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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Peter from "The Tale of the Captured Souls". The show mostly uses Colorblind Casting, but in this case, we happened to end up with material that lends itself heavily to Values Dissonance. Peter, a white boy born in 1907, was targeting a black family. He was also quite drawn to their daughter, possibly because of racist views of black women as "easy." It's not hard to see him as a massive racist.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The giant talking doll from "Tale of the Dark Music".
  • Complete Monster: Even in this Nightmare Fuel-filled series, these two stand out:
    • The Keeper, from season 4's "The Tale of the Closet Keepers", is an alien administrator of an intergalactic zoo, whose only apparent motives are greed and sadism. To show off "biodiversity" in his zoo, he takes to having children abducted from all over the world and keeps them in line through torture. He does this using a device that will emit a sound that paralyzes its victim with agony and drives them insane, which he demonstrates on one of his henchmen. When he abducts Stacy and her friend Billy, he states that he kills children he finds deficient or clever, as he plans to do when he learns Stacy is deaf. When Stacy leads an escape and topples his operations, the Keeper takes Billy at gunpoint mockingly stating that she wouldn't dare hurt her friend when she threatens to use his torture device against him.
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    • "Margot", from season 5's "The Tale of the Night Shift", is a teenage girl who gets a job as a nurse at a hospital working on the night shift. We find out that "Margot" is actually a sadistic, ancient vampire who spends his time feeding on the hospital's staff and patients, one of whom is a young boy in a wheelchair, and attempting to turn them into his vampire slaves. When confronted by the episode's protagonist Amanda and her friend Colin, the vampire compares a hospital to a candy shop for him. When Amanda's recently-turned friend Felix tries to help Amanda, the vampire attacks him too. During the climax of the episode, the vampire chases Amanda to the roof of the hospital and lifts her up, planning to drop her off and lick up what's left, all while relishing Amanda's screams, before deciding the old-fashioned way is a better way to kill.
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  • Designated Villain: Strictly speaking, the antagonists of "The Tale of the Super Specs" and the protagonists are trying to do exactly the same thing in order to save their skins.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Betty Ann's stories tend to be the favourites among fans. "Laughing In The Dark", "The Dollmaker", "Thirteenth Floor", "Ghastly Grinner" and "Chameleons" are all her stories. Kristen is also quite popular for someone who only told five stories.
    • Dr. Vink and Sardo. Both were originally meant as one-shot characters, but the directors were so fond of the actors' performances that they became recurring characters. Fans tend to love them as well.
  • Fashion Dissonance: Vicky in "The Tale of the Mystical Mirror" goes wild over a hat that's part of the new line of fashions for a beauty shop. The hat looks incredibly dated now and Vicky's delight over it comes across as Narm.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The final, Retooled season for many, though "The Tale of the Silver Sight" (the three-part episode where The Midnight Society reunites to find the original members from back in the 1930s to fight back against an evil force bent on world domination) is one of the few revival episodes that was good and, if the fans had their way, would make an epic Grand Finale (the actual series finale is either "The Tale of Badge"note , if you don't want to acknowledge the revival episodes, or "The Tale of the Night Nurse"note  if you do want to acknowledge the revived episodes).
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why are the eponymous creatures in "The Tale of the Chameleons" called "chameleons" when they're actually iguanas? Because they're chameleons in the sense that they blend in effortlessly when they transform into humans (and their blending in with humans is what led to the Downer Ending where the protagonist's best friend doused her instead of her chameleon twin).
  • Fridge Horror: See here.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "The Lonely Ghost" one of Beth's friends theorizes that the reason a ghost couldn't talk because she was deaf. Three years later, the actress reappeared as the deaf character Stacey in "The Tale of The Closet Keepers"note .
    • Melissa Joan Hart guest stars in "The Tale of the Frozen Ghost". When she arrives at the aunts' house she says an interestingly worded line "they're your relatives, not a pair of wicked old witches. Well, I hope not" - this was six years before she would play Sabrina Spellman, a teenage girl who went to live with her aunts who were witches.
    • In "Tales of the Sorcerer's Apprentice", there's an archaeologist known as "Dr. Oliver" who teaches lessons at a public school. Years later, we get a paleontologist who teaches classes at a school who goes by the name of Dr. Tommy Oliver.
    • In "The Tale of the Laughing in the Dark", one of the main characters is named...Weegee. No, really.
  • Hollywood Homely: The Stalker in "The Tale of the Last Dance", who is supposed to be a stand in for The Phantom of the Opera or The Hunchback of Notre Dame, who possesses deformed hands and is afraid to show his "hideous" face to the pretty young Ingenue, he finally obliges when she swears she won't be afraid. Cue Tara's Dull Surprise, when the Stalker removes his hood, but one can't really blame her. Turns out under that hood is a dirty unwashed mound of long hair, but actually a really handsome face.
  • Idiot Plot: In The Tale Of The Renegade Virus, right before Poe is about to turn on the virtual reality machine the computer warns him there is a virus, complete with a skull and alarm noises. Despite this, he just says "there's no need for that" and turns it on anyway.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The three trailfinders in "The Tale Of Watcher's Woods". They were originally just normal teenage girls who, in 1919, got lost in Watcher's Woods. For the horrible crime of daring to enter his woods. the Watcher imprisons them in the woods forever, with the only way they can escape being retrieving their whistles (which they left back and camp, meaning they can never escape). After spending decades trapped in there they have turned into evil old hags who immediately blame the protagonists for stealing their whistles and plan to do horrible things to them. thankfully, Sarah manages to get the whistles back, at which point the protagonists are able to escape. They then see an old fashioned car carrying the three girls (now teenagers again) who wave goodbye as the car presumably takes them off to heaven or whatever.
  • More Popular Replacement: Sam showed up in Season 3 replacing Kristen, and is probably more remembered.
  • Narm: Here. And we love it for it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In both the show and the video game, of course. This show was surprisingly dark for a kids' show in the early 90s.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • "The Tale of the Dream Girl" was actually M. Night Shyamalan's inspiration for The Sixth Sense, a film that saw widespread acclaim on release— for its originality.
    • "The Tale of the Quiet Librarian" inspired a Buffy episode called "Hush".
    • The Twilight Zone episode "A Most Unusual Camera" was the basis for both "The Tale of the Curious Camera" and "Goosebumps'" Say Cheese and Die! (including the sequel).
    • The Twisted Claw episode was inspired by a story called "The Monkey's Paw".
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Rachel Blanchard, who played Kristen, was later better known for roles in 7th Heaven and the Clueless TV series.
    • Ditto for Elisha Cuthbert, who coincidentally played the same type of character, Megan, in the Retool.
    • For one-episode characters, Jewel Staite appeared in two different stories years before her best-remembered role.
    • Neve Campbell was the protagonist in "The Tale of the Dangerous Soup", just half a year before her big break on Party of Five.
    • A somewhat odd example - Ross Hull went on to later be an anchor on The Weather Network in Canada.
    • Mia Kirshner played the protagonist in "The Tale of the Hungry Hounds."
    • Jay Baruchel, who portrays the protagonist in "The Tale of the Zombie Dice", would later become more popular for voicing Hiccup.
    • Power Rangers fans who've seen the episode "The Tale of the Night Shift" should easily be able to recognize Felix, as he's played by Jorgito Vargas, Jr., who would later go on to be well-known and remembered for his portrayal as Blake Bradley/the Navy Thunder Ranger in Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
    • Much like Jewel Staite, who is already mentioned above, Laura Bertram had also appeared in two different stories as one-episode characters, years before being well-known and remembered for her portrayal as Trance Gemini in Andromeda.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Stig from season 5. Obnoxious, gross and generally unpleasant, he was as unpopular out of the show as he was inside. Ironically, the only two stories he told are generally regarded as excellent by fans, but that still doesn't save Stig from making it into Scrappy territory for many a fan.
  • Seasonal Rot: The revival episodes that ran between 1999 and 2000 are considered by many to be bad, though the three-part episode "The Tale of the Silver Sight" is considered to be the best episode of the revived ones and is considered the last episode. Some episodes - particularly "The Night Nurse", "Many Faces", "The Hunted", "Walking Shadow" - are held in high regard though.
  • Special Effect Failure: The one that stands out the most was an episode where a bunch of kids were kidnapped onto an alien spacecraft and forced to eat a horrible alien food product...which was clearly and obviously lime-flavoured jello in a bowl. Interestingly, according to Word of God, it apparently could have been worse. According to creator DJ MacHale, the show started filming in Montreal at a time when Montreal's film industry was struggling. Because of this, despite being a low-budget show, they still had the run of the place and had access to things they probably wouldn't have any other time.
  • Values Dissonance: Many episodes would feature bullying older siblings and classmates that would at most get a stern word from parents and teachers. As bullying became a hot topic at the end of the 2000s, it's surprising how apathetic the adults seem to be.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: "The Tale of the Super Specs" has a very trippy feel to it, especially since the name of the character who jump starts the plot with the second sight voodoo spell is none other than Weeds.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Well it is, but considering that some of the stories get rather dark and twisted, it can and will make people wonder. Most episodes had a happy ending, with the villain defeated, and sometimes going so far to have characters come Back from the Dead. The build-up to said happy ending tended to be creepy as hell, though, and there were exceptions to this. Probably the most ironic was The Pinball Wizard considering its use of Fairy Tale Motifs.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jill from "Tale Of the Final Wish". Everyone around her looks down on her for daring to believe to in fairy tales as a teenager, and she only wishes herself into a fairy tale because of the teasing she'd received in school and at home.
    • Mike from "Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle" - a teenager haunted by watching his best friend drown as a child, and who tries to stop his younger brother suffering the same fate.
    • Erica from "Tale of the Dream Girl" considering her brother died but is still around as a ghost that only she can see.
    • Good lord Nanny from "Tale of the Lonely Ghost". A poor old woman whose daughter starved to death while she was away and knew nothing about it. And now she lives in a house with an ungrateful brat of a girl who is insanely cruel to her. Boy does she earn her happy ending, although it is a tad bittersweet all things considered.
    • The janitor in "The Tale of the Dead Man's Float." He is haunted by grief at having failed to rescue his girlfriend's little brother from the invisible monster in the pool when he worked as the lifeguard. The boy drowned, leading to the school shutting the pool down. Years later, as an adult, he finally gets to see the thing that killed the boy... and it causes him to suffer an emotional breakdown and go into shock.

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