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Wynonna Earp is an American-Canadian Horror-Western television series developed for television by Emily Andras, which premiered on April 1st, 2016 in Syfy. It stars Melanie Scrofano as the titular character Wynonna Earp, Dominique Provost-Chalkley as her sister Waverly Earp, Shamier Anderson as Deputy Agent Xavier Dolls and Tim Rozon as Doc Holliday.

It is an adaptation of the Wynonna Earp comic book and tells the story of one Wynonna Earp, a descendant of the famous Old West lawman Wyatt Earp, who as his heir must defend the town of Purgatory from revenants, the 77 criminals who were killed by Wyatt’s gun and then rose as undead to hunt down his family. But as time goes by, Wynonna discovers that the revenants are only the tip of the iceberg, and she and her allies will have to contend with an ever-increasing host of supernatural threats descending upon Purgatory.

The show was renewed for a second season during 2016's San Diego Comic-Con, which aired in 2017. A third season was announced at 2017's SDCC, and it started airing in July of 2018. A fourth (and final) season was announced at 2018's SDCC and was originally set to air in 2019; however, financial problems delayed production, causing it to be rescheduled to air in 2020, only to be delayed again due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ultimately, it was announced that the first half of Season 4 (which had finished production prior to the pandemic) would air in July of 2020, with the second half intended to air at a later date, eventually announced to be March 5, 2021.

Not to be confused with Wynonna Judd.

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This series provides examples of the following:

  • 555: All of the numbers on Haught's card she gives Waverly.
  • Abusive Parents: The Earp girls' father was not a nice man, and seemed to be at least emotionally abusive. Willa mentions that he was physically abusive to their mother as well.
  • Abduction Is Love: In "I Fall To Pieces", an angry gnome tries to abduct Wynonna and Nicole so one of them will be his new wife.
  • Action Girl: Wynonna is quite handy with fists and guns, being able to hold her own against pretty much anyone. Waverly is no slouch with a shotgun either.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Played with. In the comics, Wynonna is blonde but here, she's got dark hair. However, flashbacks to her childhood show that she used to be a blonde. It is unclear if she dyes her hair or if it just got darker with age.
  • A Fête Worse than Death: In "House of Memories", Bobo throws a party for the entire town, that ends with him revealing that he's poisoned the champagne that everyone's been drinking with a toxin that will render them insane and suicidal, and will only give the cure to whomever kills Wynonna for him.
  • The Ageless: Doc Holliday made a deal with the Stone Witch to escape death by his tuberculosis, leaving him young and healthy, but still vulnerable to being actively killed.
  • Agony of the Feet: The mortician checks to see if the paralyzer he gave Wynonna is still working by applying a clamp to her big toe.
  • The Alcoholic: Wynonna drinks. A lot. In "Life Turned Her That Way", Waverly and Nicole stage an intervention for her.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Proving it's not just the guys, Waverly breaks out her old cheerleading uniform to do a cheer for her girlfriend Nicole, who's clearly very into it.
    Waverly: I didn't know if it was your thing.
    Nicole: Uh... Baby, that's... that's everybody's thing.
  • All Therapists Are Muggles: Despite Purgatory being a cesspool of supernatural evil, nobody believed Wynonna when as a teen she insisted demons killed her family. She was committed to a psych ward and diagnosed by a series of unhelpful doctors.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
    • Rather literally — as of the ending of "Bury Me With My Guns On", Bobo now owns Shorty's, the bar previously owned and operated by the Earps.
    • In "Landslide", a team of human mercenaries hired by Judge Cryderman attack the Earp homestead in order to kill Dolls.
    • During the Season 3 finale, Bulshar and his army assault the homestead.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Averted with the Revenants. Most of them were evil to start with and only got worse, but not all of them are actually evil at all. At least one shown to have been unfortunate enough to stumble into the criminal life, died by Peacemaker, and came back.
  • Ambiguously Human: Some characters prove to be not quite regular people, and only some of them even know themselves what the non-human bit is.
    • Dolls takes a serum that appears to be keeping him human, a cannibal revenant takes a bite out of him and declares him "spoiled", and a pair of succubus like revenants sense that he has a power inside of him that he's suppressing. It turns out that this is the result of Super-Soldier experiments that Black Badge was performing on a number of recruits. It's never clarified what exactly they were doing to him, but the other characters seem to assume he's partly a dragon now.
    • There's also Juan Carlo, the Mysterious Watcher whom Doc and Wynonna both encounter. Was established as just a human blessed/cursed with agelessness in season 2. But then posthumously retconned into having been a thousands of years old angel - one of the guardians of the Garden of Eden, in fact.
    • Waverly had long been foreshadowed to be more than just human, and in season 3 is finally established to be half angel on her father's side. We're still waiting for an explanation in what way she is "kin" to Bobo, though.
    • There have been occasional vague hints that Jeremy has some sort of minor superhuman powers throughout the series. Near the end of season 3, a ghost refuses his body as a potential possession host because he's "not purely human".
  • Amoral Attorney: Judge Cryderman turns out to be on Bobo's payroll.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Waverly gets her hand cut off by a demon trying to coerce Wynonna into giving him the combination to a suitcase. When her hand grows back, it's what finally convinces Wynonna that something is not right with Waverly.
  • Ancestral Weapon: The Peacemaker is a mystical weapon originally forged thousands of years ago that eventually was wielded by Wyatt Earp, which has been passed down through the generations from Earp to Earp.
  • And This Is for...:
    • When facing off with the resurrected Bobo in the Season 2 finale, Doc takes out some longstanding grievances via knife:
    Doc: This is for threatening Waverly. [slash] This is for betraying Wyatt. [slash] And this... is for leaving me in that well. [kicks Bobo onto some broken pipes]
    • When Waverly is fighting Jolene, each hit with her shovel is for a member of her family. The last one is for herself.
  • Answers to the Name of God: This exchange from the first season finale:
    Bobo Del Rey: [annoyed] Jesus Christ...
    Juan Carlo: Right initials, wrong guy.
  • Anti-Magic: A combination of the vast ammolite deposits over which it is built and a magical talisman prevents the revenants from ever setting foot on the Earp homestead in Purgatory.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • Wynonna is said to be a descendant of Wyatt Earp. In real life, Wyatt Earp had no known children,note  and thus no direct descendants.
    • Doc Holliday proves his identity to Wynonna via Improbable Aiming Skills. In reality, Doc Holliday was noted for having rather poor aim; he was exceptionally fast on the draw, and usually got into altercations at a range where having poor aim didn't matter that much, or at the very least made his opponent think twice about pulling his gun.
    • Wyatt is said to have killed 77 criminals over the course of his law career in the show. That is almost 13 times the number of men the real Wyatt actually killed,note  As well, one of the revenants is said to be Jim "Killer" Miller, a man Wyatt never met, who was killed by lynching. Miller's kill count, reputed to be 12, is estimated as the highest of any in their generation, showing just how off this was. While it is slightly downplayed as the show goes on and it becomes clear the curse isn't particularly picky about who it affects, note  he still racked up a considerably bigger body count than real life.
  • Artistic License – Physics:
    • The Peacemaker spent over 15 years hidden at the bottom of a well, wrapped in nothing but a piece of cloth, and yet it has no rust whatsoever when it is recovered.
    • Likely Justified by the fact that it's actually an angelic weapon.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: "How scared can you be of a guy named Bobo?"
  • Asshole Victim: Minor examples when Monster of the Week August Hamilton targets townspeople who each have a Dark Secret they feel guilty about. His victims include a woman who tormented Wynonna ruthlessly in high school and accidentally killed her best friend's father in a hit-and-run, Wynonna's former probation officer who used his position to turn his juvenile probationers into unpaid drug runners, and said probation officer's wife, who called in an anonymous tip to get Wynonna arrested.
  • Badass Boast:
    Wynonna: I am gonna put you in the ground like it's my job. And you know what? I'm starting to think it is.
    • Doc, shortly before pulling off possibly the most impossible shot in the history of fiction.
    Doc: I am the greatest gunslinger that ever lived. When I pull this trigger, things die.
    • Doc gets another one when he refutes Bulshar's offer to save him from going to hell in exchange for his fealty.
    Doc: I am Doc Holliday. I do not fear the void, I spit in the void. So, Bulshar, we have an accord — I may be going to hell, but I'll drag you down with me.
  • Bad Guy Bar: Shorty's, after Bobo buys it. The Glory Hole in season 4.
  • Beard of Evil: Bobo Del Rey has one with a patch of white on the left side.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Wynonna gets attacked by one (that was actually a young woman) and freaks out.
  • The Beast Master: One of the Revenants is able to control wolves and bears (with the added mix of polymorphism).
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy:
    • Wyatt Earp and his family line are the subject of a demon's curse and possessors of a magical gun. Teddy Roosevelt created a special branch of the U. S. Marshal Service to deal with the supernatural. Doc Holiday is an immortal.
    • The Jack of Knives, one of the 77 outlaws turned into resurrecting demons by the aforementioned Earp curse, was almost certainly Jack the Ripper in his mortal life.
    • Bass Reeves, the first black deputy US Marshall, lingers long after death as a ghost, due to a bounty put on Doc Holliday's head.
    • The outlaw "Big Nose" Kate, Doc Holliday's common-law wife, was a vampire, who's still alive in the modern day. Also, she was black — the woman authorities had a picture of was a friend who posed as her, since she couldn't appear in photographs.
    • The Clanton family have access to dark magic that turns them into Reapers after death, which they have used to persecute their grudge against the Earps for what happened at the O.K. Corral.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jeremy is one of the nicest people in the cast, yet when he gets mad he can be as deadly as Wynonna or Doc. Probably best shown in the penultimate episode of the series, where he allows a werewolf to kill the Black Badge official who was trying to purge Purgatory.
  • BFG: Wyatt's Peacemaker is a Buntline Special, meaning it has 12 inches (30 cm) of barrel. This makes it somewhat cumbersome to carry around, but the long barrel looks really cool when it lights up in the presence of revenants.
  • Biblical Bad Guy: Bulshar ultimately turns out to have been the serpent of Eden.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate:
    • Season 1 has Bobo Del Rey, the leader of the revenants, and Constance Clootie, the Stone Witch. The former wants to free his kind from the Ghost River Triangle, and the latter wants to resurrect her demonic sons, and they're aiding each other in their goals in order to reach their own. Near the end of the season, they turn on each other, and Bobo comes out on top.
    • Season 2 has the Widows, a pair of demonic sisters who are seeking for a trio of magic seals. Destroying these would allow the Widows to resurrect their lover, the Stone Witch's demon husband. In the season finale, the Mercedes Widow pulls a Starscream, and they turn on each other.
  • Black Dude Dies First: The first regular cast member to die permanently is Dolls. note 
  • Black Eyes of Evil:
    • The revenant barber, August Hamilton, has blank eye sockets in place of the usual revenant red eyes.
    • The demon that possessed Waverly, Wynonna, and Lucado causes their eyes to turn black, particularly when it's angry.
  • Blatant Lies: Wynonna fails her evaluation when it becomes obvious that she is more bothered by the last episode's events then she lets on.
  • Body Horror: Constance manages to resurrect one of her sons, but because some of the bones from his skeleton hadn't been retrieved yet, he's left with Facial Horror.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Season 1 ends with a possessed Waverly pulling a gun on Wynonna and Doc, a gunshot sounding as the screen cuts to black. Turns out she was aiming at a monster that was released by the events of the season one finale.
  • Book Ends: Wynonna comes to Purgatory in the pilot, and leaves in the series finale.
  • Brain Bleach: Wynonna's reaction to walking in on Waverly dancing for Nicole and seeing Waverly wasn't wearing anything under her skirt.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: The real estate agent that Wynonna mistakes for a revenant wets himself when Wynonna threatens him with Peacemaker.
  • Broken Bird: Wynonna is deeply traumatized by the accidental shooting of her father.
  • Broken Pedestal: Doc becomes this for Jeremy and Wynonna once they learn he had his wife Kate turn him into a vampire. It's even worse for Jeremy; he finds out because Doc loses control and almost eats his new boyfriend Robin. And then Nicole, the last person still in his corner, is devastated when he gives into his Horror Hunger and kills Charlie.
    • In the fourth season, Doc realizes that Wyatt wasn't the person he believed him to be when he watches a reel of Wyatt stating that Doc started the gunfight at the OK Corral that jumpstarted the feud with the Clantons, when it was actually Wyatt who did it. Doc also falls off his own pedestal with himself as he realizes that most of the things he did in the old involved shooting a lot of people and feels the need to repent. Finally, Wynonna ends up disappointing him in a massive way when she cold-bloodedly guns down Holt in the back after Doc convinces him to stop the feud.
  • Bury Your Gays:
    • Averted. Willa shoots Nicole during the season 1 finale, but Nicole is wisely wearing a bulletproof vest. The show's creators have specifically stated their intention to avoid this trope.
    • Minor characters in season 1 revenants Ambrose "Fish" Dickenson and Levi are revealed to have had a relationship in a past incarnation. Wynonna shoots both of them, albeit reluctantly, which is played off as 'reuniting them in the hope that the curse will be broken but she still is, effectively, sending two gay people to hell. Even if they were criminals, and it is worth noting Fish at least saw it as a Mercy Kill.
  • Butt-Monkey: Black Badge techie Jeremy is constantly attacked and humiliated, in every episode he's in.
    • Officer Nicole Haught also has shades of this, as she too is constantly attacked and almost killed when on the job.
  • Came Back Wrong:
    • The Revenants. They were original criminals who Wyatt put in the ground, but the curse means that every time a new Earp heir comes into their inheritance at 27, they come back out of it a little more demonic adjacent. The ones that have gotten slain two or more times are barely human anymore.
    • In Season 3, Bulshar revives his wife Constance to serve him again, but doesn't bother doing the full job, leaving her as a walking corpse with a burned-out skull for a head and unable to even speak. After he's done using her, she silently begs Wynonna to kill her.
  • Canada, Eh?: Very much downplayed. Despite Purgatory being north of the border, very little is made of it, with several of the characters being American, and even a few locations taking place in America.
  • Casual Kink: Wynonna and Doc have a safeword for "when private time gets too honky-tonk".
  • Cast Full of Gay: The show slowly evolves in this direction, due to a number of character deaths / retirements among the straight characters, while at the same time adding love interests for Waverly, and eventually for Jeremy as well, as regular or semi-regular characters. By the end of season 3, the show even finally embraces the Ho Yay and has a character outright call Doc "Wyatt Earp's boyfriend" (which Doc doesn't deny). At that point, Wynonna is basically the only completely straight major character left in the cast.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the pilot, the gun that will fire in an important way by the third act is Wyatt Earp's actual gun.
  • The Chosen One:
    • In every generation, one of Wyatt's descendants becomes the Heir to his legacy. Only the Heir can use the Peacemaker to kill the revenants, and once an heir turns 27, all the revenants the previous heir sent to hell return to the world of the living. Wynonna is the current Heir.
    • Near the end of Season 3, Waverly is revealed to be the only one capable of defeating Bulshar, due to being the daughter of Bulshar's angelic Arch-Enemy.
  • The Chooser of the One: Waverly's above-mentioned destiny is ultimately to be able, as a partly angelic being, to appoint a mortal champion to wield the Flaming Sword and destroy Bulshar.
  • Coitus Interruptus: Wynonna interrupting Nicole and Waverly mid moment nearly every other episode. It's happened so much that the fandom has named it Wynonnus Interruptus.
  • Compound-Interest Time Travel Gambit: Bobo employed The Slow Path version of this trope to turn the proceeds of his criminal enterprises into a vast fortune. The Earps didn't seem to notice until recently because he continued to live in a trailer park outside of town.
  • Cowboy Cop: Wynonna, while looking for the seven who killed her sister. Waverly even notes it, saying "Wynonna is being all Wynonna again."
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Used to revive Dolls when he falls unconscious after being possessed by a demon and then hit with a taser. He does vomit water afterwards, so it's not that pretty.
  • Create Your Own Villain: See Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
  • Creature-Hunter Organization: The Black Badge Division (BBD) is a special U.S. Marshal division that works to keep the world safe from Revenants and Demons. They operate all over the world but are currently stationed in Purgatory, recruiting Earp heir Wynonna to help them kill and capture demons.
  • Curse: The curse laid upon Wyatt over a century ago on both his family line and the 77 people he either executed himself or caused to die in the name of the law. The eldest living member of Wyatt's family, which cannot be completely destroyed as per the curse, must attempt to kill each and every one of those 77 with Wyatt's personal gun between the eyes. If the Heir dies before completing the job, any they did manage to put down return. Any of the 77 who are killed are sent down below to experience the torment of hell, each time coming back more twisted than before. Until they are put down, they are completely unkillable provided they stay in the Ghost River Triangle. However, should the Heir choose to give up and escort any of the 77 across the line, the entire Triangle and everyone in it will be devoured by an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Curse Escape Clause:
    • There is supposedly a way out if the Heir uses Peacemaker to re-kill all 77 revenants. Still, it's yet to be confirmed, as no Heir has ever achieved such a goal.
    • It turns out there's another way, if the demon who cast the curse decides to remove the curse. This is demonstrated when he does so at the end of Season 3.
  • Cutting the Knot: Dolls and Wynonna are in a church, and claiming sanctuary has made it impenetrable to the Widows. So they decide to just burn it down.
  • Cyborg: Implicitly Jeremy. Bobo comments he has "a lot of metal" in him, and he can access electronics remotely.
  • Damaged Soul: Being sent back to Hell takes its toll on the revenants, as each trip damages their sanity more and more. One example seen had been killed by three previous Heirs and as a result is so Ax-Crazy he can barely even function.
  • Dark Reprise:
    • In "Colder Weather", the theme tune is somber, reflecting the mood following the death of Dolls in the previous episode.
    • A similarly somber version of the theme tune plays over one of the final scenes of the Season 3 finale as Doc ascends to Eden to rescue Waverly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Wynonna and Waverly are particularly fond of sarcasm. Haught can also be quite snarky in the right situation.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • Jack of Knives tells Wynonna that her father Ward cut a deal with Bobo, and while she brushes it off as Blatant Lies, at the end of the season we learn that it was true — Ward would walk the revenants out of the Ghost River Triangle in exchange for his family's protection. But when Bobo took Willa as insurance, Ward fought back, leading to his accidental death at Wynonna's hands and Bobo keeping Willa to raise to be his new way out.
    • Willa also made one of her own behind Bobo's back with "the Old One" during her captivity. Willa would break the Earp Curse and in return the Old One would destroy Purgatory and kill everyone in the town.
    • Ten years prior to the present, some members of the Purgatory high school hockey team made a deal with a wish-granting demon for a decade of great success in their lives, and now that that period of time has run out, it's coming to kill them all as payment.
  • Decontamination Chamber: "Shed Your Skin" begins with both Wynonna and Doc showering together. The suggestive banter and sexy music first makes the viewer think they're having a Shower of Love, but it quickly becomes clear they're washing off monster goo in a decontamination shower, although there's still some Unresolved Sexual Tension.
    Wynonna: [washing the goo off] This is the worst.
    Doc: What? [looks her up and down] Perks ain't bad.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • A trio of revenants, aided by the Stone Witch, attempt to do this in order to get past the town boundaries.
    • August Hamilton, the revenant barber, briefly possesses Dolls during the attempted Summoning Ritual.
    • Waverly, Wynonna, and Lucado all are possessed in season 2 by a reincarnation of the demon that tried to destroy Purgatory in the season one finale.
  • Demoted to Dragon: When Bobo is resurrected, he quickly become this first to the Widows, then to their husband.
  • Dirty Coward: Judge Cryderman begins begging for his life the second he is disarmed by Bobo.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: At the beginning of "Purgatory", Wynonna describes the toilet on the coach as a 'crime against humanity'.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Earp Curse is revealed to be this. As revenge for Wyatt killing his mortal sons, a demon cursed not only him but all of his descendants. It becomes even more disproportionate if one takes into account all the collateral damage done to the people of the Ghost River Triangle as a result and that from a certain point of view, the revenants are as much victims of the curse as the Earps.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: When Wynonna tracks Dolls to the warehouse he is using as an interrogation room, he incredulously asks her if she followed him, to which she denies, claiming that she tracked his phone.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: After she becomes a deputy, Wynonna develops a taste for sugar sprinkled donuts.
  • Driven to Suicide: Cryderman, who is so scared of Bobo, that he first tries to hang himself, and when Wynonna and Dolls stop him, shoots himself.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Doc Holliday's first time driving involves doing 140 MPH in a snowed over road.
  • Due to the Dead: The episode "Colder Weather" is all about this, as the heroes mourn, hold a wake for, and ultimately bury Marshal Dolls.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After about 3 years and 4 seasons of insanity, Wynonna and Doc ride off into the sunset, Waverly and Nicole are Happily Married, Jeremy gets promoted and a date with a hot guy and Rachel and Billy start off on a relationship together with Nedly keeping watch.
  • Easily Forgiven: In episode 4 of season 1, Doc eventually admits that not only was the revenant they are hunting originally just a harmless barber whom Wyatt wanted to use as a witness in a trial, because criminals would tell the guy stuff while getting a shave and a haircut. The criminals on trial then hired someone to drown the guy in a lake, which somehow made his death Wyatt's fault. But that this hired killer had been Doc himself. Wynonna's reaction to this admission of cold-blooded murder is literally just an eyeroll, and the whole thing is never mentioned again. True, the villain was a serial killer by the time Wynonna has to deal with him and he was trying to kill her personally. But still, she knows very well that their stay(s) in Hell turns the revenants more evil as well as giving them superpowers. So the guy probably was perfectly innocent when he was killed the first time, and is understandably angry about it.
  • In episode 9 of season 2, Waverly is angry at Nicole for hiding her DNA papers which confirmed that she's not an Earp. As a result, she makes snippy remarks at Nicole, ignores her texts and phone calls, sends her an awful text calling her a control freak, and kisses Rosita at a spa. By the Season 3 premiere, Nicole seems to have completely gotten over it.
    • Of course, considering the amount of time that had passed between 2x12 and 3x01, it's not unreasonable to assume that Nicole didn't forgive her THAT easily.
  • Eating the Eye Candy:
  • Eldritch Abomination: In the season 1 finale, a roaring mass of tentacles and mouths that Bobo refers to as "the Old One" is revealed to be buried just outside the Ghost River Triangle, and appears to be connected to the Earp Curse.
  • Eldritch Location: The Garden is an endless, snowy wasteland full of portal doorways which seem to change locations when no one's looking, and where the sun never appears to set. Also, there's a bunker of some kind where alarms start going off if an altar isn't regularly fed human blood.
  • Enemy Mine: In the final episodes of Season 3, Wynonna allies with most of the remaining revenants to defeat Bulshar and finally end the Earp Curse.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • This turns out to be the source of the Earp Curse. It was cast on Wyatt by the Stone Witch's demon husband, as revenge for Wyatt killing their sons.
    • Bobo seemed to genuinely love Willa, but in the end she doesn't return the sentiment.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Levi expresses glee that the "bitch heir" (Wynonna) will soon be taken out by Jim Miller, but Doc Holliday grimly admits that he just accidentally set Miller on Waverly instead.
    Levi: [sounding genuinely aghast] That sweet little thing?! You must really hate the Earps!
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep":
    • John Henry "Doc" Holliday. Sometimes Dolls calls him Hank.
    • There's also the Wiccan shaman known only as "the Blacksmith", referring to her day job.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: Following Bobo being defeated and sent to Hell at the end of Season 1, the revenants scatter to the winds. Meanwhile, the temporary opening of the Ghost River Triangle has allowed far worse demons to enter the area.
  • Eviler than Thou: Bobo Del Rey, leader of the revenants, and Constance Clootie, a "Stone Witch" who seems to have some kind of larger plan involving the Ghost River Triangle, have a fraught relationship over the course of the first season, with it being very unclear who's the real Big Bad and who's just The Dragon. Bobo turns out to be the more dangerous one - when Constance tries to renege on their deal, he attacks her, kills her newly-resurrected demon son, and would have killed her if not for the appearance of the heroes. However, it later turns out that Bobo originally wasn't a criminal but rather Robert Swayne, a "confidant" of Wyatt's who just died as collateral damage. And due to timetravel shenanigans in season 2, he genuinely wanted to protect Waverly during her childhood. And he probably wanted to keep Wynonna alive as a back-up plan considering that he couldn't be sure Willa was still alive. It was also stated that Lou and Bobo had a falling out decades ago because Lou was a lot more brutal and didn't want to restrain the revenants at least enough to keep The Masquerade intact. Bobo playing Eviler than Thou in order to be top dog among the revenants and to keep them under some control for fear of him might also explain how the hell Wynonna and Waverly survived their childhoods after their father died and they went into foster care/to Gus's home, which wasn't protected against revenants.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Bulgarian Devourer of Souls is a demon that eats people's souls.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Dolls spends a good amount of time in only a tank top in "She Wouldn't be Gone", and even after he puts on his jacket and sweater, is still noticeably shivering.
  • Expy: The show's main group bears a passing similarity to the Scooby gang.
  • Extra-Strength Masquerade: The US Government is bound and determined to keep the existence of the supernatural under wraps, so it enforces The Masqueradewith Tomahawk missiles if necessary.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The demon that possesses both Waverly and Wynonna seems to eat anything that can be considered edible.
  • Fair Cop: Wynonna and Dolls for the Marshals and Officer Haught for the Purgatory Sheriff Department.
  • Family Theme Naming: The Earp sisters: Willa, Wynonna and Waverly. And also Wyatt and Ward Earp.
  • Famous Ancestor:
    • Wynonna and Waverly are direct descendants of Wyatt Earp.
    • Among the heirs, Edwin Earp, Wynonna's grandfather, is famous for almost sending all the revenants back to hell despite only being heir for a year.
  • Famously Mundane, Fictionally Magical: Upon her 27th birthday, Wynonna inherits the special power to return revenants to Hell with her ancestor's 12-inch barrel special "Peacemaker" revolver. This gun did not exist in the original comic book inccarnation of Wynonna Earp, but has subsequently become a Canon Immigrant.
  • Fanservice: More than a little, as the sexuality of all of the main female characters play center stage in many a scene, with partial nudity, sexual encounters and Double Entendre galore. And there's Rachel Skarsten wrestling with Melanie in her underwear.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • Wynonna and Doc drag Constance out to the Salt Flats (salt neutralizes her powers) and bury her up to her neck in it, leaving her to spend the rest of her days powerless, trapped, and alone.
    • Dragging a revenant across the boundary line of the Ghost River Triangle and chaining them to something is this for revenants.
  • Feuding Families: Season 4 introduces the Clantons, descendants of Wyatt's adversaries at the infamous O.K. Corral shootout, who have held a blood grudge against the Earps ever since.
  • First-Episode Twist: The mysterious man known as Henry is actually "Doc" Holliday.
  • Fingore:
    • Wynonna's first mission as a Marshall sees her almost causing a riot when she fires her gun into the air trying to get a revenant to stop after witnessing him bite a woman's finger off.
    • While Wynonna is possessed, Dolls needs to take a sample of her hair, blood, and bones. To this end he snips off one of her pinky fingers. Fortunately, the demon posses super healing, so it's not permanent.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Doc is a downplayed example. He's adapted fairly well, but doesn't seem to understand how phones work, and has no idea how to work a car.
  • Flaming Sword: The one which was used to protect the Garden of Eden appears in the Season 3 finale. Julian and Juan Carlo had previously reforged it into Peacemaker, but Bulshar returns it to its former form as part of his plan.
  • Flipping the Bird:
    • Wynonna does this to Bobo in the season 1 finale, which has the added benefit of showing the ring she pulled out of the grenade attached to the gun he just grabbed from her.
    • She also does it to Nedley in the first episode.
  • Foil:
    • Willa is this to both Wynonna and Waverly, especially in the finale. When both Doc and Bobo are knocked out, Wynonna checks on Doc out of concern, whereas Willa just abandons Bobo.
    • Doc has this with Bobo, of all people. Especially when their past is revealed: a dying Doc was already on the outs with Wyatt and refused to help him out, while Robert Svane vowed to go to hell for him. Which, he ended up doing, sacrificing himself so that Wyatt could kill Sheriff Clootie. Later on, when Constance told Robert that the third seal was on Doc's finger, he offered to get Doc out of the well if he sent up the ring first. However, Doc, who didn't realize who was trying to save him, didn't trust a man he didn't know. Robert gave up and left him in the well. Years later, Doc would get out of the well and meet him again as BOBO.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The Jack of Knives hints that Willa is still alive before Wynonna shoots him.
    • Early in Season 2 Wynonna gives Waverly the code name "Angel Pants". Turns out Waverly's father is Julian, an actual Angel, making her Nephilim.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Wynonna. Although in her case, the former applies to the teen part.
  • Gas Lighting: Very disturbingly in “Jolene” by the titular character. Her whole plan is to make Waverly feel lonely and worthless enough until she kills herself.
  • Girls with Guns: So far Gus is the only one not seen waving a firearm around.
  • The Ghost: The Stone Witch, for the first several episodes.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: When Dark Angel Waverly goes to Purgatory, the first thing she does is take a cigarette from a dead soldier and smokes it. Waverly doesn't smoke.
  • Gorn: The eighth episode, where Bethany is lovingly displayed with all of her organs out in the open.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Stone Witch's husband, the demon Clootie, real name Bulshar. He cast the Earp Curse, thus creating the revenants, to avenge the sons Wyatt killed. The Widows, the main villains of Season 2, are more of his lovers, and seek to resurrect him.
  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • The Stone Witch's sons were half human, half demon. That is why they do not rise as revenants like all the other people Wyatt killed.
    • Waverly's biological father was an angel.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Waverly keeps bringing up her boyfriend... while flirting hard with the cute female sheriff's deputy.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Although not to the extent of her comic self, Wynonna is frequently seen in a leather jacket with fringe.
  • Hell Gate: Whenever a revenant is killed by Peacemaker, a fiery pit opens up beneath them and drags them down.
  • Hereditary Curse: All the Earps are cursed to fight the revenants of the people killed by Wyatt.
  • Hero Killer: The 7 have killed 3 Earp heirs.
  • Hero of Another Story: Wyatt Earp. Though stated to not by Wynonna's equal as a gun-slinger and got the Earp family cursed in the first place, he did bring down a cabal of demons who were controlling the town of Purgatory, hunt down and have convicted 77 highly dangerous criminals, and set the stage for a branch of the governments of the US and Canada to form Black Badge.
  • Heroic BSoD: Nedley goes through one in "If We Make It Through December", after Bulshaar abducts a child from right in front of him. As the cherry on top of years of being unable to stop the horrible supernatural events plaguing the town, he enters a deep depression and ultimately retires from the Sheriff's office.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • This is how Robert Svane aka Bobo became a Revenant. The demon Bulshar was using him as a human shield so he asked Wyatt to shoot through him to kill Bulshar. It worked, but being mortally wounded by Peacemaker made it so he was affected by the Earp Curse.
    • Dolls sacrifices himself in order to save Wynnona, Waverly, Haught and Doc from Bulshar's flunky, immolating the both of them with his fire breath. His body, already unstable from whatever Black Badge did to him, gives out.
  • Heroic Suicide: Waverly, Nicole, and Jeremy blow themselves up in order to destroy a demonic artifact in season two. Since the act breaks the alternate reality they were trapped in, they survive.
  • Historical Domain Character:
    • Doc Holliday is one of the main characters of the show.
    • The ghost of Bass Reeves appears in season 2, looking to hang Doc for sleeping with a judge's wife. Twice.
    • Jim "Killer" Miller is one of the seven revenants that attacked the Earp homestead which led to the deaths of Ward and Willa.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Doc thinks this of Waverly.
  • How's Your British Accent?: During the season 2 premiere, Waverly (played by English actor Dominique Provost-Chalkley) puts on a British accent to infiltrate a Black Badge facility.
  • Humanoid Abomination:
    • All of the revenants were once human, and now are demonic in some form or another.
    • The Widows look vaguely human most of the time, but quite clearly aren't.
  • I Call It "Vera": Wyatt's (now Wynonna's) gun, Peacemaker. Since it's not technically a Peacemaker, it qualifies.
  • I Gave My Word: Invoked and weaponized by Doc to Bobo. Bobo promised he would deliver the Stone Witch to Doc. When it looks like Bobo is going to back out, Doc reminds him they come from a time when a man's word was binding; and if Bobo backs out of this, even his own men wont be able to trust him to keep promises he made with them. It works.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Wynonna tries to use this on the workers in the basement of the civic building, so she can break into the evidence room via causing a fake carbon monoxide scare. Unfortunately for her, despite their butch appearances, the female workers are quite straight. Gender-flipped immediately after, as Wynonna sends in Doc to work his old-timey charm on them.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face:
    • Dolls is more concerned with Wynonna waving a flashlight in his face rather than the gun with one in the chamber it's attached to.
    • Wynonna accidentally shot her father the night the revenants attacked the homestead.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Waverly really wishes that she were the Heir instead of Wynonna.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most, if not all, the episode titles are named after Country/Western songs.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Several revenants are at times seen eating people. And at least one actually turned cannibal back when she was still human.
  • Immune to Bullets: Shooting a revenant with anything other than Wyatt's Peacemaker will at most slow it down. And even with the Peacemaker, you have to get them between the eyes to send them to hell. And even then, only the Heir can do it.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Doc, and often Wynonna, show this. Best demonstrated with how the Widows are finally taken down. Doc and Wynonna shoot at each other, with Doc's bullet splitting Wynonna's and deflecting both halves so they each hit one of the Widows in the head.
  • In the Blood: All the Earp women can drink like a Cossack and are quite handy in a fight.
  • Insistent Terminology: Wynonna is quite insistent that the things she kills are called revenants, not demons.
  • Instant Runes: A circle of huge glowing golden symbols similar to the ones on Peacemaker appears in mid-air over the boundary of the Ghost River Triangle when an Eldritch Abomination tries to get inside.
  • It's Personal: Wynonna mostly views killing revenants as her duty as the heir. However, it is very personal with the seven who attacked their home, and with Bobo for ordering it.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: In "Gone as a Girl Can Get" we get to see how the world would be like if Wynonna had never been born as a result of a spell cast by the Iron Witch.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Wynonna's attempts at torturing various revenants usually work fine to extract information.
  • Jack the Ripper: The revenant Serial Killer who calls himself Jack of Knives implies that he was the ripper as well. His matching MO, of butchering women, sending mocking letters to the authorities, etc., certainly supports this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The sheriff, Nedley, who initially is presented as a Jerkass, is revealed to be more on the heart of gold side when Haught disappears (along with Wynonna) and later shows up having almost been killed and he proves extremely protective of her. He even knows that she has a cat that would need to be taken care of. And in a later episode, when a drunk Champ is verbally assaulting her over her relationship with Waverly, Nedley is quick to stand up for her.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Purgatory’s sheriff does not appreciate the fact that Agent Dolls just waltzed in and commandeered a whole floor of his station for his use.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Kate. She's a vampire who remorselessly murders several random people to feed during her stay in Purgatory (and no doubt has murdered thousands throughout her undead life), and nobody of the good guys cares enough to stop her or try to remove her from the town, instead they tolerate her presence and treat her more and more like an ally towards the end of the 3rd season. She gets away scott-free, and the show's writers even seem to expect the audience to see her as a reasonably good person - what with the tragic backstory she gets to tell in order to justify that she abandoned her husband when he was sick and dying, back when they were both still mortal.
    • Cleo Clanton is last seen fleeing Purgatory after passing her family curse of being compelled to kill the Earps onto Doc. There's no indication that she ever receives any sort of comeuppance.
  • Kill and Replace: In season 2 the Widows do this to Mercedes and Beth Gardner, but their impersonation doesn't hold up very well to close scrutiny. It also turns out that Mercedes survived the attack.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dolls makes a narratively rather out-of-the-blue Heroic Sacrifice in the second episode of season 3 - there even was a whole episode dealing with the funeral and the body was cremated to make clear that the character is really gone for good. note 
  • Knight Templar: The Order, a secret group dedicated to eliminating all demons within the Ghost River Triangle, no matter how many innocent people have to be killed in the crossfire. In the Season 2 finale, they ultimately try to abduct Wynonna's newborn daughter, thinking they can raise her to be the ultimate demon fighting warrior. This leads to a shootout with Dolls, who kills them all.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Rock salt nullifies witch magic. Wynonna and Doc take advantage of this by burying the Stone Witch in it.
  • Landmine Goes Click: When Dolls and Wynonna go to see the Blacksmith, Wynonna steps on one. Fortunately, it's a dud.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Willa's memory loss turns out to be not from trauma, but from Constance magically sealing them away in order to hide her from Bobo.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Lucado dies an episode after she abandoned Waverly during her first official field op.
    • Doc was a total asshole to Robert Svane (the man who would become Bobo). As such, the latter had no problem leaving him at the bottom of the well the Stone Witch dropped him down.
  • Last-Name Basis: Dolls always address Wynonna as "Earp". When he does it to Waverly, it's a sign he's accepted her into their group. It also causes confusion when Willa returns.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Nedley's first words in Season 4 are an acknowledgement of how long it took to get Season 4 filmed and aired.
    Nedley: I feel like I've been standing here for two years.
  • Lecherous Licking: A gnome that's trying to make Wynonna into his wife does this to her once he catches her.
    Wynonna: Ugh. You want a wife, but you need a mint.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Chicken Kicker
  • Lima Syndrome: During the course of her many years of captivity Bobo developed genuine feelings toward Willa.
  • Literal Metaphor: The wish granting demon that Wynonna and crew deal with demands a pound of flesh from those it granted a wish to. Which means it forces them to tear out one of their organs.
  • Living Shadow: The revenant once known as Jim "Killer" Miller.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Officer Haught isn't clued in about the supernatural going-ons in the Ghost River Triangle, until the first season finale when Doc Holiday brings her fully up to speed.
    • Up until halfway through season 2, Wynonna and Waverly were completely unaware that there had been a whole order of Knight Templar demon hunters operating out of Purgatory's fire-station.
    • The Widows were locked up almost at the same time as the Earp Curse was cast, so they don't know how it works or what the Earp Heir is.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Bulshar tries to put Wynonna and Doc in one of these during "Undo It", with mixed results.
  • MacGuffin:
    • Bobo and Constance's partnership is built around her promising to give him "the lead", which is the key to the revenants' escape from the Ghost River Triangle. This is eventually revealed to be the Earp Heir, willingly walking the revenants across the line. In this case, it's Willa, who was abducted and brainwashed into helping Bobo, until Constance hid her.
    • Season 2 has a mysterious plate that belonged to Wynonna's grandfather, which demons are going out of their way to get ahold of. In the season finale, it's revealed to be made of the same metal as Peacemaker, which Wynonna has melted down into a bullet capable of killing even the Widows and their husband.
  • Made of Iron: Bobo Del Rey has been the only revenant to ignore Peacemaker's effects when touching it, namely a horrible burning sensation. By the time he lets go of it, he has some nasty 2nd degree burns on his hand.
    • Wynonna fancies herself this. "The more you hit it the stronger it gets."
    • This extends to his last moments as a human as well, as he had been lung shot, but was still pretty spry for a guy who was dying.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Bulshar's minions are all dressed in concealing outfits that look like beekeeper uniforms.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Averted with most of the non-villainous male characters, probably due partly the show's explicit non-straw feminism and also for reasons of Female Gaze. In contrast, the female characters (especially the titular heroine) are almost always happy and eager to have sex with their lovers, and very quick to proceed to kissing with people they barely know, so long as the guy (or gal) is attractive and not a douchebag.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The town is called Purgatory, and contains the horde of revenants that are perpetually stuck in it.
    • The town of Maldito, New Mexico, given that maldito is a Spanish word that means "accursed" or "damned".
  • Mercy Kill:
    • In "Diggin' Up Bones", Wynonna puts down a revenant couple, one of whom had been reduced to pained catatonia by crossing the Triangle line, with the other not wanting to go on without him.
    • In the season 1 finale, she does this twice: first with Willa when she's dragged off by the Old One, and then with Bobo when Black Badge tries to extract him to a prison outside the Triangle.
    • She also does it to Shorty after he gets possessed by a revenant. While she would have needed to do it to keep the revenant from leaving the Triangle, it was clear Shorty was suffering (he was also mortally wounded earlier) when he was in control.
    • Dolls puts Juan Carlo out of his misery after the Widows partially devour him.
    • Zombie!Constance silently begs Wynonna to put her down after Bulshar raises her, which Wynonna does, seeing how pathetic she's become.
  • Mind over Matter: Bobo, Constance, and Jack of Knives all demonstrate these abilities.
  • Mirror Monster: One of the Revenants has this as their power.
  • Missing Mom: The Earp sisters' mom ran out on them some time during their childhood.
  • Mistaken for Prostitute: When Doc Holliday first meets Wynonna in Shorty's, he assumes she is a prostitute. It is only when she mentions her name that he realises that she is a descendant of his old pardner.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Doc meets one in "Landslide", who has some kind of magic, knows everything about him and Wynonna, says he represents a group with an interest in Purgatory, and warns that something terrible is coming. When he reappears in the season finale, Bobo seems to know exactly who he is, implying a past encounter, and also states that he can't directly interfere in things. It's later revealed in Season 2 that he was Purgatory's priest in Wyatt's time, granted immortality by the Stone Witch after the two of them and Bobo sealed away her husband, to make sure he stayed sealed.
  • Naked Freak-Out:
    • An offscreen example in "Whiskey Lullaby" when Wynnona and Dolls go to wake Waverly and Nicole from their Forced Sleep, with Wynnona and Waverly hear Nicole's embarrassed scream when Dolls wakes her, since she was naked.
    • Happens to Nicole again in "Friends In Low Places" when Doc finds her naked and trapped inside Some Kind Of Forcefield. She freaks when she realizes she's naked in front of him and her embarrassment is played for laughs since his attempts at giving her clothes is also stopped due to said force field. Subverted since that was actually a shapeshifter pretending to be Nicole, and seems to be invoking the trope so Doc and Waverly wouldn't question her much before freeing her.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Waverly's wedding dress has a neckline that reaches her stomach. There's some noticeable jiggle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • During the 2nd season premiere Doc brought some old unstable dynamite to the Black Badge site when they busted in to rescue Dolls, but he neglects to take it all with him afterwards, so the Widows — who were being kept there — use it to blow up their cage.
    • Rosita told Waverly in confidence that she was a Revenant after saving her life. Waverly promised to keep her secret, but then Nicole was poisoned by the witches. While expressing her guilt over how her relationship with Nicole was going, Waverly blurted out Rosita's secret to Wynonna. Wynonna confronted Rosita, who was upset over her secret being out, and gave a False Reassurance that she would kill her last, then sent her off to undergo a torturous experiment run by Jeremy without really caring about her well-being. Then, Waverly's betrayal of the whole group led to an alternate reality where Doc was the leader of the Revenants and had enslaved Rosita. When the real Doc freed Rosita, she teamed up with Jeremy and sacrificed herself to save everyone. However, once everything was back to normal, she realized two things: 1) she had it the worst out of everyone there, and 2) Wynonna's absence was the reason for everything going to hell. Meaning, Doc turned evil without Wynonna's influence, the influence of the woman who had mistreated her earlier because of the truth. As such, Wynonna's threat and very existence, as well as Waverly's selfishness and Doc's behavior, had left her as collateral damage in the end. So, it makes sense that she turned on them and tried to kill Wynonna.
    • Waverly betrays the group to save Nicole by making a deal with the Iron Witch. However, the Iron Witch tricks her and uses the trophy housing a demon to make a wish. The result? Wynonna disappears and Waverly and everyone else are placed in an alternate world without her. Only Doc, who touched the trophy beforehand, remembers her.
  • Noodle Implement: Wynonna's necklace. It's got an amulet on it with Athena's name written in Greek, and every time she loses it, she freaks out. Its use is not clear, and it could be a personal memento, but given the show's supernatural themes, this could go from Noodle Implement to Chekhov's Gun in a second.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The specifics of what happened in Maldito, New Mexico that warranted the US Government wiping the town off the face of the Earth with Tomahawk missiles to contain the story.
    • The details of Marshall Dolls' mission to Kandahar, which apparently involved a botched Summoning Ritual of some sort and resulted in the death of someone very close to Agent Lucado.
    • Whatever it is that Wynonna did while she was away from Purgatory that Agent Lucado believes is good enough blackmail material to keep Wynonna in line.
    • Waverly "was once hit by a tranquilizer dart and still went to band practice."
  • No Ontological Inertia: If you kill a vampire, every person they had under mind control reverts back to normal.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: One of the revenants was a cannibal in her life before she was killed by Wyatt.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Waverly's childhood imaginary friend turns out to be the leader of the revenants, Bobo Del Rey.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The ending of Season 3: the Earp Curse is broken, and Peacemaker is now a Flaming Sword.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Rachel mentions having nightmares of being naked at school while forgetting the words to the national anthem.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In 4x11, Nicole is able to get through a Black Badge facility and take a BBD general hostage offscreen.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Waverly accidentally assumes Haught is talking about their UST in "Bury Me With My Guns On" when she's trying to ask-but-not-ask if there's something unnatural about Purgatory. It leads to a highly amusing scene and a very confused Haught.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Doc uses this to hide his true identity in the early episodes. He introduces himself as John Henry since few people know that they were the given names of "Doc" Holliday.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the episode "Steel Bars and Stone Walls", Waverly sneaks into a secret headquarters by pretending to be from Scotland Yard. Dominique Provost-Chalkley uses an exaggeratedly posh version of their native English accent.
  • Our Demons Are Different: They can father children with mortal human women and cast powerful curses that can get souls in and out of Hell.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They can walk in the sun, glamour lots of people into devoted servants with a single touch and are preceded by a purple mist wherever they go. They're also physically pretty feeble, showing no sign of superior strength or speed and being quickly massacred by ordinary humans once the glamour is broken.
  • Place of Protection: The Ghost River Triangle is one. In the Season 1 finale, Juan Carlo tells Wynonna that the Triangle isn't a prison for the revenants, it's a sanctuary keeping powerful demons like the Old One that tried to get inside in that episode from coming in from the outside. In Season 3, the thing the Triangle is protecting is revealed to be the gates of the Garden of Eden. However, as revealed in the Season 3 finale, the protection may be less preventing the demons from getting into Eden, and more preventing them from letting something even worse out of Eden.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Willa on top of everything else, contemptuously refers to Nicole as a "ginger butch cop".
  • Power Glows:
    • When the Peacemaker is used to kill a revenant, glowing golden glyphs and magical symbols appear along the barrel.
    • When Wynonna uses Peacemaker to kill Willa outside the Ghost River Triangle a different set of symbols appears, glowing blue.
  • The Power of Hate: Doc says this is what kept him going for the century he spent trapped at the bottom of a well.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Wynonna in the Season 2 finale:
    Wynonna: I'm gonna break this fucking curse, Doc. So she never has to.
    • Nedley, giving a few words of encouragement to Wynonna in the Season 4 premiere:
    Nedley: No one fucks with our family. So go get them back.
    • And both Nicole and Waverly in the season 4 finale.
    Nicole: Baby, if you left me at the altar, I would fuck shit up. I might kill Nedley.
    Waverly: (to Wynonna) Uh... the fuck you can't! Don't you "ow" me! (to everyone else) And you lot! Letting Wynonna mess up her life again, for us? Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you - not you, sweetie pie.
  • Predecessor Villain: The Stone Witch's demon husband. He was responsible for the Earp Curse and by extension all the conflicts of the show, but is no longer involved in the situation. At least until the Season 2 finale, when he's reborn and freed.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Wynonna has taken to telling revenants to "make your peace" before she shoots them in the face.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: Katherine Barrell (Nichole Haught) is in the opening credits starting in Season 3.
  • Protagonist Title: Not a hard guess who the main character is.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Seven are an informal one, being the revenants who actively go after the Earps while Bobo has his main group stay subtle.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: During the filming of season two star Melanie Scrofano was six months pregnant which may explain why Wynonna finds herself pregnant the same year. (In fact, showrunner Emily Andras has confirmed this.)
  • Real Men Wear Pink: When Wynonna gives Doc the Stone Witch's car, he claims the only thing it has going for it is its pink paint job, which he notes as being strong and masculine. Back in the 1880's, this was Truth in Television. He's very confused when Wynonna tells him pink is now considered a "girly" color, commenting in his day that was blue.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most revenants have this as part of their Game Face.
  • Remember the New Guy?: In "Jolene," the titular demon uses enchanted cake that makes anyone think she's a long-time friend and trust her totally.
  • The Reveal:
    • A Black Badge officer tells Dolls the agency is pulling out of Purgatory and the team is on their own. When Dolls snaps that a government agency can't just vanish, the agent smiles and replies "Black Badge isn't a government agency. It never was."
    • In the Season 1 finale, Juan Carlo told Wynonna that the Ghost River Triangle wasn't a prison keeping the Revenants inside, it was a sanctuary keeping actual demons out. In the Season 3 episode "Waiting Forever for You", Wynonna learns just what the Triangle is protecting: the gates of the Garden of Eden.
  • Revenge by Proxy:
    • Two instances in response to the same event, Wyatt killing Constance's half demon sons:
      • The Stone Witch made Doc immortal in order to destroy his friendship with Wyatt, thus hurting him profoundly. Then she threw Doc down a well to make sure they couldn't patch things up.
      • Constance's demon husband cast the Earp Curse to punish all of Wyatt's descendants as much as Wyatt himself.
    • The main reason Willa shoots Nicole in the season one finale is out of spite/revenge for Waverly taking Peacemaker from her and revealing to Wynonna that she (Willa) was The Mole.
    • Wynonna kills Holt in revenge for his mother trying to buy her baby from Rosita.
  • Running Gag:
    • Anytime Doc tries to make a plan it involves the use of dynamite. He expresses disappointment when he finally gets his hand on some and never gets to use it.
    • Wynonna walking in on Waverly and Nicole.
      • Nicole gets to return the favor in season 3 as the gag becomes her walking in on Wynonna.
    • Nicole also has a slightly more subtle one: No matter how much she wants to, she never gets to use the big guns. Dolls tosses her a combat shotgun in the season one finale that disappears by the time she's changed into her uniform later, in early season two she admires the Team Earp arsenal but is denied her chance to use any of it by being relegated to getaway driver, and when she finally gets to join the sniper nest for a mission in the premiere of season three, her girlfriend takes the rifle.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Bobo relies on the network of contacts and business partners he has built over a century as much as he does on his supernatural powers. For instance, he claims to have had friends in Maldito, New Mexico before the town was blown off the face of the Earth and he even has a contact inside the Black Badge Division.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • The revenants are trapped in within an area called the Ghost River Triangle, that goes from the mountains to where the North and South Ghost rivers meet. It cuts through the big city and contains thousands of square miles of forest, foothills, prairie, the Badlands and most importantly, the town of Purgatory. Any revenant who sets foot beyond those limits is subject to a Fate Worse than Death.
    • There's also apparently an Eldritch Abomination buried just outside the Triangle that's somehow connected to the curse — it bursts free in the season finale when Willa crosses the line with Peacemaker, and is then resealed when Wynonna carries the gun back into the Triangle.
    • The Widows spent a century locked in a crate.
    • The demon Bulshar was locked away by a trio of seals placed by his treacherous wife, Juan Carlo, and Robert Svane (aka Bobo). It's implied the barriers of the Ghost River Triangle are actually there to keep him there, and keep anything else from finding and freeing him.
    • In the Season 2 finale, Doc takes revenge on the resurrected Bobo by trapping him in the same well Doc himself was once trapped in.
    • In the Season 3 finale, it's revealed that the Garden of Eden is no longer Paradise. It's a prison housing something that wants to get out.
  • Sealed Good in a Can:
    • Doc was a fairly mundane example — he spent about a century trapped at the bottom of a well after the Stone Witch made him immortal and tossed him down it.
    • In the first season finale it is revealed that the Ghost River Triangle isn't just a prison, but also a sanctuary, keeping all sorts of demonic creatures from getting in. This is further elaborated on in Season 3 with the reveal that the Garden of Eden is in the Triangle.
  • Seen It All: By the third season premier, Wynonna and company have seen so many supernatural threats, a coven of vampires elicits more a "it's about time" reaction than anything else.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Nedley claims that the folk of Purgatory know that the town is overrun with demons, revenants and other weirdness, but choose to pretend it doesn't exist for sanity's sake.
  • Sequel Hook: Each season ends with one:
    • Season 1: A massive cliffhanger, as Waverly is seemingly possessed by the demon outside the Triangle lines, and appears to shoot Wynonna.
    • Season 2: The Widows are defeated, but Bulshar is released. For information on him, Wynonna goes to her long lost mother, whose location she's apparently known all along.
    • Season 3: Bulshar is killed, but in the process, Waverly is dragged into Eden, with Doc going after to try and rescue her. Afterwards, Wynonna discovers that everyone else in town, except for her and Nedley, has disappeared, with the two planning to go find them.
  • Shaming the Mob: In the season 1 finale, Nedley talks down the mob of poisoned townspeople trying to kill Wynonna for Bobo, pointing out that they'll be worse than the revenants if they do so.
  • Ship Sinking / Death Of The Hypothenuse: Towards the latter half of Season 2, Wynonna and Dolls look like they've become a couple - even sharing a (chaste) scene in bed cuddling after a particularly traumatic night. Then, in the beginning of season 3, not only has this intimacy suddenly cooled down a lot without any explanation (she just kisses Dolls briefly on the cheek but fully makes out with Doc), but Dolls is killed off in the second episode, followed by a whole episode dealing with his funeral and cremation just to make clear that the death was for real.
  • Shoot the Rope: Wynonna does to this save Waverly from being lynched by the revenants in "Purgatory": using Peacemaker to shoot out the block and tackle they are using to string her up.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity:
  • Shout-Out:
    • Both verbally and visually in the pilot; to Young Frankenstein.
    • Episode 4 of Season 3 has a Park Ranger go out into the woods along with Jeremy. In the process, they find what Jeremy describes as an ancient staircase.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Once free in Season 3, Bulshar begins hunting down the descendants of the Purgatory townsfolk who betrayed him to Wyatt.
  • So Last Season: Season 2 introduces new kinds of demons way worse than the revenants.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Inverted. Nicole figures out that Waverly is once again possessed when she tells her to shoot Wynonna, knowing that Waverly would never want to see her sister hurt.
  • Spot the Imposter: Wynonna is possessed by a demon and forced to leave Peacemaker behind as it would burn the demon too much. She keeps up the act of being normal with Doc, but she dumps a bunch of sugar in her black coffee. At a fire station that was built on an old church, Wynonna begins acting really weird, which is when Doc takes her out to his car, and asks her where Peacemaker is. Demon!Wynonna can only stammer before Doc shoves her in the trunk.
    Doc: Wynonna never leaves the house without Peacemaker. And she likes her coffee black.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Wynonna and Waverly think flamethrowers should be Black Badge standard issue.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The mortician Wynonna and Haught talk to does this to them.
    Wynonna: Jesus man, you're in a morgue, wear a bell!
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero:
    • Officer Nicole Haught is quite a Fair Cop. Lampshaded by Waverly when she reads her card:
    Waverly: Officer... Hot [Beat] Of course.
    • Doc doesn't do a very good job of hiding who he is either by going around and using his real name when introducing himself in early episodes. Though he at least has an excuse in that one, who would suspect he's an immortal Doc Holliday, and two, hardly anyone actually knows Doc Holliday's real name.
  • Storming the Castle: In the first season finale, Doc and Dolls raid the revenants' lair at Shorty's in order to retrieve the cure for the poisoned townspeople.
  • Supernatural Hotspot Town: The show takes place in Purgatory within the Ghost River Triangle, somewhere in western Canada, just north of the US Border. The town is plagued by revenants that are linked to a curse put on noted lawman Wyatt Earp's family line, of which the titular Wynonna is the latest inheritor; all seventy-seven of them must be felled by Wynonna in order for the curse to be broken. The Revenants can't leave the Ghost River Triangle without basically bursting into flames. Other supernatural entities pop up as the series goes on, ranging from a pair of demonic sisters to Bulshar, the demon who cursed Wyatt in the first place.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempted by Bulshar in the Season 3 finale, as his final act before his death is to poison Wynonna. Fortunately, Doc is able to suck out the poison.
  • Tap on the Head: Waverly's attempt to do this to an unsuspecting lab technician barely even cuts his head, but it's still enough to cause the Bulgarian Soul Devourer to go nuts.
  • Team Power Walk: in "Better Dig Two", Doc, Jeremy, and the freed monsters walk down the hallway.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The last time The Masquerade was broken the US Government dealt with the situation by firing Tomahawk missiles at the New Mexico town where it happened, leaving nothing but an enormous crater.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Bobo's reaction just before being forcefully taken across the Ghost River Triangle border by the US government.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: The leader of the revenants is a guy named Bobo.
  • Tongue Trauma: One of the revenants gets his tongue pulled out for running his mouth too much by a fellow revenant.
  • Undressing the Unconscious: In "Blood Red and Going Down", Wynonna gets knocked out by a Brainwashed and Crazy Nicole, Waverly and Jeremy and they decide to put her into a coffin to be a sacrifice. When Wynonna next wakes up upon being let out of the coffin by Dolls, she finds out they also dressed her up in new fancy clothes.
    Wynonna: I really hope it was Waverly who dressed me but the gloves scream Jeremy.
  • Undying Loyalty: Most of the revenants will follow Bobo without hesitation, not just out of fear, because they believe that he will find a way to get them out of the Ghost River Triangle.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Dolls and Wynonna build up this over the course of the series leading to a Love Triangle between him, Doc and Wynonna. The Will They or Won't They? question is never resolved however, as Doll's death leaves any hope for a resolution dashed.
  • U.S. Marshal: Agent Dolls works for a special secret division of the Marshals, called the Black Badge Division. This empowers him to deputize Wynonna.
  • Vanity License Plate: The Stone Witch's car has plates that read "Stone Cold".
  • Vengeance Feels Empty:
    • Wynonna experiences this after she kills the last of the Seven, only to find that it hasn't brought her the closure she was expecting.
    Doc: In my experience, sometimes when you let the hate out, there's nothing left.
    • Doc experiences this himself after giving Constance her Fate Worse than Death, finding himself drifting with no purpose. The fact that her actions against him weren't even personal also had something to do with it.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Bobo turns out to be a jazz aficionado.
  • Villain Team-Up: At the end of Season 2, Bobo is resurrected and quickly allies with the Widows and their husband.
  • Vision Quest: Wynonna goes on one in "No Future In The Past", which sends her spirit into the past, to witness the origins of the Earp Curse and reveal what the Widows are up to.
  • Visionary Villain: Bobo's main goal is to find a way for the revenants to leave the Ghost River Triangle, which is why he considers picking fights with the Heir to be a waste of time at best and an active hindrance to his plans at worst.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Doc and Dolls. Doc thinks Dolls as an asshole, but does try to do the right thing. Dolls thinks Doc is shady and selfish, but does genuinely care for Wynonna.
  • Voice of the Legion: The demon that possessed both Waverly and Wynonna talks like this when it's really pissed.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Witches are repelled by rock salt. Upending a salt shaker in their face would render even the most powerful of them very human and very killable.
  • We Are Everywhere: One of Bobo's lieutenants brags that while the revenants are trapped in Purgatory, they have allies everywhere. This includes a mole within Black Badge.
  • Wedding Finale: The series finale is built entirely around Waverly and Nicole's wedding.
  • Weirdness Censor: Despite the fact that the Earp family have been fighting revenants there for over a century, the people of the Ghost River Triangle in general and the town of Purgatory in particular are in complete denial of the fact that the supernatural is real and they live right smack in the middle of it, preferring to consider the Earps as eccentric freaks.
  • Weird West: The show combines a New Old West setting with magic and supernatural enemies.
  • We Used to Be Friends: As it turns out, Doc's relationship with Wyatt ended when Wyatt learned of the deal he made for immortality, which sickened him, and he decided to have nothing more to do with him.
  • Wham Line:
    • In "She Wouldn't Be Gone", when Gus sees Eve:
      Gus: Would you girls kindly get your butts in here and— [sees Eve and drops her beer bottle] Willa!
    • From the Season 1 finale, when Waverly sarcastically asks if Bobo isn't planning on hurting her just because she's not the Heir:
      Bobo: Oh, Waverly... you're not even an Earp.
    • Rosita's explanation for how she survived being killed by Tucker.
      Rosita: Funny thing about being a Revenant. It's really hard to get dead.
    • Waverly meeting Shae and asking how she knows Nicole.
      Shae: No, I'm her wife.
    • Season 2 ends on one, as the last scene is Wynonna meeting with a mysterious woman who apparently knows all about the Greater-Scope Villain:
      Wynonna: Okay, so you were right. What do we do now, mom?
  • Wham Shot:
    • The end of "Let's Pretend We're Strangers", where Wynonna's pregnancy test comes up positive.
    • "No Future in the Past" ends with Bobo resurrected due to Wynonna being clinically dead for barely over a minute.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Waverly's boyfriend is an obnoxious, cheating, cowardly Fratbro, so her staying with him puzzles most people around her. She eventually realizes this herself and dumps him.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Doc asks this of Dolls after seeing him hyped up on his mystery drugs.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Waverly calls out Doc for using her as bait for the Stone Witch.
    • Wynonna also called out Dolls for allowing Shorty to be possessed, forcing her to kill him.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: The Black Badge Division of the US Marshals, created by Theodore Roosevelt to protect the United States from supernatural entities and threats. They also enforce The Masquerade.
  • Wilhelm Scream: Zombie!Constance gives one after Waverly uses the Ring of Bulshar to punch her across a room.
  • Worth It: The revenant Bobo sends to tell Wynonna about him buying Shorty's knows that she's going to kill him, but says he doesn't mind as long as he gets to see the look on her face.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: In the course of season 1, Wynonna ( or in a few cases, Willa) sends 21 revenants back to Hell with Peacemaker on-screen - not counting Willa, of course. Even if we suppose that one or two of the revenants of season 1 may not be in the official "historical" count of 77 killed criminalsnote , that still doesn't explain why Wynonna would state that she still has 62 revenants to kill at the start of the second season.
  • You Are in Command Now: In the series finale, Jeremy is promoted to Deputy Director of Black Badge and put in charge of all operations in the Ghost River Triangle.
  • You Killed My Father: Wynonna's motivation for tracking down and killing the Seven was for their attack on the homestead, resulting in the deaths of Ward and Willa. Though, technically, she killed their father.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Lucado dies this way when the demon she tries to let posses her rejects her.
  • You Won't Like How I Taste: Played With. When Wynonna and Nicole are cornered by a gnome that wants to take one of them as a wife, they spent turns trying to convince him the other one will make a better spouse.
    Wynonna: She'd make a great gnome wife! She's beautiful and... annoyingly noble. And I know she's great in bed, because my house has very thin walls.
    Nicole: You should choose Wynonna. She is funny and irrepressible, and she always goes to the mat for the people she loves. Oh, and she's super fertile!
    Wynonna: It was one time!


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Never Touch The Goo

Wynonna and Doc need to take a decontamination shower after they get covered with monster goo.

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