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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Pete invites Claudia, Myka, and Leena to watch movies with him in his room and mentions his big flat screen TV. He also happens to be in his pajamas.
    • Averted in the escape from Warehouse 2 with a handwave. Even though Myka finds the wings of Daedalus and Pete makes a good argument, it's plainly clear that having Pete piggyback ride on Myka's back would look... interesting.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Paracelsus was built up as being the most dangerous threat the Warehouse has ever faced, a rogue Caretaker with incredible powers, extensive knowledge of how to use Artifacts in combination to unlock new abilities, and zero ethical concerns. Unfortunately, due to the final season being cut short, his fate was wrapped up disappointingly quick in the first episode.
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  • Ass Pull: A number of points in the final season, as well as Season 4's final few episodes leading up to it. Notably, Claudia having a sister who was effected by an artifact that Artie dealt with (which needlessly convolutes her backstory), Myka and Pete being 'in love', Artie's son, Claudia no longer wanting to be Caretaker (which seems to get resolved off-screen).
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  • Complete Monster: Paracelsus is an alchemist born in the 16th Century who desired immortality and tested his experimental Philosopher's Stone on his brother's own family to see the results despite knowing the danger. In an effort to achieve immortality, he was responsible for the destruction of a whole village, claiming "sacrifices must be made." Paracelsus was frozen in bronze for centuries until being awoken in 2013 when his brother's family was tired of their immortality and wanted him to remove it. Paracelsus attempted to kill his brother, killing his wife instead. Escaping, Paracelsus went around to hospitals to cure people, but later drained all of them of life to fuel his immortality.
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  • Evil Is Cool: McPherson, H.G. Wells, and Paracelsus.
  • Fanon:
    • H.G. Wells becoming a Regent is a mainstay of fanfiction that takes place at least partially after the end of the show.
    • You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks Myka's favorite book is anything other than The Time Machine.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Season 5 is so widely ignored that fanfiction authors don't feel the need to specify that they're going AU after season 4.
  • The Firefly Effect: Leena got hit by the character (as opposed to series) subtype of this.
  • Foe Yay: Artie and MacPherson. It really seems like this in "Mild Mannered" when MacPherson's ghost is haunting Artie and they reconcile with one another.
  • Fridge Logic: In the finale episode of season 3, why didn't HG just put the force field around the bomb when it was clearly stated it can contain the blast?
    • One of the producers said on Twitter that H.G. couldn't have known if the force field would hold when it was directly over the bomb. When you think of it that way, a blast that big in that confined of an area probably wouldn't be a good idea.
    • Indeed, it stands to reason and simple physics that containing the blast would have been more taxing on the shield and rapidly used up the power, whist allowing the blast to dissipate outwards (destroying the Warehouse in the process) would have meant less of the explosion would have been directed towards those within the shield, keeping it running for long enough for them to survive.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • In "Secret Santa", Claudia offhandedly asks how many piano tuners there could be in the Philadelphia area. This is a reference to the archetypical example of a Fermi problem, a form of estimation based on multiplying estimates to obtain a close approximation of an otherwise incomputible answer. The classic Fermi problem is 'How many piano tuners are there in Chicago?'.
    • On many occasions, it is possible to deduce what the Artifact is before it is shown if you have enough knowledge about its history.
  • He Really Can Act: Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly are both fairly competent as Pete and Myka respectively, but upon switching bodies in an episode where Voices Are Not Mental, they nail the mannerisms of their opposites.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: We've seen Brent Spiner as the enemy of rare-artifact-keeper Saul Rubinek before, though who's the good guy and who's the bad guy is flipped.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Pete in "The Sky's The Limit". After being whammied by the levitation artifact that has caused several victims to be killed when thrown into the upper atmosphere a short time later, Pete only figures it's a good idea to stay inside or with a roof over his head after Artie suggests it.
    • The Steinbrucks in "We All Fall Down". They instantly believe Artie despite having absolutely no reason to. They don't even try to verify his story. Keep in mind that this family has been entrusted with guarding this Artifact of Doom since 1517.
    • Artie in the season five premiere. He discovers that one of the forks that allows a person to exist outside of their "home" timeline is missing, immediately after returning from an alternate timeline where most of the warehouse staff are evil. His reaction? "Huh, that's weird."
  • Idiot Plot: One wonders how much trouble the gang would have avoided if they didn't have the staggeringly stupid tendency of separating all the time, often in the worst possible moments, and ignoring obvious warnings; and keeping secrets from each other despite repeatedly showing that this leads to the worst possible consequences. Plus being taken out by civilians in ordinary hand-to-hand when they're supposed to be Secret Service.
    • So, so many problems could've been avoided had they just stored the incredibly dangerous bronzed people more than 10 feet away from the one thing that could free them.
    • Let's not forget about never wearing gloves, never shooting first and never bringing the tesla grenade when it would really have been helpful - or throwing fits of stupidity (Pete), stuck-up-ness (Myka), or secrecy (Artie) right in front of an artifact (wielder) going crazy.
  • Jerkass Woobie: McPherson and H.G. Wells.
  • Les Yay: Between Myka and HG Wells. Pete even comments that it's like having two Mykas around. Confirmed by the actresses that they were playing it a little bit like they 'were in love'.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Myka quitting at the end of season 2. Sorry, Warehouse 13, we've done this dance before with Eureka. You're not going to do it. In the first episode of season 3, she comes back at the end, after helping out with the investigation which just happens to feature a Myka Plot Tailored to the Party. Her apparant replacement, Steve Jinks, gets to stay though.
    • Ok, Syfy. You killed Artie in the first season finale, but you brought him back to life with the Phoenix. You sent Myka away in the second season finale, but you arranged for her to come back in the next episode. Now you are asking us to believe that you killed an agent, HG Wells, and Mrs. Frederic, and in addition destroyed the very thing that the show is named after? Sorry, but we don't buy it.
  • Magnificent Bastard: One per season; it seems to be a requirement to be the Big Bad on this show.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Some fans think this about H. G. after she tried to destroy the entire human race by starting another ice age.
    • Just in case Sykes' casual disposal of his henchmen wasn't this, his murder of Steve Jinks sure was.
    • Paracelsus making himself and his family immortal by sacrificing 600 people to make his Philosopher's Stone, all in the name of some bastardized idea of scientific progress.
    • Alternate Valda mind-controlling Claudia's sister for his Evil Plan than using her to send a dozen innocent people into a coma.
  • Narm: "I'm the Epic Fail!" said by Claudia while wangsting about her guilt over her lost brother.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Claudia and Claire bond over..."When I Grow Up" by Garbage. It works, somehow, though.
    • "Savage Seduction" has the crew pulled into a Spanish language telenovella, which is just as melodramatic as you would expect. It's glorious.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Dark Vault artifacts are friggin' messed up. Fun examples include the creepy shifting clown painting, the phone screaming "PICK UP! PICK UP!" and the baby doll that grows fangs when you get too close to it.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Is that classic book you're reading fiction, or is it inspired by a very real and very evil person that lived at the time?
    • And this could even lead to possible Fridge Horror and What an Idiot! moments when one considers how some of these artifacts were used. Obviously, P.T. Barnum really was a total Jerkass and in it for the money when he used an artifact (that could enlarge body parts and internal organs) to make freaks out of normal people...
      • Though considering we see how (some) artifacts are created, it may be that in some cases, even the horrific ones, the use of them was unintentional and un (or sub) conscious. So jerkasses they might have been but they might not have been so callous as to mistreat others.
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  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The forced "Pete and Myka are suddenly in love" story in an already brief final season was met quite negatively.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 5 isn't held in very high regard with the fandom, thanks to being only six episodes long, not having a very engaging storyline (which had the effect of making Claudia's backstory needlessly convoluted), rendering Myka's cancer storyline from the previous season totally meaningless and forcing Pete and Myka together at the last minute. Even the showrunners weren't happy with how things turned out, as Executive Meddling forced their hand on many of the issues mentioned.
  • Shocking Moments: Pretty much all of the game-changing season finales or mid-season cliffhangers count as this, but the end of season three has to take the cake for the ultimate Gut Punch, since in quick succession Steve is killed, the Warehouse is destroyed by Sykes's bomb which also kills H.G. Wells and Mrs. Frederic, the destruction of Pandora's Box and hope causes the world to descend into chaos, and then the race to find Magellan's astrolabe results in Claudia being trapped in a cave-in, Myka's arrest by French police, and Pete's death. The middle of the fourth season has less immediate personal stakes for the viewer, but still includes Leena's death, Artie going evil thanks to the astrolabe, and the release of the orchid plague to kill half the world's population. The end of the season with the reveal of Myka's cancer and Paracelsus taking over the Warehouse is also rather stunning.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: This just may be the best SCP Foundation TV series we're ever going to get. Complete with a more lighthearted tone and absolutely no world-ending unstoppable monsters or Lovecraftian deities for those who think the Foundation's stories can get way too grim for their liking.
  • Spiritual Successor: It's also very similar to Syfy's earlier miniseries The Lost Room. As well as Friday the 13th: The Series.
  • Squick: In "Vendetta," a set of chains used in the people-stretching racks employed by the Spanish Inquisition has the power to replicate those effects when stretched taut. The viewer gets treated to a surprisingly graphic scene where Dickinson is killed with it, complete with bone-cracking noises as his fingers and legs contort to unnatural angles.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Executive Meddling forced a romantic relationship to happen with Pete and Myka. It is not believable, at all. Especially not with how much emphasis was put on the two being Like Brother and Sister beforehand.
    • Also how they wrote H.G. off the show — despite her and Myka being a Fan-Preferred Couple for a large number of fans, she gets shipped off to a marriage in suburbia, hitched to a guy we've never heard of before. They do mention in the finale that her and the boyfriend broke up and that she's now dating an unidentified woman though.
  • Strawman Has a Point: When Paracelsus changed history, Steve acknowledged in a rather neutral way that his devotion to science had led to some improvements (not endorsing it, merely observing that objectively technology was more advanced). Myka and Pete then argued with what amounted to "what about the time he killed all those people". Steve conceded they were right so we had all three characters in agreement. This was in spite of the fact that their argument had nothing to do with whether his statement was correct or not and that, whether the cost was justified or not, there were improvements just as he'd said.
  • Tear Jerker: Claudia's reaction to Steve Jinks' death.
    • H.G. Wells death, especially "I smell apples".
    • Leena's death. Although really it's everything leading up to and surrounding it—the moment when she almost walks away, the look on her face when she turns back to Artie anyway, her face and voice when she stares into his eyes and whispers, "Who are you?", Pete's vibe reaction, Myka's reaction when she finds her—and all the fallout which happens over the next several episodes as everyone deals with it, especially Artie. She may not have gotten all the character development and usage she deserved, but damn if the show creators didn't make you feel just how important she was to the main characters.
    • Steve's reconciliation with his mother, and his breakdown over the fact he still can't come to terms with his sister's death, or get past his anger at her killer. Damn, Aaron Ashmore can make you cry.
    • Rebecca and Jack's First Kiss (also last in context, on her part). The wistful piano tune (which also replaces the usual ending credits music for that episode) really hammers it home.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Leena. Sadly, she has had the least character development of any of the characters and her backstory hasn't been explored at all. She was supposed to have a bigger role but as noted above the character variant of The Firefly Effect struck.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Shared Universe with EUReKA and Alphas, in several ways:
    • All three series have their own Story Arcs that have far-reaching consequences, which could've had interesting effects on each other's arcs. They're rarely, if ever, mentioned.
    • The first two seasons of EUReKA centered around an enigmatic, powerful object known only as "The Artifact" and a Nebulous Evil Organization that wanted to control it. What does the crossover with EUReKA center around? Fargo traveling to South Dakota to upgrade the Warehouse's computers, and afterwards Claudia visiting Eureka to study Global Dynamics' technology. This raises several questions...
      • At least Fargo's visit to the Warehouse was a thematic crossover, involving a fusion of futuristic technology with artifact magic. Claudia's visit to Eureka was basically pointless. The crisis does not involve an artifact going out of control, she doesn't use any artifacts to save the day, and there's really no point to her being there at all, other than some amusing sexual chemistry between her and Fargo...which is left dangling anyway since she never appears again. They could have replaced her character with some random old girlfriend of Fargo's that we've never seen before and nothing would change. Fargo dismisses Claudia's suggestion that an artifact could be responsible for the trouble stating that "everything in Eureka can be explained with science". This makes absolutely no sense as he has personally witnessed artifacts working and there is absolutely no reason one couldn't end up in Eureka.
    • Steve is a Living Lie Detector, Pete has Spider-Sense, Myka has Photographic Memory, Leena has Aura Vision, Claudia is a Gadgeteer Genius. Which Warehouse 13 character crosses over to Alphas? Dr. Vanessa, the completely ordinary side-character.
    • The finale presents us with several scenarios where each one of the agents proved themselves (Claudia stopping an invasion of tap dancers, Myka going undercover in a Desperate Housewives-like suberbia and fighting ninjas, Steve, HG, and Claudia saving Artie from a tiny clock in his heart, etc)...but we only see flashbacks to their resolutions. While it at least avoided being just a clipshow or anything, it was somewhat grating considering how each one could have made for an interesting episode. In particular, when one realizes that in Steve's case, its the only time him and HG actually come close to interacting.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: In "Age before Beauty", Myka gets a makeover to act as an Undercover Model, though this was hardly necessary, as Joanne Kelly is plenty attractive without the need for the cookie cutter styles that the fashion industry is infamous for.
  • What an Idiot!: H.G. Wells asks about MacPherson's necklace, and he tells her that it's keeping him alive.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Played with using Timothy Leary's reading glasses, which cause vivid, LSD-like hallucinations when worn. They were used to find MacPherson's hidden auction of Warehouse artifacts in the first season finale. In "For the Team", Pete uses them to amuse himself when forced into a temporary desk job at the Warehouse.
  • The Woobie: Pete in "Trials" after his memory gets erased. When Myka is about to confront Eric's mother, you just want to hug him and make him feel better.
    • All of the main characters, when you look at the backstories we're given about them. They all have dead lovers/siblings/parents, broken old romances, and a general issue with making friends thanks to all of them having some social issues, and that's without the alcoholism, mental institution, troubled family life, or Blessed with Suck superpowers. It makes them bonding together so tightly all the more heartwarming.
    • Artie in Season 4, he's convinced he has to alienate himself from his friends to protect them from Brother Adrian. Then we find out it was all in his head due to the Astrolabe which caused him to have psychotic breakdown — the Brother Adrian Artie saw was all in his head. Then while under it's influence Artie kills Leena. Artie trying to cope with the guilt is his main arc in the second half.
  • The Un-Twist: Yeah, Jinks is a traitor. Okay. Sure. We believe you.


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