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  • Author's Saving Throw: In Season 4, Flynn Carsen supposedly left the library after a brief talk with Nicole about his desires and where he wants to be in life. This is in stark contrast to all his characterization thus far, and many fans were relieved when It was revealed that he initially refused her offer, reaffirming that the library was a part of him that always pushed him forward in life. He was in fact kidnapped against his will.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Flynn Carsen has become something of a base-breaker as of the third season. On the one hand, he was the star of the movies that preceded the show, and still has fans. On the other hand, the series survived its first two seasons with minimal involvement from him (as Noah Wyle was busy filming Falling Skies until that series ended in 2015), and since becoming a regular, he has a tendency to take the focus away from the other cast members. Plus, while he's supposed to be a brilliant Librarian, the episodes often force him into the role of The Millstone, making what should probably be rookie mistakes for someone who is supposedly so experienced.
  • Complete Monster: In a world of adventure and magic where All Myths Are True, some figures stand out as true monsters:
    • Mr. McGuire, from season 1's "...and the Fables of Doom", is a seemingly-kindly old librarian who discovers a magic book that can give strength to the user. Using it to drain the life of a little girl and more innocents, he begins unleashing fairy tales on the local town to terrorize them, all while continuing his "stories" to the child. McGuire reveals he intends to kill everyone in the town via harvesting their lives, gloating that he has given so much to the town and now they can give him their lives in turn.
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    • Katie Bender, from season 1's "...and the Heart of Darkness", is the true master of the House of Repose. Once a member of the monstrous Serial Killer Bender family, Katie stumbled upon the wish-granting house and enslaved it, using it to travel time and space to lure in men, women and children so she can sadistically toy with and eventually murder them. Luring in the Librarians via playing an innocent child, Katie soon reveals her own monstrous nature, revealing the grand total of her victims makes her the most prolific murderer in history.
    • Dorian Gray himself, from season 2's "...and the Image of Image", is the hedonistic owner of Club Effigy. Having bound his soul into a painting to achieve immortality, Dorian lures in innocents to the club so he may trick them into painfully absorbing his own sins from the painting to destroy them, all while he remains young and beautiful. Dorian seduces and tempts people into the club, exposing them to his magic, while also keeping the young woman Eve magically bound to him. Despite his claims of victimhood, Dorian is a vicious, hedonistic sociopath willing to destroy and damn countless innocents so as to not lose an eternity of enjoyment.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • In "And What Lies Beneath the Stones", a color photograph of a young Jenkins in late 20th century clothes is displayed during Jenkins' presentation, which lead to believe that he was quite young during the 70s despite already being 15 centuries old and aged normally from there.
    • At the end of "And the Loom of Fate", Dulaque magically disappears. He's never seen again but we don't really know what actually happens to him.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lamia. Stone thinks so in-universe.
    • When Cassandra gets exposed to the Apple of Discord and turned into the worst version of herself, she passes a mirror and decides that her flower dress is just ugh. Upon stripping it off, she's wearing a dark-green midriff baring camisole, black tights, and leopard-print shorts over them. It helps that she has the figure for it.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Dulaque's identity as Lancelot du Lac can be figured out before it's revealed by those who know their Arthurian legend and understand references such as his name and him being called the "son of Ban".
    • Morgan Le Fey also tips off the identity of Jenkins in "The Librarians and the Rule of Three," but only to people who caught her call him Galeas and are knowledgeable enough to know Galeas is an alternate name for Galahad
    • Viewers who recognize the name Katie Bender will figure out the twist in the episode "And the Heart of Darkness" almost from the beginning.
    • The Patron Saint of Thieves is better known by another name: Saint Nicholas.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Cassandra has been shipped with every single members in the main cast. The show doesn't help either with the reveal that she is officially bisexual and has an attraction to Jenkins.
  • Les Yay: In "And the Fables of Doom", Cassandra becomes Prince Charming, which turns her into a Chick Magnet. Later, Cassandra even says she didn't mind the attention at all.
    • It even affects Baird, perhaps even more so as she was designated the role as a Princess.
    • There's definitely some chemistry between the alternate universe versions Cassandra and Lamia, who seems downright infatuated with Cass. Also Cassandra's lingering stare at Eve when she says that her relationship with her Eve wasn't familial could easily be taken to indicate that they were involved.
    • The second-season premiere sees Cassandra getting along quite famously with the Italian noblewoman that Ezekiel spent most of the episode trying, mostly unsuccessfully, to charm. The girl even gives Cassandra her number and kisses her cheek.
    • In episode 4 of season 2 Cassandra ends up bonding with a girl named Lucy, and the two quickly become close over their shared intelligence and Lucy's budding interest in magic. When Lucy gets captured by the monster of the week, Cassie goes into full Always Save the Girl mode and risks both her own life and many more to save Lucy.
    • In episode 7 of season 2 a drunk Cassie becomes enamored with Eve's face and at one point stares lovingly at her, clearly making Eve uncomfortable.
    • Stone figures out pretty quickly in "And the Eternal Question" that Estraya would only really be interested in talking to Cassandra. The two end the episode by sharing a parting kiss.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Imagine someone getting sick and not knowing how or why. Then imagine never finding out, because it was a book, draining their life energy into the reader while making fairy tales reality.
    • Also imagine someone you know and care about suddenly dying for no logical reason - the symptoms of a massive drug overdose despite having zero drugs in their bloodstream, the trauma one would have from being hit by a car despite not even being around a car...
    • The Cold Open of "And The Rise of Chaos" features a man being dragged along on a museum tour by his wife, bored out of his skull. He's absently listening to the audio commentary, when suddenly the voice on the headphones starts speaking directly to him, luring him into another room where he's attacked by a shadowy spirit. It's exactly as creepy as it sounds.
    • The Reaper. An immortal contract killer who sets a deadline by which its intended victim will be dead. It can't be bought off or otherwise convinced to abandon the kill and there's no magic that can stop it. The only reason Eve survives is because it has to kill her at a specific time in a specific place and she's just barely able to arrange things so that she isn't where she should be at the time.
    • Seeing your husband spontaneously burst into flames right in front of you, without having any idea why. Then later catching fire because someone pulled back the drapes. Seth and Cici had no idea they had been turned into vampires.
  • She Really Can Act: Those who only familiar with Rebecca Romijn from the X-Men Film Series and Ugly Betty are genuinely surprise to see her performance here, especially in the heavier episodes.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The series has a surprising amount in common with the SCP Foundation universe. To whit:
    • The aspect of hunting down and containing dangerous anomalous artifacts is here, naturally.
    • Both universes feature an antagonistic organization with snake motifs (Serpent's Hand in the Foundation, Serpent Brotherhood in the Librarians).
    • Both feature an impossibly vast, magical library in their mythos (the Wanderer's Library in the Foundation, the Library in... well, the Librarians).
    • Both feature US Government organizations dealing with anomalies (Department of Statistical Anomalies in the show, the FBI's Unusual Incidents Unit in the Foundation).
    • Both have their fair share of Bunny-Ears Lawyer characters.
    • Both feature a sinister magical carnival with Nightmare Fuel clowns (Hermann-Fuller's Circus of the Disquieting vs. the Carnival in "And the Tears of a Clown".)
  • Spiritual Successor: It's also similar to the TV show Warehouse 13, they both include hunting magical artifacts that get stored inside a never-ending and seemingly sentient building, guided by an older and more experienced Knight In Sour Armor. For extra points, Warehouse 13 aired its finale in the Spring of 2014, and the Librarians first aired in the Winter of the same year.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Starting from the third season, the show began featuring a piece of music that sounds remarkably similar to the Eleventh Doctor's theme from Matt Smith's tenure on Doctor Who. It doesn't help that the music first plays during a speech suspiciously similar to the Eleventh Doctor's speech in "The Eleventh Hour" (which also had the Eleventh Doctor's theme playing in the background.)
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Ariel is a one-episode wonder, who only appeared in the penultimate episode of Season 2, and not at all since.
    • Amy Meyer is a teen genius who loves the idea of magic existing and has the quick thinking skills to come up with a way to save a whole bunch of innocent people from being killed by a large dose of magical energy. In short, she was a fine candidate to be a Librarian-in-training, but she only shows up for the one episode. This is justified, though: Bex Taylor Klaus was starring in Scream at the time, and later on, she got a voice role on Voltron: Legendary Defender, so her schedule likely wouldn't have allowed for additional appearances.
    • At the end of "The Image of Image", the Librarians have Dorian Gray, a sociopathic Green-Eyed Monster who is both savvy in technology and magic, in their bag: His image is bound to Eve while the Librarians have Jenkins and Ezekiel to keep him in check in case he tries to reverse it. His Blessed With Suck curse is stated to be possible to be reverted and opens up interesting possibility to be a Teeth-Clenched Teamwork and possibly some Character Development with the Librarians. But Gray refuses and Eve jumps off of a building to kill him.
    • Morgan Le Fay went into hiding at the end of "And the Rule of Three" to prepare for "What is to come". After three apocalyptic events, she never show up again. Her relationship with Jenkins is also never explored.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The second season finale has a Tear Jerker storyline of Eve and Flynn might possibly stuck in 16th century England, described as "the most magical place on Earth". This could have opened up a horde of possibility on how the remaining members would deal with it and how to get their friends back, possibly an entire arc or even season instead of resolving it in 10 minutes.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Flynn's tendency to do things however he pleases with little consideration to spare for anyone else can make him come across as more unlikable than intended, especially in the second season. During the first season his prolonged absences are understandable, since the Library has been lost and re-establishing access to it is of critical importance. Once that's resolved in the first season finale, however, the series strains to come up with excuses for Flynn to be gone more often than he's around (since Noah Wyle's obligations to Falling Skies restricted his availability until season 3). Several episodes in the second season, including the premiere, make a point of how the Librarians are much more effective when working as a team and that failure to share information gives them blind spots that get them any everyone around them into trouble... but Flynn still resists teaming up and complains about it when not given a choice in the matter, seems more interested in having romantic adventures with Eve than in the success of their missions or whether or not the younger Librarians might be in trouble, and generally runs off and vanishes for several episodes in a row without any communication with the others until he drops in at random without warning to take over the plot. Especially for new fans who started with the TV series rather than the movies - and thus have more investment in the rest of the ensemble, who are there every episode - this behavior can make Flynn's appearances in the series rather unwelcome.
    • Flynn finally gets called out for his behaviour in "Trial of the Triangle", though only time will tell if his character development in the episode will stay with him.
  • What an Idiot!: In "And the Trial of the Triangle", Flynn is stuck in a game where he must answer questions truthfully in order to advance, and lying carries a penalty of being attacked. Somehow, despite the rules being so straightforward that a five-year-old could grasp them, and the penalty for lying being similarly clear, he insists on answering every question evasively. And he's supposed to be a genius!

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