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Wildflower is a 2017 Philippine revenge drama television series on the ABS-CBN Network. It began airing in February 2017, replacing Pinoy Big Brother.

After moving to Poblacion Ardiente with her parents, Lily Cruz (Xyriel Manabat) and her family meet the governor Julio Ardiente (Tirso Cruz III) and his family: his daughter Emilia (Aiko Melendez), his two grandsons Arnaldo and Diego (RK Bagatsing and Joseph Marco), and son-in-law Raul (Wendell Ramos). However, under their power and wealth lie dark secrets and lies. Julio favors Arnaldo instead of Diego, and slowly the family breaks apart as Raul seduces Lily's mother Camia (Sunshine Cruz). Out of jealousy, Emilia attempts to kill Camia and Lily's father Dante (Christian Vasquez). Witnessing this, Lily escapes Poblacion Ardiente and meets widowed Prianka Aguas (Priscilla Meirelles) who transforms her from the young and innocent Lily Cruz into the charming, vengeful Ivy Aguas (Maja Salvador), who will do anything she can to avenge her family's wrongful deaths and take down the Ardientes.

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Wildflower provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Sure, Arnaldo is unstable and obsessed with Lily/Ivy way too much, but it's hard not to feel bad for him when he decides to commit suicide in front of Diego and Lily after Lily told him she would never love him. Even his half-brother Diego mourns his death.
  • Anyone Can Die: The show has no problems killing off major characters. To name a few: Carlotta, Nimfa, Loring,Pandoy, Raul, Helena/Red Dragon, Arnaldo, Diego and (probably) Julio are dead by the end of the series.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: When an amnesiac and mute Camia gets shock therapy by the hospital to fix her, she starts to regain most of her memory as she goes back being herself. In reality shock therapy doesn't give people their memory back. Instead it causes confusion and memory loss.
    • When Lily is rushed into the hospital because she was accidentally shot by Arnaldo, she wears a nebulizer mask instead of oxygen mask. Note 
  • Attempted Rape:
    • This happens to Camia twice.
      • The first one is in the pilot episode, when Raul sneaks in into the women's bathroom and nearly forces himself on Camia before she manages to get out.
      • The second time is when she is being held hostage by The Ardiente Family and Red Dragon. A mook tries to assault her before she decides to seduces him to get the key and nearly escape from the cage.
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    • This happens to Lily/Ivy a few times before either Diego or Jepoy manage to save her. More specifically, Lily and Jepoy first meet when young Jepoy stops a tricycle driver by blowing a whistle before he can molest young Lily.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The Ardiente Family are corrupt politicians and are responsible for one of Lily's parents' death, which makes them Lily's main target for revenge. And there's Helena Montoya, AKA Red Dragon, who was added in season 3. She is the leader of the criminal organization and Emilia's biological mother. She's against Lily (for rivaling her daughter) and Julio (for taking away their daughter Emila and faking her death without Helena's knowledge).
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Ardiente is defeated and Lily finally makes peace with her family, friends, and the town as she becomes a Senator and Presidential candidate. But on the down side, it costs the lives of many people, including Carlotta and Lily's Love Interest Diego. Not to mention Emilia, who survives getting shot by Julio but is now crippled and the sole family member of The Ardiente who survived, as she is forgiven by Lily.
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  • Childhood Friend Romance: Lily and Diego became friends as kids, but when they meet again as adults they develop feelings for each other. They become a couple halfway through the series.
  • Easy Amnesia: Camia gets amnesia after she was raped and then later gets shot by Emilia's minion. She later regains her memory after she gets shock therapy.
  • Fanservice: The show has no problem showing tons of revealing dresses of female characters, and features more than one Shirtless Scene of male characters.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Lily is the protagonist and also uses Ivy as an alias. Her mother's name is Camia. All three names are also flowers. Helena's adopted daughter Venus is named after the flytrap.
  • Hope Spot: After Julio and Emilia flee the province, Diego is now a governor and makes a speech promising that he will make the province a better place. It seems that the heroes finally make peace in the province without the Ardientes, until Diego gets shot by Julio.
  • Meaningful Rename: After losing her parents (at least one of them), Lily changes her name to Ivy Argus as she starts her revenge against the Ardientes. She later changes back to Lily Cruz when she finally reveals her identity to the Ardients.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: In the teaser, after Lily destroys Julio's stature in frustration, Diego comforts and hugs Ivy in the rain. The actual scene plays out differently. While Lily destroying Julio's stature basically stays the same, Diego doesn't comfort Lily nor is there a rain during the scene. Jepoy is the one who comforts and hugs Ivy instead.
  • Revenge: The whole point of the story is that Lily/Ivy must avenge her family's wrongful deaths and take down the Ardientes.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Lily and Diego. Diego came from a Big, Screwed-Up Family that Lily's parents are victims of, and she's planning revenge against his family. So they can't actually be together in public since they're targetted by the Ardientes family. Even when they finally get married, their marriage doesn't last long: Diego is shot and killed by Julio Ardientes.
  • Unconventional Wedding Dress: Ivy wears a black gown instead of a traditional white gown on her wedding day with Arnaldo, much to Emilia's chagrin. Arnaldo, who's not aware of Lily/Ivy's motivation, doesn't mind what she wears.

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