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  • Actor Shipping: The fanbase often ships Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, both because their characters are the Fan-Preferred Couple, and because the two seem to be genuinely very fond of each other. (The joking semi-flirting in interviews doesn't hurt, either.)
  • Adaptation Displacement: The original stories were basically unheard of before the TV adaptation, and still not as revered or popular. Customer reviews for the book are a mixed bag, but many like to claim that the TV show is a much better execution of the general story.
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  • Batman Gambit: Carolyn’s incredible insight into Eve’s character in Season 2 enabled her to get the effects of her plan to her favour. She successfully manipulated Eve that any course of action she’ll take will end up with her working for Carolyn and getting her plan realized. Especially in the season finale, that whether Eve joins her or not, her plan was already in her favor that even Kenny, whom she knows wouldn’t subvert her and had reservations about her actions, also became part of the clean up crew to cover their tracks. She used Eve’s eagerness to work the case that she didn’t notice there’s no paper trail on her, making it convenient for Carolyn to disavow Eve
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Due to Villanelle's fondness for pendectomies, the many mentions of sausages throughout the show (raw, cooked, being eaten, etc.) make this feel like it was deliberate. Phoebe Waller Bridge has something to say about that.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Bill is a secondary character that dies a couple episodes in, but his snark and close friendship with Eve all but guaranteed that the fans would love him. The reveal that he's bi also endeared him to the show's LGBT fanbase.
    • Irina, who has only appeared in one episode, is beloved, mostly because her interactions with Villanelle are hilarious. Not only can she hold her own against our favorite psychopath, Yuli Lagodinsky plays the girl as such a delightful little brat that there have been several calls for her return.
  • Everyone Is Bi: Certainly downplayed, and yet, there are shades of it. Characters who have shown at least some indications of bisexuality: Villanelle, Bill, Nadia, Anna, Eve, Elena. The show avoids applying any terms to sexuality—not just in the "never say bi" way, but any way. Even when Bill asks Eve if she's ever been interested in women and she denies it, the word "straight" is not used. The one exception—the Eve asks Bill if he's gay—he shrugs off that classification. ("Where you gay?" "Ehhh... I just fall in love with whoever I fall in love with.") This all comes together in a theme of fluidity in sexuality—not just calling bisexuality "fluidity" but actual fluidity. There can be patterns and exceptions. People can have awakenings later in life.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Most of the fanbase ships Eve with Villanelle, and the show does little to discourage this. Justified as their mutual attraction is the key theme of the show.
  • Magnificent Bitch:
    • Villanelle, obviously!
    • Carolyn is an excellent manipulator and was able to use Eve’s talent to find the weapon and eliminate Aaron Peel without having to do it herself.
  • Manipulative Bitch:
    • Villanelle is one and she does this at times for no deeper reason other than that it’s funny or because she can.
    • Carolyn is one herself although more understated than Villanelle.
  • Mind Game Ship: Villanelle and Eve, of course.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Any viewers with asthma or breathing difficulties will find Villanelle's "You know I like the breathy ones!" very disturbing. The actual asthma-related murder is equally creepy.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Villaneve" for Villanelle/Eve.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Nico does cheat on Eve but only after she's pushed him away (literally and metaphorically), bullied him, and had an emotional affair with Villanelle. Nevertheless he's much more loathed than any of Villanelle's associates.
  • Sophomore Slump: The second season is considered to be a step down in quality from the first. Most don’t see it as well written and think that making Eve and Villanelle’s relationship more explicit was too soon in the narrative and made the show lose its spark.


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