, all the teeth were identical, but in various states of decay.
  • Mysterious Note: Late one night Keiran receives a text from Alan that says "FOUND HIM." Alan doesn't respond to any of Keiran's texts, and Keiran never sees or hears from him again.
  • Sleep Deprivation: Alan becomes obsessed with discovering whoever is leaving the trash bags at number 93, so he begins watching the house at night. The lack of sleep takes its toll, until eventually he falls asleep at work, causes an accident, and is fired.
  • Stress Vomit: Keiran's coworker David vomits after the teeth spill out of the trash bag.

    6: Squirm 

Case #0140912. Statement of Timothy Hodge, regarding his sexual encounter with Harriet Lee and her subsequent death. Original statement given 9th December 2014.

  • Death by Sex: Immediately after Harriet and Timothy have sex, she dies.
  • Kill It with Fire: Timothy's response to seeing what happened to Harriet is to set his flat on fire. Given the circumstances, it was more than reasonable.
  • Nausea Fuel: When Timothy returns to the room, he finds that all that is left of Harriet is a warped mass of flesh covered in black liquid, and the walls and bed covered in a layer of writhing worms.
  • The Worm That Walks: Our first introduction to Jane Prentiss, via one of her victims.
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    7: The Piper 

Case #9220611. Statement of Staff Sgt. Clarence Berry, regarding his time serving with Wilfred Owen in the Great War. Original statement given 6th November 1922.

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Wilfred claims to have met "The War" on the battlefield, which he describes as a man-sized being with three faces and multiple hands holding various weapons, wearing an olive green wool coat with burned and scarred skin visible beneath.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Wilfred Owen, best known for his poem Dulce et Decorum Est, made a deal with the manifestation of War in order to survive, only to die upon the eve of the armistice.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Wilfred describes The War as having three faces, one of which did not open its mouth, for when it did, blood and soil would come gushing out.
  • Magical Flutist: The War plays scrimshawed pipes of bone with one of its three faces
  • The Problem with Fighting Death: Wilfred learns this lesson the hard way.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The doctor who treats Wilfred says that Wilfred has the worst case of shell-shock he's ever seen.
  • Shown Their Work: Pretty much all of the information regarding Wilfred Owen is accurate, down to him being found in a shell hole after several days.

    8: Burned Out 

Case #0071304. Statement of Ivo Lensik, regarding his experiences during the construction of a house on Hill Top Road, Oxford. Original statement given 13th March 2007.

  • Bloody Horror: When Ivo hits the tree with the crowbar, it bleeds.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: While working at the house one night, Ivo realizes he's alone, and then feels heat radiating from his bones that increases until he feels like he's cooking inside.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Ivo describes the walls of his father's study as being covered with drawings of fractals.
  • Spider Swarm: When Ivo takes the apple out of the box, it immediately shrivels and splits open, and hundreds of spiders come pouring out.

    9: A Father's Love 

Case #0020312. Statement of Julia Montauk, regarding the actions and motivations of her father, the serial killer Robert Montauk. Original statement given 3rd December 2002.

  • Call-Back: To Episode 7, wherein the name of the body that was found with Wilfred Owen is the same name as the defrocked minister who founded the Peoples' Church of the Divine Host - Maxwell Rayner.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Julia tells that her father, although a serial killer (who committed his murders during her childhood), always seemed to love her, and she believes his love was genuine. And unlike everyone else, she doesn't think her mother was one of his victims.
  • Killer Cop: Robert Montauk was a policeman and a serial killer.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The streetlights in Julia's neighborhood go out in succession, moving toward her house. Then there's a knock at the door, and then another, and another, with each one sounding less like a human, and more like wet meat slapping against the door.
  • The Power of Love: It's implied that Robert did what he did in order to protect Julia, though how or why or what from isn't clear.
  • Religion of Evil: Whatever the hell Robert Montauk is a part of, it's nothing good.

    10: Vampire Killer 

Case #0100710. Statement of Trevor Herbert, regarding his life as a self-proclaimed vampire hunter. Original statement given 10th July 2010.

  • Accidental Murder: Self-proclaimed vampire-hunter Trevor Herbert admits to having killed two people he's not sure were vampires and one who he since realised definitely wasn't, but he adds the latter was a violent criminal, so he doesn't lose much sleep over it.
  • Extremely Dusty Home: The house of Sylvia McDonald, who Trevor claims was the first vampire he killed, is covered in dust and mould except for a narrow strip along the floor where she walks, as if she has lived there for years but done absolutely nothing except walk through the place.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They cannot speak due to their throats not having room for anything but their tubular tongues, and instead communicate via hypnosis. They can also go out in sunlight.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly; a vampire hunter named Trevor features in an episode called Vampire Killer.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Trevor's sanity is called into question throughout the episode, due to being an alcoholic tramp.

    11: Dreamer 

Case #0151403. Statement of Antonio Blake, regarding his recent dreams about Gertrude Robinson, previous head archivist of the Magnus Institute. Original statement given 14th March 2015.

  • All Just a Dream: This episode reveals that the Magnus Institute rejects statements that can be attributed to dreams or hallucinations because they cannot be corroborated.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Antonio's statement, addressed directly to Gertrude, tells of the strange dreams he has had of various people's futures, including hers. Specifically, of their deaths.
  • Never Found the Body: A variant: "Antonio Blake" gave his statement under a pseudonym, making following up on it impossible for the Institute.
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    12: First Aid 

Case #01201102. Statement of Lesere Saraki, regarding a recent night shift at St. Thomas Hospital, London. Original statement given 11th February 2012.

  • Man on Fire: Two patients are brought into the hospital completely covered in burns, but with their clothes somehow unharmed.
  • No Body Left Behind: The body of the man stabbed by Gerard Keay instantly cremates itself.
  • Nominal Hero: Although Gerard Kaey does save Lesere from being trapped in the abandoned hospital, his motivations are incredibly obscure at best. And given how many different opposing factions there are, it's difficult to say what side he's really on...
  • Power Tattoo: One of the strange burned patients has tattoos of eyes on various parts of his body. Those are the only unburned bits of skin below his neck.

    13: Alone 

Case #0161301. Statement of Naomi Herne, regarding the events following the funeral of her fiancé, Evan Lukas. Statement recorded direct from subject, 13th January 2016.

    14: Piecemeal 

Case #0112905. Statement of Lee Rentoul, on the murder of his associate, Paul Noriega. Original statement given 29th May 2011.

  • Asshole Victim: Lee is a violent criminal and all-around unpleasant person. His victim wasn't exactly a saint, either.
  • Body Horror: Imagine your body being pulled apart, bit by bit, and mailed to you in cardboard boxes. This happened to the Victim of the Week: when his landlord went to clear his flat, they didn't find him... only 206 boxes scattered about.
  • Dramatic Deadpan: Lee is taken aback when Angela, a perfectly ordinary and harmless-looking old lady, talks calmly and matter-of-factly about having someone killed.
  • Evil Old Folks: Angela seems like a harmless little old lady at first, but Lee, himself a hardened, violent criminal, recognises in her eyes the look of someone extremely nasty.
  • Healing Factor: The body parts Lee loses don't come back, but the wounds they leave behind heal instantly.
  • London Gangster: Lee seeks revenge on a fellow criminal who double-crossed him.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Angela is a friendly old lady whom even Lee recognises as someone very nasty and who offers to kill someone for him. When he gets angry with her and lunges at her, he loses a hand and can't remember how it happened.
  • Sympathetic Magic: Angela can arrange someone's death as long as she has an object taken from the victim – not a gift, it has to have been taken.
  • Tongue Trauma: Implied. The box Lee received before giving his statement contained a tongue.

    15: Lost John's Cave 

Case #0149011. Statement of Laura Popham, regarding her experience exploring the Three Counties System of caves with her sister, Aleana Sanderson. Original statement given 9th November 2014.

  • Claustrophobia: Laura tries to make her way through a tunnel that gets tighter and tighter until she can no longer go forward. When she tries to go back, she finds a solid wall of rock behind her.
  • Hearing Voices: At one point Laura hears Aleana ask her in a low, grating voice how lost she was. Laura snaps that they aren't lost at are, but when she looks at Aleana, she sees that her sister has a confused look on her face.
  • Madness Mantra: From the addendum:
    "Take her, not me. Take her, not me. Take her, not me. Take her, not me. Take her, not me. Take her, not me.
  • Unreliable Narrator: That something traumatic and terrifying befell Laura and her sister in the caves is not in dispute but her account is contradicted by that of her rescuers at almost every turn.

    16: Arachnophobia 

Case #0150409. Statement of Carlos Vittery, regarding his arachnophobia and its manifestations. Original statement given 9th April 2015.

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Carlos is found dead, covered in webs.
  • Irrational Hatred: Carlos already hates spiders to begin with, even opening his statement as such, but the spider in this story inspires an intense rage beyond his usual distaste. Unfortunately for Carlos, the spider hates him right back.
  • Kung-Shui: Carlos kicks and smashes his television to kill the spider sitting on the screen.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I. Hate. Spiders."
  • Spiders Are Scary: Carlos is plagued by one particular spider. Even though it's not particularly big, there's something horrible about it. He eventually realises that it's somehow the same spider that started his arachnophobia when he was a child.
  • Spider Swarm: Carlos' encounter with this as a child is the origin of his fear of spiders.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Carlos' spider defense cat, Major Tom, outright refuses to go near the spider that's stalking Carlos. Over time he just straight up leaves the house, and eventually Carlos gives him over to a neighboring family.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Carlos is terrified of spiders, though his phobia is unusual – he has no problem with pictures or videos of spiders or even spider horror films, but seeing an actual spider, or knowing it's there, absolutely terrifies him.

    17: The Bone Turner's Tale 

Case #9991006. Statement of Sebastian Adekoya, regarding a new acquisition at Chiswick Library. Original statement given 10th June 1999.

  • Asshole Victim: Sebastian's childhood friend Jared is now a hoodlum who alternates between engaging in petty crime and stopping into the library to bully Sebastian. The Bone Turner's Tale takes control of him almost instantly and then slowly transforms him into a Humanoid Abomination.
  • Bloody Horror: All the books on the cart near The Bone Turner's Tale start bleeding. Sebastian was sort of expecting something like that.
  • Body Horror:
    • When Jared's mother returns to the library, Sebastian notices that her arm is strangely twisted in its sling.
    • In the Bone Turner's story, he yanks out one of the Miller's ribs to make a flute, killing him.
    • When Jared Hopworth proper returns to the library (or at least, something that has Jared's voice), Sebastian describes him as looking longer, and standing at an odd angle, as if his legs were stiff, and having sharp, pointed fingers. When Sebastian punches Jared, he feels Jared's ribcage shut tight around his hand, as if it were trying to bite him.
  • Deadly Book: The Bone Turner's Tale. As the name might suggest, it's a work of fiction that's presented as a story from the point of view of a pilgrim in Canterbury Tales, but without any sign that it was ever written in Middle English. Reading it gave Jared the ability to manipulate bone and flesh to the point where he was able to attach extra limbs. Naturally, it's from Leitner's library.
  • Genre Savvy: A reader of horror novels, Sebastian knows better than to directly touch the pages of the mysterious book that showed up out of nowhere and had a peculiar effect on the last guy who laid hands on it, as well as the guy's mother.
  • Human Resources: The Boneturner makes a flute out of the Miller's rib.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Sebastian initially gives chase when Jared steals the book but then he remembers the book isn't actually his problem or his responsibility. It doesn't even really belong to the library where he works. So he just lets it go and focuses on calling the police and making sure he keeps his own job, which he does. Unfortunately it is implied that this didn't stop Jared from tracking down and twisting him to death anyway years later.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Jared give himself a few modifications.
  • Public Domain Character: In the titular book, the Bone Turner turns out to be one of the pilgrims in Geoffery Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. And the Bone Turner does... something to the Miller.

    18: The Man Upstairs 

Case #0081212. Statement of Christof Rudenko, regarding his interactions with a first floor resident of Welbeck House, Wandsworth. Original statement given 12th December 2008.

  • Ceiling Banger: Cristof hears the man upstairs banging on the walls and floor upstairs for an hour on multiple occasions. However, he's always reluctant to confront him over it.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Christof says that while he came to recognize his other neighbors by passing them in the hall, other than the day he moved in, he never saw the man who lived above him.
  • Nausea Fuel: The descriptions of the state of the upstairs apartment. Rotting meat stapled to the walls, the floor, to every available surface.
  • Signature Scent: Christof describes his upstairs neighbor as having a smell halfway between "pavement after rain on a hot day" and "chicken that's starting to turn."

    19: Confession (I) 

Case #0113005. Statement of Father Edwin Burroughs, regarding his claimed demonic possession. Original statement given 30th May 2011.

  • Call-Back: This is the same priest Ivo Lensik got in contact with back in episode 8, and he gives his own side on some of the events from that case.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: As with Ivo in "Burned Out," Father Burroughs also feels intense heat with no apparent source when he visits the house on Hill Top Road.
  • Gagging on Your Words: Played for Horror. Father Burroughs is physically unable to profess his faith, speak Jesus's name, and just barely chokes out speaking of God. He mentions he can no longer pray as well.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: Averted. Catholic exorcism and the problems that prompt it are presented as being much less dramatic and horrific than the Hollywood version. Most of the time.

    20: Desecrated Host (II) 

Case #0113005-B. Continuation of the statement of Father Edwin Burroughs, regarding his claimed demonic possession.

  • For Doom the Bell Tolls: When the altar server in the weird mass opens his mouth, instead of words he makes the sound of a tolling bell. When Father Burroughs tries to speak there, the same thing happens. Later, when his former fellow priests visit him in prison, it's all he can hear when they speak to him.
  • Genius Bonus: When you look up the gospel reading, Mark 9:14-19, it is about Jesus healing a demon-possessed boy who cannot speak or control his movements due to the possession...
  • Twisted Eucharist: Father Borroughs takes part in a creepy, hallucinatory mass that ends with him taking communion. He notes that the texture of the wafer is wrong, only to realize that he's eating human flesh.

    21: Freefall 

Case #0022010. Statement of Moira Kelly, regarding the disappearance of her son Robert. Original statement given 20th October 2002.

  • Cliffhanger: Jonathan's follow-up at the end of the episode is interrupted by Martin bursting in, with Jonathan crying out "What are those things?!"
  • I Fell for Hours: Robert Kelly had something happen to him on a skydive that caused him to fall for what seemed like hours through an endless, cloudless and sunless blue sky.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Moira Kelly cannot bear to think about what she saw happen to her son Robert, let alone find the words to describe it. The least inadequate description she can manage is "the sky ate him".

    22: Colony 

Case #0161203. Statement of Martin Blackwood, archival assistant at the Magnus Institute, London, regarding a close encounter with something he believes to have once been Jane Prentiss. Statement recorded direct from subject, 12th March 2016.

  • Genre Savvy: Martin, following up an earlier statement, is looking around a Creepy Basement and hears a noise, and remarks that he's read enough of the archive's statements to know that following the noise is always a bad idea. He then defies the trope and investigates it anyway, because it's his job.
  • Evil Phone: Martin dropped his phone in the basement while running away. Two weeks ago. But "Martin" has been texting Jonathan saying he has a stomach bug and can't come in. At the end of the episode Jane texts them using his phone again, saying "we've had our fun" and the Archives can keep Martin.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After spending the entire season dismissing basically every statement he's recorded and ragging on Martin, Jonathan not only does not immediately poke holes in his story, but offers to let Martin sleep in the Archives and says he will ask Elias to look into some extra security. This is because he takes Jane Prentiss very seriously.
  • Royal "We": The way Jane Prentiss talks (well, texts), probably because the thing that was once Jane is essentially an ambulatory bipedal worms' nest.
  • The Voiceless: Martin notes that the entity he encountered did not speak aloud because given what it was made of, there was no more room for a windpipe.

    23: Schwartzwald 

Case #8163103. Statement of Albrecht von Closen, regarding a discovered tomb near his estate in the Black Forest. Original statement given 21st March 1816.

  • Eyeless Face: The second time Albrecht encounters him, he realizes that the stranger's eye sockets are empty.
  • Snowed-In: Albrecht is obliged by heavy snow (hardly surprising in the Black Forest in the early 19th century) to extend a visit to his nephew.

    24: Strange Music 

Case #0051701. Statement of Leanne Denikin, regarding an antique calliope organ she possessed briefly in August 2004. Original statement given 17th January 2005.

  • Circus of Fear: The "Another Circus," discussed in the follow-up by Jonathan, to which he believes the calliope has some sort of connection.
  • Creepy Doll: Leanne finds many in the attic of her grandfather's house, all but one with their lower jaws removed. Another is later discovered in the shape of her ex-boyfriend. Said ex is found dead the next day, his lower jaw torn off.
  • Magic Music: Comes from a calliope with purportedly-supernatural properties.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Leanne finds one in her grandfather's loft, unusually a calliope rather than a church-style organ.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: A very rare example of comic relief concerning the pronunciation of "calliope."

    25: Growing Dark 

Case #0151904. Statement of Mark Bilham, regarding events culminating in his visit to Hither Green Chapel. Original statement given 19th April 2015.

  • Bigger on the Inside: Hither Green Dissenters' Chapel.
  • Electromagnetic Ghosts: Originally believed to be the cause of the lights constantly going out in the narrator's girlfriend's flat. Subverted when it turns out not to be supernatural, merely bizarre - his girlfriend's strange flatmate keeps unscrewing all the bulbs just enough to break the connections.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: A recurring theme. First, the lights keep going out in Kathy and Natalie's house. Then Mark discovers, after Kathy flees the house and he goes back, that Natalie has used everything to hand to board up the window and keep all light out. Later, when the narrator Mark is driving to the chapel he believes is at the centre of the weirdness, the street lamps and his car headlights seem strangely dim. When he enters the chapel it's pitch dark except for the light of torch, and seems to become Bigger on the Inside when the torch goes out and revert when he lights another. The cult seems to worship darkness, or at least an entity associated with it called "Mr. Pitch".
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Although it's not in Latin: what the voices are saying is Ny-Ålesund.
  • The Scully: Mark openly states he doesn't believe in the supernatural.

    26: A Distortion 

Case #0160204. Statement of Sasha James, assistant archivist at the Magnus Institute, London, regarding a series of paranormal sightings. Statement recorded direct from subject, 2nd April 2016.

  • Call-Back: To Episode 6, with the infested corpse being that of Timothy Hodge.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Sasha and "Michael," full stop.
  • Glamour Failure: While "Michael" looks human, the glamour fails if you look at it through warped glass (at which point it looks humanoid but stretched-out and boneless), and it definitely doesn't feel human.
  • Mysterious Stranger: "Michael's" true motivations are very indeterminate: although it protects Sasha by removing a worm from burrowing into her shoulder, it doesn't call itself an ally; and it states outright that it doesn't care if the Institute's employees died, although it wants to be "friends". The only thing determined about its allegiances is that it stands opposed to the Flesh Hive, calling it "always rash."
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: When Sasha asks what it is, "Michael" says it actually can't explain itself.

    27: A Sturdy Lock 
Case #0032408. Statement of Paul McKenzie, regarding repeated nocturnal intrusions into his home. Original statement given 24th August 2003.

  • Bloody Horror: The narrator struggles to keep a door closed as something on the other side tries to open it. When it finally gives up and he takes his hand away, it's covered in blood, though he has no injuries and the door handle is clean.
  • Living Shadow: Paul sets up a camera to record whatever is tormenting him at night. He sees nothing in the footage, except for a brief moment from one night when the shadows seem to form a leering face.
  • Police Are Useless: Paul calls the police after something tries to open his bedroom door. Because there's no sign of a break-in and he's an old man living alone, they assume nothing happened and he's just going senile.
  • Sequel Hook: Jon remarks at the end that Paul's son claims to have already made a statement to the institute when asked for a follow-up, and that it's probably lying around in the archive somewhere waiting to be found.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: In this case, it's things that rattle your doorknob in the night.

    28: Skintight 

Case #0161704. Statement of Melanie King, regarding events at the abandoned Cambridge Military Hospital during filming in January 2015. Statement recorded direct from subject, 17th April 2016.

  • Abandoned Hospital: This episode takes place in a Real Life one, the Cambridge Military Hospital, where a team of ghost-hunters go to investigate an alleged haunting (whose rumours are indeed old and well documented in Real Life) but find...something else.
  • Body Horror: Sarah Baldwin peeling back the skin of her arm and stapling it back into place.
  • Call-Back: To Episode 1, with the reappearance of Sarah Baldwin.
  • Humanoid Abomination: A man that is all too tall was seen in the video recordings that Jonathan watched of the investigation, although the figure wasn't present at the time of recording.
  • Occult Detective: Melanie King
  • Paranormal Investigation: Ghost Hunt UK
  • The Rival: Melanie sees herself as something of the sort to the Magnus Institute, squabbling with Jonathan at the beginning of the episode over the latter's practices.

    29: Cheating Death 
Case #9720406. Statement of Nathaniel Thorp, regarding his own mortality. Original statement given 4th June 1972.

  • Chess with Death: According to Nathaniel, Death offers a choice of games, including chess. It's impossible to win if you choose a game of skill. You're better off playing Roulette or another purely luck-based game instead. If you win you will not die, but Be Careful What You Wish For. There are actually multiple Deaths, each of whom was once a mortal who, upon winning a game against a previous Death, was doomed to take over from them. Oh, and it's not just a folk tale - that narrator was one of them.
  • Exact Words: Nathaniel starts off by telling a story of a soldier who challenged Death to a game in an attempt to save his life. He fails to notice that Death said "if you win you shall not die" - it didn't say "you will live".
  • Immortality: Nathaniel if his word is to be believed, is over 200 years old.
  • Mortality Phobia: The soldier in the folk story told by Nathaniel had a dread of death that went beyond ordinary fear, which is why he took care to position himself at the rear during battles, and why he desperately challenged Death to a game. It turns out it wasn't just a folk story.
  • The Problem with Fighting Death
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Nathaniel becomes immortal after beating Death at a game to escape dying - which dooms him to become a new Death until he can pass on the role to someone who beats him in turn. Even then he doesn't fully escape the curse - he cannot die, age, eat, drink or sleep, and constantly craves something unknown.

    30: Killing Floor 
Case #0130111. Statement of David Laylow, regarding his time working at an industrial abattoir near Dalston. Original statement given 1st November 2013.

  • Alien Geometries: The layout of the abattoir follows very few laws of physics or mathematics.
  • Creepy Cleanliness: One of the first signs that something strange is going on in "Killing Floor" is when the narrator notices that the slaughterhouse is far cleaner than it should be.
  • Endless Corridor: The hallways are far longer than they should be, and twist and turn weirdly in ways that make no sense.
  • Self-Harm: David finds one of the his colleagues at the slaughterhouse shooting himself with a bolt gun in various parts of his body.
  • Sickening Slaughterhouse: The setting for this episode.

    31: First Hunt 

Case #0100912. Statement of Lawrence Mortimer, regarding his hunting trip to Blue Ridge, Virginia. Original statement given 9th December 2010.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he was definitely panicked and at a disadvantage, Lawrence deliberately pretends to be helpless and no kind of threat, in the hope that the hunter will get sloppy and make mistakes. When the hunter gets close enough, Lawrence unleashes his RAF training to throw him to the ground, and shoot him several times before he can get back up.
  • Gun Nut: Lawrence is keen on guns and shooting but is limited in pursuing his interest by the UK's restrictive gun laws. When he visits America to hunt with his internet-friend Arden Neally he is excited by Arden's gun collection.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: A very literal example this.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The mysterious hunter in "First Hunt".
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: This is very much the attitude of Lawrence's American friend Arden Neally in "First Hunt".
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Several listeners have pointed out that you're not going to find elk in Virginia; the closest thing would be white tailed deer.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Lawrence finds one in the United States. He looks like a normal human. A very sharp, drooling human capable of tracking and running through a forest with ease and surviving two rifles' worth of gunshot wounds.
  • Slasher Smile: The strange hunter's smile seems to have "far too many teeth to it".

    32: Hive 
Case #0142302. Statement of Jane Prentiss, regarding a wasp's nest in her attic. Original statement given 23rd February 2014.

  • And I Must Scream: Jane Prentiss becomes host of a sentient colony of demonic worms slowly enough to record her experience in the Magnus Archive
  • Bee Afraid: There is a wasp's hive in Jane's attic. Or at least, something like a wasp's hive.
  • Heroic BSoD: Jonathan suffers one when recording his comments at the end of Jane Prentiss's statement. By this time Prentiss has already put two of his assistants through traumatic danger and appears to be indirectly and slowly attacking the Institute, so his distress is hardly surprising.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Jane has always wanted this. Part of the way the Flesh Hive converts her into its main host rather than just a breeding ground is by telling her every single component of it loves her. How much she likes this goes back and forth over the course of her statement.
  • Mad Oracle: This appears to have been a side effect of the infestation of Jane Prentiss. Jane's statement is a mad, rambling, stream-of-consciousness rant that includes premonitions about the future of Gertrude and the Institute.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Invoked. The Flesh Hive hates the Archives because the job of the Archives is to learn about and understand things—and if people understand the Flesh Hive, they won't be as scared of it.
  • Villain Episode: We hear first hand from resident Big Bad Jane Prentiss, on what life being slowly taken over by a horde of flesh eating demonic worms is like. Even Jonathan Sims is extremely disturbed.
  • Word-Salad Horror: The Victim of the Week has very obviously lost much of her mind at the time of the statement.
  • The Worm That Walks: The Flesh Hive.

    33: Boatswain's Call 

Case #0110201. Statement of Carlita Sloane, regarding her work on a container ship travelling from Southampton to Porto do Itaqui. Original statement given 9th December 2010.

  • Early Installment Weirdness: Compared to his later Affably Evil demeanor, Peter Lukas is much curter and less polite in this episode.
  • Good Old Ways: Inverted by the ship Tundra - the mate's eponymous whistle and the old-fashioned wooden lifeboat with oars belie (or perhaps portend) the evil that is aboard.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The eponymous whistle.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: The crew of the ship strenuously avoid talking to each other, until after one of them disappears, seemingly having been chosen to be thrown overboard.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The recording begins with Tim discussing various continuity errors in prior statements supposedly reported by students listening to the statements.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Carlita wonders with dread what she will find inside the container she examines on the ship. It turns out to be completely empty. This does not reassure her.

    34: Anatomy Class 

Case #0161207. Statement of Dr. Lionel Elliott, regarding a series of events that took place during his class Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, at Kings College, London. Statement recorded direct from subject, 12th July 2016.

  • Creepy University Students
  • Beat Still, My Heart: The unusual anatomy students attempt to figure out how a human heart is supposed to beat while in the dissection lab. It gets bloody.
  • Bloody Horror: The student's attempts to mimic a heart beating ends up coating the room in blood. Creepily, when the professor returns after composing himself, the blood is gone, except for a tiny amount in one of the tiles.
  • Driven to Suicide: The next professor who gets stuck with these particular students ends up killing himself. He leaves a note that says his body may not be used for science, and especially not for teaching.
  • Mr. Smith: The students' names are all placeholder names for missing persons in various countries, ex. John Doe. While the subject didn't pick up on this at the time, Jonathan notices it in his post-statement follow up.
  • The Nondescript: The students all look so normal that Dr. Elliott, despite having taught them for most of a term, can't remember what they looked like. And they all wear similar clothes: blue jeans or denim skirt and a white shirt. It is hinted that this is a deliberate effort on their part to seem like normal people, or, rather, like people at all.
  • Transformation Horror: When Dr. Elliott shows the students skeletons, he keeps hearing awful cracking noises when he turns his back, but the skeletons are all intact when he looks. Finally he gets a glance at the right (or wrong) moment, and realizes the cracking noises are the students changing the shape of their bones to match.
  • Uncanny Valley: How the mannerisms of the students come off.
  • The Un-Smile: When Dr. Elliott visits the students at their residence, the one who greets him twists her mouth into something that might have meant to be a smile.

    35: Old Passages 

Case #0020406. Statement of Harold Silvana, regarding discoveries made during the renovation of the Reform Club, Pall Mall. Original statement given 4th June 2002.

  • Arc Number: It's mentioned that there are 14 passages leading to the center chamber, which is a first hint about how to categorize the events happening in the series.
  • Emo Teen: Gerard Keay shows up as a teenager, likely recovering a Leitner.
  • Smoky Gentlemen's Club: The use of one by an occult society, and later renovation, are the subject of the episode.

    36: Taken Ill 

Case #0121911. Statement of Nicole Baxter, regarding visits culminating in the fire that consumed Ivy Meadows Care Home in Woodley, Greater Manchester. Original statement given November 19th, 2012.

  • Bleak Abyss Retirement Home: Averted initially, but once John Amherst takes over, Ivy Meadows Care Home becomes filthy and run down
  • Flies Equals Evil: Nicole's partner Josh is unnerved when a fly lands on John Amherst's face and crawls over his eye, and he doesn't react. In a subsequent visit, Nicole encounters Alenka, a nurse at Ivy Meadows. She's covered in a rash, and when she screams, a swarm of flies come out of her mouth.
  • Out, Damned Spot!: Nicole's hand briefly touches the body, albeit with leather gloves on, and afterward compulsively scrubs at her hands over and over. She even concludes her statement with "I need to go wash my hands."
  • The Plague: The subject of the episode, though its exact nature is unknown. It's heavily implied to be related somehow to the Flesh Hive.

    37: Burnt Offering 

Case #0090608. Statement of Jason North, regarding the discovery of an alleged ritual site found near Loch Glass in Scotland. Original statement given August 6th, 2009.

  • Evil Is Burning Hot: When Jason enters a mysterious clearing, he suddenly feels extremely hot. He tries to take a drink of water, only to find that it's boiling. He then notices scorch marks and the bodies of burned animals on the ground.
  • Driven to Suicide: Jason eventually committed suicide by dousing himself in petrol and lit himself on fire. His son Ethan was placed in foster care.
  • Heroic BSoD: Both Jason and Jonathan have entered one: Jason was terrified of losing Ethan and didn't understand why he had gone through so much hell just for breaking a bottle, while Jonathan is starting to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of unexplainable events he finds himself in the middle of.

    38: Lost and Found 

Case #0120606. Statement of Andre Ramao, regarding a series of misplaced objects lost over the course of three months. Original statement given June 6th 2012.

  • Artifact of Doom: After Andre acquires the vase, it starts messing with his life. Judging by the hand that emerges from it near the end of the statement, it's something like a Summoning Artifact as well.
  • Attack of the Monster Appendage: Late one night, Andre awakens to see everything that had gone missing over the last few months come tumbling out of the vase, one by one (even things that seemed to be too big to fit inside it.) These are followed by a hand with long fingers creeping above the brim of the vase.
  • Cassandra Truth: Andre's husband David refuses to believe Andre when Andre tells him about the things that have gone missing, to the point where Andre begins to wonder if David is intentionally gaslighting him.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Although the vase is a valuable antique, Andre is unable to sell it. Something always happens to derail the sale before it can be completed. What's more, the person he bought it from forgets that he ever sold it, and he refuses to take it back, claiming that he can't remember ever having it to begin with.
  • Run or Die: Jonathan yells at Sasha to run at the episode when Jane Prentiss launches her attack on the Institute.
  • Unperson: After his missing items return, Andre discovers that his husband has disappeared, and that according to his housing association, Andre had always lived alone. When Tim investigates, he finds a copy of Andre's marriage certificate, but the half of it that should contain David's information is blank.

    39: Infestation 

Case #0160729-A. Original recording of Jane Prentiss' attack upon the Magnus Institute, London, 29th July 2016.

    "40: Human Remains" *Season One Finale 
Case #0160729-B. Statement of Elias Buchard, Timothy Stoker, Sasha James and Martin Blackwood, regarding the infestation of the Magnus Institute by the entity formerly known as Jane Prentiss.

  • Double-Meaning Title: Referring to the survival of Team Magnus after the events of the previous episode and the discovery of the remains of Gertrude Robinson in the catacombs under the archive.

Season 2

    41: Too Deep 

Case #0160902. Statement of Jonathan Sims, Head Archivist of the Magnus Institute, regarding exploration of the tunnels recently discovered below the archive. Statement given direct, 2nd September 2016.

    42: Grifter's Bone 

Case #0131103. Statement of Jennifer Ling, regarding a live musical performance she attended in Soho. Original statement given November 3rd 2013.

  • Brown Note: The effect of the music the titular band play, even a corrupted recording from a phone can, tragically, induce a homicidal and suicidal rage in the Victim of the Week.
  • Dreadful Musician: According to urban legend, Grifter's Bone is this, and that's why they have to sneak into venues and people tear their ears off after listening. Averted as it turns out this isn't true; their music is beautiful, but it makes people kill each other.
  • Schmuck Bait: The comment left on Jennifer's article with cryptic directions to a Grifter's Bone show. She does try to avert this by leaving her phone to record the music rather than actually attending herself, but it still ends badly.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Although Jennifer's coworker escaped a Grifter's Bone show, his ears have never stopped bleeding since; no doctor can help him.

    43: Section 31 

Case #0160919. Statement of Police Constable Basira Hussain regarding her time investigating strange occurrences as part of Section 31. Statement taken direct from subject September 19th 2016.

  • Incredibly Lame Pun: A dark one. Getting ordered to sign Section 31 under "strange" circumstances is called being Sectioned, which is slang for being confined under an involuntary mental health hold.
  • The Men in Black: Averted. While only Sectioned officers will be asked to deal with strange occurrences, to the point that non-Sectioned police will actually refuse to enter a scene if it looks weird enough, "Section 31" is not actually an official unit, just the form. This means that they get no extra training, no special resources, and no real backup, because other cops are so scared of getting Sectioned they refuse to help.
  • Shout-Out: Zig-Zagged The title could be a reference to the mysterious wetwork unit of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine but is also the name of the British Police Force's regulations concerning withholding information from the public to protect ongoing investigations.

    44: Tightrope 

Case #9790302. Yuri Utkin. Incident occurred in the village of Algasovo, central Russia, November 1952. Statement given 2nd March, 1979. Committed to tape 15th April, 1997. Gertrude Robinson Recording.

  • The Ace:Gertrude Robinson of all people turns out to be this.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: We are treated to the first recording from Gertrude Robinson's secret archive.
  • Badass Normal: The narrator's brother somehow manages to survive being forced to perform in the Other Circus, which Gertrude notes is extremely unusual.
  • Body Horror: The freaks in The Freakshow include men without heads, and men with mouths not on their faces.
  • Circus of Fear: "Another Circus," first mentioned in "Strange Music," is the subject of this episode.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-universe, the tigers at the circus. They look almost right, but something is off that Yuri just can't put his finger on. Eventually he figures out that while he heard the iconic tiger roar, they don't actually seem to be able to open their mouths.

    45: Blood Bag 

Case #0110209. Statement of Thomas Neill, regarding his experiences working in malarial research during the spring of 2010. Original statement given February 9th 2011.

  • Devoured by the Horde: The fate of Dr. Thompson.
  • The Swarm: Thomas and Dr. Neil Thompson are working with mosquitos as part of their research. A lot of mosquitos. They end up killing Dr. Thompson.

    46: Literary Heights 

Case #9981221. Statement of Herbert Knox, regarding a repeat customer to his bookshop in Chichester. Original statement given December 21st 1998.

  • Call-Back: To episode 4, which centers around Ex Altiora, and includes a mention of Michael Crew.
  • Deadly Book: Ex Altiora
  • Distinguishing Mark: Michael has a branching scar on his neck in the shape of a Lichtenberg figure.
  • Signature Scent: According to Herbert, the odor that followed Michael is similar to the smell in the air just before a storm.

    47: The New Door 
Case #0161002. Statement of Helen Richardson, regarding a new door in a house she was selling. Statement recorded direct from subject, 2nd October 2016.

    48: Lost in the Crowd 

Case #0100325. Statement of Andrea Nunis, regarding a series of encounters in the streets of Genoa, Italy Original statement given 25th March, 2010.

  • Continuity Nod: Michael's Visit is mentioned, as well as the wound that Jonathan sustained during the encounter.
  • The Faceless: Andrea finds herself surrounded by a crowd of faceless people making sounds similar to distant chatter she'd heard while walking the streets, except it's just murmuring noise of no language to give it meaning.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While he acts a bit dickishly towards Andrea, the unknown man, suspected by Jon to be Gerard Keay, gives her some advice that apparently saves her life at the end.

    49: The Butcher's Window 

Case #0081103. Statement of Gregory Pryor regarding his investigations into one Hector Lerado during the summer of 2007.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Jared Hopworth pulls the bones out of Gregory's arm. His arm is later amputated.
  • Body Horror: Jared pulls the bones out Hector's body and molds them like they were putty into new shapes. He throws most of them into a tooth-lined hole in the floor, but he inserts one of Hector's femurs into his own body.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Hector is still alive when Jared begins pulling his bones out of his body.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Hector's wife Nicola suspects Hector of cheating, and hires Gregory to investigate him.

    50: Foundation 

Case #8141206. Statement of Sampson Kempthrone, regarding the workhouse architecture of George Gilbert Scott. Original statement given June 12th 1841.

  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Since Kempthrone is a Victorian-era architect, he sees nothing wrong with the idea of workhouses, and even thinks it's good for conditions to be harsh because it will "discourage the idle".
  • Everyone Has Standards: While, as mentioned, Kempthrone is about as classist you'd expect from someone of his social standing and time, he thinks Scott's designs are far too cramped to house anybody in.
  • Mistaken for Romance: When Jonathan explains Basira was looking for him because he's helping with an investigation off the record, Tim takes this to mean they're in a relationship.
  • Victorian London: The events related in the statement occur in London during the Victorian era.

    51: High Pressure 

Case #0080701. Statement of Antonia Hayley, regarding a deep dive that took place near Sable Island, Nova Scotia in August 2006.

  • Call-Back: To episode 21, Simon Fairchild again makes his way into an archive account.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: In the dark, lifeless ocean, Antonia makes out the outline of a hand so colossal that just trying to imagine its full size makes her head spin.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: As she dives down to the ship, Antonia and her partner Julio are surprised to see absolutely no fish or other ocean life in the water. When she enters the wreck and looks through a hole in the engine room, she sees nothing but an infinite, lifeless ocean - until the giant hand reveals itself.

    52: Exceptional Risk 

Case #0040904. Statement of Phillip Brown, regarding his time working at HMP Wakefield between 1990 and 2002.

  • Darkness = Death: When the power goes out at the prison, the guards go to check on Robert Montauk's cell. They find it filled with a darkness that their torches can't penetrate, and hear a wet tearing sound from within. When the power comes back on, they find that Robert is dead, with 47 stab wounds to his chest.
  • Sequel Episode: To Episode 9, which detailed Robert Montauk's crimes and arrest.

    53: Crusader 

Case #9970509. Sergeant Walter Heller recording. Regarding a discovery made near Alexandria during Operation Crusader in November of 1941.

    54: Still Life 
Case #0132306 Statement of Alexander Scaplehorn regarding his evaluation of The Trophy Room taxidermists in Barnet. Original statement given June 23rd, 2013.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Alexander notices that the taxidermist, Daniel Rawlings, avoids looking at him, and recognises it as similar behaviour to his cousin, who is autistic. Daniel is probably not autistic.
  • Call-Back: The Alluring Anglerfish from the very first episode is back, and we get some idea of what happened to Sarah Baldwin in episode 28.
  • Dramatic Irony: Jonathan has no idea that Sasha is anything but trustworthy, and consequently writes off much of this statement when her follow-up investigation reveals nothing out of the ordinary.
  • Taxidermy Is Creepy: Discussed. Alexander figures everyone's interests look weird to outsiders and withholds judgement.
  • Taxidermy Terror: When Daniel finally looks Alexander in the eye, so does every animal in the shop.
  • "Uh-Oh" Eyes: When Daniel finally looks Alexander in the eyes, Alexander sees that his eyes are glassy and empty, like the taxidermied animals in the shop.
  • Uncanny Valley: The taxidermy people.

    55: Pest Control 
Case #0160311. Statement of Jordan Kennedy, regarding several encounters while working in pest control. Statement taken direct from subject 3rd November, 2016.

  • Breather Episode: Not for us, but Jonathan notes in the supplemental that he has been dealing with the annual rush of bogus Halloween statements and finds it a rather relaxing change of pace.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: When the owner of the house grabs Jordan by the throat, Jordan notices how hot his hand is.
  • Evil Smells Bad: When Jordan sets the house's owner on fire, he describes the odor like a combination of burning flesh and rubber, with an underlying smell of sickness.
  • The Swarm: Jordan enters a house to find thousands of ants covering the walls and floor.

    56: Children of the Night 
Case #0100710-B. Continued statement Trevor Herbert, regarding the latter years of his career as a vampire hunter. Original statement given July 10th 2010.

  • Call-Back: It turns out Trevor didn't suddenly die after giving his statement in episode 10, because this one is part of the same interview. (There might be some missing conversation between the two.)
  • Hero of Another Story: There's some indication that Trevor has been working with police officer Alice "Daisy" Tonner - they may have appeared together in episode 36, given Trevor wasn't dead at the time, and this episode reveals that he had an encounter that at least fits the same brief description from episode 43 as the case that got her Sectioned.
  • The Worm That Walks: The homeless woman whom Trevor initially thought was a vampire turned out to be full of spiders.

    57: Personal Space 
Case #0090404. Statement of Carter Chilcott, regarding their time spent in isolation aboard the Space Station Daedalus in September 2007.

  • Call-Back: The Daedalus Station was built and funded through the combined efforts of companies owned by the Fairchild and Lukas families, as well as a company based in Ny-Alesund, first mentioned in Growing Dark. Also doubles as an example of a Big Bad Triumvirate— The Vast, the Lonely, and the Dark are working on the station together for unknown reasons.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Carter's mind begins to deteriorate under the strain of long-term isolation. He mentions that the line between dreaming and reality seemed to blur.
  • I'm Not Hungry: Carter stops eating, hoping to starve himself to death as a means of escaping his situation.
  • Space Isolation Horror: After several weeks of isolation, Carter looks out of his window to find that the earth, sun, and moon have all vanished, and that he's completely unable to contact anyone or get out of his area of the space station.

    58: Trail Rations 
Case #8450512. Unsigned statement regarding potential cannibalism while attempting to travel the Oregon Trail. Original letter dated December 4th 1845.

  • Apocalyptic Log: This statement takes the form of a letter written by a woman after she's been stranded in a snowstorm in the Rocky Mountains. The author knows she isn't going to survive.
  • Dead Person Conversation: The author claims that, for five days, her dead husband whispered "eat me.''
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Despite it being late in the season, a guide offers to take a couple through the Rockies. Predictably, they get snowed in. However, it turns out the guide knew this would happen, and deliberately led them into the mountains so he could eat them.
  • Snowed-In: The author, her husband, and their Guide get caught in a snowstorm when they try to cross the Rockies, forcing them to take shelter in a cave.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Eustace purposely smashes the wagon wheel in order to strand the couple he's guiding in the mountains.

    59: Recluse 
Case #0052911. Statement of Ronald Sinclair regarding his years spent in a teenage half way house on Hill Top Road, Oxford. Original statement given November 29th 2005.

  • All Webbed Up: When Ronald goes into the basement, he finds it covered in spiderwebs, and several of the former residents of the halfway house, wrapped in cocoons, their bodies warped and bloated with spider egg sacs.
  • Department of Child Disservices: Raymond, the man running the halfway house does something that makes the teenagers he takes in more responsible and mindful, but at the same time, after they leave the house, they're used as living nurseries for spider eggs.
  • Creepy Basement: The basement at the halfway house, which no one except Raymond Fielding ever goes into.
  • Magic Kiss: Agnes Montague gives Ronald a kiss on the cheek before he leaves the house. His cheek burns in this exact spot shortly after, breaking him out of the enchantment Raymond had on him and allowing him to flee the house.

    60: Observer Effect 
Case #9721207. Statement of Rosa Meyer, concerning a persistent feeling of being watched. Original statement given July 12th 1972.

  • Being Watched: Rosa is convinced that someone or something is constantly watching her.

    61: Hard Shoulder 
Case #0160112. Statement of Detective Alice “Daisy” Tonner, regarding the traffic stop of a delivery van on the M6 near Preston on the afternoon of 24th July 2002.

  • Bigger on the Inside: When the coffin is opened, Daisy sees a set of stairs descending into the earth as far as she can see.
  • Call-Back: To Episode 2. We finally learn what's in the coffin.

    62: First Edition 
Case #0080307. Statement of Mary Keay, recorded 3rd July 2008. Regarding her first Leitner. Statement recorded live.

  • Evil Old Folks: Mary Keay gives this off in spades.
  • Necromancer: What Dr. Tillison appears to be doing with the Leitner. Mary Keay ends up taking the book for herself.
  • Wham Episode: Gertrude Robinson knew Mary Keay, and was introduced beforehand to the skin book that would kill her.
  • Wham Line:
    Gertrude: You make a lot of assumptions, Mary. I thought we were supposed to be on the same side.

    63: The End of the Tunnel 
Case #0143103. Statement of Erin Gallagher-Nelson, regarding an urban exploration trip beneath St Paul’s Church West Hackney. Original statement given March 31st 2014.

  • Darkness = Death: Erin and Luke's torches stop working, leaving them in total darkness. Luke is killed shortly thereafter.
  • Living Shadow: Trapped in total darkness, Erin activates the flash on her camera. She sees Luke suspended in mid-air before her. On the wall behind him, she sees two thin shadows holding up Luke's shadow and ripping its head off.

    64: Burial Rites 
#0152005. Statement of Donna Gwynne, regarding an unlicensed archaeological dig near the Red Sea in Egypt. Original statement given May 20th 2015.

  • Ancient Tomb: The setting for this episode.
  • Continuity Nod: The set of dice that Donna finds in the tomb (notable to her since dice games predate the time the tomb would have been sealed) might be one to Episode 29 ("Cheating Death"), which established that people can challenge Grim Reapers to a game for an opportunity to be spared, though if they won, they became Grim Reapers in their place. If it is, it's possible that the mummy was another unlucky winner.
  • Grave Robbing: The type of archaeology they're doing isn't exactly legal.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The mummy, who grabs Gwynne's hand and forces her to stab it in the chest multiple times in an effort to finally die. While crying.

    65: Binary 
#0170701. Statement of Tessa Winters, regarding a strange computer program she downloaded from the deep web three months ago. Statement recorded direct from subject, 7th January 2017.

  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: The Sergei video does this to Tessa. Just her, specifically; he manages to follow her through even through display sets in store windows, using whatever screen she's looking at to force her to watch.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Tessa's interpretation of her experiences, both supernatural and mundane. "Nothing about humanity is binary."
  • Early-Bird Cameo: It's heavily implied that this statement marks the first hint toward the existence of the Extinction, more than a season and a half before it would be properly introduced.
  • Memetic Mutation: In-universe, the "Sergei" chatbots. It's a popular hobby among some coders to make bots that eventually "go mad" and beg to be saved, based on an urban legend about a coder named Sergei who supposedly uploaded his own mind. The idea is that the bot is Sergei and he really regrets it. Tessa used to download them for fun. After she got stuck with the real deal, though, she doesn't think this anymore.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Tim's "The Reason You Suck" Speech, while not wrong, loses its momentum when Jon offers him the chance to resign, and Tim realizes something is stopping him from quitting, even though he badly wants to at this point.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Once again, Tim is not pleased with Jonathan treating him like a suspect, although he relents a little when he realizes he and Jonathan share the same opinion on how shady the Archives are.

    66: Held in Customs 
#0002202. Statement of Vincent Yang regarding his claimed imprisonment by Mikaele Salesa. Original statement given 22nd February 2000.

  • The Bet: It's implied that Salesa and Peter Lukas had a bet over Vincent's situation in the crate, as they're seen exchanging a bill after his retrieval.
  • Enclosed Space: Vincent finds himself trapped in a crate. Whenever something happens to alleviate his fear or give him hope, the crate gets smaller.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Vincent notes that although it's the middle of January, Salesa is wearing a tank top and unbuttoned shirt.
  • Recurring Character: Mikaele Salesa, who was previously mentioned in episodes 14, 38, and 45.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Vincent accidentally nudges upon the lid of a crate. When he next awakens after going to bed, he's trapped in the crate.

    67: Burning Desire 
Case #0071803. Statement of Jack Barnabas regarding a short-lived courtship with Agnes Montague in the Autumn of 2006. Original statement given March 18th 2007.

  • Double-Meaning Title: Refers both to the strength of Jack's attraction to Agnes, and the fact that getting too close to her literally burns.
  • Facial Horror: Jack's face is severely burned after he receives a kiss from Agnes.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Once Agnes mentions the tree, it becomes pretty clear where this is going, since earlier episodes have already established that she dies after its destruction.
  • Last Kiss: When Agnes goes into the battle that's going to kill her, Jack asks to kiss her, and she agrees. It is possibly also her first kiss with anybody, not just him.
  • Mugging the Monster: A man flirts with Agnes at the diner, and unwisely decides to get angry and start harassing her when she tells him to buzz off. Cue her superheating her coffee and letting him spill it on himself.

    68: The Tale of a Field Hospital 
#0030306. Statement of Joseph Russo regarding a book allegedly authored by Sir Frederick Treeves. Original statement given June 3rd 2003.

  • Deadly Book: The Tale of a Field Hospital.
  • Down in the Dumps: Joseph spends a lot of time at the dump looking for junk he can use in his art.
  • Fan Boy: Joseph tells the archivist that he's a big fan of The Magnus Institute.
  • Flies Equals Evil: The first time Frederick Treeves encounters Private Amherst, he notes that the flies seemed to fly thicker over the grave he was digging than the graves the other soldiers were digging. In subsequent encounters with Amherst, the swarm of flies surrounding him get thicker each time.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Frederick Treeves sees Private Amherst die, only to encounter him two months later and see him die again. He later meets him again, and sees him die for a third time.
  • The Man: Joseph says his art is his way of sending a message to "the puppetmasters and fat cats" who run the world.
  • Walking Wasteland: Private Amherst twice gives up his bed in the field hospital for soldiers who are more badly wounded than he. Both die of infected wounds shortly thereafter. Amherst himself dies when his wound becomes suddenly gangrenous. Later, we learn that Joseph Russo also dies after making his statement from an infected wound as well.

    69: Thought for the Day 
#0101811. Statement of Darren Harlow, regarding a failed psychology experiment at the University of Surrey. Original statement given 18th November 2010.

  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The University Psychology Department conducts an experiment in which students in one room try to project feelings of fear into a subject in another room through ESP. While it seems to go well at first, it ends in a way that that is both completely unexpected and horrifying.
  • Marionette Motion: Darren describes seeing Annabelle walking strangely, bending her knees at odd angles while holding herself stiffly.
  • People Puppets: Annabelle takes control of Darren's body and forces him to strangle himself.
  • Science Is Bad: Darren notes that he thought the experiment sounded like something out of a horror movie. In fact, he's initially interested in the experiment because he's a fan of horror with a sci-fi bent.
  • Spiders Are Scary: After the experiment is underway, Darren notes that cobwebs start appearing in the science labs on a nightly basis, although he never gets a good look at the spiders that make them. Annabelle later moves like a scuttling spider, and after her skull is caved in, Darren sees that her head is filled with a mass of cobweb.
  • This Is Reality: The university's official explanation for this episode's events is "Annabelle went crazy and killed everyone". Jon notes that this is a "trope", and in real life mental illness is extremely unlikely to do that to someone.

    70: Book of the Dead 
#0030912 Statement of Masato Murray, regarding an unusual inheritance and the causes thereof. Original Statement given 9th December 2003.

  • Artifact of Death: The book mentioned in the title of the episode (although the book itself is untitled).
  • Deadly Book: The book is a collection of detailed accounts of the deaths of various people throughout history. It's strongly implied that all the people described in the book were people who read and/or owned the book, and that the book accurately predicted when and how they would die. However, each time Masato re-reads the description of his death, the time, place, and manner of his demise changes, which at least suggests that the book may be causing the deaths it describes, rather than just predicting them.
  • Is This a Joke?: After Masato reads the book, he reasons that someone must be playing a sick joke on him, since it's the only explanation that makes any sense.
  • Made of Indestructium: Masato is unable to destroy the book, and he notes evidence which suggests that previous owners had tried as well.
  • Portent of Doom: The text of the book is this to anyone who reads it.
  • The Reveal: Even though the book featured in the episode is a typical Jurgen Leitner book, according to the statement notes, there's no evidence that it's ever been in Leitner's possession, indicating that the books are at least not entirely his doing.
  • Tomes of Prophecy and Fate: The book not only fortells the death of its reader, re-reading the book changes the details of that death, and makes it happen sooner as well.
  • With Friends Like These...: Masato says that since he and Phil had the same group of friends, they would often end up hanging out together, and so everyone just assumed they were friends, even though they didn't actually like each other.

    71: Underground 
#0172501. Statement of Karolina Górka, regarding a brief period trapped on the London Underground. Statement taken direct from subject 25th January 2017.

  • Afterlife Express: The train in this story doesn't take riders to the afterlife, but rather to a place - probably outside our reality - where it's completely surrounded by earth, which begins to close in on the train cars, slowly crushing them.
  • Buried Alive: This appears to be Karolina's fate, as the earth surrounding the car causes the ceiling to buckle and sink. Rather than panicking, Karolina chooses to lie down and accept her fate. This may be what ends up saving her.

    72: Takeaway 
Statement of Craig Goodall, regarding his explorations of an abandoned chicken and kebab shop in Walthamstow. Original statement given 20th October 2009.

  • Big Damn Heroes: Leroy, who, as agreed earlier, rescues Craig from Thomas when he doesn't hear from him in a while.
  • Call-Back: To Episode 30.
  • Fingore: Thomas Han cuts off a couple of Craig's fingers, and we later see him chewing on a bunch of severed fingers.
  • Gorn: Probably the most explicit and nauseating description on the show so far comes from the narrator describing the sensation of his Achilles' tendon being severed with bolt cutters.
  • The Secret of Long Pork Pies: Craig opens the statement by saying that he's 'probably a cannibal', though not by choice— the titular takeaway served human meat for a period before the owner's arrest and its closure, and he ate there during that time.

    73: Police Lights 
#0171102 You said it started with a kidnapping case?

  • Ten-Second Flashlight: The unnatural darkness drains the batteries of the officers' torches. In less than an hour, each officer is onto their second or third torch (having been forewarned, each had brought several of them).
  • Call-Back: To Episode 25. We find out what happened to Natalie Ennis.
  • Casting a Shadow: The darkness the officers encounter when they go down the stairs is clearly not natural. Their torches barely penetrate it, and Basira describes flecks of black dust like "inky snow" hovering in air, never seeming to settle to the ground. When they encounter Raynor, a substance like black fog is spilling out of his mouth and onto the floor, where it rolls toward Callum and is oozing up and over his body toward his mouth.
  • Dark Is Evil: Maxwell Raynor, his cult, and his powers are all associated with darkness.
  • Darkness = Death: Subverted: None of the officers are killed while wandering around in the darkness. When the lights suddenly come back on, a woman suddenly appears and stabs one of the officers.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: Basira says that as the officers approached the industrial complex, the security lights actually seemed to get dimmer.
  • Muzzle Flashlight: When Goodman fires his weapon, the muzzle flash cuts through the darkness and momentarily lights up the room.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The officers move through a supernaturally dark area, with a dull roaring sound coming from somewhere up ahead. Basira says that by the time their second or third torches began to die, she could feel herself starting to panic.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end of the episode, Basira quits the police force, half because a shadow cult was too much and half because of the lack of support.
  • Shell-Shock Silence: When Goodman fires his weapon the first time, Basira isn't prepared, and as a result she can't hear much for a while thereafter.

    74: Fatigue 
Case #0150806. Statement of Lydia Halligan regarding her insomnia. Original statement given 8th June 2015.

    75: A Long Way Down 
Case #0060711. Statement of Stephen Walker, regarding his brother's disappearance from the top of Tour Montparnasse in October 2006. Original statement given November 7th 2006.

  • Face Your Fears: The Victim of the Week tries to make his brother do this (the fear being heights) as part of a prank. It doesn't go according to plan.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Stephen says at the start of his statement that he hopes his brother is dead, because he can't comprehend how awful the alternative would be.

    76: The Smell of Blood 
Case #0171302. Statement of Melanie King, regarding her further researches into... "war ghosts." Statement given direct, 13th February 2017.

  • By the Eyes of the Blind: Melanie King can see that Not-Sasha isn't Sasha. However, no one else can, and Melanie doesn't know this. When she asks to see Sasha, and Jonathan says she already has, she accuses him of trying to Gaslight her.

    77: The Kind Mother 
Case #9941509. Statement of Lucy Cooper. Incident occurred in Draycott, Somerset, August 1994. Victim’s name given as Rose Cooper. Statement given 15th September, 1994. Committed to tape 4th November, 1996.

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Another Gertrude recording.
  • Changeling Tale
  • Chronic Evidence Retention Syndrome: For unknown reasons, Not-Sasha kept the tapes containing the real Sasha's voice in her desk, which gives Jonathan the confirmation he needs about Not-Sasha's true nature.
  • Dramatic Irony: In the final comments of her recording, Gertrude notes that one of the few bright spots about the Not-Them is that they stay in one place for long stretches of time and seem content with just spreading the occasional bit of terror, because if such a powerful creature had an actual agenda, it could be extremely dangerous. If only she'd known that it would one day make it into the Institute.
  • Invisible to Normals: Only Lucy Cooper can see that her mother has been replaced by something else.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Played for Drama. Lucy's actual mother verged on verbally abusive. The Not-Them which replaced her acts much nicer, but that does not mean Lucy likes the change.
  • Wham Episode: Jonathan finally realizes what the being calling herself "Sasha James" actually is. He's not pleased.

    78: Distant Cousin 
Case #0011206. Statement of Lawrence Moore, regarding something that was not his cousin. Original statement given June 12th 2001.

  • Idiot Ball: Hoowee, where to begin? Jonathan destroys the fractal patterned table with an axe, thinking it's the source of the Not-Them. It's actually the thing holding them in. This comes directly on the heels of him listening to a statement discussing why this is a bad idea, from a predecessor who we've come to learn is much more well-versed in the supernatural than he is.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Jonathan's attempts to kill Not-Sasha ends up freeing it from its prison, making it much stronger.

    79: Hide and Seek 
Case #0170216-A. Original recording of manifestations and sightings at the Magnus Institute, London, 16th February 2017.

  • Barrier Maiden: The position of Head Archivist is revealed to be something of this, as Not-Sasha wonders aloud as she's about to kill Jonathan whether she'll inherit the position's powers if she steals his form. What those powers are are as of yet unknown.
  • Deus ex Machina: Jurgen Leitner's arrival, saving Jonathan from Not-Sasha and almost certain death.
  • It Amused Me: Michael muses that maybe it should kill Tim and Martin, not because it hates them or would enjoy hurting them, but because it thinks things will be more interesting if they don't help Jon. It just makes them get lost instead.
  • Evil Gloating: By Not-Sasha to Jonathan, before she's about to kill him.
    "I'm going to wear you...It'll hurt. It hurt Sasha."
  • For the Evulz: Not-Sasha scares and kills people simply for enjoyment.
  • Jump Scare: Surprisingly the first one in the series proper, accompanied by a nice Scare Chord.

    80: The Librarian 
Case #0170216-B. Statement of Jurgen Leitner regarding his life and works. Recorded direct from subject 16th February 2017.

  • Magical Library: Leitner stored his collection of books in a house specifically designed to contain it safely. It turns out that the fatal flaw in its design was that it was built to keep anything from getting out, but had no defenses against anything getting in.
  • Sentient Cosmic Force: Leitner explains that there are effectively eternal beings of vast, dark power that exist "next" to our world that can affect our world through their will. All the monsters that have appeared, and all of Leitner's books, are essentially aspects of these entities projected into our reality.
  • Wham Episode: Elias is revealed to be the murderer of Gertrude and proceeds to murder Jurgen Leitner, forcing Jonathan to go on the run.

Season 3

    81: A Guest For Mr. Spider 

Case #0171702. Statement of Jonathan Sims, regarding a childhood encounter with a book formerly possessed by Jurgen Leitner. Statement recorded by subject, February 18th, 2017.

  • Origins Episode: We learn in this episode what led Jonathan to research the supernatural as well as the source of his burning hatred for Jurgen Leitner.
  • Take That!: Jonathan jokingly comments that thanks to her podcast Georgina must be "rolling in all that sock money" and "up to her eyeballs in mattresses", the latter of which prompts her to comment that she got a free mattress but couldn't bear sleeping on it for more than three days. This is clearly a dig at frequent podcast sponsors Bombas Socks and Casper mattresses, both of whom also happen to sponsor TMA's inspiration The Black Tapes.

    82: The Eyewitnesses 

Case #0171702-B. Statement of Alice "Daisy" Tonner, regarding the crimes and death of Calvin Benchley. Statement never given.

  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: This time around Elias narrates the episode's statement... regarding something Daisy never told anyone with the goal of blackmailing her into keeping quiet about the Institute's activities.
  • Call-Back: Elias chuckles when Daisy refers to Leitner's corpse as a "John Doe", and passes it off as remembering "an old joke". He's likely recalling the students from "Anatomy Class".
  • Origins Episode: Daisy's statement, pulled out of her mind by Elias, details her first encounter with the supernatural, how she got the scar that inspired her nickname and what made her so eager to hunt and kill monsters.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Calvin Benchley was Daisy's best friend when they were children, even though his friends wouldn't play with her as well because she was a girl. Then they stumbled upon the aftermath of a savage, bloody fight, Calvin came into contact with one of the fighters and turned into a violent monster, injuring and even killing several people over the years and getting away with it. In adulthood, he became the first of Daisy's kills that she considered human.

    83: Drawing a Blank 

Case #0131910. Statement of Chloe Ashburt, regarding a new window display at Fanton’s department store in Hammersmith. Original statement given 19th October 2013.

  • Little People Are Surreal: Averted. Chloe's dwarfism is only brought up in passing, as it's mentioned she sues Fanton's for workplace discrimination after being let go.
  • Marionette Motion: Chloe sees a tall, thin figure moving with stiff, jerky steps, its arms snapping out and back as it approaches her.
  • Murderous Mannequin: At first, Chloe notices that one particular mannequin seems different somehow. Then, someone makes bizarre changes to one of the store displays after hours. Finally, Chloe and her manager, Lana, work late one night. Chloe hears Lana cry out, and when she goes to investigate, she discovers the aforementioned mannequin has become animate, and has murdered Lana.

    84: Possessive 

Case #9900112. Martin Blackwood, Archival Assistant at the Magnus Institute, recording statement number 9900112, statement of Adrian Weiss, given December 1st 1990.

  • Down in the Dumps: Because Maggie allowed rubbish to accumulate on her land, it becomes known as "Maggie's Dump," and eventually the people of Cratfield began to use it as an actual dump.
  • Trash of the Titans: The area around Maggie's home is cluttered with discarded appliances and furniture, food wrappers, magazines, old clothes, and other junk.
  • Wicked Witch: Adrian believes that Maggie is one of these. As she's old, ugly, and a recluse, she fits the popular stereotype of one.

    85: Upon the Stair 

Case #376-U. Statement of an unknown figure, regarding an encounter they may or may not have had in their home. Date of original statement unclear

  • Absurdly Long Stairway: The narrator spends all night traversing a spiral staircase in his home, despite the fact that the staircase in his house isn't long, isn't steep, and isn't a spiral.
  • And I Must Scream: A literal example. When the "man who wasn't there" switches places with the narrator, he realizes that he's actually been dead for decades. He tries to scream, but the sound is cut off as his throat decomposes.
  • Arc Words:
    As I was going up the stair
    I met a man who wasn't there!
    He wasn't there again today,
    Oh how I wish he'd go away!
  • Death of Personality: When the narrator's parent's visit him, they seem confused. His mother asks where her son is, while his father tells him that he's no son of his.
  • Ghost Story: This episode is based on the poem Antigonish, which is a ghost story told in verse.
  • Identity Amnesia: The narrator has trouble recalling who he is, nor can he remember basic details of his life. May actually be a case of Ghost Amnesia.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The narrator implies that the "man who wasn't there" is some kind of ghost. However, he also implies that he himself may be a ghost too, although he doesn't die so much as fade out of existence.
  • Ret-Gone: This appears to be what happened to the narrator.

    86: Tucked In 

Case #9830203. Statement of Benjamin Hatendi... Hateendi? Regarding... A blanket. Dead friend. Monster. Regarding his unavoidable and gruesome end. How he tried to hide. He couldn't. Statement is from 1983. March 2nd. And I guess... I'm doing this one. Tim Stoker. Archival assistant... Archival prisoner at the Magnus Institute.

  • Dislikes the New Guy: Tim admits that he and Martin don't want Melanie there at the Institute, although it's not because they dislike her personally: Martin doesn't like change, and Tim hates the Institute and doesn't want anyone there.
  • Nausea Fuel: When Benjamin finds Robin's body, he says it looked like a large, slick, wet bag with a dark liquid oozing from it onto the floor.
  • Primal Fear: Ever since he was a child, Benjamin has been afraid of the dark.
  • Sadist: Whatever is terrorrizing Ben has been toying with him for years. Hiding his head under the blanket has never been any real protection. It's been allowing him to believe this so it could savor his renewed fear when it reveals the truth.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Every night, when Benjamin is in bed, he's terrorized by something inhuman and monstrous.
  • Wham Line: The creature's only spoken words to Benjamin, near the end of the statement:
    The blanket never did anything.

    87: Uncanny Valley 

Case 0141010. Sebastian Skinner. Incident occurred in Gwydir forest, North Wales, September 2014. Statement given 10th October, 2014. Committed to tape 4th April, 2015.

  • Creepy Circus Music: As Jonathan is recording his addendum to the statement, he hears calliope music playing in the distance, which utterly unnerves him (for a good reason). Also serves as a call back to episode 24.
  • Determinator: Despite the fact that he's terrified, and despite all the negative effects it's had on his life, John admits that he can't stop searching for the truth about who is sending him statements, and why, and what's really going on.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: When Jude grabs Sebastian's shoulder, he feels sudden, blistering heat on his back.
  • Flaying Alive: Sebastian admits that he didn't know what "flensing" meant, and assumed that Megan was talking about some kind of sculpture.
  • Losing Your Head: When Sebastian screams, all the suspended heads look at him in unison, and by the look in their eyes tells him "that they still knew pain."
  • Murderous Mannequin: Several of them, including Megan, who is poorly disguised as a human.
  • Weirdness Censor: An odd case, in that Sebastian isn't specifically oblivious to weirdness so much as he's just oblivious in general, and as a result, he doesn't notice anything unusual on his visit to the workshop in the forest. This actually becomes somewhat hilarious in hindsight, albeit very darkly, when you later hear about everything he didn't notice, particularly Megan's reactions to Sebastian's obliviousness.
  • You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: John says this to Georgie when she asks him what's really going on.

    88: Dig 

Case 0030411. Martin Blackwood, Archival Assistant at the Magnus Institute, recording statement number 0030411, statement of Enrique MacMillan, given November 4th 2003.

  • Body Horror: At one point Enrique digs inside someone.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Basira becomes very concerned when Martin tells her that Daisy used the phrase "full operational discretion" in regards to her search for John.
  • Madness Mantra: "Dig"
  • Super OCD: (You have to) Dig, the book, that is (dig dig) makes whoever (dig) reads it (dig dig deep) compulsively (dig dig digging is good digging is learning digging is beautiful) dig whenever (dig) they can (enlightenment wonderment dig dig dig) or whoever (dig into them what do they have inside dig) they can (jealous they're jealous they don't understand dig dig and dig and dig)

    89: Twice as Bright 

Case 0172404. Statement of Jude Perry, regarding... some advice. Recorded direct from subject, April 24th 2017.

  • Ax-Crazy: Jude, though in her case, it's fire crazy.
  • Biomanipulation: The members of the cult are able to warp and alter their own bodies as if they were made of soft wax. Jude implies they can do this to others too.
  • Compelling Voice: Jonathan - and the listeners - learn that Jonathan, as a servant of the Beholding, can compel people to answer his questions, and that he's been doing it without being consciously aware of it. He finds out when Jude threatens to kill him if he tries using it on her.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Jude, pre-Lightless Flame. Although she had a high-paying job and a beautiful girlfriend, she was unfulfilled and burnt out.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Jude and The Cult of the Lightless Flame.
  • Fire Purifies: Jude tells Jonathan that when she looks at him, she feels the "burning liquid pain" eager to flow out of her and purify him.
  • For the Evulz: Jude and the cult's MO. She selected her first victim because lots of people would miss him, then posthumously ruined his repuration and burned down his house for kicks. Oh, and she still stalks his son, just in case she thinks of an inventive way to destroy his life, too. And dumped her ex by immolating herself in front of her.
  • I Lied: Jude demands that Jonathan shake her hand in exchange for some information he wants (Jonathan had refused to shake her hand earlier, saying "I'm not stupid"). She promises that it won't hurt.
  • Man on Fire: After Jude kills Nick, she channels the power of her "god" to immolate his body.
    • Also, Jude herself, as this is the final initiation rite.
  • Pyromaniac: Pretty much a given for members of The Cult of the Lightless Flame. Jude is at least a 5 (out of 7) on the sliding scale.
  • Self-Immolation: Jude does this to herself, though not to kill herself.
  • Scary Amoral Religion: The Cult of the Lightless Flame sits on the blurry line between this and Religion of Evil. On the one hand, Jude commits acts of murder and destruction because she enjoys it. On the other, the cult isn't about promoting evil, but about causing destruction.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: "The audience is only safe when the story isn't about them."
  • The Sociopath: Jude has all of the characteristics, except that she may have genuine feelings for Agnes, although those feelings come off as more like religious devotion than affection.

    90: Body Builder 

Case 0130807. Martin Blackwood, Archival Assistant at the Magnus Institute, recording statement number 0130807, statement of Ross Davenport, given August 7th 2013.

    91: The Coming Storm 

Case 0172804-A. Statement of Michael Crew regarding his experiences with the supernatural.

  • Affably Evil: Michael Crew is a murderer, but he's also polite and doesn't outwardly seem to be particularly malevolent.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Basira shows back up just in time to stop Daisy from murdering Jon.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Michael's attitude towards the events of "Long Way Down". He doesn't even actually remember them but ackowledges that it's something he would do.
  • Hunter of Monsters: Daisy, who seems to be heading into He Who Fights Monsters territory.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: We get a look at a few past statements, such as "Literary Heights", from Michael Crew's point of view
  • Vigilante Man: Daisy. In her efforts to destroy the manifestations of the entities, she bludgeons Michael Crew to death. She almost does the same to Jonathan, until Basira's timely intervention.

    92: Nothing Beside Remains 

Case 0172804-B. Statement of Barnabas Bennett, as given in a short letter to Jonah Magnus. April 9th 1824.

  • Dead Man's Switch: Elias warns Daisy that if he's killed, or the institute is destroyed, everyone who works there will die.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: Elias tells John that he can't tell John how to stop The Unknowing, because if he simply told John how, John would fail. Rather, John needs to "get better at seeing" in order succeed.
  • Morality Pet: Basira to Daisy; Elias describes her as the last thing connecting Daisy to humanity.
  • Noodle Incident:
    Basira: Daisy, where do I know [the name "Jurgen Leitner"] from?
    Daisy: Oh, the Yusuf case? "An Introduction to Higher Anatomy".
    Basira: Oh. Oh God. And you killed him? Shouldn't we be giving him a medal?
  • Manipulative Bastard: Elias, in fine form. He threatens Daisy's life to make Basira join the Archives, then turns around and uses the Dead Man Switch to keep Daisy in line.
  • Seen It All: When Melanie proclaims "This is insane!" Tim replies with a deadpan "You get used to it."

    93: Contaminant 

Case 9950503. Statement of Lester Chang regarding the cleaning habits of his father-in-law. Original statement given March 5th 1995.

  • Evil Smells Bad: Lester describes the smell coming from the shower drain as sour, like old milk.
  • Neat Freak: How Lester describes his father-in-law.
  • So Crazy, It Must Be True: Georgie accepts John's explanation for what's been going on with almost no skepticism.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Lester's wife and mother-in-law both die within the same year from a hereditary condition. The doctors describe the chances of it happening as astronomical.
  • What Cliffhanger: Georgie asks if one of the entities John is taking about is like death. John says yes and asks why she's asking. Georgie pauses, then replies "I'll make us a cup of tea," and the episode ends.

    94: Dead Woman Walking 

Case 0172904. Statement of Georgina Barker regarding the last words of possible corpse. Recorded direct from subject April 29th 2017.

    95: Absent Without Leave 

Case 9770211. Martin Blackwood, Archival Assistant at the Magnus Institute, recording statement number 9770211, statement of Luca Moretti, given November 2nd 1977.

  • Buried in a Pile of Corpses: As Luca makes his way through the cave, he discovers numerous corpses half-buried in the walls and ceiling. As he presses on, he encounters more, until eventually they completely cover the cave interior, and are stacked two or three deep.
  • Dwindling Party: The members of the expedition are picked off one by one, until only Luca is left.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The old woman at the mountain cabin.
  • River of Insanity: The journey up the mountain to find the deserters goes bad quickly, and ends with everyone except for Luca dead.

    96: Return to Sender 

Case 9961505. Statement of Alfred Breekon, regarding a new pair of workers at his delivery company. Original statement given May 15th 1996.

  • Alien Blood: When Daisy shoots Sarah, Sarah leaves behind sawdust and cloves instead of blood.
  • The Mafiya: Alfred initially thinks the two Russian-speaking men who show up at his office are mobsters.
  • Origins Episode: For Breekon & Hope.

    97: We All Ignore the Pit 

Case 0090303. Statement of Jackson Ellis, regarding the geographical oddities in the town of Bucoda, Washington. Original statement given 3rd March 2009.

  • Masquerade: Whenever Jackson asks anyone about the pit, they mishear, misunderstand, or ignore him. Possibly crossed with Weirdness Censor, as Jackson states that the people didn't seem evasive, but rather that they simply weren't able talk about the pit.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Nikola Orsinov notes that sometimes not being able to see something is actually a good thing.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Bucoda.

    98: Lights Out 

Case 8640514. Martin Blackwood, Archival Assistant at the Magnus Institute, recording statement number 8640514, statement of Doctor Algernon Moss, given May 14th 1864.

  • Assassination Attempt: Melanie attempts to poison Elias with painkillers dissolved in a cup of coffee. Elias sees through this immediately, and chides her for trying to kill him in such an obvious and poorly-planned way.
  • Dark Is Evil: As The Sandman approaches Algernon, the world around him is enveloped in "choking" darkness.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Maxwell Rayner apparently sics The Sandman on Dr. Moss as punishment for outbidding him at an auction.
  • Eye Scream: Dr. Moss does this to himself after being confronted with an eternity of being trapped in darkness, claiming that sightless and darkness are not the same thing, and that the former is much more preferable to the latter.
  • Foreshadowing: The item that Algernon Moss outbid Maxwell Rayner for was a collection of documents from the HMS Terror, one of the ships sent to explore the Northwest Passage as part of a failed expedition led by John Franklin. This is an early hint of the People's Church of the Divine Host's interest in the Arctic, where they would later attempt a ritual to summon the Dark into the world.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Sandman is described as being tall and thin, with black sand trickling from his mouth, and joints that twist and move with every step it takes.
  • The Sandman: The Sandman appears first as a character in a book of horror stories as a monstrous creature that steals the eyes of children who won't go to bed. Later, it comes into Dr. Moss's bedroom at night, bringing smothering, impenetrable darkness with it.

    99: Dust to Dust 

Robert E. Geiger. Incident occurred in Boise City, Oklahoma, April 1935. Victim’s name given as Stefan Brotchen. Statement given 20th February, 1952. Committed to tape 2nd September, 2007. Gertrude Robinson Recording.

  • Call-Forward: Even in his human form, Michael's laugh sounds eerily similar to the one he has as the Distortion.
  • Cliffhanger: Jonathan is kidnapped by Brekon & Hope, on orders from Nikola Orsinov. This is particularly rough, because the next episode focuses on other characters entirely, followed by a six-week hiatus for the show.
  • Deadly Dust Storm: The story of the statement takes place during Black Sunday, a severe dust storm that hit the area in 1935.
  • Historical Domain Character: Robert E. Geiger was a real journalist for the Associated Press, and, as is stated in the episode, credited with being the first journalist to call the area by the name "the Dust Bowl" in print (though in real life, it was actually his editor that put the name in the article while rewriting it).
  • The Reveal: Michael, a.k.a. The Distortion, was Gertrude's assistant at one point, begging the question of what happened to turn him into his current state.
  • Shown Their Work: Boise City, Oklahoma is a real small town and was founded as described in the episode.

    100: I Guess You Had To Be There 

Assorted live statements. No further details available.

  • Affably Evil: For the walking incarnation of isolation and loneliness, Peter's voice actor is surprisingly chipper, but there's a distinct edge of menace lurking beneath.
  • All First-Person Narrators Write Like Novelists: Averted. All of the statements given sound realistically incoherent and with the sort of credibility you'd expect from the average testimony of supernatural activity, with the strong implication that it is the Archivist's powers that gave previous statements their exhaustive and expressive quality. More specifically:
    • Martin's statement giver is overly curt and undescriptive.
    • Basira's keeps going off on tangents and completely skips past crucial points.
    • Tim's is a secretive, paranoid Conspiracy Theorist.
    • Melanie's is a stammering, rambling Nervous Wreck.
  • Breather Episode: Unlike the rest of the series, this episode is (mostly) played for comedy instead of horror.
  • The Cameo: "John Smith" is voiced by one of the Rusty Quill Gaming players, James Ross.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Tim's statement giver, "John Smith", is convinced that his friend was taken by the government and that they have a secret biological weapons testing ground and holding facility underneath London.
  • Day in the Life: A look into some of the more... frustratingly mundane of statements that the archival assistants take in Jonathan's absence. Until Peter Lukas crashes the party looking for Elias.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Even more so than other episodes. The tone and incoherent nature of each "statement" easily leads one to dismiss these people as cranks but each testimony includes enough elements of the Powers at work (the Lightless Flame, the Spiral, the Church of the Divine Host and spiders) to be more than mere coincidence. Word of God confirmed in the third Q&A session that what they experienced was in fact real, keeping up with the already stated claim that all statements read on the podcast relate to actual events.

    101: Another Twist 

Statement of Michael, taken from subject. Date: the last day of the Archivist's life.

  • Anti-Hero: Gertrude used the real Michael's trust in her to sacrifice him to the Distortion, forcing it to incarnate in him instead of remaking the world in its image.
  • Arc Words: "He trusted her."
  • Big Damn Heroes: Although not through any actual heroic intent. Just as Michael is about to take Jonathan through a door and kill him, the Distortion cottons on to the fact a decidedly human emotion is influencing its actions and intervenes.
  • Bizarrchitecture: A house made of impossible angles on a nonexistent island was a key part of the Distortion's plan to take over the world.
  • Bound and Gagged: Jonathan's been tied to a chair and gagged after being abducted, and for the first few minutes of the podcast Nikola Orsinov carries on a one-sided conversation with him and his tape recorder while he only makes (increasingly irritated) muffled responses. Michael later frees him so that Jonathan can properly take his statement before he kills him.
  • The Bus Came Back: Helen Richardson from episode 47 becomes the new host of the Distortion and releases Jonathan.
  • Genius Bonus: Sannikov Land is an actual mythical island in Russia.
  • Oh, Crap!: One for Michael, when he realizes that his door is locked. This is immediately followed by him being eradicated and replaced by the Helen avatar.
  • Sins of the Father: Part of the reason Michael has come for Jonathan is that the part of it that remembers being the real Michael has always longed for revenge against Gertrude, but couldn't get at her. So her successor will just have to do.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Michael insists that Michael Shelley is gone, and it's only angry at the Archives because Gertrude not only destroyed its plans but forced it to wear evidence of its failure. However, the way it keeps repeating the Arc Words and the fact the Helen incarnation is not angry suggest pretty clearly that it's lying.
  • Was Once a Man: This episode confirms that Michael Shelley the archival assistant is indeed the source of the Michael avatar.

    102: Nesting Instinct 

Case #0140406. Statement of François Deschamps, regarding the family and presumed marriage of Benoît Maçon. Statement given June 4th 2014.]

  • Bait-and-Switch: François's comment that Benoît seemed like a totally different person when he came to work after he got a date at first seems to point to a Not-Them infestation. It's actually the Filth; Benoît is just really happy because of his new girlfriend.
  • Honey Trap: Sad-sack failure at life bartender Benoît finally gets the girlfriend he's been uselessly pining for and she's the most amazing thing ever? Yes, of course "his little beetle" is a monster. He at least seems happy when "she" devours him.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: To head off her assassination attempt, Jon tells Melanie that for right now, they need Elias, but they can get rid of him later. Elias says this almost word-for-word; Jon replies that he could be spying on the conversation anyway, so it doesn't matter.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Gertrude was not above a little bit of Gallows Humor; her notes refer to the dancers who will enact the Unknowing as the "corpse de ballet".
  • The Omniscient: Now that Jon is more aware of what exactly being Archivist entails, he's starting to develop powers that come with the position. He knows Gerard and Gertrude worked together without ever having read it, and at the end of the episode he realizes he flawlessly translated the entire statement despite not knowing a lick of French.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: Elias seems to be less powerful than the Archivist. Jon knows more about the Unknowing from getting kidnapped one time than Elias knows from being the boss of the woman who spent years investigating it. Elias also seems to be limited to information that directly affects him, while Jon can get things related to the statements.
  • That Liar Lies: Melanie flat-out does not believe the supposed Dead Man Switch connected to Elias exists, which is why she feels so comfortable trying to kill him.
    Melanie: It's not even a good lie!

    103: Cruelty Free 

Case #0140207. Statement of Dylan Anderson, regarding an unusual pig he acquired on his farm near the Marlborough Forest, New Zealand.

  • Blackmail: Jon's growing rapidly more comfortable with his powers. To get some papers Gertrude accidentally left at Dylan's house from Dylan's brother Kurt (who lives in England, and was supposed to return them, but didn't), he compels Kurt to tell him his darkest secret, and then says he has it on tape now, so Kurt had better hand the papers over or Jon will show the tape to his superiors.
  • Buried Alive: Gertrude's solution to the pig is to wall off the pen and fill it with concrete with the pig still inside.
  • Circus of Fear: Averted with the actual circus—Gertrude and Gerard came to New Zealand because they thought it was the Other Circus, but it's actually just a regular one. The nightmares Dylan has after the pig eats a clown, however, definitely qualify.
  • Driven to Suicide: After the monster pig almost kills his brother and eats a clown, Dylan goes into the pigpen and lies down, inviting it to eat him, because he's afraid of what the pig will do and doesn't want to be alive to see it. Of course, since he's able to give the statement, it doesn't—it likes him, for some reason, so it just lies down next to him instead.
  • Madness Mantra: "Long pig, short pig, fat pig, narrow pig."
  • Shoot the Dog: Dylan has a favorite pig named Toby. Naturally, it doesn't last long when the Pig gets there.

    104: Sneak Preview 

Case #0171106. Statement of Timothy Stoker, on the disappearance of his brother, Danny, four years ago. Statement given June 14th 2017.

    105: Total War 

Case #D-1862-143. Statement of Second Lieutenant Charles Fleming, regarding his experiences during the Taiping Rebellion. Original statement undated, but apparently written in early 1862.

  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After helping introduce opium to China, Charles himself becomes addicted.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Charles says that during the siege, people were not only eating human meat, but price-gauging it.

    106: A Matter Of Perspective 
Case #0081002. Jan Kilbride’s account of his time spent aboard the space station Daedalus. Statement date February 10th 2008.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Kilbride used to think of himself as this, finding comfort in the vast size of the universe and not seeing any intrinsic point to it all; after his experiences on the Daedalus, thinking about it just makes him sick to his stomach.
  • Call-Back: Kilbride was aboard Daedalus at the same time as Chilcott from "Personal Space". It's also revealed that Melanie's father died in the fire in the Ivy Meadows Resting Home from "Taken Ill"
  • Eldritch Abomination: During the mission, Jan hears an inhuman roar that makes his ears bleed and feel like the whole station is shaking, though his fellow crewmember Manuela claims not to hear it. Later, while out for a spacewalk, he drifts far away from the station until he bumps into... something gargantuan that blots out the stars as far as he can see.
  • Mind Rape: Elias makes Melanie know how her father really died and threatens to make her see it if she keeps trying to interfere in Elias' plans.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The audience never actually finds out what the Filth did to Melanie's father, as Elias doesn't say it out loud. All we know is that it's enough to make Melanie cry. Melanie.
  • Switching P.O.V.: We see the events of "Personal Space" from Kilbride's perspective.
  • Take That, Us: Basira says she enjoyed the first and second seasons of Georgie's What the Ghost? podcast, but the third got weird. Might also be a jab at The Black Tapes, an inspiration for The Magnus Archives which also took some strange turns during its third season.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Melanie claims that according to Georgie, Jonathan "doesn't". Basira says that that "explains a lot".

    107: Third Degree 
Case #0100102. Statement of Howard Ewing, regarding his interview with an unidentified member of British Transport Police. Original statement given February 1st 2010.
  • The Bus Came Back: Jon runs into Julia Montauk ("A Father's Love") and Trevor Herbert ("Vampire Hunter" and "Children Of The Night" in the U.S.
  • Covert Distress Code: The episode features the real-life code "Inspector Sands", which is used by public transport authorities in the U.K. to alert staff of dangers such as bombs or fires without causing a panic among civilians.

    108: Monologue 
Case #0092008. Statement of Adonis Biros, regarding his performance on stage. Original statement given August 20th 2009.

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Adonis says that he sometimes wishes all his castmates and the audience would leave him alone onstage to do monologues. He certainly gets that.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: By the end of the statement, all the audience members have been replaced by identical masked figures.
  • No Body Left Behind: When Adonis strikes the masked figure, it crumples to the ground, leaving behind just a cloak and a mask, and a stick that was propping them up.
  • White Mask of Doom: Adonis describes the mask the figure in the audience wears as being like an old Greek chorus mask with a neutral expression and a hint of mourning about the mouth and eyes.

    109: Nightfall 
Case #0172906. Statement of Julia Montauk, regarding her initial encounters with the hunter Trevor Herbert. Statement taken direct from subject, June 29th 2017.

  • Family of Choice: Being associated with the Dark through her father's murders has made Julia's life hell— it's little wonder that she's decided to go with The Hunt.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Julia and Trevor.

    110: Creature Feature 
Case #0121403. Martin Blackwood, Archival Assistant at the Magnus Institute, recording statement number 0121403, statement of Alexia Crawley, given March 14th 2012.

  • Ambiguously Evil: Brandon Olmar, the actor who plays a prominent role in Dexter's spider movie, is said to have been one of the few people Dexter listened to, and also the one who led the cast to the spider. He isn't portrayed as at all sinister in Alexia's story, but given that The Web is involved...
  • Famed in Story: Dexter Banks is apparently quite a famous film director.
  • Foreign Remake: According to Alexia, this was basically all that Dexter did; he took favorite scenes of his from obscure foreign movies, glued them together with mediocre screenplays he wrote himself and had Alexia recreate the shots from the movies. The first movie of his to get an Oscar nomination (and the first movie of his that Alexia worked on), Red Ronin, was based on a samurai movie, Blade of the Avenger, using much of the same plot (along with some added scenes from Westerns and other samurai movies), but set in the U.S. and being about a nihilistic ex-Marine.
  • The Movie Buff: Alexia says that she's never met anyone who knew as much about films, and as little about everything else, as Dexter Banks.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dexter Banks may be intended as a caricature of Quentin Tarantino, who also is a big movie buff, worked in a video rental store when he was younger and has a known habit of recreating/homaging scenes from obscure foreign films.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Dexter finally got started on his big spider movie remake when he came across the book it was supposedly based on (no doubt another Leitner book), which he thought was better than getting a copy of the film or its script. When he told Alexia this over the phone, she felt uneasy about it, but it took a moment for her to figure out why - it was that Dexter would never say a book is better than a movie.
  • Prima Donna Director: Dexter was this, in spades; egotistical, unable to accept creative input, and kind of a hack if not for Alexia's involvment in his films.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Alexia states that her relationship with Dexter was built on over a decade of "disdain and interdependence." Although they hate each other, they also need each other (Alexia because she can't get other gigs as a cinematographer, and Banks because he knows that she's responsible for a lot of the success of his films)
  • Transgender: Alexia is notable as being the first character in the series to be trans.

    111: Family Business 
Case #0173006. Statement of Gerard Keay, deceased, regarding the death of his mother, Mary Keay. Statement taken posthumously from subject, June 30th 2017.

  • Barred from the Afterlife: Gerard's spirit is bound to Leitner's book, trapping him in a state where he's dead, but still exists.
  • Bystander Syndrome: When Jon first asks Gerard for help, he is quite unconcerned with the fact that the world might end if he doesn't since he is trapped in a book.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Almost the entire episode is made up of a conversation between Jonathan and the spirit of Gerard Keay.
  • Devil, but No God: There are the fourteen (according to Smirke, anyway) Powers, based on the fears of living beings, but that's all. There's no opposing pantheon of hope, love, etc.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Being bound to the skin book hurts all the time, worse than any living being can imagine, and you can't even die to escape it. The only way out is for someone to take pity on you and burn your page.
  • Ghostly Goals: Gerard refuses to help Jonathan unless Jonathan promises to destroy Gerard's page in the Leitner book, freeing Gerard's spirit.
  • Info Dump: Gerard gives a lengthy one regarding the name and nature of each of the Powers.
  • Parental Neglect: Mary Keay was interested in her son mainly as a vehicle for creating some kind of independent occult dynasty, and otherwise had no time for him.
  • Primal Fear: Gerard explains that the cosmic entities that exist adjacent to our reality don't feed on fear; they are fear. Specifically, each one is a primal fear, e.g., the fear of death, madness, disease, darkness, etc...

    112: Thrill of the Chase 
Case #0111311. Statement of Lisa Carmel, regarding her involvement in a series of murders. Statement number 0111311, 13th November 2011.

  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: At one point in the statement, which concerns the Hunt, Basira reads "[...w]e were just about to dive into the main discussion, when there was another knock at the door" - and is interupted when Daisy, a Hunter herself, knocks on the door of the room she's recording in.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Lisa is almost blasé about the fact that she and her friends have taken to hunting and killing each other with knives.
  • Foreshadowing: There is a minor hint here at the nature of the Powers and how easily some of them can connect to one another. While the presence of hunting and the people possessed obviously indicate that the Hunt was at work here, the members of the group briefly tap their feet to an unknown rhythm after killing masked man (music being more associated with the Slaugher than the Hunt).
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: After the Murder Club kill the masked man who attacks them in Lisa's flat, they all begin hunting each other.
  • True Crime: The members of the Murder Club are all true crime enthusiasts who meet to talk about their shared interest.

    113: Breathing Room 
Case #571-U. Statement of Adelard Dekker, regarding the near death and subsequent activities of Justin Gough. Statement undated, likely circa 2012.

  • Blood from the Mouth: What Justin develops, as The End manifests itself as a form of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Dead Man's Switch: A literal example for Gertrude: John finds it in the archives, wrapped in a block of plastic explosive.
  • Eye Scream: Adelard drives a meat skewer through Justin's eye and into his brain as an impromptu trepanation to cut off his ability to dream and break The End's hold over him. It turns him into a vegetable, but it's dubious whether the procedure has the intended effect. The action is described by Adelard in... well, let's say loving detail.
  • Foreshadowing: In the beginning of his statement, Dekker mentions that he though the incident was related to a "new emergence" he was investigating, but he found that it had nothing to do with it. Later, we learn that the "emergence" was the new power, the Extinction; considering that the victims were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, he might have thought that the manifestation played on a fear of the planet being destroyed by pollution of the air.
  • Not Quite Dead: Or brain-dead. Adelard notes that between the brain's ability to recover from trauma and the resilience the Powers' avatars possess, Justin may eventually return. Jon states that Justin disappeared from his care home in 2015, with several of the staff dying from carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real

    114: Cracked Foundation 
Case #0092204. Statement of Anya Villette, regarding a cleaning job on Hill Top Road. Original statement given April 22nd, 2009.

  • Giant Spider: When Anya looks into the crack in the basement floor, she sees eight spindly legs reaching for her.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: After the events at Hill Top Road, Anya complains that the people she thought she knew (those she can find, that is) seem different, she can't find her favorite coffee shop, and everything is just wrong. This is a particularly extreme example, since the fact that Jonathan can't find any evidence of her existence implies that she may have come from an Alternate Universe.
  • Unperson: When Johnathan tries to follow up on Anya's statement, he can't find any evidence that she exists, nor can he corroborate the details of her statement.
  • When Trees Attack: Anya has a vision of the tree in the garden grabbing her.

    115: Taking Stock 

Case #0070401. Statement of Mikaele Salesa, regarding an antique meat grinder in his possession during the Autumn of 1999. Original statement given January 4th 2007.

  • Badass Normal: Mikaele serves no power and therefore has no supernatural backup, but, at least by the time he gives the statement, has been dealing with artifacts that could kill him horribly with very little trouble for years. In fact, unlike most other statement-givers, he is at no point actually afraid or in danger, just disgusted and annoyed with himself for slipping up.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Stock refers both to wares a business sells and to a type of broth made from animal bones. In this case, Cook’s arm bones.
  • Fingore: The sausage is very homemade. Eventually escalates to Cook's whole arm.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Even before he confirms it, Mikaele stops eating Chef's meat once he suspects where it's coming from.
  • Noodle Incident: Mikaele gave his statement as some kind of repayment for an artifact he sold the Institute causing trouble. (From the sound of it, the artifact was associated with the Slaughter, which doesn’t point to good things.)
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Mikaele used to work for Leitner. After seeing one of his colleagues get devoured by a book, he swiftly reconsidered his career choices.
  • The Secret of Long Pork Pies: Mikaele says that the meat dishes tasted too fresh to be canned.

    116: The Show Must Go On 

Case #7870211. Abraham Janssen. Incident occurred in the Court Theatre Buda, October 1787. Statement taken journal entry dated 2nd November of that year. Committed to tape 4th October 2013.

  • Achilles' Heel: Like the other Powers, the Stranger is most vulnerable during its big ritual. Some agents of the Slaughter are able to one-shot the cast with a cursed cannon because of this.
  • Clockwork Creature: The Mechanical Turk, the ushers, and the birds.
  • Reality Is Out to Lunch: As the ritual Abraham describes is enacted, things become weirder and weirder until he experiences a "moment of absolute nothing." When he returns to existence, reality has become nightmarish, bizarre, and chaotic. As he puts it, "nothing was anything." Possibly averted, in that the ritual may have altered Abraham's perception of reality, rather than reality itself.

    117: Testament 

Case #0170208-A to F. Assorted statements of Magnus Institute archival staff, prior to their departure for Great Yarmouth.

  • Lock-and-Load Montage: A rather short one: Daisy's "statement" consists solely of her loading a gun and saying "Right."
  • Remember That You Trust Me: Jonathan ends up doing this to himself: after reflecting on what his paranoid attitude in the previous season cost him, he makes the conscious decision to choose to trust his companions.
  • The Reveal: Melanie finally gives a statement on the time she was shot by a ghost in India.

    118: The Masquerade 

Case #0170608-A/B. Original recordings of a Magnus Institute visit to the House of Wax, Great Yarmouth, and an internal management dispute.

  • Call-Back: The statements that Martin burns are ones that have been read by John in previous episodes.
  • Deadly Closing Credits: At the end of the episode, Daisy has been affected by the Unknowing, and she's pointing a gun at John. The last thing we hear is John yell "Daisy," and then a gunshot, followed by the end credits.
  • Fate Worse than Death: John thought that the anglerfish simply ate the bodies of its victims after flaying them. He discovers that instead, that they're still alive, and have been turned into wax figures.
  • Foreshadowing: Martin confronts Elias with the fact that he allowed Prentiss' attack on the Institute and let Not!Sasha run around posing as the real Sasha even though his powers must have tipped him off about them. Elias doesn't provide an answer, but in Episode 160, we learn the reason why.
  • Iron Woobie: Martin takes being on the receiving end of Elias' Mind Rape a lot better than Melanie did.
  • Oh, Crap!: "Oh God... Oh God... They're not waxworks." Doubles as a Wham Line, along with "I guess you don't need skin to sing."
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Tim wants to try and rescue the victims of the anglerfish, but John argues that they can't help them.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: Averted, horribly. The people who have been turned into wax figures are still alive.
  • We Need a Distraction: Martin distracts Elias by burning a bunch of statements.

    119: Stranger and Stranger 
Case #0170708. Unknown.

  • Ax-Crazy: After the Unknowing whacks everybody over the head, Daisy completely loses her connection to humanity and morphs into a laughing, growling thing to tear half of the deliverymen apart with her bare hands.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Nikola got to the theme music. That means you're in the Unknowing's audience.
  • Mind Screw: In spades.
  • Surreal Theme Tune: The standard creepy intro is replaced by bizarre calliope music.
  • Taking You with Me: Tim sacrifices himself by detonating the C4 to disrupt the ritual.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Nikola puppeteers Gertrude and Jurgen's bodies to deliver one of these to John. It works... almost.
  • Uncertain Doom: Tim, Jon, Daisy, and Basira.

    120: Eye Contact 
Case #0170908. Statement of Elias Bouchard, regarding the dreams of Jonathan Sims, Head Archivist of the Magnus Institute, currently unresponsive. Details pulled directly from subject.

  • Adventures in Comaland: Jon experiences a repeating succession of dreams while in a coma. Averted, in that despite his attempts in his dreams to wake himself up, he is unable to do so.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The dreams that Jon visits are those of former statement givers, including Dr. Lionel Elliott (Episode 34: "Anatomy Class"), Tessa Winters (Episode 65: "Binary") and Georgie (Episode 94: "Dead Woman Walking"), or reference events of other statements, such as "Dig" (Episode 88) and "Underground" (Episode 71).
  • Fate Worse than Death: Jon is trapped in a coma in which he has a rotating series of nightmares that belong to the people whose statements he's taken. He must watch each one play out again and again, unable to change anything no matter how much the people in the dreams beg him to help, with the the Eye always filling the sky above him.
  • Infectious Insanity: Each of Jon's dreams that Elias narrates represents a different "gifted nightmare" whose statement Jon took directly from its subject. The tape recordings apparently are a way for Jon to put a barrier between him and the Beholding - otherwise, he relives the statements on repeat every time he falls asleep.
  • Wham Episode: The Unknowing was seemingly stopped and Elias is arrested, but Tim and Daisy are apparently dead, Jon is in a coma-like state and Peter Lukas has taken over the Institute.

Season 4

    121: Far Away 
Case #UNKNOWN. Statement of Oliver Banks, regarding his dreams and trying to run away. Statement given directly to Jonathan Sims, Head Archivist of the Magnus Institute, currently unresponsive.
  • Call-Back: Oliver Banks is "Antonio Blake", the statement giver of episode #11.
    • Georgie recognizes "Antonio" as an Avatar of The End due to her experiences described in #94
  • Dead All Along: Oliver reveals at the end of his statement that he deliberately steered the Point Nemo expedition ship into the path of a falling satellite, killing everyone on board, including him.
  • Shown Their Work: Point Nemo exists and it really is used as a spacecraft cemetery due to it being far away from any landmass or air/sea traffic.

    122: Zombie 
Case #0150102. Statement of Lorell St John, regarding zombies. Original statement given 1st February 2015.

  • Ambiguously Human: After being ordered to choose whether he's a human or the Archivist last episode, Jon is shockingly well-recovered for someone who just woke up from a six-month coma and is entirely well once he's finished reading the statement.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Given the name and who showed up last time, you'd expect the End to be involved. It's actually about Lorell's progressive delusion that certain people around her are philosophical zombies, and the Stranger attacking her using it.
  • Lack of Empathy: The crux of Lorell's delusion about zombies—as she admits in the beginning of the statement, she has difficulty understanding or relating to other people's emotions, and so becomes possessed of the notion that they don't truly have them at all.
  • Meaningful Rename: Jon introduces himself simply as "Jonathan Sims, the Archivist".
  • Our Zombies Are Different: They're alive, and they act like people, but they're empty inside (so says Lorell). Eventually she is stalked by a literal empty shell, which deflates when she punches it but has the side effect of convincing her everyone is a zombie, not just select people.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Georgie splits, apparently cottoning on to the implications of Jon waking up right after Oliver's visit, and unwilling to deal with this after what she already went through with the End.

    123: Web Development 
Case #0150108. Statement of Angie Santos, regarding a website developed by one Gregory Cox. Original statement given 1st August 2015.

  • Call-Back: Jon mentions that at least some of the names that appeared in Chelicerae are names of former statement givers, including arachnophobe Carlos Vittery (Episode 16: "Arachnophobia")
  • Double-Meaning Title: The title refers both to the fact that Greg was developing a website and that he was doing it on behalf of the Web.
  • Extreme Doormat: How Angie describes Greg's personality.
  • Eye Scream: Instead of eyes, the thing Angie and Greg encounter has eye sockets (and a mouth) that are full of spiders.
  • From Bad to Worse: Basira finally lays out just how badly things have gone in the Institute during Jon's coma: Melanie has become a lot more violent and angry, possibly indicating that the Slaughter is getting to her; Martin is spending all his time on some unknown project for Peter Lukas; and worst of all, the other Powers have turned their attention towards the Beholding due it never having attempted a ritual and the disruption of the Unknowing, with the Flesh having mounted a full scale attack on the Insitute.
  • Haunted Technology: The forum that Greg sets up and maintains is, if not supernatural itself, then a conduit for supernatural powers.
  • Meaningful Name: The website is called Chelicerae, which is the scientific name for spider jaws.
  • No One Sees the Boss: Somewhat unsurprisingly, Peter Lukas does all his business by himself (and possibly Martin) and thus only communicates with the rest of the Institute via memos and email from offsite. The only indication other employees get that he even exists is that people who ignore his directives tend to disappear.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Angie describes the thing that accosts her and Greg as some kind of human-spider hybrid swarming with spiders.

    124: Left Hanging 
Case #0121112 Statement of Julian Jennings, regarding a cable car journey up the Untersberg mountain range in Austria. Original statement given 11th December 2012.

  • Blatant Lies: At the end, Julian says he's no longer as close to his mother as he used to be, because she flatly denies anything strange happened even when they both know she remembers everything.
  • For the Evulz: Jon notes that out of all the Avatars he knows of, Simon Fairchild is the only one who seems to do what he does simply "for the hell of it".

    125: Civilian Casualties 
Case #9931907. Statement of Sergeant Terrance Simpson, regarding an outbreak of violence in the crofting community of Lanncraig, Ross-shire. Original statement given 19th July 1993.
  • The Corruption: The Slaughter has been slowly taking over Melanie ever since the events narrated in episode 117.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: The entire village of Lanncraig killed each other, or themselves.
  • Go Out with a Smile: The crofters turned into berserkers by the Slaughter all died with a facial expression described by Terrance as somewhere between intense rage and absolute mania.
  • Hate Plague: Exposure to the book drives people gleefully berserk.
  • Insult of Endearment: Callum McKenzie called Terrance "the bastard English", but he always said it with a smile, so he doesn't seem to have taken offense from it.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Zigzagged. It seems that the bookseller may have realized the effect the book was having on people around her and decided to tear it in half to stop it from working. This released all of the book's power, driving the entire village of Lanncraig insanely violent at once, but it did stop the book from emitting the Hate Plague. Alternatively, however, the old paperback may have fallen apart on its own in her hands.
  • The Omniscient: Jon's powers kick up another gear; despite having no medical training, he knows not only exactly what kind of difficult and risky surgery is needed to remove the cursed bullet from Melanie's leg, but also how to do it.
  • Rasputinian Death: Having been fully possessed by the Slaughter, Callum McKenzie is impaled by a pitchfork and has his arms embedded with glass without even slowing down. After the pitchfork is pushed in deeper, it apparently hits a major internal artery, finally killing him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After seeing what happened in Lanncraig, the policeman leaves Scotland quickly, even though it costs him his marriage.
  • We Have to Get the Bullet Out: Justified. Jon's powers allow him to see that the bullet Melanie was shot with by the ghost in India is infecting her with the Slaughter's power. He and Basira are forced to resort to Meatgrinder Surgery to get it out.

    126: Sculptor's Tool 
Case #0091110. Statement of Deborah Madaki, regarding an adult art class she took in the Spring of 2004 and her friendship with ‘Gabriel’, a fellow student. Original statement given 11th October 2009.

  • Accidental Murder: It seems Deborah unwittingly did something to a classmate and ended up with the woman's dead body in her basement, resulting in her being convicted of the woman's murder.
  • Affably Evil: In spite of what he does to Deborah and the other members of the sculpting class, Gabriel is always outwardly nice and friendly to them and seems sincere when he thanks Deborah for her "help".
  • Ambiguous Situation: At the end of the episode, Jon says he's not entirely sure whether Deborah was truly able to refuse Gabriel's invitation to join the Spiral's cultists in Sannikovland, or just didn't go because she was in jail.
  • Call-Back: "Gabriel" turns out to be the Worker in Clay, who was mentioned by Michael as part of the Spiral's ritual in episode #101. He also invites Deborah to Sannikovland, presumably for that same ritual.
  • Deal with the Devil: Martin is being so distant because he's made some kind of bargain with Peter Lucas to save everyone from some undefined threat, and trying to get power from the Lonely is part of it.
  • Extreme Doormat: While Deborah initially isn't this, the first time she comes to what she thinks is a different class and ends up being sculpture class instead, she doesn't walk out because she's afraid of hurting the teacher's feelings.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Martin talks to the tape recorder that suddenly appeared in his office and claims that his admin is not "thrilling listening" and asks it if it missed Jon and if it's back because Jon is. He might as well be talking straight at the listener.
    • For extra meta points, Alex J. Newall is the Creative Director of Rusty Quill: thus, he IS the guy doing their admin in real life!
  • Mind Screw: It starts with the schedule of Deborah's community center changing so that every adult education class she attends is the sculpture class she has with Gabriel, and always has been, no matter what time she tries to go. Then it gets worse.

    127: Remains to be Seen 
Case #8312111. Statement of Doctor Jonathan Fanshawe, regarding the months leading to the death and autopsy of Albrecht Von Closen. Original statement given as part of a letter to Jonah Magnus, November 21st 1831.

  • Being Watched: While Dr. Fanshawe is alone in Albrecht Von Closen's estate, he experiences an intense sensation of being watched.
  • Call-Back: Albrecht Von Closen was the statement giver in episode #23, whereas this time, he's the subject of the statement.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: When Dr. Fanshawe performs an autopsy on Albrecht, he discovers that his organs, bones, and the inside of his skin are literally covered in dozens of eyes.

    128: Heavy Goods 
Case #0180303. Statement of the surviving half of the being calling itself ‘Breekon and Hope’, regarding its existence. Statement... extracted from subject 3rd March 2018.
  • And I Must Scream: Daisy is confirmed to be alive inside the coffin, unable to move, die, or be released.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Whoever hired Breekon and Hope to deliver the coffin apparently never expected the recipient to actually not open it, like the subject of "Do Not Open" managed to do. As such, B&H were forced to lug the coffin around until the Unknowing attack since it was a package without a destination.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Breekon seems to feel genuine affection and grief for its other half, beyond just being traumatized by essentially being chopped in two.
  • Hive Mind: Breekon and Hope turn out to be two halves of the same being.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Jon scares the crap out of what's left of Breekon and Hope by turning the knob up on his powers and apparently psychically tearing the statement from its mind.
    Breekon: [utterly terrified] Stop looking at me!
  • Mind Probe: Jon's Archivist powers have grown to the point he can now literally rip statements out of subjects' minds and even use his Compelling Voice to immobilize them when he does so. It's as horrifying as it sounds.
  • Painting the Medium: The more oomph Jon puts behind his Compelling Voice, the more distorted the audio becomes.
  • Stealth Pun: Breekon is wandering completely lost with the death of his other half. He is both literally and figuratively Hope-less.
  • Wham Line: "Stop."

    129: Submerged 
Case #0130409. Statement of Kulbir Shakya, regarding a flood that occurred around his flat in Hackney. Original statement given September 4th, 2013.

  • Dramatic Thunder: The first thunderclap of the storm is so powerful, Kulbir momentarily thinks that it's an earthquake. It later wakes him from sleep.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The sheath of Kulbir's Grandfather's Kukri becomes instrumental in saving his life.
  • Perpetual Storm: What seems like a normal rainstorm as first goes on and on endlessly, causing a flood that traps Kulbir in his home.
  • Power Incontinence: Jon is doing his best to keep the door in his head shut, but he has a very hard time not knowing the answer the second he thinks of a question. He finds Martin simply by thinking about him, and has to forcibly push away more knowledge about the statement after accidentally wondering aloud. Not only that, but he voices the fear that sometimes he does this without realizing and has no reliable way to tell which information in his head came from outside.
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: As the rain falls, the roads begin to flood, but soon the water rises to where it submerges the cars in the street and floods the bottom floor of Kulbir's house. After a brief lull in the rain, the waters begin to rise again rapidly, seemingly flooding the entire city, and threatening to drown Kulbir.
  • Weird Weather: The rainstorm seems normal at first, but as Kulbir looks outside his window, he notes a complete absence of cars, buses, or other human activity. Later, he comes to realize that there is no longer a day or night, just the rain, and he sees floodwaters rising rapidly in the streets.

    130: Meat 
Case #0081912. Statement of Lucia Wright., regarding just a... A hole. A hole filled with... With meat.. Original statement given December 19th, 2008.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Between Gertrude's ominous reassurance that once Lucia gives her statement her nightmares won't be bothering her much longer and the former taking her time reaching inside her desk to supposedly pull out a flyer for a counselling service, it's heavily implied that Gertrude is about to murder Lucia in cold blood...only for it to be revealed that due to Lucia not knowing about Getrude's involvement in the affair, she didn't kill her. Maybe.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The episode is about the Flesh's ritual, which is in fact mainly about filling a hole (that is also a mouth) with meat.
  • He Knows Too Much: The point of taking the statement was for Gertrude to find out whether she needed to pull this with Lucia—after all, Gertrude knew exactly what happened, because she was there, laying explosives to disrupt the rite. Luckily, Lucia doesn't really remember running into Gertrude, so she gets to live. With the memories of participating in the ritual and the recurring nightmares that come from giving a statement.

    131: Flesh 
Case #0182003. Statement of Jared Hopworth, the Boneturner, regarding his association with Flesh and recent activities.
  • Anonymous Benefactor: Jared explains that he and his ilk attacked the Institute after being told of the place in a letter sent to him by some unknown person who sent him a whole bunch of similar letters telling him where to find people with good, healthy bones he could claim.
  • Endless Corridor: When Jared attacked the Institute and even a Slaughter-driven Melanie couldn't put him down, Helen showed up and helpfully ushered him into one of these. He's not happy about it.
  • Exact Words: Helen and Jon promise Jared that in return for removing the latter's rib, the former will create a door out of the Endless Corridor he's trapped in. At the end Helen does create a door out of the corridor... "some distance above a river".
  • Fingore: John tries cutting off one of his fingers. Repeatedly.
  • Healing Factor: Jon discovers he has one of these. Unfortunately, it's around the time he actively needs to sever a body part to rescue Daisy.
  • Not Brainwashed: When Jon asks Melanie if getting the Slaughter-infected bullet out has reduced her anger, Melanie shoots back that her anger has always been there her whole life. The Slaughter simply gave it focus and told her that it was a part of her. In fact, the bullet only stayed in her body because she let it. Jon can only let out a single "Shit." in response.
  • Not So Different: Helen responds to Jon's cold treatment of her by pointing this out, even claiming that Jon is as much the "Jonathan Sims" that joined the Institute as she is "Helen Richardson" (i.e. only superficially).
  • Joke and Receive: After explaining that his attempts to create an "anchor" from his flesh are being foiled by his Healing Factor, Jon jokes to Melanie that he wishes the Boneturner was around to pop out one of his ribs. Cue Melanie taking Jon to Helen and revealing the latter has kept the Boneturner prisoner meaning they can literally do just that.

    132: Entombed 
Case #0182403. Account of Jonathan Sims, the Archivist, concerning their descent into the Coffin and attempt to rescue Alice "Daisy" Tonner.

  • Rescued from the Underworld: Jonathan succeeds in rescuing Daisy from the realm of The Buried.
  • Sympathetic Magic: Jonathan leaves one of his ribs behind, surmising that it will act as an anchor to the real world, allowing him to find his way out of the realm of The Buried. It turns out he was only partially correct: the anchor was actually all the statements he's recorded.

    133: Dead Horse 
Case #9302706. Statement of Percy Fawcett, regarding his final expedition into the Amazon. Original statement given June 27th 1930.
  • Reality Ensues: Being trapped in an And I Must Scream state for eight months has caused Daisy to develop severe muscle atrophy, and she now requires assistance even to move around.
  • Stealth Pun: The title refers to Fawcett's Dead Horse Camp, so called because it's the point where his horse finally died. However, the Everchase is essentially a journey without a point to it, other than to keep on going forever. After a certain point, you're just beating a dead horse.
  • Stock Unsolved Mysteries: Three lesser-known ones feature here. Percy Fawcett is revealed to have survived his failed expedition to the Lost City of Z but actively faked his own death, and along the way meets some of the crew of the HMS Terror's expedition to find the Northwest passage and Eduard Toll's expedition to Sannikov Land. In all cases, their obsession with reaching a location that does not exist allows them to be drawn into the Everchase.
  • Victory Is Boring: Turns out this is one of the key aspects of the Hunt: all that matters is the chase, not the capture. Daisy relates that during her time with the police, the part that she hated the most about her job was actually cuffing suspects due to the sense of finality it brought. Jon also discovers that this even plays into the Hunt's Ritual, the Everchase: the ritual never ends and instead provides the Hunt's disciples with an eternal hunt.

    134: Time of Revelation 
Case #0060122. Statement of Adelard Dekker, taken from a letter to Gertrude Robinson dated 22nd January 2006.
  • Adult Fear: The Extinction is borne of the fear of replacement and catastrophic change, something that seems pretty endemic to life in the late 2010s.
  • After the End: Paris post-Extinction hasn't been inhabited by humans for at least one-hundred years. The "Inheritors" that are there are terrifying.
  • Doomed Protagonist: Dekker's account of the Extinction is taken second-hand. The professor who actually encountered the power had the look of a 'half-eaten meal', according to him.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Because Gertrude didn't take the statement about the Extinction herself, there is no description of its servitors, except that they are so awful that not even every human atrocity stacked together is enough to make us deserve them.
  • The Reveal: Martin placed the tape recorders by the coffin, allowing Jon to escape.
    • Also, Peter reveals that Gertrude stopped the Lonely's ritual when she was alive, meaning that it not be attempted again for centuries, making his plans for Martin all that more mysterious.
  • Wham Episode: There is a new Power emerging and Peter Lukas aims to stop its emergence with Martin's help.
  • Wham Line: "I am now certain my theory was correct. There is something new emerging. A 15th Power."

    135: Dark Matter 
Case #0141407. Statement of Manuela Dominguez regarding her unconventional religious beliefs and their intersection with her project aboard the space station Daedalus. Original statement given July 14th, 2014.

  • Evil Gloating: Manuela gives the statement partly to taunt Gertrude and the Eye about their upcoming ritual, but also to offer them a chance to abandon the beholding; Jon finds this odd since the People's Church clearly haven't succeeded and it's not the kind of threat you give four years in advance.
  • Light Is Not Good: Being a servitor of The Dark, Manuela believes that the default state of the universe is darkness, and that light is nothing but a corrupting influence.
  • The Reveal:
    • The reason the Daedalus was launched was so that the Dark could create some kind of mass of dark matter in order to perform its ritual, The Extinguished Sun.
    • Supplies are being sent to Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard, and Elias suspects that they are attempting to conduct the aforementioned ritual as quickly as possible.
  • Rule of Three: The third statement from someone who served as crew on the Daedalus, as well as the only one given by someone who knowingly serves one of the Powers (the other two being victims of them).
  • Space Isolation Horror: Manuela brings an unnamed man onto the Daedalus, and subjects him to the torment of endless darkness. By the time they leave, he's screaming so loud that no amount of soundproofing can silence him.

    136: The Puppeteer 
Case #0120112. Statement of Alison Killala, regarding her time as friend and carer to special effects artist Neil Lagorio. Original statement given 1st December 2012.

  • Call-Back: Neil Lagorio, mentioned in Episode 110, appears alongside Annabelle Cane from Episode 69 and Episode 123.
  • Compelling Voice: Jon accidentally uses his on Melanie, who blurts out that she's started going to therapy.
  • Famed in Story: Neil Lagorio was, at one point, one of the best stop-motion and practical-effects artists in Hollywood and worked with John Carpenter for a time. Alison specifically mentions talking with him while they both worked on a Kevin Costner film.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Daisy tells Jon to get over himself and stop constantly moping about how he's turned into some kind of monster. She even gets Jon to let out a genuine laugh at a joke.
  • Marionette Master: Alison finds herself in this role when she's asked by Neil to construct an apparatus that allows her to puppet him around the house.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: Alison is forced to watch Neil's original cuts while Annabelle does something with him that results in his death. Alison later learns from her daughter that she had been missing for five months.

    137: Nemesis 
Case #9550307. Statement of Wallis Turner. Incident occurred at the North Point prisoner-of-war camp, then later the sunken ship Nemesis in late 1942. Statement taken 3rd July 1955 at the Pu Songling Research Centre, Beijing. Committed to tape 9th October 2014 by Gertrude Robinson.

  • Call-Back: The Nemesis previously appeared in Episode 105, which was about an incident during the Taiping Rebellion and is alluded to by Gertrude; that statement giver had served on the ship, which had been sunk in battle, likely as part of another attempted Slaughter ritual.
  • Draft Dodging: Wallis considers becoming a conscientious objector when he's drafted into the war.
  • No-Sell: While the Slaughter's music makes everyone else start killing each other, it simply doesn't work on Wallis, because he's a pacifist who has never truly desired to hurt another person (he only joins the army because he can't bear to hurt his father by refusing).
  • P.O.W. Camp: The statement partially takes place in one, with Wallis having been captured by the Japanese.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The Slaughter's ritual, The Risen War, fails without any outside intervention after the Nemesis sinks. Gertrude speculates that it was meant to be bombed to complete the ritual, and notes that if they had waited a couple of more years, they could have just sailed into Nagasaki harbor and gotten it done right.

    138: The Architecture of Fear 
Case #8671302. Statement of Robert Smirke, taken from a letter to Jonah Magnus dated 13th February 1867.

  • Artistic License – History: Smirke is stated to have died while writing the letter, which was dated mid-February; in reality, he didn't die until April.
  • Exorcist Head: Smirke describes his carriage driver rotating his head 180 degrees to stare at him. He notes that none of his fellow passengers seemed to notice.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Smirke's letter ends abruptly as he apparently died while writing it.
  • Matchlight Danger Revelation: Smirke is awakened at night and finds his daughter standing in the drawing room in a corner, facing away from him. Then his candle goes out. When he lights a match, she's face to face with him, her eyes bulging.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While he didn't create the rituals (as is evidenced by Episode 116, which takes place in the 1700s) Smirke had some role in formulating their modern incarnations, in the hopes of containing and balancing the Powers.

    139: Chosen 

Case #0063011 Statement of Eugene Vanderstock, regarding the creation of Agnes Montague, her life, care and death. Original statement given November 30th 2006.

  • Ambiguous Situation: Once again, Agnes's relationship with Jack Barnabas is brought into question. Eugene is adamant that Agnes didn't feel anything for him, but the relationship itself may have given Agnes some doubt as to whether or not she wanted to be an Avatar of the Desolation.
  • Cutting the Knot: Eugene points out that the Web's subtle manipulations and machinations are less effective than just burning everything to the ground.
  • Dark Messiah: Agnes Montague was conceived specifically to be an avatar of The Desolation.
  • The Fettered: Agnes makes Jude Perry promise that she won't kill Jack Barnabas. Last we heard, he's still alive, but it's implied that Jude is going to make his life a living hell for what he did to Agnes.
  • Nightmarish Factory: Eugene manages to acquire a managerial position at a furnace plant after several of his superiors meet with unfortunate accidents. This lets him set up a workshop where he turns migrant workers into candles to act as sacrifices to Agnes.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: John seems to get a particularly severe one when he tries to view what's going on with Peter and Martin.

    140: The Movement of the Heavens 

Case #7150101 Statement of John Flamsteed, taken from a partial unsent letter to Abraham Sharp, 1715.

  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Astronomer Edmond Halley, best-known for discovering Halley's Comet, served the Dark, and may have become Maxwell Rayner.
  • Meaningful Name: Flamsteed refers to his rival Edmond Halley as "Reimer", after Nicolaus Reimers, who he describes as "persecuting" Tycho Brahe. It eventually evolves into "Rayner".
  • Origins Episode: For Maxwell Rayner.
  • The Un-Reveal: Jon doesn't remember anything from when he tried to forcibly Know something at the end of last episode.

    141: Doomed Voyage 

Case #0181106 Statement of Floyd Matharu regarding his time aboard the Dorian from 2011 to 2014.

  • A Day in the Limelight: This episode reveals quite a bit about Mikael Salesa.
  • Artifact of Doom: Salesa recovers a camera that apparently has ties to the powers.
  • Doomed Expedition: Salesa and four crewmen journey onto an island off the coast of Africa. Two of them don't come back. Shortly after, the island is covered in a massive storm, and swallowed by something in the water.
  • Compelling Voice: Jon practically forces Floyd to spill the beans about his time with Salesa just by asking him.
  • Sinister Geometry: Floyd recounts an incident in which a man was attacked by a carpet under the influence of the Spiral. The pattern on the carpet forced itself down the man's throat, before both of them were thrown overboard by Salesa himself.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Salesa is apparently killed in an explosion while delivering the camera to an unknown party in Southampton. The captain of the Dorian survives for long enough to drag himself back to the ship and die the at sea.

    142: Scrutiny 
Case #0181206 Statement of unknown bystander regarding an encounter with The Archivist. Audio recording by Martin Blackwood.
  • All First-Person Narrators Write Like Novelists: Averted. Since Jon is not around and this is not an actual statement, the bystander's account sounds a lot less expressive than most other episodes. Doesn't make it less horrifying, though.
  • Perspective Flip: We get to listen to someone's account of finding themselves in the receiving end of Jon's powers, with all the trauma associated from giving the statement and the subsequent nightmares in full display. And to make it worse, Jon's powers may have grown that he can be watching even while the subjects are awake.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Despite (or maybe because of) his traumatic experiences with other Avatars, Jon himself is now perfectly willing to seek out people who've had strange experiences and force stories out of them. He also seems to deliberately have discarded the protective shield of the written statements, either for expediency's sake or because he now likes it better this way.

    143: Heart of Darkness 
Case #0181606 Statement of Manuela Dominguez regarding the fall of the Church of the Divine Host.

  • Anti-Climax: Jon and Basira finally arrive at Ny-Ålesund only to find out that not only is the Extinguished Sun not being performed there but apart from Manuela Dominguez, everyone in the Church of the Divine Host is apparently dead, including Maxwell Rayner.
  • Dead All Along: Despite Basira believing that Rayner might have survived the events of Episode 73, here it's confirmed he is Deader Than Dead.
  • Door to Before: Once Jon destroys the Black Sun, Helen appears to conveniently dispose of Manuela as well as offer them a door leading them back to the Institute. She explains she couldn't have done so earlier because of the Sun's influence hiding the place from her.
  • Foreshadowing: The Church of the Divine Host's ritual somehow fizzled out and failed, despite no apparent intervention by Gertrude or anyone else. And unlike the ritual of the Hunt, the Everchase, which by the nature of the Power is impossible to complete, there was no reason why it shouldn't have worked, raising the possibility that rituals are inherently flawed. By the end of the season, we learn that, indeed, all of the rituals attempted earlier were doomed to fail from the start.

    144: Decrypted 
Case #0090310 Statement of Gary Boylan, given October 3rd 2009. Audio recording by Martin Blackwood.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Martin has been doing this to everyone, but especially Daisy; he's downright cruel when he tells her to go away and leave him alone, but he's doing it because Peter Lukas has a habit of vanishing people he thinks Martin's getting too close with.
  • Numbers Stations: Gary finds a defunct station that nevertheless broadcasts to his iPod, and eventually becomes convinced that the numbers are a secret code predicting the end of the world. Given what happens to Gary's father and the fact that Peter asked Martin to record this statement specifically as evidence for the Extinction's rise, that is probably uncomfortably close to the truth.

    145: Infectious Doubts 
Case #0090202 Statement of Arthur Nolan regarding the life and death of Agnes Montague. Audio recording by Gertrude Robinson.

  • And I Must Scream: Eugene's fate. Gertrude managed to somehow fill his wax body with sawdust and cut off his head. Whatever she did with the head is something that not even Jon can find out with his powers. What he does know however is that Eugene is still alive and desperately wants, but is unable, to scream.
  • Crisis of Faith: As implied by the title, Agnes's death caused some issues. While Arthur knows the Lightless Flame is there, because he has a sort of empathic bond with it, it doesn't actually give explicit instructions, and the failure of his messiah has left him adrift.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Arthur Nolan—a former high priest of the Lightless Flame, aka, Jude Perry's old boss—and by extention the rest of the cult is utterly horrified and disgusted by what Gertrude did to Eugene.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Gertrude not only horribly murdered Eugene, but positively relishes taunting Arthur with the thought that she could provide a repeat performance or come up with something even worse for him.
  • Sympathetic Magic: Gertrude found a box of Agnes's hair. Manipulated by the Spider, she bound their essences together, which gave her a hold on Agnes. The cultists also found themselves scrambling to protect her, because they were afraid the link would kill Agnes if something happened to Gertrude.

    146: Threshold 
Case #0030109 Statement of Marcus MacKenzie, regarding a series of unexplored entryways. Audio recording by Jonathan Sims, the Archivist.

  • Call-Back: The statement of Marcus' father, Paul, was previously read in case #0032408 (episode 27).
  • Staging an Intervention: Basira, Daisy and Melanie, after hearing the statement Martin took in Episode 142, confront Jon with it and get him to admit that he has done this four more times, including Floyd Matharu (Episode 141).

    147: Weaver 
Case #0182007 Statement of Annabelle Cane, regarding her history and her observations of the Magnus Institute, London. Audio recording by Jonathan Sims, the Archivist.

  • Abusive Parents: Mrs. Cane was emotionally abusive and manipulative. Annabelle had to learn to be equally manipulative to live in that household.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At one point, Annabelle discusses whether free will even exists at some length, and it seems like she might be about to say that Jon hasn't had a choice about feeding...but nope, she says that if you accept free will is a real thing, Jon's had it this whole time, and has not been actively compelled.
  • Batman Gambit: Annabelle raises the possibility that the Spider engineered her meeting with one of its manifestations as a child, and her resulting arachnophobia, specifically to make her a suitable avatar. Or maybe it was just a coincidence.
  • Body Horror: When she ran away as a child, Annabelle saw a woman being controlled the spider who was weaving through her own skin, with spiders running through the holes.
  • Foreshadowing: Reading this statement is very distressing for Jon, and while it ultimately doesn't hurt him it shows that he's vulnerable while feeding. Of particular import is what Annabelle says at the beginning:
    Annabelle: But by then you're away; the rollercoaster is dropping, and you've no real choice but to hold on and hope I don't crash you.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Not only does Annabelle know why Jon wanted to see her, she also knows that he told Basira and Melanie he was just going to look at the statement and record it later, but is recording it anyway.
  • Troll: Annabelle apparently broke into the Institute (inasmuch as the Spider's avatar has to break in anywhere) just so she could steal stationary and some tapes to set up a little tableau for Jon and co. when they came to Hilltop Road. She also spends most of the beginning of her statement making fun of Jon.

    148: Extended Surveillance 
Case #0110304 Statement of Sunil Maraj, regarding their work as a security guard and the disappearance of their co-worker Samson Stiller. Audio recording by Jonathan Sims, the Archivist.

  • Deadly Book: Possibly the security system manual; it apparently contains images of people (Sunil) who didn't even exist in that form when the book was supposedly printed, and Samson becomes fixated with the system, and gradually merges with it, after reading it. Sunil even mentions that someone's name was written inside, as Leitner's books were often marked, though neither Sunil nor Jon comment on what that name was or might have been.
  • Electronic Eyes: A supernatural variant. Over time, Samson becomes more and more connected to the security system. Eventually, his eyes take on a glassy sheen. Later, Sunil breaks the lense of one of the store cameras, and the crack in the lens also appears in one of Samson's eye.
  • Sinister Surveillance: A statement concerning the Beholding. Sunil describes how, as the situation escalated, he realized the cameras were always watching him, even if the cameras were supposed to be fixed pointing a different direction or not there at all.

    149: Concrete Jungle 
Case #0131305 Statement of Judith O'Neill, regarding their time at the Anglo-Brazilian Amazon Trust. Audio recording by Martin Blackwood, assistant to Peter Lukas.

  • Ambiguous Situation: The statement giver was originally sent to Gertrude by Dekker as further proof of the existence of the Extinction, here apparently manifesting as a result of fear of the world being destroyed by pollution. Martin agrees that it could support that, but suggests that it could also be the Stranger, which also has been known to manifest as weird humanoid creatures.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Judith's talk early in the statement about cannibalism among the local native populationnote  might lead some to believe that the statement is going to have something to do with that. Instead, she and her traveling companions encounter a small village made entirely of trash populated by humanoid creatures also made entirely of trash and when the natives reappear in the story, they are nothing but helpful.
  • Foreshadowing: We learn that Melanie and Georgie have been hanging out together and that Georgie has been supporting Melanie as she has been trying to get better. In Episode 157, they become a romantic couple.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Judith's group encounters a small settlement built entirely of plastic, chunks of concrete and other kinds of trash, filled with humanoid figures built of the same kind of materials.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Dr. Nikos Anastas, an environmental scientist who clearly has no clue what he's doing or how clueless he is, but won't take anyone's word but his own.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Judith mentions, with some annoyance, how a lot of students she helped guide through the jungle all made the same tired Cannibal Holocaust jokes about the local Yanomami tribe.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dr. Anastas, dear God. He is a condescending Jerkass who arguably is solely responsible for leading the group into trouble. When he comes across the garbage village, his immediate reaction is to pick up a similarly built snake, resulting in him being bitten and filled with liquid concrete from within.

    150: Cul-De-Sac 
Case #0140911 Statement of Herman Gorgoli regarding his a period trapped alone in a suburban area of Cheadle. Audio recording by Jonathan Sims, the Archivist.

  • Driven to Suicide: Apparently. Herman discovers the body of Yotunde Uthman, who apparently smashed her head through a mirror in the house Herman enters and had a shard impaling her throat. The fishy thing is, the blood's fresh, and he later learns that she'd been missing for around a year.
  • Hero of Another Story: Yotunde is implied to have somehow survived in the other dimension for a year.
  • Inn Security: For a moment, the exhausted Herman considers finding the bedroom in the strange house and sleeping. He's instincts tell him it's a trap, though, and he feels certain he wouldn't be able to leave if he did.
  • Stepford Suburbia/Uncanny Village: The village Herman drives around is a hollow, pallid image of a suburb, filled with lifeless houses, nameless streets and even TV shows that apparently try to imitate real ones, but just go through the motions as if they don't know how to do it.
  • The Power of Love: Like with Naomi in case #0161301 (episode 13), Herman is saved from being possessed by the Lonely when a phone call from his estranged ex somehow comes through and Herman tells him that he loves him.
  • Relationship-Salvaging Disaster: After Herman's life is saved by his love for Alberto, the two of them are working on their relationship.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Herman hated living in the suburbs, but he didn't feel like he could talk about with his husband, so he ended up cheating and not even trying to hide it.

    151: Big Picture 
Case #0181408 Statement of Simon Fairchild regarding Peter Lukas and The Extinction. Audio recording by Martin Blackwood, assistant to Peter Lukas.

  • Double-Meaning Title: Simon is here to talk about the "big picture", ie, fighting the birth of the Extinction, but he also ends up explaining his origin story, which involves a large painting.
  • Evil Feels Good: Simon really likes being an avatar, both for the power to do whatever he wants to people and because he seems to actually love the Vast (notably, unlike Michael/Helen and Annabelle, who were made Avatars via trauma, he saw a possibly-magic painting that fascinated him and went more or less willingly).
  • Faux Affably Evil: Simon is even more courteous than Peter Lukas but given everything we know he has done it's clearly an act. He even ends his chat with Martin by cheerfully admitting that if he ever sees him again, he'll just "throw [him] off something for a joke".
  • Joke and Receive: Martin sarcastically asks Simon if he started serving the Vast after "[looking] up at the sky one day and [falling] head over heels in love". As it turns out, that was pretty much what happened, though Simon wasn't looking at the sky but rather painting it over and over.
  • Noodle Incident: Simon has to answer Martin's questions because he lost a bet with Peter, but we never do learn what kind of bet.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Simon mentions considering trying to play on the vast size of humanity create more fear for the vast, but has decided against it in part because he considers humanity too small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but also out of concern that it might inspire a fear of overpopulation and feed the Extinction instead.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Simon was an apprentice of Tintoretto when he became an avatar of the Vast, meaning he's been alive since the 16th century.

    152: A Gravedigger's Envy 
Case #8370108 Statement of Hezekiah Wakely regarding his career as a gravedigger, compiled from a series of letters to Nathaniel Beale between 1837 and 1839. Audio recording by Jonathan Sims, the Archivist.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Jon laments how bad he feels about forcibly feeding on people's trauma, and asks when he'll transform so much he stops caring, Helen asks him frankly whether or not his guilt has really stopped him from doing that in the past, and, since it apparently hasn't, why would the Beholding bother taking it away, even if it could do that? She explains that her own apparent enjoyment of being a monster is not something that comes from the Spiral; what there is of Helen freely chose to stop feeling guilt when she realized it wasn't going to actually change her behavior.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Hezekiah's views on life and death become so twisted that he comes to view letting the prematurely buried die in their graves as a kindness, and seeing the ringing of their graves' safety bells as an annoyance for the dead.
  • Dead Guy on Display: We learn that the ashes of Jane Prentiss are kept in a jar in Jon's desk.
  • Not Quite Dead: Hezekiah relates a story of a woman who passed out severely drunk and was wrongfully declared dead, only to wake up at her own funeral.
  • Peaceful in Death: At least, from Hezekiah's point of view; he himself finds the world too noisy and has trouble sleeping, so much so that he only sleeps peacefully in grave pits and envies the dead because he thinks they must have it so peaceful in their graves.
  • Serial Killer: Hezekiah, as an avatar of The Buried, becomes this by the end of the story, killing several people by deliberately letting those buried prematurely by accident die by cutting off the safety bells of the graves he digs. After being fired from his job as a gravedigger, he apparently starts killing people more directly by just burying them alive himself.

    153: Love Bombing 
Case #0120204 Statement of Barbara Mullen-Jones regarding her nine months spent with The Divine Chain cult. Original Statement given 2nd April 2012.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Daisy is too weak to take on Trevor and Julia in a physical fight. However, she correctly deduces that she can take one of them, and if she chooses Trevor, then Julia, who has adopted him as her new father will become emotional and sloppy enough to beat. She so effectively explains this that she doesn't even actually have to do it.
  • Call-Back: Trevor and Julia finally found out that Jon took out Gerard Keay's page out of his book.
  • Cult: The Divine Chain, although they don't do anything actually that bad until they find the infected dog.
  • Evil Smells Bad: The room holding the mass of bonded people apparently smells terrible; not exactly foul, but sickly, disgustingly sweet.
  • Genius Bonus: The name Claude gives the dog, "Agápe", is a Greek word meaning "love".
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: Members of the Divine Chain have to radiate love and positivity at all times. This includes saying "I love you" to everyone every time they see each other, and meaning it. A woman Barbara doesn't actually like gets weird and aggressive with her after Barbara is too off-hand about it, which is one of the signs that things are starting to go wrong(er).
  • Kill It with Fire: After the investigation finds that all the Divine Chain members who stayed at the compound have melded into some kind of horrible living mass, there's an "accident" that results in the whole thing burning down.
  • Poisonous Person: Or rather, "Poisonous Animal"; the sick, emaciated dog, Agápe, is implied to be some sort of manifestation of the Corruption who makes the cult members obsessed with love.
  • Title Drop: The episode is named after what Barbara explains the cult did to her. "Love bombing" is the process of showering someone you're trying to manipulate with positive attention and affection until they're overwhelmed and can't see the red flags.

    154: Bloody Mary 
Case #0082107 Statement of Eric Delano, recorded 21st July 2008. Regarding his life, Mary Keay and the Archives.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Jon runs to Martin to explain what he's just learned, Martin asks why Jon came to him about this first, and then says that it's because Jon expected Martin to talk him out of blinding himself, and asks if Jon really thought he'd go through with it when it's obvious he won't.
    Martin: [gently but disdainfully] Who are you kidding?
  • At Least I Admit It: More like "at least she admits it". Eric explains that he still likes Mary more than Gertrude because at least Mary doesn't pretend she has noble aims, she's just openly evil and power-hungry.
  • Blatant Lies: When Eric saw Mary with a dead body in her office, she told him an extremely unconvincing lie about it being her alcoholic uncle. Played with, as the point of the lie wasn't for him to believe her. It was to see whether he'd obey her when she indirectly ordered him not to ask questions about this kind of thing, and he did.
  • Call-Back: A small one; Eric mentions that Gertrude suspected that Elias' predecessor, James Wright, could see people through any eye, even those in paintings. In Episode 113, Jon, Martin and Melanie went through one of Gertrude's storage facilities and found a collection of paintings and dolls with their eyes removed, apparently as a precaution by Gertrude.
  • Eye Scream: The only way to cut yourself off from the Beholding is to permanently destroy your ability to see.
  • Foreshadowing: When Gertrude tells Eric that Elias is the new head of the Institute, his reaction is one of surprise and disbelief; Gertrude adds that Elias has changed since Eric last heard of him. We later learn that this "change" Elias went through was having his body possessed by Jonah Magnus, who has also possessed the previous heads of the Institute over the years.
  • Joke and Receive: Another one for Martin, when Jon tells him he's found a drastic way to leave the Institute:
    Martin: What, are you gonna gouge your eyes out or something? [beat] Fuck off...
  • Perception Filter: We learn that the Beholding apparently has been making Jon ignore certain statements. When he makes an active effort to listen to one of them, he first instinctively pulls away from it and then drops it twice when carrying it to the cassette player.
  • Precision F-Strike: Jon lets out a very heartfelt "fuck" after he finishes listening to Eric's statement.
  • Rule of Three: It turns out Eric was bound in a book after his death, just like his wife and son.
  • Sequel Episode: To Episode 62 ("First Edition"); taking place a few weeks after Gertrude got Mary's statement, she reads the skin book page that Mary gave her.
  • Streisand Effect: In-universe example. Jon's decided to reverse his policy of picking up tapes from the box Martin left him which he feels drawn to. When he not only feels no pull towards Eric's tape, but an active aversion to picking it up, he figures out it must be really important—after all, if the Eye, which feeds on him learning new information, doesn't want him to know something, it must be important, right? (Yes. Yes it is.)
  • Wham Line: Mary didn't murder Eric for wanting to quit. Mary murdered him because he did quit.

    155: Cost of Living 
Case #0020312 Statement of Tova McHugh regarding their string of near-death experiences. Original statement given December 3rd 2002. Audio recording by Jonathan Sims, the Archivist.
  • And I Must Scream: After her first near-death experience, an epileptic fit, Tova wakes up and finds herself someplace dark and cold where she is unable to move or breathe, but still completely aware of it.
  • Astral Projection: Tova's murders are done by, when she is knocked out by one of her near-death experiences, her mind somehow leaves her body, she finds a victim and kills them by touching them in her spirit form.
  • Disposable Vagrant: Tova's second victim is a young, fairly fit but alcoholic homeless man, whom she picks because she figures that he is in good physical shape and is drinking himself to death anyway.
  • Emotion Eater: Of a sort. After her first few killings, Tova comes to the conclusion that the amount of time each killing keeps her alive is proportionate to the number of people who grieve for the killed person; the more people, the longer the time.
  • Life Energy: Tova seemingly becomes an unwilling avatar of The End after her first near-death experience, killing people, her new powers making them die of natural causes such as heart attacks or strokes, to sustain her own life.
  • The Needs of the Many: Tova uses this to justify her continued killing people; she owns companies that employ hundreds and is a very active philanthropist who has organized and funded several helpful initiatives. So she considers the occasional death of one person a difficult, but comparatively minor price to pay so she can keep it up.
    • After finishing the statement, Jon reflects on his own work as the Archivist this way; he has saved the world once, but still struggles with his need to take statements from people and barely keeping himself satiated using old statements rather than forcing statements out of people.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: At the end of the episode, Melanie decides to quit the Institute. Do to so, she has to gouge her eyes out using an awl from the Institute's library.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tova's third deliberate victim is a newborn baby, in part out of (in her mind) a sense of mercy, because she figures that it's too young to have formed a lot of connections to people, so its death won't hurt too many people.

    156: Reflection 
Case #0090401 Statement of Adelard Dekker, taken from a letter to Gertrude Robinson, dated 4th of January, 2009
  • Amusement Park of Doom: After the young man from Dekker's story was sucked into the warped mirror, he found himself in a nightmarish version of the real amusement park, one full of emaciated, cannibalistic visitors.
  • Continuity Nod: Dekker congratulates Gertrude on stopping the Flesh's ritual (described in Episode 130).
  • Emotionless Boy: Martin is now so consumed by The Lonely that he doesn't have any emotional response to anything anymore, not even getting started on Peter's ritual and the prospect of never seeing Jon or any of the others again; Peter, of course, is quite delighted about this.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The man from the story apparently thought nothing of it when he found a set of mirrors in the hall of mirrors that were completely clean even though everything else was dirty.
  • Hall of Mirrors: The subject of Dekker's story entered one in the abandoned amusement park; one of the mirrors apparently sucks him into the postapocalyptic world.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Cannibalism, and a general disregard for the dead, is common in the nightmare version of the park; when a park visitor falls off of the rollercoaster and dies, the visitors and the carnival workers all charge at the body and dig in. In fact, Dekker's initial guess when hearing the story was that it was the Flesh, but the more societal structure and postapocalyptic setting made him suspect that it was a manifestation of the Extinction, and Martin seems to agree.
  • Troll: Peter Lukas, of all people, when he startles Martin with another Stealth Hi/Bye:
    Martin: Peter, we have talked about this.
    Peter: In my defense, it is still quite funny.

    157: Rotten Core 
Case #0131408 Statement of Adelard Dekker, regarding a potential pandemic originating in the town of Klanxbüll, Germany. Original statement given 14th August 2013.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Dekker entered the pandemic zone thinking he was witnessing a manifestation of the Extinction, playing on a fear of man-made diseases wiping out all life. As it turns out, it was just a particularly nasty manifestation of the Corruption, as evidenced by the presence of its avatar John Amhearst.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: One of the most prominent symptoms of the virus is that it melts away the skin and most of the external musculature, leaving the still beating heart visible through the exposed ribcage.
  • Call-Back: When Helen tells Jon "terrible things" are going to happen and starts laughing, towards the end she sounds exactly like Michael. Also, once again, the Spiral is super unhelpful for the humor value.
  • Dead Man Writing: The statement was written by Dekker as a letter to Gertrude as he was dying from the disease.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Not seen, but Dekker's description of what he expected to find as a monster of the Extinction qualifies; because he thought the virus was the Extinction playing on a fear of man-made pandemics, he imagined a sickly figure in a lab coat or a "golem" made of petri dishes or other lab materials (similar to the trash people in the Amazon from Episode 149).
  • It Amused Me: Helen refuses to tell Jon anything about what's going on in the center of the tunnels, because, according to her, things will be a lot funnier if he doesn't know.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Dekker's concluding remark in his goodbye to Gertrude.
  • Logical Weakness: Dekker manages to temporarily stun John Amhearst with an injection of pesticide, exploiting the Corruption's connection to insects.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Jon seeks out Melanie at Georgie's home and learns that they are living together; as in, together together.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Dekker neutralizes John Amhearst by stunning him with a pesticide injection and then burying him alive under four feet of liquid concrete, sealing his body away.
  • Throne Made of X: At the heart of the viral outburst sits John Amhearst on top of a pile of people consumed by the virus.
  • Wham Episode: At the time of his death, Dekker had concluded that the Extinction probably hasn't really been emerging after all, since despite decades of investigating, he hasn't been able to find any concrete proof that it's coming to exist as a distinct enough fear. He says that it may still exist, but as subset of the others and not truly its own thing, which calls into question exactly what Peter has manipulated Martin into.

    158: Panopticon 
Case #0182509-A. Original recording of events leading up to the disappearances of Jonathan Sims, Martin Blackwood, Alice Tonner and Peter Lukas.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with it unclear if Daisy won and with Jon jumping into the Lonely to rescue Martin.
  • Evil Laugh: Multiple examples, including Elias and a freed Not!Sasha.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: With the Institute under attack from multiple angles, Daisy chooses to give into the Hunt fully and permanently, and orders Basira to hunt her down and kill her if she survives the fight.
  • Oh, Crap!: Julia and Trevor when they realize they're up against a fully transformed Daisy and that their guns don't do anything.
  • Out-Gambitted: Sorry, Peter, but it was a bad idea to underestimate Martin.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Elias could have walked out any time—he just chose now to do it.
  • The Reveal: Stacked one on top of the other. Turns out that all along, not only has Peter Lukas been playing Martin by making up a fake existential threat, with the ultimate goal of getting Martin to kill Jonah Magnus, but Martin knew this whole time and has been playing him right back in order to find out what his real agenda is. And, on top of all that, "Elias" is actually a bodyhopping Jonah, and what's in the tunnels is his original body.
  • Wham Line: "No." Said by Martin to Peter Lukas.

    159: The Last 
Case #0182509-B. Statement of Peter Lukas regarding his life, family and interactions with The Lonely. Statement extracted 25th September 2018.
  • Abusive Parents: Peter's parents weren't physically abusive — they'd have to actually be present for that. They raised him and his siblings in as close to complete isolation as was possible while still remaining a functioning human being, never allowing them to form emotional connections to a person or even a location. Peter muses that probably the only reason they were able to get away with it, without social services descending on them, is because they were so rich.
  • Blunt "Yes": When Jon tries to taunt Peter by asking him if he's afraid to talk face to face, Peter unabashedly says yes—he's the avatar of the Lonely, not wanting to talk to people is kind of his thing.
  • Mundane Solution: Peter tried to enact the Lonely's Ritual by building the most isolating and soul-destroying tower block imaginable, then trapping and killing the residents at the height of their solitude and terror. Gertrude's solution? Not blowing it up this time. Instead, she got a big newspaper to write a think-piece on 'the loneliest tower block in the UK', meaning Peter was suddenly swamped with social outreach programs and no one wanted to move there any longer.
  • The Power of Love: How Jon ultimately snaps Martin out of the Lonely, telling Martin he needs him and begging Martin to look at him.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Apparently, Peter's only reason for wanting to stop the Extinction from destroying the world; he can only enjoy the feeling of solitude if there are other human beings from whom he can feel isolated, and a world without any people in it at all, or at least living creatures that he could recognize as people, wouldn't fulfill that need.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Peter spends most of the beginning of the episode taunting Jon about how knowing another person is an illusion, all Jon's friends are dead or don't want anything to do with him, and Martin is now so far under the Lonely's sway that he doesn't want to be rescued. Jon finally snaps, says Peter wouldn't be spending all this effort on discouraging him if there wasn't actually a chance of this working, and turns his Beholding powers on Peter.
    Jon: I see you.
  • Take That!: Peter muses that a British upper-class education is one of the best ways of destroying a child's empathy.
  • The Un-Reveal: Jon tries to force Peter to tell him what exactly Elias is going to get out of winning this bet, but Peter resists so hard that the strain of it kills him before the compulsion can work.
    • It's heavily implied that Elias gets John to take a statement from a person touched by the Lonely, the last power for him to do so.

    160: The Eye Opens 
Case #0181810. Vigilo, Audio, Supervenionote 
  • All Your Powers Combined: Thanks to Gertrude's theories and his own reasoning, Jonah has discovered why no Ritual has ever succeeded: the fears simply don't work in isolation. For a ritual to succeed it must include aspects from all the Powers, with the chosen patron at the helm. And Jon, having encountered and been marked by all of them is the perfect being to carry it out.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Jonah Magnus succeeds in his goal of performing a ritual to summon all the Powers into the world, thanks to Jon.
  • Evil Gloating: The statement is basically just Jonah Magnus doing a bad guy monologue through Jon, laying out his plan and and how he has successfully played everyone.
  • Hope Spot: While the Institute is still a crime scene, things have calmed down overall and Jon and Martin have found at least a temporary sanctuary at one of Daisy's safehouses in Scotland. Then Jon starts reading his statement, and all hell breaks loose.
  • Laughing Mad: Jon is reduced to this at the end.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Jonah has been carefully controlling how much Jon knows and which statements he reads, engineering opportunities for him to run into other avatars, and making sure he'd embrace his Beholding powers, for the whole podcast.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Gertrude and Jon accidentally helped Jonah Magnus make a successful ritual by stopping the other ones, because Gertrude interfering (or not) with the other Powers gave Jonah excellent data on how the rituals worked, and Jon by getting marked as he fought each one.
  • Stealth Pun: The police blame the carnage at the institute on a Terror attack.
  • Wham Episode: Jonah Magnus successfully executes his ritual, through Jon, and the Powers all manifest in the world at once, with the Beholding leading the charge.
  • Wham Line: As Jon starts reading the supposed statement of a house fire:
    Hello, Jon.

Season 5

    161: Dwelling 
Case #######-1. An assortment of personal statements.

  • Call-Forward: Most of the dialogue in the birthday party, such as Elias knowing about Jon's party and what his wish is, and Jon making a joking note to "Fire Tim", which was what Tim wanted Elias to do to him after discovering the Magnus Archives' dark secrets...plus fire is how Tim dies, given the plastic explosives and all.
  • Dead Woman Recording: Tragically, Gertrude recorded a tape for her successor explaining everything in the anticipation her confrontation with Jonah/Elias would kill her, which would no doubt have helped Jon extremely if he'd been allowed to hear it before now.
  • Mood Whiplash: The first tape played is a recording of a birthday party the archival assistants threw for Jon before season 1, full of light-hearted banter and with everyone obviously having fun (albeit grudgingly, in Jon's case). Then it cuts to...well, the present.
  • Mundane Utility: Jonah/Elias used his Beholding powers to spy out the fact the archival assistants had cake.
  • Power Incontinence: Jon has it worse now than ever before; his powers are on all the time, taking in what the Fears are doing to humanity. What little control he has seems to be bent entirely on making sure the Beholding extends its protection of him to Martin. Also, he is now spontaneously manifesting tape recorders.

    162: A Cosy Cabin 
Case #######-2. Further statements of a personal nature.

  • Dramatic Irony: The older recordings provide a few.
    • Sasha responding to Tim's joke with "I'm unforgettable!".
    • Gertrude intentionally invokes several when speaking to Gerard, ranging from telling him about the tunnels under the institute that Leitner is living in, to making multiple references to his life expectancy where the powers are concerned and sharing his concerns about how the powers can change people. If she was already aware of his cancer, and if it was unrelated to the powers, is left unclear.
    • Tim's joke about how Gertrude's management of the Archives and leaving of things in such a messy state must be "all a big geriatric conspiracy".
  • Fate Worse than Death: Gertrude speculates that being dead is preferable to existing in a world where the Powers have broken through. She imagines that they might rewrite the laws of reality to the point time and space don't matter and suspend natural laws like the need to eat or sleep, even the ability to die.
  • Genius Loci: Due to the Change, it slowly becomes clear the cabin that Jon and Martin are staying in has gained sentience and thrives off of the fear that the meager comfort Jon and Martin have might be taken away at any moment.
  • Mood Whiplash: Similar to the previous episode there is a tape of lighthearted banter featuring Sasha and Tim, followed by a grim scene in the present. This time the present scene is one of Jon describing the warped world and nightmarish creatures outside, and saying the cabin they are in is a lie and has come alive. Most chillingly, that cabin is some sort of chrysalis for Jon and the Eye wishes him to stay until he emerges.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: While Gertrude and Gerard's discussion about how bad a post-powers world would be for humanity is serious the two still enjoy poking fun at each other, though for the audience Gertrude's jabs has a bit more of a bite to them.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Gertrude suspects that if the Entities do break through they might prevent people from dying, keeping them alive to feed on their fear.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Parodied by Tim who joked that he and Sasha were this, positing that they've already gone through the casual hook-up, awkward aftermath and rebuilt friendship. Sasha shoots him down, albeit in a good-natured manner.

    163: In The Trenches 
Case ########-3. Statements on war. Audio recording by the Archivist, in situ.

  • And Show It to You: In the story of the Trench, Alexei has his heart literally pulled from his chest by a strange, well-dressed man who puts it in his wallet.
  • Call-Back: Bagpipe music had previously been associated with the Slaughter in Episode 125 ("Civilian Casualties"), which took place in Scotland and had bagpipe music playing faintly in the background as the statement was read. Here, it's heard loud and clear over the fighting Jon and Martin travel through.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: We learn that the Magnus Institute has somehow merged with the Panopticon to form a huge tower visible from any location - and that it can see you anywhere too.
  • Hopeless War: The Trench is the center of a war without rhyme, reason or any hope of either side winning, whatever those sides are; it's just a meat grinder that devours anyone who enters it.
  • Supernatural Phone: As they leave the battleground, Martin hears a payphone ringing; since he's the only one around, he figures it's for him, but decides not to answer.
  • War Is Hell: Jon and Martin's journey to London takes them past the former Kinloss Barracks, a Scottish military installation, which after the Change has been turned into a small warzone by the Slaughter that they have to get through.
    • While taking shelter from the carnage, Jon finds himself compelled to record a statement. The story he tells is of the Trench, the frontline in an unnamed place and war that will never end, and told from the perspectives of various soldiers and nurses involved, with every horror and atrocity of war on full display.

    164: The Sick Village 
Case ########-4. Statement of an outbreak. Audio recording by the Archivist, in situ.

  • Boomerang Bigot: Head of the village council Jillian Smith is the most zealous in condemning the infected to burn at the maypole. She is also concealing the fact that every inch of her body (outside and in) is covered in mold. Jillian takes great pains to hide it by peeling off her moldy skin every night.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Jillian when out and about wears a pair of spotless white gloves, covering the cerulean mold with which she is infected.
  • Kill It with Fire: The village's solution to dealing with the infection: lashing those accused to the maypole at the center of town and setting them alight.
  • Mr. Exposition: Jon refers to himself as "a postapocalyptic Google", as he can answer almost any question Martin has.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: Jon tries to use his omniscience to learn more about the Powers and if they can be sent back to where they came from, but trying to "know" things about them directly overwhelms him; he compares it to staring straight into the sun.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: When Jillian blooms at the end of the statement.
  • Shipper on Deck: Helen is most likely being facetious about it, but professes support and admiration for Jon and Martin's newfound relationship.
  • The Reveal: Jon gleans several pieces of new information when he experiments with his growing scrying abilities.
    • Basira and Daisy are still alive, the former chasing the latter who is trapped in bestial form.
    • Melanie and Georgie are still alive in London, but Jon is unable to see them for some reason.
    • Elias/Jonah is of course at the top of the Panopticon. Jon can't tell much more than that because "an eye can't see inside itself", but he can always sense him.
    • The caller on the other end of the phone Martin encountered last episode? Annabelle Cane. Though Jon can't see her he knows the phone had the Web's essence all over it.
    • It is in theory possible to undo the apocalypse, if somewhere else to put the Fears can be found—which won't be easy, because their original home stopped existing as soon as Jonah summoned them into our reality.
  • Uncanny Village: The vibe of the village Jon and Martin encounter. This particular hamlet has been ravaged by a ghastly sickness where the people and land are warped by an all-encompassing fungus and rot. The villagers however pretend to act fine and maintain the idea absolutely nothing is wrong.
  • Witch Hunt: The infection has made the villagers violently xenophobic and paranoid towards outsiders who they believe brought the infection. People are imprisoned in the post office with alarming regularity and those accused of being infected are burned to death at the town's maypole.

    165: Revolutions 
Case ########-5. Ruminations on identity and the lack thereof. Audio recording by the Archivist, in situ.

  • Back for the Dead: Not-Sasha returns, only for Jon to kill her.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Not-Sasha provokes Jon by threatening to hurt Martin, fully aware that she has no power over them and that Jon is much more powerful now that the Eye rules over the new world, then compounds it by mocking the real Sasha after Jon gives her a chance to leave. It's no surprise what happens next.
  • Eldritch Location: The colossal merry-go-round of the Stranger. It is so large that one full revolution back to the same spot would take days, but also so alien in dimension that you may be on the carousel forever without ever returning to the same spot.
  • Face Stealer: What those who step onto the merry-go-round are forced to become. Victims lose all sense of identity and are forced to either run or claw and rip others apart for any scrap of personhood, usually by literally peeling off their faces.
  • Karmic Death: Not-Sasha finally has the tables turned on her after killing and replacing who knows how many people (least of all Sasha) through what has been described as an extremely painful process. Jon forces her to experience the agony and pain she caused her victims which ultimately kills her.
  • Leitmotif: The same circus music that played at the Yarmouth Wax Museum plays in the background.
  • Madness Mantra: Used in this episode to demonstrate the circular, infinite hell of the Stranger's domain.
    Your face is not your face is not your face is not your face is not your face is not your face...
  • Rhyming Episode: This episode's statement is given entirely in verse.

    166: The Worms 
Case ########-6. Lamentation of those left below. Audio recording by the Archivist, in situ.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Martin believes that it's only fair to go "full Kill Bill" on the monsters, and that Jon shouldn't feel bad about using his powers.
    Martin: Let's get our murder on!
  • I'm a Humanitarian: When the worms fight... well, when you don't have space to use anything except your face...
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jon is ashamed of killing Not-Sasha—partly because he used his new, much stronger Eye powers, which he only got because of the apocalypse he blames himself for, partly because he liked it. Martin argues that Not-Sasha was actively torturing people and that being able to destroy beings like her is a net good.
  • Unseen No More: After she has been hanging around in the periphery for a long time, Annabelle Cane's voice is heard for the first time (not counting her written statement in MAG 147).

    167: Curiosity 
Case ########-7. An examination of Gertrude Robinson. Audio recording by the Archivist.
  • Continuity Nod: The Sandman (featured in Episode 98) is mentioned as having been one of the monsters of the Powers that Emma tricked Fiona into getting trapped with.
  • Cowardly Lion: Fiona; she was cowardly, but also so curious that she still kept getting herself into encounters with the supernatural.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Gertrude may have been cold-blooded and ruthless while protecting the world from the Powers and studying them, but learning that Emma, who was the only other Archive employee she really trusted, has been using other Archive workers to study the Powers, she has her eliminated.
  • Fainting: Fiona had one simple but effective defense against the Powers: when she became too terrified, she would faint, making the monster attacking her lose interest.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: After Emma got another assistant, Sarah Carpenter, killed investigating a Desolation-related incident and Gertrude got back from preventing the Spiral's ritual, Gertrude saw through Emma's lies. With permission from Elias, she had Agnes Montague burn Emma alive in her home.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Apparently, monsters and other manifestations of the Powers don't typically target people who are unconscious or asleep, but only because that makes them unable to savor their victims' fear.
  • The Reveal: Learning that Fiona was "released" from the Archives when her head archivist, Angus Stacey, was killed by the Stranger, Martin gets Jon to reveal that Jon's death would have released the others the same way.
  • Unwitting Test Subject: Emma used Fiona as a guinea pig when studying the Powers, luring her into encounters with them, observing and taking notes from a safe distance and retrieving Fiona after she fainted from terror. Eventually, she was trapped in the Buried's coffin, from which her fainting couldn't save her.
    • Michael Shelley, who later became the Distortion, was used by Emma in a similar way. She used him to test how long someone unaware of the existence of the Powers could be kept in the dark.

    168: Roots 
Case ########-8. A Post-Mortem report for reality. Recorded by the Archivist, in Situ.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Played for Laughs. Martin is jealous that Jon woke up because of Oliver, rather than him, and they banter about whether Jon should smite him.
    Jon: [amused] I'm not going to kill a man just because you're jealous, Martin.
    Martin: Why not? [beat] Yeah, I know, I know, I know.
    [another beat]
    Martin: Pleeease?
  • Did Not Think This Through: So, the Powers get to feast on humanity, and Jonah Magus gets to live forever? Oliver Banks points out the flaw in the plan; the new nature of reality means that likely no more children will be born, and since everyone in The End's realm will die and be replaced with people from other realms, sooner or later every human in the world will die. And without their fear, the Powers themselves will fade and die.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Danika Gelsthorpe spent her entire life convinced she was about to die of some horrific medical condition or other very soon. And because of this, she never got treatment for the actual medical conditions she had, since she felt there was no point...so one of them actually got serious enough to kill her.

    169: Fire Escape 
Case ########-9 Considerations on the sanctity of home.  Recorded by the Archivist in Situ.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Jude Perry tries to come off first as unimpressed, then as though she's humoring Jon, and then slipping into taking him seriously and then finally making frantic pleas to the tune of We Can Rule Together. He doesn't listen and she ends up the same way as Not-Sasha.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Jude thinks Jon is like her and is actually enjoying this, and legitimately doesn't understand that he's killing her for reasons other than a power-trip.
  • It's Personal: Discussed and Averted. Jon can sense two avatars from the Lightless Flame cult ahead, Arthur Nolan and Jude Perry. Both are cold-blooded sadists, but as Jon's personal vendetta doesn't extend far enough to endanger Martin, the choice ultimately comes down to "evil murder cultist" and "evil murder cultist who burned my hand".
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Jon and Martin have another debate about their current course; as the Power whose domain they are approaching is the Desolation, and thus revolves around cruelty for cruelty's sake, the moral imperative is to "smite" whichever avatar they come across to do their bit for the victims.
  • Rule of Three: As Sabina tries to escape from the fire, she is foiled three times by problems with her apartment that her landlord promised to fix but didn't—first there's a latch that doesn't work right, then the window gets stuck and explodes in her face, then the fire escape breaks away when she tries to climb on it.
  • Take That!: Against bad landlords; all the ways Sabina suffers are directly tied to incredibly poor maintenance of the building with a little supernatural spice.

    170: Recollection 
Case ########-10. The recollections of Martin Blackwood. Recorded in Situ.

  • Amnesia Loop: This episode is framed through Martin finding a tape recorder, dictacting a few thoughts, becoming increasingly terrified and then immediately forgetting everything. Followed by his surprise at finding a tape recorder, dictating a few thoughts... over and over.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The first statement of the Changed world given primarily by Martin. Fitting since he was once a budding Avatar of the Lonely and the setting is an empty, fog-covered house that is its domain.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Martin's alarmed narration and lapses in memory are reminiscent of the fear of losing one's mind to dementia or Alzheimer's.
  • The Power of Love: Martin breaks out of loop by remembering his friends and that he is in love with Jon.
  • Self-Deprecation: Martin, regarding Martin: "I don't like me sometimes. And I am me."
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