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Vagrant Queen is a science-fiction series airing on Syfy, and based on the comic-book series of the same name.

Eight years ago, Eldaya Al-Feyr's family was violently deposed from the throne of Arriopa by The Republic. Since then, Eldaya, now calling herself Elida, wanders the galaxy, trying to scrape together a living while avoiding the Republic's forces. However, when her sometime-ally Isaac re-emerges and informs her that her mother is still alive, she, Isaac, and engineer Amae go on a quest to rescue her.


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  • Achilles in His Tent: After breaking up the team, Elida goes off on her own and sulks.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the original comic book, Elida's only real motivation is keeping far away from the Republic, and Isaac's only real motivation is going home, and they're both prepared to exploit each other for their own ends. The TV series turns Elida into a born leader who is denying her destiny, while Isaac deludes himself into believing that he can help Elida and help himself at the same time.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The comic book on which the show is based has a rather sparse plot - Elida and Isaac reluctantly team up, head to Wix, find the Bezoar of Kings instead of Elida's mother, and fight to overthrow Lazaro after he steals the Bezoar and goes on a rampage. The TV series adds a number of new characters and subplots.
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  • Affectionate Parody: "No Clue" is a pretty direct spoof of the movie Clue.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Despite being from another galaxy, Isaac doesn't seem to have any trouble communicating with anyone.
  • And I Must Scream: One of Lazaro's apparently preferred ways to use the Sterzaad. He forces one mook to sort through his own intestines completely silently and uses it to stop cries of pain from another that he orders to jump off a balcony.
    • When the Admirals are forced to murder each other, Admiral Rykal has visible horror on her face as her body cuts open Admiral Kavar's throat with a spoon.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Amae's cheerful and upbeat personality isn't born out of any kind of optimism, but because she understands all too well that the universe is largely cold and uncaring, and figures that being bitter and cynical won't do anything to change it.
  • Armored Closet Gay: Elida isn't so much in the closet because she's ashamed of her sexuality, but because, after years of not trusting anyone, she's afraid to admit how much she needs Amae.
  • The Atoner: Isaac does everything he can to make up for his multiple betrayals of Elida.
  • Badass Gay: Elida and Amae both qualify.
  • Big Bad: Lazaro, even though he temporarily answers to the Admiralty.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Elida and Amae share on in the penultimate episode of the first season.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Arriopa's currently divided between The Republic, a brutal, repressive military dictatorship dressed up in populism, and the Loyalists, a bunch of Affably Evil theocrats. Elida wants nothing to do with either of them.
  • Body Horror: When Lazaro gains mind control powers, he forces a mook to slowly pull out his own intestines.
  • Breather Episode: "No Clue," a lighthearted bottle episode/murder mystery that occurs after the double-whammy of "Temple of Doom" and "Requiem for the Republic."
  • Can Only Move the Eyes: Victims of the Sterzaad appear to still be conscious of their actions, but have no way to control them beyond slight facial expression.
  • Category Traitor: Lazaro gets this from both sides of Arriopa. On the one hand, the old monarchy was never going to let him advance higher than the title of Marquis, and the fact that he tried to kill Queen Eldaya means that if the old monarchy is ever restored, he will likely be executed for treason. On the other hand, the Republic still distrusts him because of his former title and suspect that his failure to kill Elida is intentional.
  • The Chains of Commanding: One major reason why Elida has no interest in returning to Arriopa is because being Queen would mean having to make a lot of hard decisions. In addition, when she was queen, she found that she had very little power to actually help people.
  • The Chosen One: Among the Loyalists, Elida is seen as a messianic figure who will overthrow The Republic and restore Arriopa to the way things used to be. While she does represent the last of the monarchy, Hath fosters this view more because he needs her royal blood to get to the Sterzaad.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: How most of the cast sees Isaac.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: As the first season goes on, Amae becomes increasingly (and hilariously) comfortable with violence and criminality. She even lampshades it when she proposes mugging someone in order to pay off their parking fines.
    "Wow. I've been spending too much time with you guys."
  • Covered in Gunge: In "In a Sticky Spot", the team gets their hands on pods that release a super-adhesive slime when punctured.
  • The Coup: After Lazaro obtains the Sterzaad, he mind-controls the Admiralty and forces them all to kill one another, effectively becoming the new leader of the Republic.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Elida was deposed from her throne when she was ten years old, spent several years on the run, watched her mother get murdered right in front of her, and nearly starved to death. After dealing with all that, her present life as a lowly scavenger doesn't seem so bad.
    • Amae's homeworld was wiped out in a war when she was only five years old.
  • Dead All Along: Elida spends the first several episodes going after her mother after being informed she's still alive and imprisoned in Republic space. When she gets to the supposed prison, Hath explains that he tricked her so she could get the Sterzaad and defeat the Republic. Then it's Double Subverted when it turns out she really is alive, being kept in a dungeon beneath the palace on Arriopa.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Elida hates being called by her birth name.
  • Doomed Hometown: Amae and Chaz's homeworld was wiped out in the Narrows War.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Isaac and Amae disguise themselves as Republic soldiers to rescue Chaz. Elida dresses as a Republic soldier "escorting" Nim so she can do the same. They bump into each other in the middle.
  • Driven to Suicide: Nim chooses to kill himself rather than let Lazaro torture him into betraying Elida.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Isaac's preferred form of maintenance, which is probably why the Winnipeg is in such bad shape when Amae takes a look at it.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Lazaro is understandably pissed that despite having led the revolution that established the Republic, he's not only not a member of the ruling council but is treated like a mere lackey by them. The fact that Rykal cruelly forced him to execute his own mother has especially embittered him.
  • The Empire: Despite what its name suggests, The Republic is a brutal dictatorship. Plays this trope even more straight after Lazaro takes control, turning it from an oligarchy into a single all-powerful dictator.
  • Eye Scream: During the Sterzaad-compelled Mêlée à Trois between the Admirals, one of Admiral Kaval's eyes is scooped out with a spoon.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: After the disaster on Wix, Elida decides to split from Isaac and Amae, but it only lasts until the next episode when she realizes she doesn't want to be alone anymore.
  • Fingore: Lazaro makes his stylist cut his own fingers off after screwing up his hair.
  • Flock of Wolves: Isaac and Amae run into Elida while all three of them are all wearing full-body Republic uniforms. They only realize each other's identities after everyone pulls their guns out.
  • Forced to Watch: Eldaya's mother was shot right in front of her. She was stuck in an escape pod and could only watch helplessly as it happened.
  • The Generalissimo: After using the Sterzaad to take over the Republic, Lazaro dubs himself the "Grand Supreme Leader" and puts his face on the national flag.
  • Godzilla Threshold: After Lazaro takes over the Republic with the Sterzaad, the Loyalists decide to just bomb Arriopa, regardless of innocent casualties.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Amae never uses a stronger curse than "schlucky", and she thinks even that is obscene.
  • Great Offscreen War: A conflict called the Narrows War wiped out Chaz and Amae's people and prevented Isaac from returning home easily. Amae was only five years old at the time.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ihred sacrifices herself to help the team escape from the port.
  • Hidden Weapons: Elida has weapons stashed all over the ship, just in case.
  • His Name Is...: One of the IPA agents reveals to a shocked Issac that she's been to the Milky Way, but is shot in the back just as she's about to tell him how.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Subverted in "In a Sticky Spot", where Amae hacks doors and it ends up taking about as long as you'd expect.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Elida has absolutely no interest in becoming the Queen of Arriopa.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: In "No Clue", after the IPA agents on her ship start being mysteriously killed, Elida insists she isn't responsible because if she wanted them dead, she'd have already killed all of them.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In "Yippee Ki Yay", the team gets captured by bunch of cannibals.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Lazaro performs his coup on the Admiralty, he correctly points out that the latter didn't actually make anything better after overthrowing the previous monarchy.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare: Earth pop culture rarely shows up, but some of the locals seem to be fans. Isaac introduced Elida to various Earth movies during their time scavving together and a cannibal gang uses a song from Earth during a karaoke competition.
  • A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away...: The series takes place in another galaxy, which is repeatedly stressed as "Not Yours". Isaac managed to get there from Earth after a mishap with a wormhole, and he has no idea how to get back.
  • MacGuffin: Both Lazaro and the Loyalists are searching for the Sterzaad, an artifact that enabled Elida's ancestors to unite Arriopa centuries ago.
  • Mêlée à Trois: When Lazaro shows up to usurp the Admiralty, he decides to let one survive as his personal assistant. He makes this decision by using the Sterzaad to force the Admirals to kill each other using various objects on the dining table until only one survives.
  • Mind-Control Device: The Sterzaad allows the holder to dominate the minds of others, making them utterly incapable of resisting their commands. At its weakest, the holder can control anyone within eyesight. With the proper conduits to enhance its power, its range could be extended to planetary distances and beyond.
  • Naturalized Name: Elida was born Eldaya. She changed her name to try and avoid being found by The Republic. Everyone else points out how obvious her alias is.
  • Noodle Incident: For a while, all that is known about Elida and Isaac's last encounter is that Isaac shot Elida and Elida ended up with Isaac's ship. This sets the tone of their relationship for the first couple of episodes.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Amae finally works up the nerve to plant one on Elida just before they separate for their big missions.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Sterzaad can only be activated by those with royal blood. However, once it's active, anyone can use it so long as they have at least one conduit.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Republic is supposed to be more democratic and representative than the religiously-tinged monarchy that it replaced, but in practice, it's closer to a military dictatorship. Lazaro even points out that it's basically a monarchy by another name.
  • Percussive Prevention: In the first episode, Ihred whacks Elida over the head to try and stop her from going to rescue Chaz.
  • Refusal of the Call: In the first episode, the Loyalists intervene to save Elida from Lazaro, and pledge to serve her if she retakes the throne. She asks them to go away. Repeatedly.
  • The Resenter: Lazaro can't get over the fact that he led a dangerous revolution in order to dethrone the monarchy, only for it to be replaced by the Admiralty, which is virtually indistinguishable from the monarchy in how they rule (other than the Man of Wealth and Taste image they maintain). They also treat Lazaro like an incompetent lapdog.
  • Resolved Noodle Incident: The incident where Isaac shot Elida and Elida took Isaac's ship is eventually resolved in a flashback. Isaac learns Elida's background and Elida, suspicious Isaac might double-cross her for the bounty, immobilizes him and tries to take the Winnipeg without him. Isaac tries to stop her by shooting her as she leaves. They don't see each other again until they meet back up on Xija in the first episode.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: With the exception of pointed ears, Arriopans are indistinguishable from humans. In fact, most species look like humans with a few prosthetics added on.
  • Running Gag:
    • None of the non-human characters - which is almost the entire cast - can pronounce Terran words properly, particularly "Winnipeg".
    • Amae keeps insisting on getting really into character whenever she pretends to be somebody.
  • Serious Business: The Intergalactic Parking Authority treats parking violations like major crimes.
  • Shipper on Deck: Isaac tries to get Elida to act on her feelings for Amae, because it's obvious to him Amae shares those feelings.
  • Those Two Guys: Ihred and Dengar. Every time they show up they're together. Until Ihred's Heroic Sacrifice, anyway.
  • Thriller on the Express: In "Sunshine Express Yourself", the team's plan for an uneventful train ride falls apart when Isaac stumbles into the middle of a plot to kidnap a scientist.
  • Token Human: Isaac is not only the only Terran in the main cast, he is apparently the only Terran in the galaxy. Almost nobody in the main cast has even heard of Earth (they do know of the Milky Way Galaxy, but they call it the "Scadbury Galaxy" instead.)
  • Two Decades Behind: Earth is presented as being well into the future, with Isaac traveling to Jupiter for a business negotiation before getting sucked into a wormhole. Despite that, most of his pop culture references would be older by our time, as he introduces Elida to Star Wars and Indiana Jones and references MacGyver. He's presumably just fond of the classics.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Temple of Doom," wherein all of the remaining Loyalists die, Hath dies, and Lazaro obtains nearly limitless power, including the ability to mind control the entire battalion of troops sent by the Admiralty to apprehend him.
    • "Requiem for the Republic," in which Elida breaks up the team and Lazaro becomes the supreme ruler of Arriopa.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "No Clue" is loaded with references to Clue, including the parking attendants all being named after actors from the movie (Kahn, Mull, Lloyd, etc.), weapons inspired by the board game, and several of the film's most famous quotes.
  • Wrench Wench: Amae initially runs a mechanic shop on Xija and becomes the Winnipeg's engineer.
  • Wretched Hive: Xija seems to be comprised mostly of outlaws. The Republic leaves it alone explicitly so they have somewhere to engage in criminal dealings.


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