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Pennyworth is a television series created in 2019 by Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon after the conclusion of their previous show, Gotham. The show may or may not be a prequel to Gotham. It is about the DC Comics character Alfred Pennyworth, the loyal butler of Bruce Wayne / Batman's family.

An origin story taking place in an alternate 1960s England, the series is centered on its titular character (portrayed by Jack Bannon) as a young man following his time as a soldier in the Special Air Service, as he forms a security company and is hired by Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) and Martha Kane (Emma Paetz) and the revolutionary group they belong to, the No Name League, to fight against another group, the ruthless, power-hungry and fascistic Raven Society, led by Lord James Harwood (Jason Flemyng), who's assisted by his enforcer Bet Sykes (Paloma Faith). Allegiances tend to switch and collide with personal feelings, lust and greed as England descends into civil war and chaos.

Season 1 started airing on Epix (since rebranded as MGM+) on July 28, 2019. The first four Season 2 episodes started airing on December 13, 2020, with the airing of the rest resuming on March 7, 2021. The series then migrated to HBO Max for the third season, which premiered October 6, 2022 with the added subtitle The Origin of Batman's Butler. The show was then cancelled by Warner Bros. Discovery in February 2023.

DC eventually published a Pennyworth comic book series loosely inspired by the show. The comic shows a kidnapped Alfred recalling his past as a MI5 agent, providing a different backstory to the character though including characters from the show like Dave Boy.

Previews: Season 1 Teaser, Season 1 Trailer, Season 2 Trailer.

Pennyworth contains examples of:

  • Altar the Speed: Towards the end of Season 2, Thomas and Martha decide to get married. London is still besieged by the Raven Union and they don't want to wait, especially since Martha is pregnant, so they ask PM Aziz to marry them on the spot.
  • Alternate History: A number of elements make the series definitely fall into this trope, as it is supposed to be set in The '60s. To wit:
    • An extreme example in "The Landlord's Daughter" shows that this world's version of 60s London has grisly medieval-style public executions broadcasted live on television.
    • The Newgate prison is still in service, while the real one closed in 1902.
    • Ditto with the Tower of London, where Lord Harwood is tortured and mutilated. There were no more people detained in it since 1952 in real life, and torture stopped there long before that.
    • A brief news story in "Lady Penelope" mentions how "the German Reich" is allowing self-governing autonomy for the Netherlands, implying that Nazi Germany is still there and still occupies parts of Europe in this universe. Which might explain the presence the Raven Society has and the British government being lenient against it. In fact, this might well be a plausible representation of an alternate post-World War II Britain had Viscount Halifax become Prime Minister instead of Winston Churchill and made peace with Germany in 1940 instead of keeping the fight going. Good commercial relations with Nazi Germany might also explain the widespread use of MP-40 submachine guns among the English law enforcement forces and army in the series while in real life it was the L2A3 Sterling that was provided to British armed forces after World War II.
      • However, in the season two premiere Martha jokingly quotes the "I was only following orders" excuse used by German officers put on trial after World War II. Vaguely implying that Germany might have still lost the war, but somehow maintained power over certain countries like the Netherlands, and never lost Berlin, decades later. This is further supported in "The Hunted Fox" per Aziz's claim that if sadism won wars, "we'd all be speaking German".
      • Given that the United States is shown to be backing away from England's problems and is primarily monitoring their political events implies they are not allies and therefore no Allied Control Council was established to remove Germany's position of power after World War II.
      • This seems to have changed by season three, as the United States is said to be an ally of Britain by the 1970s but now directly getting involved in their political operations. What this means for Germany at this point, however, is still unknown.
    • Aleister Crowley is still alive (and still has hair), despite having died in the 40s.
    • London Bobbies doing their rounds armed with (German) submachine guns certainly tells you that this is not the same England we are familiar with. Since 1936, fewer than 5% of the UK's policemen carry firearms in real life.
    • In the Season 2 Premiere, George Orwell is alive in the 1960s. However he is quickly murdered by the Raven Union.
    • Season 2 establishes that the (unseen) US President is female, with Thomas, Lucius and their superior in the CIA referring to her as "she".
      • However in the previous season, the US President is said to be male and implied to be John F. Kennedy according to a line about him wanting to "put a man on the moon". Depending on when in the 1960s season one and two are set, it's possible he was succeeded by a female president or had a female vice President taking his place in this show's world. The reason for this historical change in season two might be to distinguish the Presidency from JFK and his real life successor Lyndon B. Johnson and avoid demonizing them. Especially since said female President doesn't care if England descends into chaos with countless deaths, as long as it ends that particular war.
    • England having descended into a full-blown Civil War, period. In Real Life, it hasn't happened since the mid-17th century.
    • In the season 3 premiere, we learn from Aziz in a news broadcast that at some point prior Russia and United States relations escalated to the point where not only did Kyiv get nuked in the year 1972 but Miami as well. This could be in relation to a real world event where Nixon visited Kyiv and many other Soviet nations the same year for diplomatic talks of nuclear disarmament, which likely went very south in this world.
    • In the season 3 finale, Downing Street gets bombed to smitherines thanks to a very paranoid General Thursday, supposedly killing the Prime Minister and everyone within that vicinity.
    • It's been confirmed that the show is indeed an Alternate History and the show is setting up the events of V for Vendetta.
  • Ambiguous Time Period: The show appears to take place in a different 60s London than Real Life:
    • 30s Zeppelins flying in the sky.
    • Cars and most of the main cast's clothes clearly come from the 40s.
    • There are also medieval stocks still in use to punish thieves and indecent exposers.
    • The 20s-style cabaret in which Esme dances.
    • Skinheads coming straight out of the 70s.
    • John Ripper wears a rather modern tracksuit in "Shirley Bassey".
    • What's seen of the Civil War in Season 2 looks and sounds very much like World War II, from the outfits to the weaponry.
    • Some other details make it fall firmly into Alternate History, as explained above.
    • Despite the intentional ambiguity in the series, HBO Max's synopsis for the season 3 premiere states that the season is set in "1972".
  • Anyone Can Die: In season 2's "The Belt and Welt", Bazza dies surprisingly and unexpectedly after a car explodes near him.
  • Apologetic Attacker: After kicking the ass of some rude bar customer armed with a knife, Alfred makes his "apologies".
  • Assassination Attempt: In "Shirley Bassey", the Thwaites arrange for a sit-down with Dr. Gaunt, allegedly for peace talks but actually so that she can be killed by their hired hitman (Dave Boy). Instead, between Gaunt being armed herself and Ripper having hired Alfred for his own hit, Julian Thwaite is the one who ends up dead.
  • Badass Family: The Pennyworths. Aside from Alfred's regular action hero moments, his parents beat the crap out of Bet and her henchman after being taken hostage.
  • Badass Boast: Alfred gets these a lot, since he's the titular character and a "hard man".
    Gulliver Troy: I'm Gully Troy. And you don't cross me.
    Alfred: I'm Alfred Pennyworth, and I just did.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Alfred dispatches some switchblade-wielding attackers in spectacular fashion while wearing a nice tuxedo as part of his bouncer job.
  • Balkanize Me: Apparently, Scotland seems to be independent in this universe, and Wales is implied to have a strong border with England, meaning the United Kingdom itself might be a thing of the past. It's implied in Season 2 that the Raven Union (which now controls 90 per cent of England in the Civil War) seeks to "reunify" it their own way.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Frances Gaunt is a firm believer in Harwood and the Raven Society cause but she is shocked to find out what a fascist takeover of England really entails.
    • She is similarly shocked when discovering that the Ravens are developing poison gas, in season 2 episode 2.
    • Bet Sykes is personally loyal to Harwood but is more of an opportunist than fascist. In season 2 she discovers what living in a fascist regime is really like and she does not like it at all.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: In Season 2, Martha and Thomas have this after Thomas hires Crowley to discredit Potter, who eventually kills himself. By episode 4, they resolve it. Thomas sister's Patricia comments on it.
  • Best Served Cold: Alfred discovers that he is the target of a decade old vendetta.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: On one hand you got the fascist Raven Society folks who want to purge the undesirables, but on the other you have the British government that's fine with torturing and mutilating suspects and public televised executions and who see a socialist utopia just as bad as a fascist one. No Name League members first appear as the good guys, until their leadership is revealed to be just as as corrupt as the people they oppose. The CIA is manipulating the situation for its own goals and does not care that people are dying as a result. Meanwhile, Alfred and his war buddies are wild cards that could emerge as heroes or descend into Psycho for Hire (Foregone Conclusion regarding the overall Batman mythos suggests Alfred will still emerge as a hero, and he opposes the Raven Society through and through).
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Season 2 ends with Alfred leading a group of English League soldiers (including Dave Boy, Bet Sykes, Katie Browning and a superpowered Gulliver Troy) in a charge against invading Raven Union forces.
  • Bus Crash: Esme is killed off because her actress, Emma Corrin, got another role (Princess of Wales Lady Diana Spencer in The Crown, if you ask).
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Alfred is horrified to discover that Esme was killed because of something he did a decade ago and that was so insignificant to him that he needs a witch's help to remember.
  • Canon Foreigner: Thomas Wayne’s sister Patricia is a creation for the show. He had a sister named Agatha prior to 1986 universe-wide reboot in the comics but the two characters bare no resemblance to each other.
  • Canned Orders over Loudspeaker: In Season 2, Raven Union besieges London and has loudspeakers with propaganda messages placed all over the city to incite English League fighters to surrender. Martha Kane wants none of it and regularly shoots them with a rifle from her barricade.
  • Cardboard Prison:
    • Newgate Prison ends up being this for Alfred due to his complicated relationship with the British government. One day they are throwing him in prison without a trial and the next they need him for some Dirty Business so the charges and prison sentence disappear.
    • Season 1 ends with Lord Harwood, Frances Gaunt and Bet Sykes being imprisoned. By the start of Season 2, they've escaped and even sparked a Civil War.
  • Charge-into-Combat Cut: Season 2 ends this way, with Alfred, Daveboy, Beth, Kathie and the No-Name forces, joined by a now superhuman Captain Troy, charging to face the overwhelming Raven forces.
  • Civil War: England has descended into one in Season 2 between the Raven Union (the fascist Raven Society and their allies in the military) and the English League (a coalition of all the anti-fascist factions).
  • The Coup: Harwood stages one in the Season 1 finale, kidnapping the Queen and coercing her to make a statement supporting him, thus getting the army on his side and letting the Raven Society march on London. It doesn't last very long, however, as Alfred and company rescue the Queen, who then reveals the plot and has the army turn on Harwood.
  • Darkest Hour: Season 2 has a Civil War that quickly turned to the advantage of the Ravens, and they now control 90-95 per cent of England with basically just London, Manchester and Cornwall as the last bastions of people who don't want to live under fascism, who have formed the English League.
  • Day of the Jackboot:
    • In Season 1, the fascist Lord Harwood aimed at taking control of England via a coup, which ended up thwarted. However...
    • By Season 2, Harwood escaped, the English military joined the Raven Society, forming the Raven Union. They caused a Civil War and now England is at 90 per cent under fascist control.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Alfred is prone to have these. He dreams of talking to "Spanish" in Season 1, then to his father who he killed in the Season 1 finale, then with Bazza (whose death Alfred had a responsibility in) in Season 2.
  • Dirty Communist: The No Name League are treated like a communist organization that supposedly wants to overthrow the British government. They end up teaming up with the latter to form the anti-fascist English League in Season 2 against the Raven Union, however.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Esme's murder is revealed to be this, as the person responsible wanted revenge on Alfred because he indeliberately made him look like a fool once, over ten years ago.
  • Driven to Madness:
    • Aziz eliminates the political threat Ripper poses by tricking Crowley into drugging him into a delusional state and having him institutionalized.
    • Salt drugs Harwood into an unstable paranoid mindset, and then manipulates him into a full breakdown, allowing Salt to remove him from power and take over.
  • Electric Torture: Lord Harwood is brought to the Tower of London and gets tortured with electrodes at the beginning of Season 1.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Alfred and Bet Sykes team up to find Esme's killer. Their main disagreement is whether they will torture the guy before killing him.
    • The No Name League and the Raven Society decide that the current government is their main enemy and call a truce. When an election is called, they decide not to campaign against each other. In parts of the country where the Society has major support the League will run no candidates. This would be reciprocated by the Society in areas where the League has major support.
    • Season 2 has all the anti-Raven Union factions unite as the English League in order to fight the Union in a civil war.
    • When needing to carry out a mission for the CIA in Season 2, Thomas reluctantly seeks the aid of Aleister Crowley, whom he's despised since their first encounter in Season 1.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Dr. Gaunt has no problem with the fascist actions of the Raven Society, and later the Raven Union, but she does show moral outrage when she learns about the chemical weapons being developed by Project Stormcloud.
    • Bet Sykes can't stand being next to perverts and rapists. Hence she beats her superior to death when the latter is about to rape Katie Browning to torture her and flees with Katie.
    • Lord Harwood wants to turn England into a fascist state with himself as dictator but he is doing it because he is a patriot and believes that England should be a superpower. He is appalled by what John Salt is capable of and that Salt is doing it all merely for personal advancement.
    • General Thursday has no problem leading the army in siding with the Raven Union's fascist takeover of England, but he's disgusted by the thought of using chemical weapons on a civilian population and ultimately turns on Salt over his decision to use Stormcloud on London.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: In "The Belt and Welt", Shari's car explodes just from running into some old petrol barrels. The explosion is enough to kill a nearby Bazza. Averted to some degree because she does hit barrels of petrol. But they are presumably old (they're at an abandoned funfair), the car had just started up so the engine wasn't that hot, and the explosion is hugely disproportionate to the factors causing it.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: The headquarters of the Raven Union in Season 2 is a huge concrete bunker complex with a tower in the middle. The architecture is a mix of every fascist architecture in the book and brutalism.
  • Final Speech: In "The Belt and Welt", despite being gutted by shrapnel from a car explosion, Bazza gives a lengthy and coherent goodbye to his friends.
  • Foreshadowing: When told that almost no one from the Raven Union will be able to attend Lord Harwood's funeral in English League-controlled London, Salt states that it doesn't matter. As revealed in the season finale, this is because the real point of the funeral was to smuggle the Stormcloud bomb into London inside Harwood's casket.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: When the Raven Society starts to take over England, many previously unimportant people are promoted to positions of power. They use this new power to commit horrible atrocities.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • As Alfred is leaving his meeting with Esme's father, a man in a dog costume wanders by.
    • Foreground, but in an external daytime shot of Aleister Crowley's mansion in "Julie Christie", a couple going by on the pavement in front of the mansion is pushing a baby pram with a pig in it.
  • Genre Throwback: To the Harry Palmer 1960s spy thrillers — it's no coincidence that Jack Bannon's acting emulates Michael Caine.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Crime boss John Ripper serves himself some wine before getting busy in his morgue.
  • Happy Ending Override: Season 1 ended with the Raven Society's coup being thwarted and Lord Harwood & co being imprisoned (it was kind of a Downer Ending for Alfred's family and the English government due to the bombing, but still). Season 2 starts with the Raven Society being reborn as the Raven Union. Lord Harwood and his followers have been freed, a Civil War has erupted and the Raven Union now controls 90 per cent of England, with only London and a few cities still resisting to them.
  • Heroic BSoD: Alfred experiences one after Esme's death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Season 2 finale, Troy swallows the Stormcloud capsule so that only he will be killed by it when it detonates. Subverted, as he somehow survives this and is turned into some kind of metahuman.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In Season 1, the No Name League is painted by the British government as communists seeking to subvert the government. The main unambiguously heroic figure of the show, Martha Kane, works for them. By Season 2 the "bad publicity" stems from the propaganda of the Raven Union, since the No Name League and what's left of opposition to the Raven Union have merged into the English League.
  • Historical Beauty Upgrade: Aleister Crowley is much handsomer than he was in real life, not to mention much younger than he would have been, had he survived into the '60s (he actually died in 1947 at the age of 72).
  • Historical Domain Character:
    • Aleister Crowley shows up in a couple of episodes in Season 1, leading a hedonistic cult in London. He returns in Season 2, being recruited by Thomas Wayne to help in a mission for the CIA.
    • George Orwell show up as a captive of the Raven Union in Season 2, though whether or not it's the man himself is not clearly established. He dies later than his Real Life self and differently so at that in any case.
  • Hope Spot: In the Season 1 finale, Harwood and the other Raven Society leaders are arrested and it looks like England will avoid a civil war. One bomb later and the Prime Minister and most of the Crown Loyalist leadership are dead. When Season 2 starts, England is split in a bloody civil war that turned hopeless for the non-fascists and the heroes have either given up or are preparing for a desperate Last Stand.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Lord Harwood, initial leader of the Raven Society, gets captured at the end of the Pilot and gets tortured to hell and back throughout Episode 2 and 3. By Episode 4, he is a noseless, bearded beggar, living miserably on the street after being thrown out. He starts getting better in Episode 5, as Bet finds him and takes him in and by Episode 8 he's running the Raven Society again and is beloved by the public. It happens to him again in season 2 when he is manipulated and drugged by John Salt and turns into a paranoid maniac. He is removed from power by the army and placed on indefinite house arrest.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
    • With the exception of the pilot, every Season 1 episode is named after a woman, either a fictional one or a famous real life one, particularly British singers and actresses prominent during the 1960s such as Shirley Bassey, Julie Christie and Cilla Black.
    • For Season 2, every episode title takes inspiration from the quirky names of British Pubs, starting with "The" ("The Burning Bridge", "The Hunted Fox", etc).
  • I Have a Family: Inverted. Alfred offers a bodyguard a chance to walk away without a fight and go home to his family. The bodyguard replies that he has no family and draws his gun.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In the season 1 finale, Peg and Bet are holding the Queen hostage, but are surrounded by Alfred and his friends. Bet is willing to go down fighting, but is talked into giving up by Peg.
  • Libation for the Dead: Dave Boy pours one for Bazza in "The Hunted Fox".
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The episode "Cilla Black" seems to veer into the supernatural. To wit:
    • Did Martha really meet Baphomet at Aleister Crowley's party or was she drugged and used as part of a blackmail scheme against Thomas Wayne?
    • Did Baroness Ortsey really manage to see into the future about Alfred bringing "a murderer's left hand and a red rose when the Moon is full" or did she get incredibly lucky?
  • Mind Screw: Martha's plot in "Cilla Black" is this, as the party she attends at Aleister Crowley's mansion quickly turns bizarre. No matter how she tries to leave, she finds herself back in the main room, and after a few times finds all the other guests there watching her quietly, while she's guided to a tall figure that appears to be Baphomet. Then the next time we see her at the end of the episode, she's waking up naked in the middle of a field.
  • The Mole: Thomas Wayne is part of the No Name League, but is actually a mole for the CIA. Though this is a less subversive example than most, since the CIA currently prefers the No Name League over the Raven Society.
  • Morning Sickness: In Season 2 episode 6, Martha suddenly needs to puke while talking to PM Aziz, which is the first sign that she's pregnant.
  • My Card: Thomas Wayne gives Alfred his card, with his phone number on it. Alfred in turn gives Thomas his "security consultant" business card.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In episode 5, Thomas Wayne is in the bar to hire the boys for a job. The waitress asks for his drink order, and he says, "Milk, warm."
    • In episode 8, Alfred makes a stealthy and sudden appearance in DI Aziz's office, and makes just as stealthy and sudden exit. Someday, Alfred's surrogate son will make a habit of doing the same to another police officer.
    • The Pennyworth home is located on Micklewhite Avenue. "Micklewhite" is the real last name of Michael Caine, the actor who played Alfred in The Dark Knight Trilogy.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Raven Society, a fascist organization that wants to take over Britain and eliminate everything they see wrong with society.
  • Neutral in Name Only: The US claims to be neutral in the governmental affairs of Britain, but the CIA is shown to be very actively manipulating events including embedding undercover agents inside the factions that are vying for control of the government, headhunting promising scientists, and ordering the assassinations which eventually trigger a Civil War. Once the war is raging, the CIA refuses to intervene other than to make moves to discreetly establish friendly relations with the Ravens Union which seems poised to win, going so far as to create a scandal that drives the very influential Prime Minister of the opposing English League to suicide.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: The No Name League, the group that Thomas Wayne and Martha Kane work for, is independent of any government, and well-funded and organized enough that Alfred initially thinks they're the CIA.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • When Alfred's mother is held hostage for ransom, he manages to turn the tables on the kidnappers with help from Dave Boy and Bazza, only for a police squad led by Aziz to show up and create enough confusion that the kidnappers escape with the money.
    • Alfred kidnaps John Salt for the English League but then arranges for Salt to be rescued and sent back to the Raven Union just so Alfred can get a bigger payday. This puts Salt in the position to finish Project Stormfront and potentially kill millions of people.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed:
    • Ian Thurso, the computer genius whom Alfred helps Martha Kane rescue, is an Expy of Alan Turing, who was persecuted for his homosexuality despite making major contributions to the war effort.
    • Mention is made of the Queen having an exiled uncle who married an American divorcee, clearly meant to be the real life Edward VIII but referred to with a different noble title than the one the real Edward was given upon his abdication. He is also referred to as the Pretender which would seem to indicate that in this version of history he never became king.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In Season 2, Bet Sykes ends up killing her misogynist and rapist Raven Union superior as he was about to rape Katie Browning, by bashing his head with a heavy metal teapot.
  • Noodle Incident: When Alfred is imprisoned, he receives a message that Dave Boy and Bazza are planning to get him out just as they did in Rangoon. Alfred sends a message back, calling them children and forbidding them from even considering the Rangoon plan. When asked to explain, Alfred says that Rangoon was a blood bath but does not elaborate further.
  • Not His Sled: Thomas and Martha's baby born in the Season 2 finale is a girl, and therefore not Bruce.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Alfred enters Newgate Prison and is instantly surrounded by the prisoners who all want a piece of the pretty boy in a suit and tie. Alfred calmly asks who is in charge. When we see the prison block again, Alfred is top dog and all the other prisoners deferentially refer to him as Mr. Pennyworth.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lord Harwood watches a political ad featuring Undine Thwaite and initially dismisses it as amateurish but he asks the Sykes sisters for their opinion and they find it very convincing and find Undine extremely sympathetic. Harwood realizes that the ad was actually extremely well crafted political messaging that targeted the working class people who make up the majority of supporters for both the No Name League and the Raven Society. He realizes that he severely underestimated his opposition and the election will be far from a cakewalk.
  • Origin Story: The show is about how Alfred meets Thomas Wayne and Martha Kane as well as becoming part of their household. It might be an origin for the iteration from Gotham specifically.invoked
  • Playing Both Sides: Alfred is not really interested in taking sides, so he will often do a job for one faction and then turn around and take a job from their opposition. By the beginning of Season 2, he's become so jaded that he will do a mission for one side and then turn around and undo what he's just done so the other side pays him as well.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Tragedy could have been averted if Alfred and his parents truthfully discussed what was going on in their lives. Alfred would have found sooner that his father is dying of cancer and a Raven Society supporter and could have in turn explained what is really going on and what the Raven Society is really doing.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Bet Sykes, who develops an obsession with Esme after abducting her. In season 2 she becomes obsessed with Katie.
  • The Purge: During the Raven Society's coup, they start rounding up their enemies to be publicly hung. Including Undine Thwaite.
  • Reusable Lighter Toss: In episode 3 "Martha Kane" the character of Martha Kane is told by Alfred Pennyworth to count to 15 slowly and then light a trail of gas that is spilling from a truck he is driving. At the end of her count she lights the Zippo and drops it on the gas.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: Alfred blows Julian Thwaite's head off with a sawed-off shotgun in "Shirley Bassey".
  • Screaming Birth: Martha in the Season 2 finale, against the backdrop of the Raven Union's final assault on London.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • When the Raven Society stage their coup, Thomas decides to flee the country, but is talked out of it by Alfred and Martha, who convince him to help them fight back.
    • Also during the coup, Ripper is seen skulking away when the Ravens come for Undine.
    • In season 2, Alfred becomes so jaded after having to kill his father that he refuses to take sides in the Civil War and instead tries to make enough money so he and those closest to him can instead flee to America. Yet when the time comes, he can't bring himself to abandon his home, and chooses to stay and fight the Raven Union.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When the American government learns of Project Stormcloud, they order Thomas and Lucius to evacuate England and let the Raven Union use it, letting the war end and leaving the US with plausible deniability. Instead, both men decide to go to the English League with what they know, intending to expose the whole thing and force America to intervene.
  • The Starscream: Salt manipulates Harwood into making him second in command, and then drives him into a psychological breakdown, allowing him to take over the Raven Union.
  • Tagline:
    • "At your service" for Season 1.
    • "Bring down the House" for Season 2.
  • Thanatos Gambit: After being placed under house arrest, Harwood performs Suicide by Cop with Salt's soldiers, denying Salt the ability to keep using him as a scapegoat for his own actions.
  • Time Skip: The last scenes of the Season 2 finale take place six months after the rest of the episode.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Alfred regularly has flashbacks of his traumatising war experience.
  • Truce Zone: Soho has become this in Season 2, during the Civil War between the Raven Union and English League.
  • Undying Loyalty: The army leadership agree with Harwood politically and would love to have him in charge. However, they are completely loyal to the Queen. When she tells them that Harwood had her kidnapped, they immediately turn on him, stop the coup and arrest him and his supporters.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The Raven Society grows increasingly popular with the British public. Especially Harwood after his return, to the point that the government can't touch him without risking riots.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The English League is a coalition of the various groups who choose to oppose the Raven Union. This includes royalists, clergy, assorted moderates, remnants of the No-Name League, the Cornish, and outright communists. The ruling committee is composed of 20+ members. The CIA refers to this entire arrangement as a "shitshow", and when Aziz is appointed to the committee he does not know whether to consider it a promotion or a punishment.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Stormcloud Project, a chemical weapon developed by the Raven Union that's potent enough that according to Lucius Fox a container the size of a cigarette lighter can wipe out all of London.
  • Wham Line: "It's a girl." Looks like we'll be waiting a bit for Bruce to come into the picture.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Alfred's father Arthur being shown attending a Raven Society rally.
    • Arthur turns out to be alive in Season 2.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: One of the Raven Society punches Alfred in the face after capturing him for killing Mrs Darkness in self-defense.


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