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    Season One: The Executioner 
  • Base-Breaking Character: Tom Winston. Some fans enjoy him due to coming off as a reasonable person, his relationship with Sarah, having something of a redemption arc and the fact his backstory is genuinely saddening. For others he's a terrible Hannibal Lector ripoff who is far more annoying than engaging.
  • Catharsis Factor: Let's face it: You were cheering when Vaughn was burned alive after everything he did to the cast and especially to Ariel Peterson.
    • Almost every victim of The Executioner could qualify, given most of them are devoid of redeeming or even sympathetic qualities.
  • Complete Monster: Iain Vaughn is the Police Chief of Waterbury, who's revealed to have kidnapped 15-year-old Ariel Peterson, raping her in his car before keeping her imprisoned under his basement as his Sex Slave for five years. When a reporter falsely accuses Ariel's father of killing his daughter, Vaughn has a prostitute support that false claim, driving the father to commit suicide, while Vaughn keeps Ariel from escaping by threatening the life of their toddler son, Jake. When Sarah Bennett investigates Ariel's disappearance, Vaughn kills said prostitute to prevent her from being interviewed, before attempting to kill Sarah himself. When Sarah escapes and sends the authorities to Vaughn's residence, Vaughn tries to burn Ariel and Jake alive before attempting to leave Waterbury.
  • Critical Research Failure: Robin mistakenly believes that Halloween is intended as a big "fuck you" to death (notably, Connor makes a similar remark in season 3). In Real Life, it started out as a Pagan holiday wherein the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is thin, and the spirits of the dead are allowed to walk amongst the living.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Robin, due to how Adorkable he is and you can't help but feel sorry after losing Justin in the way that he did. Fans were worried about him being stabbed in the final episode but relieved when he was shown alive.
  • Iron Woobie: Sarah, Sarah Sarah. With how she's treated with half of the town with such disdain, being told her mother was a "whore", and her growing distance with Dylan, it's hard not to hug her.
    • Robin, considering everything he suffers through.
    • Ariel Peterson. It's a miracle she didn't lose her sanity after being kept in hiding by Vaughn for five years.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Discussed; as explained by the Executioner during his interview with Allison, he isn't just punishing people for committing sins- everyone sins at least once in his life, so that'd require killing everyone. The people he targets are those whose sins have specifically gone far enough to be horrible, unforgivable crimes.
  • Narm Charm: The season is an over the top Canadian version of Se7en but yet that's what makes it endearing.
  • The Woobie: Heather Peterson, considering what happened to her husband and daughter.

    Season Two: Guilty Party 
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: This is a bleak season. Despite everybody in both groups having a Dark and Troubled Past, and even if they are trying to atone for it, or if the victim was deserving, there are no innocents. Makes it tough to really care about anyone, especially given that, unlike season 1, this one ends with the killer as a Karma Houdini and fully intending to kill the last survivor later.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Everybody, except for Benny and Noah. Special mention goes to Judith, who is killing to avenge her son, Owen, who was framed for the murder of Talvinder and hanged himself.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Seriously, has any character not even come close to crossing it at some point in this season?
    • Killing Talvinder was understandable to a degree, even if the other counselors were just as filthy as her deep down. But framing an innocent man — and being responsible for his suicide — whose only real crime was being overly obsessed with Talvinder was what drove Judith over the edge in the first place.
      • However, one subversion goes to Peter, who not only acknowledges what they did was wrong, but he was the one who confessed to their parents about what the counselors had done, even admitting that they deserve to be punished.
    • Noah tried to rape Talvinder for criticizing him. In retrospect, that makes his brutal rape by Glenn/Benny almost karmic.
    • The killer, Judith, went overboard by killing innocent people who weren't exactly guilty of any particular crime, or at the very least crimes that they were trying to atone for.
    • It's difficult to say when exactly Glenn/Benny crossed it. He impulsively killed his lover from prison and assumed his identity, but abducting and raping Noah was pretty high up there in nastiness, as well, although it is somewhat mitigated if you see the rape as karma for Noah's Attempted Rape of Talvinder, which even the other counselors were disgusted by.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Even after it's revealed a killer is out there murdering them, the characters still keep finding excuses to go outside alone, making themselves easy target, even though they are more than numerous enough to move in groups. Special mention go to Antoine, who decides to check on Talvinder's corpse alone even though Renée practically begs him to let her come with him, and Noah, who goes alone outside of his own initiative twice without warning anyone despite having frostbites on his feet.
    • Renée actually grows wiser about it, and, when going to look for clues in the counselors' files, actually takes Mark along to serve as back-up. However, when the killer inevitably shows up, Mark, despite being armed and brought specifically for this, doesn't even try to shoot and instead attempts to run, allowing the killer to easily knock him out and murder Renée.
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    Season Three: Solstice 
  • Accidental Aesop: Dan's backstory gives off one that just because a person is not a minority, doesn't mean they're not in need of help. Dan's reason to become a white nationalist was that nobody was trying to help him and his daughter at a time where his wife has died and he was living in poverty, and he searched for "who helps white people" after Angel asked him for donations to Saadia's family. Truth in Television, this is how White Nationalists often prey and gather people, finding someone in need of help and channeling their anger towards minorities.
  • Anvilicious: This season has a pretty no pulled punches policy when it comes to bashing at social media culture and how people glorify deaths in order to bring up their own status, sometimes disguising it as sympathy, and to the detriment of families involved. However, the ones to do that are very cartoonishly evil and the message is very in your face. Violet's entire character is nothing but this.
  • Author's Saving Throw: A common criticism about season 2 was that the parka wearing killer wasn't a particularly interesting killer, with a rather generic costume, no name and nothing particularly flashy about them. This season gives us the Druid, who has an unique nickname, a very distinctive costume and is rather creative in his kills.
  • Catharsis Factor: This season's characters make up for some of the worst and most unlikable ones in the series, which makes it pleasing when a few of them die. Most notably:
    • Cassidy is an Alpha Bitch who actively attacks Saadia, accusing her of terrorism when she was actually a victim of one, and has her face burned off.
    • Xander is an annoying asshole hipster who gets killed by essentially having the crap beaten out of him with the tools for his trade before having his blood turned into coffee.
    • Charlie, the racist and annoying classmate of the main characters that gets shoved a feet long blade down his throat after having made threats to rape and kill some girls.
    • Violet, world-class Attention Whore who exploits other people's trauma for internet followers, is forced to read about how shameless she is on webcam before getting stabbed for all the internet to see.
    • Dan, the white supremacist asshole gets the crap punched out of him by Angel, the man he bothered the most.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Even by the show's already dark standards, this season is particularly heavy on brutal and violent deaths, and the vast majority of characters range from unlikable to downright psychopaths, which makes it hard to care when the deaths happen, which are already pretty hard to watch. Though admittedly it's not quite as bleak as season 2, since this time around the killer does get defeated, slightly more characters survive, and the most unlikable among the survivors goes through genuine Character Development.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The season is called "Solstice", which is also the day it takes place, and the killer is dubbed "The Druid". This makes sense because the solstice is a day in which it ancient druids would have pagan rituals back then.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Angel, wanting to start a relationship with Joe, who focuses too much on Violet who obviously doesn't care for him, not to mention the trauma of being hated for being gay.
    • Dan is a shitty white supremacist who nobody loves..but it's made clear he became the way he was after the death of his wife and struggling to raise Cassidy to the point where she became a slut and then murdered by the Druid. It's pretty much shown that for all his white supremacist talk, Dan is a bitter, bitter man. He seems to somewhat change for the better after bonding with Angel, giving him a dignified last words after he dies and willingly helps Saadia when she struggles to get up when leaving the building.
    • Jen and Conner, while being serial killers, can come off as sympathetic for how much they suffered due to Justine's post leading to them being harassed by the building residents, causing Justine to kill herself and then be harassed more thanks to Violet, all while the police don't do anything due to lack of evidence.
  • Moral Event Horizon: While there is little question the murders committed by the Druid were horrible acts, the fact a lot of them were Asshole Victims, combined with Jen and Connor's genuinely sad motivation, could almost make you sympathize. However, you know Jen has crossed the line when she murders Amber, her own surrogate mother, in cold blood while screaming about how it was her fault.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: While Kit cheated on his various partners, he seemed to be entirely upfront about the fact that being in a relationship with them was not going to stop him from dating other people and that he was polyamorous. While he was a jerkass and his conduct with partners and neighbors sucked, his partners being mad about something he made clear was going to happen seems uncalled for.
    • Kaili really got the short end of the stick. Sure, she may not be as wholesome as she comes on to be; but loneliness like she suffers from will warp people at points; and fake or not, she made some attempts at trying to get the students to talk to her; and they did trust in her, except for the ones who called her fake.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Violet is meant to be shown to have Hidden Depths and legitimately love Joe, regardless of the fact he cheated on her, but she is such a throughly unlikable character, that the few moments she shows humanity and sympathetic traits fall flat on the ground.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Angel receives an email from a white supremacist telling him to prove he is not a coward by going to a certain recluse place somewhere, and being a gay latino, he decides to be a good idea to follow those instructions. This is particularly odd because he was so far the smartest and most down to earth among the adult characters.
    • Violet is all of this: Everyone tells her that her constant posting and blogging about people's tragedies and her own selfish attitude over wanting to be famous online will get her killed, all while she ignores everyone's concerns and frustrations and justifies it as "journalistic integrity". Guess what happens to her.
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