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"For this, ladies and gentlemen is a game...of MURDER."
Charles Butler
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MURDER is a fictional American mystery/drama television series created on The Everything Everything Wiki created by Sci100.

The first season began on August 24th, 2013 and ended on October 26th, 2013. The second season, subtitled Mystery Island began on March 8th, 2015, and after months of speculation, was confirmed to be the final season of show before departing Wikia. Both seasons feature the main character, a butler named Charles Butler, who deals with the deadly events that unfold.

The series was originally written as a reality-television series. The first season reflects this in the form of the confessionals and Charles' review in the tenth episode. However, beginning in the two-part season finale, the series shifted into a more fictional series, ultimately becoming a complete fictional mystery/drama series in Season Two. This shift allowed the introduction of flashbacks, although the confessionals were kept in Season Two as a way to express thoughts of the characters. The confessionals were finally removed towards the end of the season.

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The series has been primarily inspired by the works of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, the films Clue, Psycho, and the television series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated among others. Due to the series being only told by being written, with no intention of ever being filmed or animated, the casting of Tim Curry as Charles Butler and the location of the first season in a manor are homages to the character of Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy and the mansion in Clue. The setting of Wikia Island and the Butler and King Hotel and Resort were inspired by the setting of the island in And Then There Were None as well as the Bates Motel in Psycho. St. Wadsworth during the flashbacks are inspired by Crystal Cove from Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, as well as named after Wadsworth from Clue.

The series is the longest-running creation of Sci 100, lasting over two-years in terms of production and airing.

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WARNING: Because it's a mystery series, expect LOTS of spoilers.


Tropes found in MURDER:

  • Aborted Arc: The initially planned specials are the biggest victims of this.
    • The Trial of Ermac was a planned special taking place between Season 1 and Season 2. However, after lack of planning and time, the special was place into development hell indefinably. With Sci leaving Wikia after the conclusion to Season 2, it's very likely the special will never be aired.
    • The "Untitled Special about Wikia Island" (Part 1 and 2), as well as "Untitled Special Connecting Season One and Two" were planned additions to the MURDER franchise, intended to be used to fill in the blanks of Richard's group and their history together, the timeperiod between January 1989 and September 1989 where Charles and Vicki officially became a couple, and background history regarding how Ermac got his resources, what Kross was doing between 1989 and 2014, etc. The content of the first special has been expanded upon in the second half of the season, and the content of the third special will be explored later on in the season, but the second special will remain dead.
    • In Season 2, Charles' nightmares was supposed to be a reoccurring thread across the season, as Charles' learned to overcome his fears and push back. Of course, after Aqua de la Muerte, he stopped having BadDreams, and considering his resolve in The Father, The Son, and the Suicide, it seems like his character development that would have resulted from overcoming the nightmares has changed to development following a realization that he can't keep denying his past any longer.
  • Acting Unnatural: Everyone. From Charles Butler to the maids to the guests, everyone acts suspicious. Justified when Sub admits he has panic disorder that he takes medication for, and that he's a Wikia Agency of Investigation agent.
  • Aerith and Bob: In both seasons, the guests names are based off of their usernames or nicknames. Subverted in Season 2 when guests start getting actual names in addition to their regular nicknames.
    • List of Guests in Season 2:
      • Omni as William 'Will' Omninus Trondion
      • Sub as Samuel Unican Bravtos
      • Ultra as Anthony Armando Anderson
      • Omi as Oliver Maximus Ivakov
      • Jack as Jack Doogorn
      • Brandon as Brandon Grundare/Brandon Faust
      • Speedy as Cassie Stallion
      • Lego as Malcolm Plemons
      • Tyran as Brett Lipton
      • Drillo as Dill Walkers
      • AB as Alexander Cloon Dämon Barnsworth
      • Scoot as Lewis Tinkers
      • Nate as Nathaniel Dumstrong
    • Then there's also non-guests who are brought back.
      • Rob as Robert Gullahorn.
      • Kross as Kross Lucifer Monday.
      • Yopo as Agent Christopher 'Yopo' Rider.
      • Mig as Agent Miguel Rivers.
      • Alan as Agent Alan Nomaly.
      • Street as Stewart 'Street' Masters.
  • Amateur Sleuth: The majority of the guests. Justified with Sol, Omni, Sub, Brandon, and potentially Omi and Jack, due to their careers in law enforcement and criminal justice.
  • Ambition Is Evil: The motivations of Kross and Robert Gullahorn drive much of the plot of Season 2.
  • Anachronic Order: Starting in Season 2, each episode jumps back and forth from 2014 to 1989 and vice versa. As the season progresses, different scenes that take place in the 1960s and 1970s also occur.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Don't Fall In Love"
  • Anyone Can Die: Enforced and Justified. The entire concept of the show is based on the idea that any of the guests can die and will die, every episode until the season finale. In Season Two, not even Charles Butler, the main character of the show, is safe.
    • At two points in the show, the phrase "The Butler Dies" is used, potentially foreshadowing Charles' death.
  • Arc Number: Starting in Season 2, the number 5 and multiples of it. Exaggerated with the introduction of Charles and his four 1989 friends, Richard and his four 1964 friends, and a group made up of descendants from conquistadors who arrived on the island that are literally named "The Five".
  • Arc Villain: Aside from the BigBads of each season, there's also a smaller antagonist who is defeated by the mid-season finale.
    • Season 1: Bloxx.
    • Season 2: Lego. He believes that LoveIsAWeakness and attempts to destroy Brandon and Speedy's relationship.
  • Arc Words: "Special", "The Butler Dies", "Five"
  • Artistic License: With how certain causes of death occur.
  • Asshole Victim: Bloxx and Lego.
  • Author Avatar: Sci in the first episode of the series. Being a character based on the creator of the series, one would presume he would survive for most of the season. Instead, he becomes the first victim.
  • Back for the Finale: The Killer "resurrected" his victims in the final episode of Season 1 to run the challenge tasks.
  • Badass Gay: Kross.
  • Bad Dreams: A Natural Death, Under The Sea, and Aqua de la Muerte feature bad dreams suggesting Charles' SurvivorGuilt and fear. Brandon has one in A Fiend in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Bad Moon Rising: Part of Season 2's mythos, its revealed that The Night of the Dead will supposedly have a red moon.
  • Beneath Suspicion: Robert Gullahorn.
  • Beta Couple: Arthur and Diana.
  • Big Bad:
    • Season 1: The Wikia Manor Killer aka Ermac, who was killing all the guests as part of a revenge-plot for something that happened to his family centuries ago.
    • Season 2: Rather than "The Fiend", who is the killer of the hotel, Kross serves as the Big Bad. Although he isn't shown until I Came In Like a Cannonball and isn't fully introduced until Aqua de la Muerte, Kross' role as the Big Bad was cemented with his return in In Love and MURDER and his crucial role in The Father, The Son, and the Suicide as well as A Fiend in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Kross and The Fiend in the 2014 storyline.
  • Big Bad Friend: Robert Gullahorn. He's been acting as an honorable best friend to Richard Butler for at least two decades, all while being a ManipulativeBastard and controlling his life.
  • Big Fancy House: Wikia Manor and Hall Manor.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Robert Gullahorn.
  • Bi the Way: Richard Butler.
  • Book-Ends: Season 1 begins with Charles preparing for the arrival of his guests. Although technically the season ends with Omni, the post-credits scene serves as the true ending of the Season, revealing that Charles is stuck in the same situation as before, and foreshadowing the second season.
  • Boy Meets Girl:
    • Charles meets Vicki.
    • Brandon meets Speedy.
    • Richard meets Kross.
  • Breaking Out the Boss: The Church of the Fiend and Dr. Lucius Sines do this to Kross.
  • Breather Episode: At least in the 2014 storyline, Chair of Mountain Terror certainly qualifies, since it's the in-between episode between the "Brandon/Speedy trilogy" and In Love and MURDER. This changes in the final scene of the episode however when it becomes a WhamEpisode.
  • The Butler Did It: An entire episode plays with this trope.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Season 1 to Season 2. Also the beginning of In Love and MURDER is LighterAndSofter but by the end of the episode is DarkerAndEdgier.
  • The Chessmaster: Robert Gullahorn has been playing the entire island for fools, manipulating his friends for 20-25 years, as well as Charles Butler and his friends, all in an attempt to get to Fiend Mountain.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Season 2's flashbacks to 1989 is this to Charles.
  • Coming-Out Story: Richard Butler gives one in a flashback sequence.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: Charles' and his friends visit to Kross at the Federal Prison.
  • Continuity Nod: Any references to the Wikia Manor killings in Season 2.
  • Criminal Mind Games
  • Cruel and Unusual Death
  • Dangerous 16th Birthday: Subverted. Due to the ArcNumber being 5 and multiples of 5, this is changed to the age of 15. However by the time we meet teenage Charles, his birthday has already passed, and it's considered to have been at least a few months into being 15.
  • Darker and Edgier: Season 2 to Season 1.
  • Dark Secret: See DarkAndTroubledPast
  • Dark and Troubled Past: There's quite a lot to go around.
    • Charles: He discovers that his father was a part of a five-person group who 25 years earlier had gotten involved in learning about a mystery involving the history of the island. As he begins to uncover new information about the past, his relationship with his father becomes strained. Eventually, he realizes that The Fiend is trying to lead him to solve the mystery. Charles eventually is confronted by The Fiend and nearly dies as a result. To make matters worse, his father is nearly killed by The Fiend. Then, there's also his encounter with Kross, which brings Kross out of a catatonic state. Kross eventually escapes, kills David King, and then kills the family Charles and his father worked for, as well as the other staff. This is all before he learns his father's own past secrets. And there's still two more episodes left of the 1989 plot.
    • Richard: He was in a same-sex relationship with Kross before he broke up with him, fearful for his soul, which led to Kross becoming a murderer and a terrorist, resulting in Eric Cureluy's death.
    • Rob: He's The Fiend. He also killed Clara Butler, manipulated Richard solely because he's a homophobe, and doesn't care about Richard at all.
    • Brandon: Brandon is a private detective who was fooled into coming onto the island by The Fiend. According to the Fiend, "[Brandon's] father was a drunk, [his] mother was .... abusive."
    • Sub: Sub is a "bastard child", having been the product of an affair between John King and Cecilia Bravtos, which in turn makes him "The King". Sub was also potentially responsible for the death of a friend when he was 15. He later became an agent for the Wikia Agency of Investigation.
    • Omni: Omni has been known to fight other cops, failed to stop the Wikia Manor Killings, and failed to save Sub's friend from dying.
  • Decoy Protagonist:
    • In Hanging Around, one of the guests is named Sci, after the creator of the series. With the creator being a character within-the-show, one would assume that he is the main protagonist of the season. He ends up being the first victim.
    • Up until Best MURDER, the protagonist seems to be Toon, who is leading a group of guests. When he is killed however, that changes.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Implied, given that Kross has been in prison, alone, for 20 years. Later played straight when Kross flat out asks "Do you realize how difficult it was for my libido?"
  • Detective Mole: The Killer.
  • Deuteragonist: Vicki Demple in Season 2.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Ermac, Kross, and Robert Gullahorn fit this role.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The entire first season occurs solely because of this.
  • Doomed Hometown: Although it hasn't occurred yet, it has been revealed that eventually St. Wadsworth, the main town on Wikia Island, is destroyed, with only a few remaining buildings left standing.
  • Downer Ending:
    • Bombs Away: Everyone but Reo survives.
    • Whodunnit: Ermac is arrested, but Nick is the only other guest to make it out alive. The Manor is destroyed, Charles disappears with the money, and a few months later we learn he's stuck in the same situation was before.
    • I Came In Like a Cannonball: After 3 episodes of building up the Brandon/Speedy romance, Sub and Lego help tear it all down. Now, Speedy is shaken, Brandon is being manipulated, and the guests are divided among each other.
    • Chair of Mountain Terror: In 1989, The Fiend nearly kills Richard Butler, lures Charles' and his friends to Fiend Mountain, and acquires The Map. Although he doesn't have The Key, Charles' realizes his actions have hurt his father, and now The Fiend is one step closer to his ultimate goal.
    • In Love and MURDER: Brandon and Speedy finally are together, get married, have sex even, and then Speedy is kidnapped and killed. Brandon is left a broken man, Charles and Vicki are not in the best of terms, and in 1989, Kross escapes prison.
    • The Father, The Son, and the Suicide - Part Two: After Richard comes out as bisexual and reveals he had a same-sex relationship with Kross, Charles flips the script and essentially disowns him as his father, meaning that Richard's worst fears about how Charles would react came true. Also, David King is dead, and Robert Gullahorn is revealed not only to be The Fiend, but to have killed Clara Butler, aka Charles' mother.
    • A Fiend in Sheep's Clothing: In the process of Rob and Kross' war against each other, Daral Scidran/Lucius Sines, Agent Mig, Rob's parents, and Grant Gullahorn are all killed. Richard realizes his friend is a Manipulative Bastard and discovers he's The Fiend. There's also the fact that in The Reveal, The Betrayer aka Brandon Faust kills Omi.
  • The Dragon: The Betrayer.
  • The Dreaded: The Fiend.
  • Driven to Suicide: Ultra, thanks to Saliva Divinorum.
  • Driving Question: "Who committed MURDER"?
  • Dwindling Party: The guests. Also, Richard Butler's group.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The Season 1 finale pulls one of these.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kross has Richard. Rob has his parents.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: Played Straight, as all the guests are potentially The Killer.
  • Evil All Along: Ermac aka The Wikia Manor Killer, Robert Gullahorn, and Lego.
  • The Faceless: The Wikia Manor Killer and The Fiend.... until The Reveal.
  • Final Exam Finale: Season 1 finale.
  • Flashback Cut: There's a few of them, notably in The Butler Did It, when the guests realize Vicki actually can talk, and there's a quick cut to one instance in A Natural Death where this occured.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • The Wikia Manor Killer, Ermac, reveals that Wikia Manor was built by 15 families, and that the majority of the families, including the original owner's family, betrayed the Butler family, Sol's family, Ermac's family, Nick's family, and Dark's family. Ermac's family in particular was put into massive debt, similar to Charles' family. Angry that his family had to suffer for five generations, Ermac decided to restore justice and get revenge.
    • Lego reveals that the reason he hates the idea of love is because he was warned that if he married the woman he loved, he would be destroyed. He married her anyways, but through unknown means he went nearly broke. It's inferred that he eventually divorced her.
    • Although Kross doesn't actually say it, it's inferred in Richard's flashback that he became evil as a result of Robert Gullahorn forcing Richard to break up with Kross, which led to Kross' SanitySlippage and corruption.
    • Robert Gullahorn's excuse for all of his actions as The Fiend is that by going to extraordinary lengths to open The Gate, once he finds the Exilir, he will become immortalized in history.
  • Gilded Cage: Wikia Manor and The Butler and King Hotel and Resort. Not even the staff can leave their grounds. Although exceptions are made in Season 2 for certain events, considering that all of Wikia Island is a cage as well.
  • A God Am I: The Killer refers to the guests as "mortals." Not a good sign.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The Map, The Key, the piece of the Fiend Disk, and to a further extent, The Five.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Robert Gullahorn is perhaps the Bigger Bad of Season Two, having been the one responsible for many events in the season. He discovered about Richard and Kross' relationship and forced Richard to end it, which in turn caused Kross to become evil, which lead to the deaths of Eric Cureluy and David King, which led to Richard confessing the truth to Charles, and most likely is ultimately responsible for giving Charles legitimate reasons for being afraid both to come back to the island and for not wanting to open up about his past. Not to mention he also killed Clara Butler, is suggested to have caused the incident that led to Charles' meeting his friends, and to have had played a role in John King's death.
  • The Hero: Exaggerated with Omni being a descendant of the "Hero" family tree.
  • History Repeats: A group of five individuals will become involved in the mystery of Wikia Island and go through tragic events that forever affect them. If they're a Butler, they'll really suffer.
    • 16th Century Group (The Original Five): Ponce de Butler, Christopher King, George Founder, Jay Betrayer, and Michael Hero.
    • 1964 Group: Richard, Rob, Kross, David, Eric
    • 1989 Group: Charles, Vicki, Clark, Arthur, Diana
    • 2014 Group: (The Modern Five): Charles, Omni, Sub, Vicki, and Brandon.
  • Hollywood Silencer: One of the murders is committed with a silenced handgun. It's treated as entirely reasonable that none of them heard a thing.
  • Hope Spot: In Love and MURDER includes one when The Fiend reveals that he does not intend on killing anyone that day. This allows everyone time to celebrate a wedding.... only for The Fiend to kill the bride the next day.
  • House Fire: In the climax of Whodunnit, Ermac,not wanting to be punished for his crimes, as well as feeling betrayed by Nick and Charles, decides he no longer values Wikia Manor, and proceeds to blow it up.
  • Immortality Inducer: The TRUE MacGuffin of Season 2: a glass box with green liquid in it that grants immortality known as "The Elixir"
  • Immortality Seeker: Kross and The Fiend (Robert Gullahorn as 1989 Fiend and the 2014 Fiend).
  • Innocuously Important Episode: Under The Sea in the first reading appears to be just expanding more on the new locations (Wikia Island, The Butler and King Hotel and Resort) and characters. However, The Father, The Son, and the Suicide reveals this episode is quite important, as it introduces "A History of Wikia Island", written by Daral Scidran, who actually becomes a relevant character in the 1989 storyline. It also briefly mentions that David King and Richard had a falling-out, the reasoning behind the falling out being revealed in the same episode. A Fiend in Sheep's Clothing reveals that this episode also foreshadows the identity of the King: Sub.
  • Island of Mystery: MURDER: Mystery Island.
  • It's All My Fault: With his SurvivorGuilt, Charles truly believes this. Also applies to both Charles and Brandon, who blame themselves for Speedy's death.
  • The Jeeves: Charles Butler and Richard Butler.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: The plot of Season 2 is by far more complicated and complex than Season 1.
    • While Season 1 included side-plots involving a mutiny against Bloxx and the opposition between Paper and Toon, the majority of the Season focused on the question of "Who Committed MURDER?".
    • Season 2, on the other hand, deals with AT LEAST two different time periods, each with their own storylines.
      • In 2014, 13 guests arrive on the island and are killed off one by one, continuing the "Who Committed MURDER?" question. However, adding to this mystery is the introduction of potentially supernatural events, prophecy, and even a demonic presence that is believed to be the killer. Furthermore, certain guests have mysterious motives and act strange in the hotel, and a romance develops between one of these mysterious guests and the only female guest in the hotel. Adding to this is Charles' PTSD and his discovery that The Maid is in fact an old childhood friend and love interest, which also develops into a second romance.
      • In 1989, Charles' backstory is revealed as the audience is introduced to his four childhood friends: Arthur, Diana, Clark, and love interest Vicki. A mysterious death that nearly frames Richard and costs him his job leads to Charles becoming an AmateurSleuth. Charles and his friends eventually uncover two interconnecting mysteries: one involving the history of the Island and The Fiend, while the other involves Richard Butler and what happened to his group of friends.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: The Wikia Agency of Investigation and the St. Wadsworth Police Department.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Clara Butler was killed by Robert Gullahorn, the 1989 Fiend of Wikia Island, to prevent Richard or anyone else from learning the truth about him.
  • Killer Cop: Robert Gullahorn
  • Last Episode, New Character: In the Season 1 finale, Whodunnit, one of the Season 2 guests, Omni, is introduced as the cop who takes Ermac in.
  • Living MacGuffin: The Five.
  • Long Game: In Season Two, Robert Gullahorn or the 1989 Fiend is revealed to have been in one for 25 years in the hopes of eventually getting into the mountain. Kross has been in an even longer one, spending 50 years waiting to get into the mountain.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Comes into play in I Came In Like a Cannonball and it's follow-up, Aqua de la Muerte. Lego is a true believer in this, and it's implied that Robert Gullahorn may also be a believer in this.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Kross. When Richard broke his heart, he said to hell with all of it and focused on the only other goal in his life: to get into Fiend Mountain, solve the mystery, and cheat death.
  • MacGuffin:
    • The Five can be considered MacGuffin(s), as a majority of the 2014 plot in Season 2 is identifying them.
    • The Map
    • The Key
    • The Fiend Disk (and it's individual pieces)
    • The TRUE MacGuffin of Season 2: a glass box with green liquid in it that grants Immortality.
  • Magic Map: Although not considered to be magical, "The Map" is special.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Robert Gullahorn and Lego are experts at this.
  • The Mole: The Killer. Also, The Betrayer in Season 2.
  • Missing Mom: Clara Butler.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Robert Gullahorn to Clara Butler, and David King's attempt to give Kross the death penalty might fall under this solution.
  • Musical Episode: I Came In Like a Cannonball.
  • Mystery Cult: The Church of the Fiend. Also a ReligionofEvil.
  • Mystery of the Week: Essentially each episode is one, as the guests attempt to discover how the guest met their death. Played straight in the first two episodes of Season 2 during the 1989 flashbacks.
  • Myth Arc: The entire series could be seen as the story of who Charles Butler was, what tragedies he went through, how he became a Butler, and then eventually was forced to be involved in two murderous plots, one of which actually brings him back to the place that started it all. Foreshadowing for Season 2 in the penultimate episode and the season finale of Season 1 connect both seasons.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
  • Precursors: The Original Five, and as revealed later on the Atlanteans.
  • Previously On: Used in most episodes of the series.
  • The Protagonist: Charles Butler is the main protagonist of the entire series.
    • In Season 1, after Sci and Toon are both killed, the real protagonist of Season 1 is revealed to be Nick.
    • In Season 2, the series shifts over to Charles, effectively establishing his role as the true protagonist of the entire series.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Richard's backstory in The Father, The Son, and the Suicide - Part Two.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Robert Gullahorn has no problem lying, manipulating, blackmailing, or murdering anyone in his way. However, he is disgusted when Kross reveals that he intends to do this to Grant Gullahorn, Rob's cousin, all to get revenge. While part of this may have to do with his homophobia, the scene makes it very clear that Robert Gullahorndoes have certain standards, all while making Kross seem more evil to the audience, potentially sending Kross into a Moral Event Horizon.
  • Red Herring:
    • In Eelectric Swim, Bloxx is implied to be the Wikia Manor Killer. The ending of Cougastrike reveals that although he served as a Story Arc villain, he eventually became a case of AssholeVictim.
    • In Cougastrike, the Red Herring actually subverts the SpoilerTitle, revealing that the cougar was a decoy, while Cyanide was the true culprit.
    • In Earthquake, it's suggested that Ermac is the victim of the episode. While Sol is in the Morgue, it's revealed that the victim is actually Paper.
    • In both Earthquake and Statue of Murderity, it's heavily implied that Dark is the Wikia Manor Killer. Then, in Whodunnit, the real Wikia Manor Killer, Ermac kills him.
    • During Season 2, it's foreshadowed that Omi is the Fiend and that Brandon is the Founder. A Fiend in Sheep's Clothing reveals that Omi dies, and that Brandon is actually The Betrayer.
  • Religion of Evil: The Church of the Fiend. Also a MysteryCult.
  • The Reveal:
    • Ermac is the Wikia Manor Killer.
    • Vicki is the Maid in the Butler and King Hotel and Resort.
    • The Fiend is working with The Betrayer in 2014.
    • Richard Butler was in a same-sex relationship with Kross, and is confirmed to be bisexual
    • Robert Gullahorn aka Rob is The Fiend of 1989.
    • Brandon Grundare isn't The Founder... he's the Betrayer. He's also named Brandon Faust.
  • Sanity Slippage: After Kross was heartbroken, WordOfGod reveals that Kross got in contact with The Church of the Fiend, and over the course of a year, became a terrorist and killer.
  • Satanic Archetype: Subverted as we initially believe The Fiend is a demonic entity trapped on the island, but in all actually is in fact just simply, a man.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Double Subverted. Originally, we're led to believe that The Fiend is a powerful demon trapped on the island, attempting to escape. However in the second half of the season, this is proven to be false. Instead, we get a mysterious object containing an elixir that grants immortality. Depending on your religious beliefs and point of view, one could see it as being evil.
  • Serial Killer: See Big Bad.
  • Sequel Hook: Statue of Murderity and Whodunnit set up Charles and Omni for Season 2, as well as suggesting we'll learn more about Charles' past via the image of his friends.
  • Signs of Disrepair: The Butler and King Hotel: Food - Pool - Sundries.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Speedy aka Cassie Stallion is the only female guest in the Butler and King Hotel and Resort, let alone the entire series.
  • Special Edition Title: The Father, The Son, and the Suicide - Part One and The Father, The Son, and the Suicide - Part Two have their own .gif logos.
  • Spoiler Title: The majority of the series' episodes are these, many of them foreshadowing how the victim died.
  • Start of Darkness: Robert Gullahorn causes this to happen to Kross when he forces Richard to break up with Kross, thus breaking Kross and making him go mad.
  • The Stinger: Whodunnit ends with one. It takes place six months after the Wikia Manor killings. Charles gets ready for his job, when he receives a letter. Picking it up and reading it, Charles realizes that he has been fooled, and is now in the same situation as he was before.
  • Survivor Guilt: Charles' entire story arc in the 2014 storyline of Season 2 revolves around him suffering from Survivor's Guilt. As far as readers know, everyone in St. Wadsworth and Richard Butler die before Season 1 occurs, and that's a large body count. Plus, considering Charles' BadDreams, he likely feels guilty for being one of the few survivors of the Wikia Manor killings as well.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: The Maximum Solitary Confinement Cell at the Wikia Island Federal Penitentiary for Kross is one, making it extremely difficult to escape. He still escapes, however.
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: The entire premise of the show.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: The Wikia Manor Killer's warning near the end of Bombs Away.
  • Tunnel Network: Wikia Manor is revealed to have one in Whodunnit, which conveniently allows Nick to survive the explosion that destroys the manor. In The Father, The Son, and the Suicide, Omni and Jack discover a similar network spanning across the entire hotel.
  • United Space of America: The Country of Wikia, essentially.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Charles Butler.
  • Wham Episode: LOTS OF SPOILERS:
    • Statue of Murderity reveals that the Wikia Manor Killings isn't the first time Charles has dealt with a lunatic. In fact, it's suggested that he's dealt with other killers before, even in his childhood years. This ultimately is revealed to be Foreshadowing for Season 2's 1989 plot. Other important reveals include the discovery that Dark was fired from his job due to a drinking problem; Sol discovered who The Killer was, realized there was a camera, and spoke one word as a clue: "REZNP"; and then there's the ending. In the ending, the guests discover that Charles has been kidnapped and is strapped to a chair with dozens of guns facing him. He warns the guests that they must uncover who the Killer is, or he and the rest of the guests will all die.
    • Whodunnit includes the most dramatic death of the season (Dark dies), but reveals that the Wikia Manor Killer is Ermac. We also learn that he's been on a killing spree in order to obtain "justice" for crimes against his family five generations earlier. He explains that in the five generations, his family has tried to kill those responsible. A confrontation leads to the complete DESTRUCTION of Wikia Manor, and both Charles and Omni are set-up for the second season of the series, which is revealed to be taking place on a location known as Wikia Island. Oh, and the post-credits scene shows that Charles is right back where he started: in a distant location, held captive by a maniac killer, forced to play another game of "MURDER".
    • Aqua de la Muerte sets up some of the more important plot points for the 2nd season, and introduces the Big Bad, Kross, as well as The Reveal that The Fiend is working with The Betrayer. It also explains in better detail what "The Five" are, and introduces the names of everyone in Richard's group.
    • Chair of Mountain Terror ends with The Fiend acquiring The Map, Richard stuck in the hospital after being attacked and nearly killed, and then the ghost of Ponce De Butler, Charles' ancestor, gives a warning that The Fiend is coming to bring The Five together, and that Charles must die.
    • In Love and MURDER begins LighterAndSofter by revealing no one will die that day and allowing Brandon and Speedy to marry each other, but then a ToneShift leads to the eventual death of Speedy. Charles is also shown to still harbor feelings for Vicki, Omni is revealed to be TheHero, and Dr.Lucius Sines gets involved in BreakingOutTheBoss aka Kross.
    • The Father, The Son, and the Suicide (Part One and Two) is the biggest wham episode of the entire series. Ultra unexpectedly becomes the next victim, the Fiend is revealed to have an entire tunnel system in the hotel, Vicki is injured in a bomb explosion, the guests learn the entire backstory of Charles Butler including 1989 flashbacks not revealed to the audience, Charles discovers Kross is still alive in 2014 and resolves to stop him, the identities of the Five are speculated, Sub learns that his heritage may have more to it than he believed, and that's just the 2014 storyline. In 1989, Dr. Lucius Sines is revealed to be Daral Scidran, the author of "A History of Wikia Island", the Warden is revealed to be Sif Hunderson; and David King, Sif Hunderson, and Agent Alan Nomaly are all killed. On top of that, Richard Butler is revealed to be bisexual and had a same-sex relationship with Big Bad Kross, the backstory of how Richard's group came together and fell apart, including Eric Cureluy's death at the hands of Kross is told, and to make matters even more complicated: The Fiend, the GreaterScopeVillain of the Season, is revealed to be Robert Gullahorn, who has been emotionally manipulating and controlling Richard Butler for two decades as well as being the murderer of Charles' mother, Clara. The audience is left to wonder what implications this means for the 1989 storyline, and are left to have to go back and re-read the entire season not only to find foreshadowing but to try and determine if the 2014 Fiend has any connection to the 1989 Fiend, or not.
    • A Fiend in Sheep's Clothing is another huge wham episode. Jack dies in an explosive death, seemingly setting in stone The Five. The King is revealed as Sub and The Betrayer is revealed as Brandon, who kills Omi. With Omi's death, this means the only other person who could be The Founder is Vicki Demple. Omni discovers a secret section of The Map that reveals the truth about The Fiend: There is no Fiend. The Fiend is part of a complex lie developed by the original Five to keep people away from Fiend Mountain, where the MacGuffin of the season is hidden. The origin of the Church of the Fiend is also briefly shown. Meanwhile in 1989, Rob kills Lucius Sines/Daral Scidran and Agent Mig. Richard discovers the truth about Rob, encounters Kross again, and learns Rob is the Fiend. Clark is revealed to be gay, which makes Charles conflicted as Charles is forced to deal with the reality of his situation and feelings regarding Clark and Richard lying to him. Charles and his friends also learn about Rob being The Fiend.
  • When the Planets Align: Part of Season 2's mythos, its revealed that The Night of the Dead will supposedly have a planetary alignment.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • David King was killed after Kross took his blood.
    • Richard Butler nearly met this fate when Robert Gullahorn decided that after Charles was born, there was no need for Richard.
    • Lucius Sines/Daral Scidran.
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