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  • Acting for Two: Essie McGowan from "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" is played by Laura's actress Emily Browning.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Ricky Whittle, like Shadow, is half Black and half White.
  • Ascended Fanon: Laura biting Robbie's penis off during the car crash is a bit of fanon from the books (to explain how Audrey knew that Laura died with Robbie's penis in her mouth). In the series she explicitly says that it was severed at the base for this reason.
  • Creator Backlash:
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    • A majority of the cast signed up the show because they wanted to work with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and when the two were given the boot this naturally caused a lot of backlash amongst the cast - Gillian Anderson went so far as to quit the show itself.
    • Orlando Jones was fired by Season 3's new show runner, and made a furious response accusing him of being afraid of the Angry Black Man Mr. Nancy causing a race rebellion among the fans, as well as the production company treating all its employees like "second class citizens."
  • Descended Creator: Inverted. Ian McShane, who plays Mr. Wednesday, becomes one of the executive producers on the show from Season 2 onwards. Orlando Jones, who plays Anansi, is also credited as a consultant producer in Season 2.
  • Fake American: This is fundamentally a story about America as a country of immigrants, so it's a bit weird to label the actors as "Fake Americans", but there are certainly several actors in the show that put on fake American accents:
    • Brits Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle play Wednesday and Shadow, respectively. McShane uses his natural English accent in the scene where Wednesday cons the airline employees in the first episode.
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    • Australian actress Emily Browning plays Laura Moon.
  • Fake Irish: Canadian Pablo Schreiber plays Irish leprechaun Mad Sweeney, and Australian Emily Browning plays Irishwoman Essie McGowan.
  • God-Created Canon Foreigner: Vulcan was created by author Neil Gaiman in response to an experience he had with American gun culture in Alabama.
  • Name's the Same: The New Gods are not to be confused with the New Gods.
    • Amusingly, some of the Old Gods have tendencies not unlike the Old Gods.
  • Old Shame: Neil Gaiman has expressed regret for the show casting white actors Julian Richings and Stephen R. Hart to portray the Native American (Lakota) cultural characters Iktomi and Gnaski. The casting decision drew backlash from fans, especially given that the show had cast a Native American actress (Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs) to play another Native American character.
  • The Other Darrin: Since Gillian Anderson quit after Season One in protest of Fuller and Green being removed as show runners, Kahyun Kim was brought in as New Media for Season Two.
  • Production Posse: Many actors from Bryan Fuller's previous projects show up as recurring characters or one-shot guest stars:
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    • Wonderfalls: Tracie Thoms (Detective Buffer) and Beth Grant (Jack).
    • Pushing Daisies: Kristin Chenoweth (Easter) and Beth Grant.
    • Hannibal: Gillian Anderson (Media), Demore Barnes (Mr. Ibis), Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Jeremy Davies (White Jesus) and Scott Thompson (Kind Man).
    • Mockingbird Lane: Beth Grant.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Gillian Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth leaving the show after Season 1 meant the writers had to work around their characters' absence. Media was replaced with New Media, played by Kahyun Kim, and her character's focus changed from 20th century movies/TV and music to 21st century social media; while Easter's absence was Handwaved as her being furious at Wednesday for his slaughter of the bunnies on her driveway in the first season finale.
  • Reality Subtext: According to Orlando Jones, the scene that introduces Mr. Nancy was inspired by Donald Trump rallies.
  • Referenced by...: Mortal Kombat 11. Yes, really. Cassie Cage's fatality where she kicks her opponent in the crotch so hard their body splits in half and their skull and spine fly up is an explicit Shout-Out to Laura Moon doing the same to one of the Children in "Git Gone."
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Following the multiple abuse and assault accusations against him from several women, Starz announced that episodes featuring Marilyn Manson would be edited to remove his scenes.
  • Schedule Slip: Season Two premiered two years after the first Season for a number of reasons. Firstly Starz wasn't willing to renew it until it saw the audience reaction. Then Bryan Fuller and Michael Green left the show under mysterious circumstances, and a new showrunner had to be found. Then Jesse Alexander went over schedule, and over budget.
    • Season Three was similar, given more behind-the-scenes drama and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic made it return after nearly 2 years again. It also had an enforced case, as Starz decided to not release an episode on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Those Two Actors: Jeremy Davies and Jonathan Tucker both previously appeared in season 2 of Hannibal and season 6 of Justified.
  • Throw It In!: In "A Murder of Gods" Laura's claim that she likes anal sex wasn't actually in the script.
  • Troubled Production: Making the series has not been an easy task (The Hollywood Reporter downright called it "a magnet for trouble"), to the point that every season runs into budget problems and ends with the showrunners leaving and some actors quitting. Season 2 in particular had the scripts being constantly rewritten by the actors themselves, with the production was forced to hire Orlando Jones as a writer so as to not get in trouble with the WGA - and Jones added that there was barely anything done for the minority parts, including series lead Ricky Whittle! It ultimately culminated in the show being cancelled following low ratings in season 3, making the producers seek a way to conclude the story, possibly with a movie.
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  • Word of God: The writers of Season One, when discussing the sex scene between Salim and the Jinn, clarified that it was not intended to be Salim's first sexual encounter with another man. Rather, the significance of the scene was the real intimacy between the two and their lack shame or fear of discovery, which were new to Salim, whose life until that point was defined by being a closeted and lonely gay man in a deeply homophobic country.
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