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  • Artistic License – History: There are plenty of fudgings here and there of the historical record, ostensibly done in the name of increasing drama. Namely, the death of Nathaniel Sackett, despite the fact that the real Sackett didn't die until 1806 in real life. However, the defection of Benedict Arnold and the execution of John Andre is played almost entirely straight, with only one or two embellishments; such as Rogers colluding in Andre's capture.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Angus Macfadyen as Captain Robert Rogers is less a man than he is a force of nature, approaching every situation with a disturbingly calm attitude towards everything he sees, all in that pleasant Scottish brogue. This is helped by the fact that the real Captain Rogers was every bit as unnerving in real life.
    • Samuel Roukin as Captain Simcoe is quite often unnerving when he's calm, and flat out terrifying when he's annoyed.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The show pushes the love triangle of Abraham/Anna vs Abraham/Mary hard, though the most popular pairing by far is Benjamin/Caleb.
  • Funny Moments: At one point, Townsend comes face to face with Caleb, who roughed up his father earlier in the story as part of a plan to get Townsend to join the Ring. Caleb's apologetic, and offers to let Townsend hit him; 'eye for an eye'. Just as Abe reminds him Townsend's a Quaker and opposed to violence, Townsend punches Caleb right in the nose. And has a 'did I just do that?' look right afterwards.
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  • Growing the Beard: Season three, since it jettisons much of the romantic tension between Abe and Anna (which most fans weren't that interested in) and the focus moves to Benedict Arnold's treason.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the first season, Andre quotes Newton: "For every action, there is an equal opposite reaction." The next year, another figure from this time period, Thomas Jefferson, would be saying the same thing in Hamilton.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: There are many fans who really resent the amount of time that the show devotes to Abe and Anna's romance, especially since it's entirely made up out of whole cloth.
    • Really, Abe Woodhull's complicated love life in the show sticks out like a sore thumb, considering he A.) didn't marry Mary until 1781, so that entire complication is not real and B.) there is little to no historical evidence that Anna Strong was ever unfaithful to her husband Selah.
  • Narm : When Mary tries and fails to kill Simcoe and only succeeds in shooting off his ear, the dramatic effect can be ruined by a shot of said ear lying on the table and Simcoe glaring at it in wide-eyed fury. Also, he spends the next episode charging around with a bandaged head.
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  • Pandering to the Base: The rather gratuitous appearance of Alexander Hamilton in Season 3 is likely due to the tremendous popularity of Hamilton. Then Season 4 adds Hercules Mulligan, though admittedly Mulligan was actually part of the Culper Ring in real life as well as in the show.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Andre's hanging. He goes to what he regards as a humiliating death bravely, but catches sight of Peggy watching in the crowd, holding tight to the braid he gave her and on the verge of breaking down in tears. She's the last thing he sees before he drops and throttles to death; and after the execution Ben tells Peggy she was in his thoughts until the end, and takes pity on her by encouraging her to get away before her part in her husband's betrayal is discovered.
    • In the show's final scene, Woodhull writes a letter to his son finally revealing the whole story of what he did during the Revolution. Then he simply leaves it in a tree, as his son was killed in the War of 1812 trying to be a great soldier like he thought his father was.
  • The Woobie: Baker. The poor (literal) bastard never had much of a family before he was quartered with the Woodhulls, but then he discovered that Abe is cheating on his wife. He tries to do what he thinks is right by reporting the adultery to the authorities, only to have Simcoe turn it into a pretense to have Abe killed. And then he walks in on Abe and Mary when they're talking about the spy ring... and Abe ends up shooting him.
  • World of Ham: If there is scenery, it will eventually be chewed, especially if Simcoe, Hewlitt, or Rogers are nearby.

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