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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Defiance (2013—15) is set on 2046 Earth, badly damaged from a war with alien colonists called Votans and continued bombardment by the wreckage of their ships. The Votans are a loose alliance of seven species from multiple planets in the Votan solar system, whose sun has gone nova. The Pale Wars started when they arrived at Earth seeking shelter and were refused, and ended when soldiers on both sides gave up fighting out of disgust at the pointlessness of it, and set about rescuing the civilians caught in the cross-fire. The series takes place in a settlement named Defiance built on what used to be St. Louis. The town of Defiance is inhabited by both humans and Votans, in a tenuous state of coexistence. Planet Earth's environment has been drastically altered and filled with alien flora and fauna by the terraforming equipment that crashed when the Votan spaceships were mysteriously destroyed during the war.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The TV series stars Grant Bowler as Chief Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan, Julie Benz as Mayor Amanda Rosewater, Tony Curran as Castithan community/underworld leader Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Stephanie Leonidas as Deputy Lawkeeper Irisa Nyira, Mia Kirshner as town madam Kenya Rosewater, and Graham Greene as industrialist Rafe McCawley.The show has a rather novel approach in that it was developed alongside a Massively Multiplayer Online Game, also called Defiance. While the game is set in the San Francisco Bay area (at least currently) in California and the show is set in the remains of St. Louis, Missouri,note about 2000 miles apart they can and do affect each other occasionally.After only four episodes, the show was renewed for a second season, which consists of 13 episodes. It was then renewed for a third and final season, being cancelled as of October 16, 2015.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })
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Artistic License – Gun Safety
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Artistic License – Gun Safety: A lot of characters tend to be generally careless with their firearms. One particularly egregious example is former soldier Eddie in "Brothers in Arms" pointing his pistol directly at Nolan while handing it over to him.
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Dying Town
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Dying Town: Following the events of Season 2, the Gualanite mines are forced to shut down and Defiance loses its economic and strategic value. Most of the unemployed miners leave or turn to crime. By the season 3 premiere, the town is lacking essential resources to maintain its infrastructure and does not have the power to keep its stasis net up or light its streets at night. Without a working stasis net it is an easy target for raiders.
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Aliens Speaking English
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Aliens Speaking English: Justified. It's been thirty years since the Votans first arrived on Earth, so all of the older ones have had plenty of time to learn human languages. Many of the younger ones born on Earth grew up bilingual. During the same time, many though not all humans have learned how to speak Votan languages, or at least be basically conversant in them. A few Votan words became common street-slang even among humans that don't know their languages (i.e. "jaja" means "money", "sthako" means "shit!", etc.) The showrunners developed two entire alien languages, Casti and Irathient, before the show even started shooting, and a third, Omec, was developed for season 3. So it's not like there's any shortage of aliens speaking alien languages.
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Bizarre Alien Biology
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Bizarre Alien Biology: Liberata breathe nitrogen instead of oxygen, and can die of oxygen poisoning with similar symptoms to nitrogen poisoning in humans. Castithans apparently have their hearts on the right side, as taught by Nolan when he told Irisa to kill one.
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Monumental Damage Resistance
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Monumental Damage Resistance: The St. Louis arch. This is even lampshaded in the pilot, where it's used as a metaphor for the town standing firm despite adversity. Especially notable is the fact that St. Louis is buried beneath the Earth, but the arch is still above ground and upright, though this is probably aided by the fact that it's the tallest accessible building in the city and located near the water. Even the interior is still accessible, if somewhat weathered. Alak Tarr runs the local radio station from the top.
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: The show seemed to keep killing off main characters, at least one every season finale: first season we got Kenya, and second season, Tommy. In the third season opener, the showrunners went full Red Wedding and killed off half of the cast.
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Card-Carrying Villain
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Card-Carrying Villain: Pol Madis, a Mad Bomber whose sole joy in life is to kill people. General Rahm Tak, whose sole objective is to commit the mass murder of as many humans and Votan human-sympathizers as he can get his hands on.
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Godiva Hair
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Godiva Hair: Stahma has this frequently in her bathing or sex scenes, either with her long hair covering her nipples, or strings of beads that she wears.
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Big, Screwed-Up Family
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Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Tarrs and the Mc Cawleys both have dysfunction to spare (organized crime and Madwoman in the Attic, respectively), and it only gets worse when their kids get married.
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Your Mom
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Your Mom: Used jokingly by Alak Tarr whilst sparring with a fellow Castithan.
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Calvinball
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Calvinball: The Votan card game Ivali.
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Villain Team-Up
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Villain Team-Up: Datak allies with Colonel Marsh in "Past Is Prologue" in order to discredit Nolan and Amanda and help Datak win the mayoral election. In exchange, the plan is that Datak will give the Earth Republic access to Rafe's mines (with Datak getting a sizable chunk of the profits). Then it turns out Marsh was just using Datak to take over the town and get to the ancient Votan ship buried underneath it. When Datak realizes this, he kill Marsh in a rage.
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Bilingual Backfire
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Bilingual Backfire: Datak insults Christie's cooking in Castithan, unaware (or possibly aware) that she has at least a passable knowledge of the language. He attempts to smooth it over by claiming it's a "Castithan saying", but Christie leaves before he can finish, clearly not buying it.
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Coitus Ensues
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Coitus Ensues: Irisa rather abruptly gets into it with Tommy after they've dealt with the cultist who abused her as a child. Not that this is all that surprising for Irisa. Also seen once or twice in the episode "Past is Prologue". In "That Woman's Work", Nolan and Berlin go from drinking to sex in a single night, but she's doing it to get back at Tommy, so it's not completely out of left field.
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: A broader version, but Datak's overriding goal in life is getting people to recognize and respect him in any and all circumstances. He's seemingly unaware, chooses to ignore, or believes that him being rather ruthless and feared is enough to be comparable to liked and respected.
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All There in the Manual
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A "Lawkeeper" is just a not-at-all-fancy word for a Sheriff. They're even popularly elected. Usually.
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Gone Horribly Right
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Gone Horribly Right: The terraforming machines worked perfectly, but they were deployed by accident when the Ark fleet was destroyed and so were operating totally out of control.
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And This Is for...
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And This Is for...: After Churchill is killed by a Gulanee, Pottinger insists on delivering the killing blow.
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Visual Pun
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Visual Pun: At the end of "A Well Respected Man", Nolan recognizes Stahma as a Lady Macbeth and tells her he now knows how dangerous she really is. Meanwhile, she is knitting/weaving a spider-web.
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Being Tortured Makes You Evil
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Being Raped Makes You Evil: Niles Pottinger became mentally unbalanced due to his rape, and ultimately raped Amanda himself.
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Death from Above
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Death from Above: Razor Rain, a storm of small Ark fragments that can cut right through anyone standing outside.
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Poor Communication Kills
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Poor Communication Kills: In "Goodbye Blue Sky", Nolan shoots Sukar to prevent him from activating a device that is communicating with an incoming Ark fragment. The device actually instructs it to fire its thrusters and crash outside of town. An extreme case because even Sukar doesn't know what the device is supposed to do, since he is being compelled by Ark brain nanites to make it without conscious awareness of the fact.
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Multicultural Alien Planet
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Multicultural Alien Planet: Daribo and Irath were at the very least.
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: Plague episode. Okay, lots of shows have that. Irathients get blamed-that's pretty normal for a show with Fantastic Racism. Then the forceful rounding up of Irathients into a makeshift internment camp (occasionally using guns, dogcatchers, and force) begins, some Irathients discuss the possibility of them being gassed to death, and one ends up dead because their captors don't like a harmless religious ceremony... In the video game, fighting a Gulanee is just another boss battle. The series, however, shows what it's like to deal with such a thing when you don't have an experimental EGO or fantastic future tech weaponry that might not be out of place in Borderlands. In the second season finale, Berlin arrives at Camp Reverie to find the panicked guards executing prisoners. Berlin relieves the Sergeant in charge of his command and assumes control of the situation. The much bigger, armed, and pissed off Sergeant simply whacks her with his billy club and continues the executions, putting her in the next batch.
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I Surrender, Suckers
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"Of A Demon In My View": Nolan is kidnapped by Kindzi, who wipes out the VC convoy in the process, and has his Arktech removed from his brain the process. Yewll knocks Datak unconscious with a syringe, and he's later shown waking up in cages with several others who have been abducted. While Nolan escapes with Irisa's help, the weakened T'evgin tries to fight Kindzi, and ends up overpowering her. However, she makes a false promise to force him to let her go, and she proceeds to stab him in the neck, which winds up killing him. Distraught, she performs a ritual to honor his death, ending with her eating his heart and absorbing his practically godlike power. She then travels up to the ship and awakens the Omec, calling for the Dread Harvest to finally commence.
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Cool Shades
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Cool Shades: Birch wears a pair with the lenses slightly detached from the rims. Irisa is shown wearing a pair in "The Bride Wore Black", with extra lenses on the sides. In "A Well Respected Man", Datak wears more ordinary looking (but still cool) shades. Could be considered as an Actor Allusion, this is the same kind of shades that Skinner wear in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
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Heroic Suicide
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Heroic Suicide: Irisa shoots herself to stop Irzu from making her kill. Unfortunately, the nanites Irzu placed inside her heal this.
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Fingore
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Fingore: Yewll loses a finger when she refuses to cooperate with Pottinger.
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Artificial Human
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Artificial Human: Biomen are, in Nolan's words, killing machines made up of stem cells and spare parts. The Indogene were engineered by the Omec, hence the hexagonal skin.
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Mook Lieutenant
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Mook Lieutenant: Black Jonah to Colonel Marsh. Also something of an Elite Mook, given his skills as a Torture Technician.
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Wrong Genre Savvy
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Wrong Genre Savvy: Datak and Stahma often act like they are in an urban crime drama with Feuding Families, and suffer when it usually turns out they are in a Western or Chthuluesque sci-fi.
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Closest Thing We Got
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Closest Thing We Got: Amanda makes Nolan the new Lawkeeper at the end of the pilot because he's the only one remotely qualified. He snarks a bit about her lacking sales pitch.
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Energy Beings
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Energy Beings: The Gulanee, who have to wear suits to contain their essence.
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Fallen States of America
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Fallen States of America: Compliments of several decades of global warfare and uncontrolled terraforming technology obliterating pretty much all pre-Votan arrival nations.
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Proud Scholar Race
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Proud Scholar Race: Indogenes, of the more scientifically-oriented variety.
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Magnificent Bastard
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...That Stahma Tarr was really in love with Kenya and finding solace with her from her own abusive marriage? It does seem like she had feelings for Kenya but not in the way a human would define "feelings".
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Laser Cutter
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Indogenes are highly intelligent and responsible for most Votan tech like the Arks, force-blades (intended as surgical tools, converted into weapons by the Castithans), and their own cybernetic implants. Kind of Fairy or competing with Castis for High Men.
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Ironic Echo
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Ironic Echo: Berlin says she "makes some films that could be considered propaganda."
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Back for the Dead
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Back for the Dead: Daigo reappears in the Season 2 premiere, and ends up gunned down by Nolan for his comments about Irisa. Olfin Tennety reappears late in Season 2, only to be crushed to death when a section of the mine collapses.
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Bolivian Army Cliffhanger
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Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: See Downer Ending for how the first season finale winds up like this.
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Earth That Was
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Earth That Was: The Pale Wars left the Earth in a pretty bad way. Global infrastructure is toast, mutated animals and falling spacecraft are daily threats, and polio's making a comeback. The closest things to fully developed nations are the Earth Republic (shady and borderline fascist) and the Votanis Collective (associated with a lot of terrorist tactics).
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Ex-Mayor Nicolette Riordan, who was behind the Volge attack. Stahma Tarr as well. She plays the part of the dutiful Castithan wife but secretly plans the murder of Rafe McCawley and subtly implies that she murdered her intended fiance so she could marry Datak. In the second season, with Datak in jail, Stahma takes over the "business" and rules with an iron fist. And then blames her harsh actions on her son's "weakness" (i.e. compassion). All the more impressive since Castithans are a very patriarchal society. Then later on she frames a conservative religious figure for murder, and has some wonderfully undertone-laden dialog with Datak afterwards.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: Many of the people that worked on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica were involved in writing and producing Defiance and commented on the scripts being just as tight. Bear McCreary even did the music. The frontier aspect has also engendered comparisons to Firefly and Farscape. The show was developed by Rockne O'Bannon, who also created Farscape. Rockne S. O'Bannon was also the writer of Alien Nation and the associated series which featured alien refugees arriving on Earth and assimilating as immigrants. The protagonists were also a human cop and his alien partner.
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Offing the Offspring
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Offing the Offspring: Irisa's parents tried to sacrifice her in a ritual, which Nolan rescued her from (killing them both while doing so). Pilar McCawley suffered from a mental illness, and when her medication stopped being produced due to the war disrupting things, she became violent. This made her try to kill her children, and so her husband Rafe banished her.
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Hufflepuff House
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Hufflepuff House: Among the Votan races, the Sensoth. Irathient, Castithan, and Indogene feature prominently and each get represented by a main character, we meet several (mostly comedic) background Liberata, and the Gulanee and Volge have the excuse of being big enough threats that they must be used sparingly. But there's only one Sensoth of note and he's a rather minor character.
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Life-or-Limb Decision
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Life-or-Limb Decision: In "My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You", Datak lops his arm off so the beacon inside will act as a target for a bomb to kill Rahm Tak, while he runs to safety.
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Regional Redecoration
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Regional Redecoration: During the Pale Wars between humans and Votans, the alien ships were mysteriously destroyed, causing their terraforming technology to rain down on Earth and begin affecting the planet. Geography, geology, and even the biosphere were radically changed◊; the planet is covered by dust and debris, the atmosphere is saturated by electromagnetic radiation and dangerous hybrids of earth and alien life run rampant. Perhaps no better example is the establishing shot of the St. Louis Gateway arch.
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Parental Abandonment
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Parental Abandonment: In episode 4, it's revealed that Amanda and Kenya's mother abandoned them during the war. She and Amanda were out looking for supplies, and when the fighting got close to them she wanted to merely run. Amanda insisted on going back for Kenya, and had to do so alone. Amanda told Kenya that their mother was dead, but admits the truth in the present.
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HypocriticalHumour
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Hypocritical Humour: Yewll chides someone on smoking before smoking herself.
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The Dreaded
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The Dreaded: Jonah Keller, aka Black Jonah, is this, due to the Torture Technician skills he developed during the Pale Wars. Just look at Yewll's face when he introduces himself. Rahm Tak, aka The Beast, a leader of a Votanis Collective death squad, slaughters any humans in his path and mounts their heads on pikes. The Omec are another Votan race feared by the others as devils. They enslaved the other races, using them for labor and food. And even among them, Eksu Tsuroz T'evgin is particularly feared by the other Votans.
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Death of the Hypotenuse
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Death of the Hypotenuse: The minor one of Conner/Amanda/Nolan is resolved in this way, courtesy of Datak, though Nolan is unaware. The slightly more major one of Amanda/Nolan/Kenya is briefly derailed when Kenya apparently dumps Nolan for Stahma but is ended via this trope when Stahma apparently murders Kenya. Do they still count as love triangles when one of the people in them is literally a prostitute and has probably screwed every guy in town, and other participants were her clients?
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He Who Fights Monsters
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He Who Fights Monsters: It's implied that most of Datak's hatred for humans stems from being lorded over by local crimeboss Hunter Bell, back when he was a penniless refugee. Considering his own actions in the present, he apparently fails to appreciate the irony.
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The Ingenue
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The Ingenue: Christie has shades of this, particularly how she seems completely oblivious to the fact that Stahma all-but admitted to having thrown her former fiance out of an airlock so she could marry Datak. Instead she believes the story was about how "Love Conquers All". Though as Season 2 goes on, she's growing out of it, culminating in Killing Dierdre / Treasure Doll without any apparent remorse. Stahma's influence is clearly getting to her.
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Fantastic Drug
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Fantastic Drug: The first season episode "A Well Respected Man" introduces "Blue Devil", a neurotransmitter enhancing drug developed by the E-Rep during the war for soldiers, one of its ingredients is human adrenaline, in that episode obtained by scaring people and extracting it from their blood. After the E-Rep occupation of Defiance in season 2 many of its citizens have become addicted to Blue Devil sold by the Tarr syndicate, but Alak makes his suppliers use pseudo-epinephrine instead of the real thing.
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FantasticSlur
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Related to the above, "pink skin" implies the majority of humans are still white despite both the expected demographic changes and the fact that humans ironically are more diverse-looking than all the Votan races combined.
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Depraved Bisexual
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Depraved Bisexual: Niles Pottinger.
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Discount Lesbians
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Discount Lesbians: Stahma (a Castithan) and Kenya (who's Human) have an affair. Both appear to be bisexual, since they're also frequently with men. Yewell and her lover shown in the flashbacks, two female Indogenes (another Votan species).
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It Works Better with Bullets
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It Works Better with Bullets: In "Broken Boughs", Nolan hands Pilar an energy weapon. When they're about to head back to Defiance, she tries to steal their roller and threatens them with the weapon. Nolan reveals he removed the actuator, rendering it useless, as he figured out who she was and figured she'd pull something like that.
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Tomato in the Mirror
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Tomato in the Mirror: Gordon McClintock learns that he isn't actually Gordon, but an Indogene surgically altered to look human then implanted with the memories of the original Gordon, who was killed by the procedure that took his memories.
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Embarrassing Nickname
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Embarrassing Nickname: Nolan is called "No Man" by Eddie and Nolan tells Irisa that it was from an incident during the war where he got stuck in No Man's Land. It's later revealed that it is a reference to "No man left alive" - as in, kill everyone and let God sort out who is innocent.
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Evolving Credits
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Evolving Credits: The title card reflects the current time of day and the state of the town, such as the arch being blown up in season 3.
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After the End
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After the End: Most nations have fallen after the war and the changes caused by the terraforming machines. It's a brand new world, to the point that anything from human culture prior to Arkfall is referred to as "Old World".
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Irisa (played by a British actress) suffers from this very noticeably in the third episode, during the scene where she is arguing with Nolan. Despite Nolan being American, Grant Bowler's native New Zealand accent can be occasionally heard to slip through.
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Mad Bomber
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Mad Bomber: Pol Madis
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Ate His Gun
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Ate His Gun: Irisa does this to stop Irzu from making her kill more people. Too bad Irzu isn't inclined to let her stay dead.
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There Are Two Kinds of People in the World
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There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Yewll tells Datak there are two kinds of friends: ones that will help you hide a dead whore, and her. A subtle jab at the fact that his friends currently number at two.
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Actor Allusion
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In "A Well Respected Man", Datak wears more ordinary looking (but still cool) shades. Could be considered as an Actor Allusion, this is the same kind of shades that Skinner wear in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
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Boldly Coming
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Boldly Coming: A lot of Humans and Votans have little compunctions about having sex with each other, not to mention full-on relationships, including marriage. Some have children too.
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Artifact of Doom
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Artifact of Doom: There are certainly plenty of these, from Terraspheres to the two keys that control a 6,000-year-old sentient genocidal alien spaceship.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: The pilot opens with Nolan trying to apologize to Irisa for an incident involving a married alien woman. Similarly, Nolan seems to have a great reluctance to talk about the Battle of Defiance, despite his (implied) heroism for being one of the Defiant Few. When directly asked what it was like, he simply says "It was what it was", and moves on. Players of the game will know why he doesn't want to talk about it. As a last resort to protect human and Votan refugees from Votan extremists within their military, the Defiant Few activated a terra-spire, reducing the entire city of San Francisco to an uninhabitable wasteland of bizarrely twisted stone, horribly killing both the attacking army and countless innocents in the process. Only a handful of buildings in San Francisco survived the process remotely intact, and it's one of the more disturbing areas of the game. He has another good reason. He's guilty of committing numerous acts during the Pale Wars that border on war crimes.
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Pistol-Whipping
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Irisa uses one on Daigo before Pistol-Whipping him unconscious, and later against a miner in "If I Ever Leave This World Alive".
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Blessed with Suck
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Irathients have truly Blessed With Suck immune systems; it's almost impossible for them to get sick, but they often carry numerous diseases without showing symptoms - an entire race of Typhoid Marys. It's the primary cause of prejudice against them. A few years before the series began, Defiance tried to perform immunizations in response to a plague; lacking the other races' history with epidemics, they just responded as you would expect any Proud Warrior Race to when approached with sharp objects - a riot that led most Irathients to avoid Defiance like, well... the plague.
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Bad Boss
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Bad Boss: While not the worst example in the world, Datak stands out against Stahma. Some of the reasons his former crew is so loyal to Stahma is because she provides them with opportunities their caste system would not allow, she doesn't fly off the handle at seemly random times (and killing them/getting them killed), she's actually a very competent business person, and she's a mob boss who listens and confers with her lieutenants.
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Curb-Stomp Battle: Nolan versus the Bioman, a Pale War-era Super Soldier. Played with in that while it looks like this is going to (Painfully) happen to Nolan, each of Nolan's attacks are designed to hit the Bioman's off-switch. He just had a bit of trouble remembering where on this particular model that switch was. Turns out, in a moment reminiscent of Dr. McNinja, it was the butt.
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Cowboy Cop
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Cowboy Cop: Both Nolan and Irisa, on account of being former Disaster Scavengers trying to adapt to the politics of a city.
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Going Native
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Going Native: Alak clearly prefers humans and their culture to Castithan traditions.
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Make It Look Like an Accident
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Make It Look Like an Accident: In the season 2 premiere, two kids are arrested and sent to Camp Reverie. On the way, the driver stops to relieve himself and the doors just happen to unlock. The kids take the chance to flee... right into the Hellbug-infested forest. The flurry of coincidences necessary for this to happen is so improbable that even Pottinger, who orchestrated it, makes basically no attempt to deny that it was intentional when Amanda calls him on it.
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"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Nolan and Tommy try this with Irisa in "Doll Parts". While she is in there, she can't fight off the Kaziri's influence, except to keep from killing Nolan. Tommy gets a knife to the gut.
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Manipulative Bastard
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Datak is a power hungry, manipulative crime lord, but he's still disgusted by Madis. He also supports Amanda in what seemed to be a hopeless defense of the town against the Volge, promising to forgive the debt of anyone who chooses to fight. He could have easily tried to pack up and leave with his family and servants. Indeed, during the battle, he does not hide behind others and does his share of the fighting, calling another Castithan a "shtako coward" for running away.
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Pol Madis starts going on about the great deal he's going to get from E-Rep for designing weapons for them, Nolan responds by shooting him in the face.
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Blade Below the Shoulder
 Defiance / int_41914bb3
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Blade Below the Shoulder: Datak gets a hidden one built into his cybernetic arm, which he uses to stab an Omec warrior through the skull and later wound Kindzi to save his family.
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Kaziri's Ark Brain, which poses as Votan gods in order to manipulate and control its followers, and is planning to spare only them when it terraforms the world, killing everything else.
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Cold-Blooded Torture
 Defiance / int_424c9a9b
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Cold-Blooded Torture: In "Slouching Towards Bethlehem", Nolan reluctantly tortures a Votanis Collective agent by having shrill burrow through his limbs one at a time. He doesn't crack.
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Raised by Humans
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Raised by Humans: Irisa by Nolan, after he killed her abusive cultist birth parents. Season 2 introduces Mordecai Haipern, another Irathient who was adopted by a human family and became an attorney specializing in Irathient interests.
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The Defiant Few. Both sides of the conflict ignored their orders, stopped fighting and started rescuing civilians trapped in the crossfire. This single act ultimately led to the end of the Pale Wars. In "Down In The Ground Where The Dead Men Go," Irisa rescues Elak from being tortured in a Castithan rite as punishment for deserting the battle from the previous episode, even though the rules require that all residents of Defiance be allowed to practice their own native customs unhindered. Unfortunately, Datak convinces Elak that he must die to atone for his actions. Datak then dumps the body outside the lawkeeper's office.
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GreyAndGreyMorality
 Defiance / int_445bc425
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Grey-and-Grey Morality: To an extent. Was Nolan in the right to kill someone in cold blood? Was Yewll? Is Rafe really unambigiously good despite his racism and politicking?
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: Nolan, who is willing to give up his own well-being and security for others, if not necessarily immediately. He's called on it by Irisa, as he has apparently set back their plans several times under similar circumstances. Given his background, howevernote As previously mentioned, he was one of the Defiant Few, who refused to fight when innocent people were caught in the crossfire, it would be stranger if he did not do this all the time.
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Ambiguous Gender
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Ambiguous Gender: Nolan has difficulty telling male and female Liberata apart. It's to the point when the Liberata teacher at the school thanked him with a kiss after he fixed the roof, he told Irisa later he hoped the teacher was female. In his defense, both genders have a large amount of body and facial hair. In fact, three of Liberata who have appeared on the show (both male and female) were played by Jessica Nichols.
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Walking Transplant
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Walking Transplant: Indogene skin can be cut off and transformed into an all-purpose healing salve for the Omec, who engineered them for that purpose.
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Magical Native American
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Magical Native American: The Irathients sometimes fill this role, despite not being native to Earth
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Always Chaotic Evil
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Always Chaotic Evil: The seventh and eighth Votan races, the Volge and Omec, are both extremely hostile and war-like races, and are generally hated by the other six.
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Happily Adopted
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Happily Adopted: Irisa, by Nolan.
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Scenery Porn
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Scenery Porn
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California Collapse
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California Collapse: Los Angeles (now called AngelArc) is no longer a single city, but a series of islands. Since the haywire terraformers were raising mountain ranges in other areas, at least it makes sense this time.
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Taking the Heat
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Taking the Heat: In "Bottom of the World", Rafe takes the blame for a plot to assassinate Pottinger and Tennety to keep Quentin out of jail. He also took the heat for a whole lot of stockpiled weapons, but he was actually guilty of that. Nolan realizes what he's doing, but understands and doesn't interfere. In "Doll Parts", Stahma convinces a terminally-ill Castithan to admit to the murder of Deidre Lamb in exchange for taking his daughter on as a handmaiden since she'd be orphaned upon his death. Amanda, currently the deputy because Nolan and Irisa are busy, sees right through it but can't exactly prove otherwise since he has the murder weapon.
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Shock and Awe
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Shock and Awe: Gulanee are Energy Beings, and can use this power offensively.
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Downer Ending
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See Downer Ending above for how the first season finale qualifies.
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White Male Lead
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And lastly, Joshua Nolan is the literal face of the show whose character arc is the classic repenting White Savior story from the casual racism to the Dark and Troubled Past to the Heroic Sacrifice for the helpless aliens.
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Higher-Tech Species
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Higher-Tech Species: The Omec possess technology quite a bit more refined than the other Votan races. Notably, their Sleeper Starship possesses some form of a FTL drive unlike the slowboats used by the other Votans. In the season finale, after Nolan overloads the engines to make them explode, he changes his mind and has Yewl use them to shoot them randomly across the universe instead.
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Body Horror
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Body Horror: "In My Secret Life" has the shrill bomb. It's an improvised explosive filled with earthworm-like insects. If the explosion doesn't kill whoever's nearby, the bomb-proof bugs will finish the job when they burrow their way into the unfortunate victim. "The Cord and the Ax" has Irisa blow off the entire left side of her cheek in a suicide attempt, complete with loving shots of the wound as the nanotech within her slowly repairs her.
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Unresolved Sexual Tension
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Unresolved Sexual Tension: Pretty clearly set up between Nolan and Amanda, which might get interesting since Nolan pretty unabashedly sleeps with her sister even after learning of their relation. "Brothers in Arms" has Kenya break it off with Nolan, though, leaving the path clear for development between him and Amanda. Resolved as of Season Two, at least until he locks her up so she won't interfere with his plans to sacrifice her sister, and then, several episodes later, she locks him up so he won't interfere with her plans to sacrifice his daughter. I know, right?
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Bond One-Liner
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Bond One-Liner: Datak after killing two Hellbugs that invaded his home during dinner:
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Rape as Backstory
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Rape as Backstory: Pottinger reveals that he was gang-raped by Votan soldiers to Amanda, who then tells him of her own attack so that he'll know he's not alone, which he seems to be genuinely touched by. This is later put in another light entirely after it's revealed Pottinger was her rapist. It's likely he told her his story precisely so she would tell hers, and he later seems to think being raped spurred his own crime against Amanda. In the next episode, their past experiences become part of the visions caused by the malfunctioning EGO devices.
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Book-Ends
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Book Ends: When we first meet Nolan and Irisa in episode 1, they start singing along to Johnny Cash's version of "Jackson" (see AM/FM Characterization above). Nolan's last line before leaving Earth and Sol at the end of Season 3 is a whispered "We're going to Jackson...".
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Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
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Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: There seems to be the belief that one of the reasons Indogenes are so emotionless is because they have a lot of cybernetic implants.
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The Dragon
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"My Name is Datak Tarr And I Have Come to Kill You": Lieutenant Bebe assumes a human guise and infiltrates Defiance as they are rallying to fight back against Rahm Tak. Bebe stages an attack on the Need/Want that ends with every hostage inside massacred, earning Nolan's trust by taking out some of the attackers. Nolan puts him in a rough second-in-command position on the strike force and takes everyone to investigate the tunnel through which the attackers have entered, only for Bebe to suddenly reveal himself, shoot Alak, stab Irisa, subdue Nolan in an extended fight, and blow up the entire task force — including Zero, a child — with an incendiary grenade. Bebe is killed by the recovered Irisa, but only she, Nolan, and the crippled Alak comprise the town's resistance. Yewll comes up with the idea to overload the town's stasis nets and vaporize Rahm Tak's camp just outside, but it will require someone to sacrifice themselves to carry the beacon that directs the energy into the camp. Datak is chosen and cut down from the shaming rack just before death, and after seeing Alak recovering in the hospital and being told of the damage if Rahm Tak enters the town, he accepts. The beacon is buried in his arm and he makes it out to the VC camp. Rahm Tak lets him in out of curiosity, and Datak bluffs for time by claiming that he wants to join the VC. To prove his loyalty and avoid his imminent death, he saws off the arm containing the beacon, then runs for his life with seconds to spare. Rahm Tak and his men are vaporized by the detonation, and Datak is left barely alive outside of the town.
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Humans Are White
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Humans Are White: When the Castithan villain Datak Tarr is listing the things he hates about humans to his human nemesis Rafe McCawley, it includes "the smell of your pink skin makes me sick". Rafe, who is of Native American descent and played by Graham Greene, says "Does this skin look pink to you?", to which Datak replies that we all look the same to him. The following season, when Datak's son Alak is upset about his wife Christie, Rafe's daughter, cosplaying as a Castithan, he asks her how she should like it if he painted his skin "human pink". Christie also points out that her skin isn't pink. Obviously, one thing Castithans don't have is superior vision. Contextually this is played straight as while the Votan are an alien immigrant allegory, everything culturally human/"Old World" is monolithically white with just a few Token Minorities sprinkled about like Avatar instead of American Gods (2017) in cultural perspectives. To count: Besides the above example, Rafe is a rich Native American millennial that misses the past yet is essentially like an old white Racist Grandpa toward the Native-like Irathients without he or the show showing any self-awareness about this. For the same reasons, Christie is essentially the naïve white woman who married into an ethnic family and put on the alien-equivalent of Blackface that understandably disgusts her husband. Monochrome Casting. The real/modern St. Louis is a majority Black city yet the show, alien future or not, is overwhelmingly/inexplicably white with only a token amount of Black and POC characters, made worse by the fact that all the recurring POC humans are dead before the show wrapped up. Meaning Nolan should've been the Token Minority instead of Tommy. Related to the above, "pink skin" implies the majority of humans are still white despite both the expected demographic changes and the fact that humans ironically are more diverse-looking than all the Votan races combined. Covered Up or not, musically, predominantly white genres and artists are played yet there is no rap, R&B, Latin, etc. meaning TheCure were played yet Black music like St. Louis's own Nelly was not. And lastly, Joshua Nolan is the literal face of the show whose character arc is the classic repenting White Savior story from the casual racism to the Dark and Troubled Past to the Heroic Sacrifice for the helpless aliens.
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Lotus-Eater Machine
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Lotus-Eater Machine: In "A Well Respected Man", this is used as a method to induce fear in subjects, producing adrenaline which is then harvested and processed into a stimulant.
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Fantastic Racism
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Plague episode. Okay, lots of shows have that. Irathients get blamed-that's pretty normal for a show with Fantastic Racism. Then the forceful rounding up of Irathients into a makeshift internment camp (occasionally using guns, dogcatchers, and force) begins, some Irathients discuss the possibility of them being gassed to death, and one ends up dead because their captors don't like a harmless religious ceremony...
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Fantasy Counterpart Culture
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Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Spirit Riders are pretty much Plains Indians only with motorcycles and ATVs instead of horses. Castithans come across as nonspecific "foreign immigrants," with all the positive and negative stereotypes that come with themnote With its strict class system and its emphasis on family and tradition, Castithan society has a vaguely Asian or Middle Eastern vibe to it. Datak Tarr is basically a mafia don, a poor man back in the "old country" who became wealthy and powerful doing whatever he had to do. On the other hand, he loves his family and dreams of a better life for his son, and he will go out of his way to, ahem, "protect" his fellow Castithans if need be. Like a mafia don, Datak is determined to maintain a legitimate facade, such as when a poor Castithan runs up to him on the street offering money that he owes Tarr, and the usual collector hasn't shown up. Datak's bodyguard nearly breaks the Castithan's arm for such a public display, while Stahma distracts the poor guy's children with some treats, so they don't see their father in this position. Datak orders the man to return home and wait for the collector.
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Snark-to-Snark Combat
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Snark-to-Snark Combat: Between Datak and Stahma, particularly in the second half of Season 2.
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Domestic Abuse
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Domestic Abuse: Kenya's husband, Hunter Bell, beat and possibly raped her before he died.
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Eviler Than Thou
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Eviler Than Thou: Colonel Marsh makes it clear to Datak that he's just a puppet ruler for the Earth Republic... and is promptly killed in rage.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: Irisa recruits a band of Irathient raiders, the Spirit Riders, to help defend Defiance against the Volge, reasoning that they held greater disdain for the latter. They are later shown enjoying a drink in the town brothel after the battle is won, and as of "Devil in the Dark" they are openly welcomed again in Defiance as well as gifted their original settled land back to them. Minor (and not very nice) one but when Datak starts up a talk about how Irathients are, in more flowery words, dirty plague ridden mongrels in the eyes of other Votans, you can see Rafe in the background nodding and gesturing in agreement. Seven years earlier, Dakak and Rafe allied with each other against Hunter Bell, a powerful local businessman who had it in for them both. It quickly fell apart after their "common ground" died.
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Recycled IN SPACE!
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Recycled INSPACE: As the writers have fully acknowledged, it's an immigrant story WITH ALIENS!!! (the extraterrestrial kind).
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Five Races
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Five Races: Several of the Votan species have been noted to resemble fantasy races: Castithans have an entry on the Space Elves page, but they act a bit more like High Men, or Fallen in the case of the Machiavellian Tarrs. Irathients are a bit of a blend; they're strong, proud warriors (or at least the Spirit Riders are, we saw some peaceful homesteaders in a flashback) like the Stout. They are deeply spiritual, some even have clairvoyant abilities, and have a connection to nature like Fairies. Possibly even some shades of the Savage. But they also seem the most human-like of the Votan. Indogenes are highly intelligent and responsible for most Votan tech like the Arks, force-blades (intended as surgical tools, converted into weapons by the Castithans), and their own cybernetic implants. Kind of Fairy or competing with Castis for High Men. Liberata actually resemble dwarves physically and were once an economically powerful race. Sensoth are Wookiees.
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Not Himself
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Not Himself: Irisa in the tail end of Season 2, as she falls completely under the Kaziri's influence, becomes a Dark Messiah. Once Cai absorbs one of the key artifacts from her, she's freed and returned to normal. Also, Nolan when the damaged Arktech in his brain is going haywire, causing him to shoot the VC ambassador at the peace conference.
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Call a Rabbit a
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Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": A "Lawkeeper" is just a not-at-all-fancy word for a Sheriff. They're even popularly elected. Usually. There are no cars or trucks. They're called "rollers". Possibly justified in universe by the amount of robotic "walker" vehicles that are also seen. "Jaja" is presumably a Votan word for money that has been adopted by humans, and "shtako" is used in place of "shit," A hailer is basically a cellphone/walkie-talkie combination with a little extra options. A landcoach is a bus that also carries mail. Amanda uses the term "night porter" to describe the prostitutes at the NeedWant, possibly due to the NeedWant previously being a hotel.
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Under City
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Under City: The actual St. Louis is mostly intact, buried under a large mass of land created by the terraformers. Other cities are indicated to have just been wiped out, making St. Louis an oddity.
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Justified
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Justified. It's been thirty years since the Votans first arrived on Earth, so all of the older ones have had plenty of time to learn human languages. Many of the younger ones born on Earth grew up bilingual. During the same time, many though not all humans have learned how to speak Votan languages, or at least be basically conversant in them. A few Votan words became common street-slang even among humans that don't know their languages (i.e. "jaja" means "money", "sthako" means "shit!", etc.)
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Disney Villain Death
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Disney Villain Death: In "Doll Parts", Deidre is thrown from the top of the Arch by Christie in a fight after Christie finds out about her attempts to steal Alak.
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Thrown Out the Airlock
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Thrown Out the Airlock: Datak's romantic rival. "Accidentally", of course. Stahma pretty much admits that she did it to Alak in the season 2 pilot, when Alak shows he doesn't have the balls to run Datak's business, forcing Stahma to take over.
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Fainting Seer
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Fainting Seer: What occurs after an Irathient with "The Sight" has their vision. Most notable when Irisa convulses after being brought to the field where her visions kept leading her.
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The Mountains of Illinois
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The Mountains of Missouri: The promos depict these quite prominently. Justified by worldwide terraforming; there weren't mountains there before the Pale Wars.
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Space Jews
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Space Jews: The Liberata used to control the banking system for the Votans, and were quite ruthless about it. However, when the banking system ceased to exist, many of them became domestic workers instead. A Jewish Irathient lawyer appears in the second season, though in his case he was adopted by a human Jewish family.
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Time Skip
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Time Skip: Season 2 follows from the imminent takeover of the Earth Republic in the previous season to them having established their presence in Defiance. Season 3 is set seven months after the end of the second season.
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Parental Incest
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Parental Incest: Either the Omec typically have sex with their children or T'evgin has an unusual relationship with his daughter.
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Shoot the Hostage
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Shoot the Hostage: Amanda tries to invoke this in "My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You" when some VC infiltrators have attacked the NeedWant and grabbed her as a hostage. Nolan refuses on the grounds that the infiltrators, in full body armor, wouldn't be harmed even if he shot through her.
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Sacrificial Lion
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Sacrificial Lion: Sukar relatively early on, and Kenya Rosewater in the finale. Subverted with Sukar just won't stay dead.
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Bigger Is Better in Bed
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Bigger Is Better in Bed: Implied when a hostage-taker tries to guess which of Olfin Tennety's husbands is her favorite, and thus a more useful hostage, by grabbing their crotches.
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I Have Your Wife
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I Have Your Wife: This is what motivates Ben to betray the town. If he doesn't, his family dies. Kenya tries to set this up in the finale as a way to make Datak leave Defiance forever. Unfortunately for her Stahma is clever enough to anticipate her and poisons Kenya before she even gets her plan in motion. In "Slouching Towards Bethlehem", the Votanis Collective holds Kenya hostage to get Amanda to break their agent out of E-Rep custody. Ironically, said agent is being coerced to aid in their plot to bomb New York through the same method.
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Sanity Slippage
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"Dead Air": the St. Louis Arch, Defiance's most recognizable landmark and an icon of the show, is destroyed by a bomb planted by the Tarrs at Rahm Tak's behest. Rahm Tak, or rather a hologram message from him, shows up immediately afterward to announce his upcoming invasion of Defiance. Nolan leaves Irisa in Defiance, no longer confident in her resolve, while he and Amanda follow a lead on a massive stock of abandoned E-Rep weapons. At the bunker complex where the weapons are stored, they reunite with Pottinger, who hasn't been seen since Season 2. The man has undergone some Sanity Slippage, and he attempts to seduce Amanda into staying with him forever while Nolan is beaten and dragged off by biomen. While Nolan escapes his confines with the help of a former veterinarian, who tells him that Pottinger murdered several E-Rep officials and currently has himself wired to a destructive bomb, Amanda manages to steal Pottinger's gun, forcing him to unlock a mysterious padlocked door leading to some kind of VR viewing room. It turns out that Pottinger has taped every one of his sexual encounters, including Amanda's, and that he also has apparent replicas of the mask and flashlight Amanda's rapist used. Amanda puts two and two together: Pottinger was the rapist the whole time. She attempts to force him to admit it by shooting all of his limbs, but when he refuses, he is shot in the heart and Killed Off for Real. The bomb detonates, creating a black hole that sucks up all of the weapons and supplies, once again leaving Defiance hopeless. As if things couldn't get any worse, the episode closes with Nolan and Irisa simultaneously experiencing violent seizures somehow linked to the scars from the Kaziri pods that kept them safe, and while Nolan at least has the veterinarian to help, Irisa is left for dead by Berlin. Season 3 is shaping up to be the show's Wham Season.
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Bottle Episode
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Bottle Episode: "The Serpent's Egg" is this after the big budget special effects of the last four.
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Nanomachines
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Nanomachines: Ark brains have them as part of their design, presumably for self-maintenance. In a living host, they grant a Healing Factor that can regenerate severe physical injuries, including bullets wounds and large puncture wounds. However, this is merely a beneficial side-effect of their primary mission, which is to protect Votan life from potential catastrophes. The two Kaziri are nanomachine colonies, able to merge with a host. They work in much the same way as the Ark brain nanites, but to a much more specific purpose. The EGO implant from the tie-in game use nanites. Yewll notes that soldiers were known to accidentally receive them when they were hit by fragments of the implants, which would then replicate and form new implants in the host.
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Death World
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Going running alone in the forest with your headphones in? A bit iffy. Doing that after Earth has been terraformed into a Death World? Little surprise he got eaten, although the Hellbug that did it was deliberately set on him.
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The Mutiny
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The Mutiny: The Kaziri was a Votan terraforming ship that was supposed to prepare Earth for Votan colonization. When it arrived in the Solar System it became apparent that Earth already had a primitive indigenous population (humans) living there. The ship's AI was set to go ahead with its mission which would kill off humanity. Some of the crew members opposed this, mutinied and took over the ship, causing it to crash and become buried beneath where St. Louis (and Defiance) would eventually be built.
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The Syndicate
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The Syndicate: Detak Tarr's crew seems to be the only game around in terms of criminal groups, which makes him the unchallenged kingpin within the underworld.
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He Knows Too Much
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He Knows Too Much: Connor Lang gets offed by Datak for being witness to his "negotiations" with the Irathients over the cure to the plague Defiance is suffering from. Nolan almost suffers the same fate, but was unconscious from late-stage infection and Datak decided that his death would be more difficult to explain away. Hunter Bell was killed by Nicolette because he discovered that she was really a surgically altered Indogene like Gordon McClintock. Jered the bartender was also killed as the only other witness besides Nicolette and Yewll to Bell's murder. In the second season, Irisa cannot tell Nolan what really happened to her at the end of the last season, because the technology inside her will kill him if she does. Nolan eventually forces the issue by slitting her wrist, knowing that she'll heal and thus removing her ability to deny it.
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Hostile Terraforming
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Hostile Terraforming: The series has an accidental example of this; when the Votan Ark ships were destroyed, the terraforming equipment they were carrying fell to Earth and malfunctioned, heavily altering Earth's environment (Antarctica is apparently tropical now) and creating entirely new species of hybrid animals. In the season 2 finale, the Kaziri tries to terraform the Earth into a paradise for the Votan people. That both the humans and Votans not protected with the Kaziri will be wiped out is of no consequence to it.
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Missing Mom
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Missing Mom: Mrs. McCawley is conspicuously absent. It turns out she had bipolar disorder, and when she became a threat to her own children, Rafe had her locked up, then lied and said she was dead. She's now known as Pilar McCawley, and was played by Linda Hamilton starting in season 2.
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Planet of Hats
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Planet of Hats: Each of the seven Votan races has its own theme. Irathients are warrior types, Castithans are more classy, Indogenes are scientists, Liberata are usually servants, etc. However, individuals can stand out from these generalizationsnote  For every instance of a Hat-Wearer in the pilot alone, there's another instance of someone shunning it.
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Hot-Blooded
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Hot-Blooded: Irisa is pretty volatile when she isn't being quiet and stoic, and seemingly has no in-between. Nolan as well. Irisa mentions that his hot blooded nature has ruined things for them before, and it is causing some problems in Defiance.
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Improbable Weapon User
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Improbable Weapon User: Rynn in "The Devil in the Dark" murders people by painting them as targets for Hellbugs using pheromones.
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The Promised Land
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The Promised Land: Before settling in Defiance, Nolan and Irisa were trying to make their way to Antarctica, which has apparently been terraformed into a tropical paradise. Everyone tells Nolan it's a pipe dream, and given the current state of the world that we see, it's likely that very few people have been there to confirm it. In general, however, ark hunters are trying to make enough money to get to Antarctica, if the tie-in game is to be believed. It is, however, vaguely implied in the backstory and lore (and thought by fans) to be something more sinister. Nobody can agree on what, though. Earth was supposed to be this for the Votan fleet. Unfortunately they didn't realize that Earth was already inhabited, apparently having failed to detect any traces of Human civilization. Though that might have something to do with the fact that they launched their Arks around the same time Humans were building the Pyramids and mastering the art of writing.
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Day of the Jackboot
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Day of the Jackboot: Season 2 opens with a nine-month Time Skip, during which the Earth Republic has taken complete control of Defiance.
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MacGuffin Delivery Service
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MacGuffin Delivery Service: Colonel Marsh knew exactly what Nicolette Riordan and Doc Yewll were looking for under Defiance. He waited for them to do the hard work of finding the MacGuffin and then swoops in to take it away.
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The Reveal
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The Reveal: Niles Pottinger was Amanda's rapist.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: They don't call the city "Defiance" for nothing. In addition to the incident in the backstory which helped found the city, the town remains independent despite attempts by the Earth Republic to integrate it.
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Driven to Suicide
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Driven to Suicide: Irisa tries to take her own life after she gets tired of being forced to kill. Unfortunately for her, it's rather difficult to successfully do this when your body has nanotechnology that can repair most injuries. Yewll's lover killed herself during the Pale Wars, implicitly because she couldn't stomach the experiments they were performing on humans. Zero's father hangs himself after his son is incinerated by Rahm Tak's mole.
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Parental Marriage Veto
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Parental Marriage Veto: Both Rafe McCawley and Datak Tarr separately attempt to veto Christie and Alak's relationship. Datak comes around quickly when Stahma suggests he can use it to gain control of Rafe's mines through Christie after Rafe and Quentin have an "accident" but changes his mind again after Rafe wills his mines to the Irathients in the event of his death, while Rafe comes around when he sees Alak truly loves Christie to the point where he makes sure they get their wedding in spite of Datak trying to call it off.
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Fantastic Slurs
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Fantastic Slurs: Castithans are sometimes derisively called "Haints".note A Southern US term for "ghost"; literally a "haunting spirit." The Castithan ambassador from the VC refers to Datak as a "Haint", then says it's okay when she says it.
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Disney Death
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Disney Death: Nolan is gunned down in "Everything is Broken", only for Irisa to somehow bring him back with the Kaziri.
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The Immodest Orgasm
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The Immodest Orgasm: Stahma is quite loud while having sex with the Omec, whom she is about to kill.
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The Plot Reaper
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The Plot Reaper: Gary Clancy, Defiance's Chief Lawkeeper, gets shot in the pilot so the position will be open for Nolan.
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Culture Blind
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Culture Blind: Somewhat justified as some races or individuals simply don't care to learn about other races customs.
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Culture Clash
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Culture Clash: A key part of the series are the difficult interactions between the different races. Irathients don't trust inoculations for their children, partly because they're immune to just about everything (though can still be carriers), which ended in a slaughter when Defiance was first founded.note The game reveals that they might be justified: they were literally being killed with intentionally bad inoculations before the Pale Wars started. Nolan also mistakes Irisa's visions for PTSD, though the fact that she does have issues with her past confuses the matter. Crazy Cultural Comparison: For Castithans, bath time is a family bonding ritual, and the kind of naked physical closeness they demonstrate seems almost incestuous by human standards. Bathing alone is actually considered deviant, or at least eccentric, behavior. In one scene, Datak is annoyed that Christie insists on bathing alone. Culture Blind: Somewhat justified as some races or individuals simply don't care to learn about other races customs. Castithans see nothing wrong with parents kissing their children on the lips. In the second season, when Stahma kisses Nolan, everyone instantly understands that she's basically calling him family. Christie has shown an increasingly harder time with Casti customs. When Stahma attempts the familial kiss on her, she is extremely uncomfortable and refuses. Though given that Stahma may or may not be trying to seduce her (bearing in mind that she's her daughter-in-law), a little awkwardness on her part is warranted.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: In "Ostinato in White", Kindzi uses a device to force Yewll to obey her commands. When her father gets wise of her unauthorized feeding, he decides to punish her, but not before she tells Yewll to "protect my interests at all costs" right in front of him. The end result is that she's stuck in stasis as punishment for a grand total of one episode because T'evgin is too stupid or arrogant to realize Yewll might bail her out (despite acknowledging in a previous episode that she has the necessary technical knowledge), after which he suffers the same fate. In the following episode, Nolan is undergoing some Sanity Slippage thanks to the Votan tech in his brain. As he has already demonstrated dangerously unstable behavior, Irisa gets some medicine from Yewll to alleviate the symptoms. Nolan refuses to take it, even holding a gun on Irisa to make sure she doesn't try. Rather than warn anyone that crazy Nolan is now on the loose, she says nothing to anyone. End result? Nolan shoots the representative of the Votanis Collective because in his madness he thinks she drew a weapon on him, so he and Irisa are shipped off to the Collective so the Collective doesn't destroy Defiance.
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Token Minority
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Token Minority: Despite the show being set in the (former) St. Louis (majority Black city), only a few characters are actually Black or otherwise people of color, though the Native American McCauley family were prominent (they also avert common stereotypes by being the rich owners of a mine). On the Votan side, the Sensoth race only have one character in the show, with a minor role.
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Depopulation Bomb
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Depopulation Bomb: The white and gold artifacts are revealed to be keys to an ancient Votan ship beneath Defiance. Its weapons could either purge all human life or all Votan life.
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God Is Evil
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God Is Evil: Irzu, the god of Irathients, seems like it actually just wants to cause death and destruction. Then subverted at the end of Season 2 when it's revealed that the Kaziri is just an alien ship pretending to be the god Irzu and it's not evil. It's just continuing the terraforming process it was programmed for.
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Out-of-Character Alert
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Out-of-Character Alert: Nolan is quickly clued in that something's not right when Datak acts polite and friendly when called upon at his house, given the usual antagonism between them. Pol Madis slipped a nanite into his food which allows him to induce severe pain, using it to force Datak's cooperation.
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Beware the Quiet Ones
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Beware the Quiet Ones: Tommy in "The Serpent's Egg". As in the previous episodes, he doesn't say much. But when he gets a chance, he comes out swinging and ready to the kick the shit out of Daigo.
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You Wouldn't Shoot Me
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You Wouldn't Shoot Me: In "Doll Parts", Nolan pulls this on Tommy with a side order of If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him. Tommy can't bring himself to do it, then vomits up the nanites Irisa used on him to make him protect her.
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Screw the Rules, I Make Them!
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Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Datak Tarr represents the "House" in the underground fight club in Defiance. When Nolan decides to participate for a quick buck, Datak shows some cunning and has the regular champion substituted for a Bioman, who logically no mere mortal should ever be capable of besting. When Nolan wins by hitting the Bioman's off-switch, Datak claims it's against House rules and confiscates most of his winnings (he was at least charitable enough to let Nolan walk off with a slight profit). Nolan lampshades this during their confrontation.
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Rock Beats Laser
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Rock Beats Laser: Averted. When Amanda explains an incident where the Irathients in Defiance rioted against mandatory vaccinations, she quips that they had clubs while the rest of the town had Votan blasters. Doesn't take a genius to work things out from there.
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The Nose Knows
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The Nose Knows: Castithans have a heightened sense of smell, evidently good enough that both Stahma and Alak can smell Christie's pregnancy. Christie ends up getting this as a side-effect of her pregnancy, at least enough to smell that her drink is poisoned.
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Distinction Without a Difference
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Distinction Without a Difference: When Stahma reveals that Berlin smells like Nolan in front of Tommy, he asks if the two are dating. She balks at the idea, but adds that they are having plenty of sex.
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Blofeld Ploy
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Blofeld Ploy: In "Beasts of Burden", Datak wants Alak to pick someone to die as an example to the rest, all of whom betrayed him while in prison. Alak picks himself, so Datak just slashes the throat of one of his mooks.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Nolan is frequently on the receiving end of these, not that he lets it get to him. He gets one from Berlin that's actually pretty on-the-nose, where she accuses him of actually liking the post-apocalyptic wasteland because it lets him live out his childhood cowboy fantasies. Irisa gives him a brutal one at the end of "Doll Parts", accusing him of turning her into a murderous sociopath as a child and disguising it as fatherly love. Nolan doesn't buy this one, though, since he's pretty convinced she's being coerced into saying it. Quentin gets one in "Bottom of the World." His mother does this after he crows about setting his father up, and she tells him that his daddy issues blinded him to the truth about why his father agreed to Taking the Heat. Nolan gives a subtle one right back to Berlin in the middle of his Rousing Speech as he rallies the Defiance militia against the encroaching VC while Berlin is getting ready to leave with Conrad Von Bach. He says that it's the duty of the strong to defend the weak, the ones who can't defend themselves...or can't be bothered to care (he says this while staring right at her).
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Bullying a Dragon
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Bullying a Dragon: Datak goads Nolan into a fight in "Past Is Prologue". Note that he does this after he revealed Nolan's unsavory soldier past and knows exactly how much of a badass Nolan is. Needless to say, it did not go well for Datak. In "Beasts of Burden", Josef holds Nolan at gunpoint in Rafe's house. Rafe asks Nolan not to be too rough on Josef. Before Josef can fully question why Rafe is asking such a thing, he finds himself disarmed and kissing the floor. Shigustak Kurr, a Castithan religious fundamentalist, boycotts the gambling hut because Stahma is running it, even though Stahma points out she has a loyal army of hardened criminals with which to retaliate. He sticks to his guns, so Stahma murders his wife and two other women who refused to side with her, then frames him for it.
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Reverse Mole
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Reverse Mole: the entire plot of "The Lost Ones" web series turns out to hinge on this, as Nolan gets Daigo's location from his "captor."
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Defiance was first founded, inoculations were given to everyone. The local Irathients refused as it was against their beliefs and they didn't trust the humans anyway. When the mayor at the time forcibly did so, the Irathients fought back. The survivors became Spirit Riders and the relationship between Irathients and Defiance has never been the same since. Amanda wants to make amends and avoid a repeat but most seem unwilling to forgive just yet. Something similar happens in "If I Ever Leave This World Alive". Though problem of the week in the episode resolves itself, the ramifications of the events of it are likely to be long term. "Dead Air": Amanda could have left Pottinger alive just long enough for her and Nolan to make off with the EMC weapons (some of which surely work against Biomen) before his dead-man's switch zeroed the entire place.
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Super Soldier
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Super Soldier: Biomen, complete with a number on their chest and an off-switch.
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AM/FM Characterization
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AM/FM Characterization: Our first encounter with Nolan and Irisa, the two main characters of the show, has an awkward silence broken with Nolan turning on the radio, only to hear Johnny Cash and June Carter singing 'Jackson', which, in the year 2046, is more than a bit country and old-fashioned.
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Good Girls Avoid Abortion
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Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted with Amanda, who is one of the least ambiguously good characters and had an abortion years ago. The abortion itself is treated as an understandable choice given the overall situation, but her handling of it-not even discussing it with her lover, Connor Lang, beforehand, even knowing he would have a problem with it-led to the destruction of their relationship. It's later revealed that her pregnancy was a result of her rape by a stranger, but she refused to admit this because it would have damaged her political career.
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Straight Gay
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Straight Gay: A great many characters are either bisexual or homosexual, and display no stereotypical personality traits. Of course this is the future, and many of them are aliens, so Deliberate Values Dissonance may be in play.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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"The Awakening": The Omec are awakened one by one and brought to Earth to regain their strength after their long sleep. Yewll's abductees are slowly brought out and grotesquely feasted upon by the starving Omec, a fate which nearly befalls Datak before he manages to wound one and escape. Yewll attempts to drive the wounded Omec to safety, only to run into Nolan and Amanda, who tear out her implant and free her from mind control. Yewll leads everyone back to the feeding camp and assists them in slaughtering the Omec and freeing the surviving prisoners; however, Kindzi escapes, and more Omec are on the way. Back in Defiance, Kindzi suddenly attacks Alak's house, killing Andina and prizing baby Luke out of Alak's hands while he futilely tries to resist.
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If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...
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If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: After learning of their relationship, Nolan tells Tommy that if he ever hurts Irisa, he'll get his answer to whether there is a God...in person.
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Interspecies Romance
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Interspecies Romance: Christie (Human) and Alak (Castithan) get engaged, then married. Irisa (Irathient) and Tommy (human) kick one off in "The Serpent's Egg". People also assume this is one possibility between Irisa and Nolan; given the state of relations between the different species, it's in their best interest not to correct anyone on the matter unless it's absolutely necessary. In a villainous example, Castithan Rahm Tak is married to Irathient Volubela.
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The Fair Folk
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The Fair Folk: The Omec are this to the other Votans. Stories of their interactions include Votans being taken by the Omec back to their homeworld, treated as lovers and/or pets...and then eaten when the Omec get bored with them.
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Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight
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Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: In the present, when Datak got angry at Rafe, he drew his energy blade. Rafe just lifted his jacket to reveal his pistol at the ready.
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In Love with Your Carnage
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In Love with Your Carnage: As Stahma explains to Kenya, she loves Datak because of his cruelty, because it proves his ambition.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: The above-mentioned Cool Car all but disappears in season 2 with no fanfare.
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Badass Biker
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Badass Biker: The primary mode of transportation for the Spirit Riders, and they more than qualify for the badass half when they ride through a group of Volge guns blazing.
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Crazy Cultural Comparison: For Castithans, bath time is a family bonding ritual, and the kind of naked physical closeness they demonstrate seems almost incestuous by human standards. Bathing alone is actually considered deviant, or at least eccentric, behavior. In one scene, Datak is annoyed that Christie insists on bathing alone.
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What the Hell Is That Accent?
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What the Hell Is That Accent?: With the exception of Irisa (who was raised by Nolan), the Irathient characters all speak with a vaguely Eastern European-sounding accent, in contrast to the generic American and/or Canadian accents everyone else has.
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Trigger Happy
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Trigger Happy: Nolan used to be this way, and kind of still is. It's used against him in "Past is Prologue", where Datak arranges the "assassination" of Amanda with a realistic looking paintball gun, counting on Nolan shooting first. The kid he gets to do it is killed, then Datak reveals his bloody war record to make Amanda look bad for supporting him.
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Humiliation Conga
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Humiliation Conga: "Beasts of Burden" has a band of raiders hijack a convoy which Pottinger is riding with. When he tries to resist, the leader has him strip then urinates on him to let him feel literally what he symbolically does to those below him.
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Space Elves
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Space Elves: Castithans have the aesthetic. The older Tarrs, with their slightly decadent airs and Machiavellian tendencies come across as Dark Elf types but it's unclear as to whether this is true of the race as a whole. The Irathients arguably are Wood Elf types.
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The Chosen One
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The Chosen One: Sukar believes Irisa has been chosen by the their people's god for some greater purpose. Daigo also believes she's been chosen... but to be a Dark Messiah.
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Back from the Dead
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Subverted with Sukar just won't stay dead.
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Conlang
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Conlang: Linguist David J. Peterson, who created the Dothraki language for Game of Thrones, has created full languages for the Castithans and Irathients, as well as outlines of languages for other Votans.
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Cool Car
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Cool Car: Classic cars apparently survived the wars, since Datak and some weapon smugglers from the Votanis Collective have them. Nolan also has a Dodge Charger courtesy of his Lawkeeper gig.
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Cosplay
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Cosplay: "This Woman's Work" shows that humans dressing as Votans is apparently an exotic fetish. For extra disturbing points, the two examples shown are Viceroy Mercado and Christie, with the former flirting with the latter. Then "If You Could See Her Through My Eyes" goes and tops it by showing that the really committed cosplayers go the extra mile and pay for stolen Votan organs (corneas, in this case) for that extra bit of realism.
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Space Cold War
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Space Cold War: This is happening between the Earth Republic and the Votanis Collective. Very uneasy truce? Check. Regime Change on a neutral territory? Check. Recruiting war criminals for weapons technology in the manner of Operation Paperclip? Check.
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Your Cheating Heart
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Your Cheating Heart: Rafe and Nicolette, back in the day. Stahma and Kenya in the present. Done deliberately by Deidre, who purposely slants Christie's actions as a Votan cross-dresser into something twisted so she can have Alak for herself.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: See Downer Ending above for how the first season finale qualifies. In the second season finale, Tommy dies from his wounds, leaving Berlin distraught and putting away as much alcohol as she can manage. New York is destroyed by ark terraforming technology, which could be a huge destabilizing factor for the E-Rep. Several other cities are also destroyed, including at least one in the Votanis Collective. The technology is stopped by pointing it into space, destroying the remaining ark fragments. Finally, Nolan and Irisa are frozen inside one of the Kaziri's pods, along with all the others Irisa podded up while she was being controlled by it. The third season opener continues the downward spiral. The destruction of New York has made the E-Rep pull out of Defiance, and the collapse of the mines has struck the town with a worse blow due to the lack of jobs and fuel. Just as Amanda decides to shut down the town's force field protection to conserve energy, a band of Votanis Collective soldiers led by General Rahm Tak go on the warpath with the intent of killing every human in the town. The Votan cross paths with the Mc Cawleys, sans Pilar and Alak, and we get to see just how much of a monster Rahm Tak is when he executes Quinton with Rafe watching captive. Rafe breaks free and makes an attempt to reach Christie and her baby, only to be gunned down. And then Rahm Tak gets pissed over the fact that Christie knows his language, and he forces Stahma to choose between watching Datak die or slitting Christie's throat — she picks the latter. In one fell swoop, the entire Mc Cawley clan is wiped out. Pilar later runs off with the child, abandoning Alak to be picked up by Rahm's men and used as leverage, which forces Datak and Stahma to work as spies in Defiance. And to top it all off, the ending shot shows us that there is a huge fleet of Omec hovering in hypersleep just outside Earth's orbit. "Broken Boughs": Nolan and Irisa run into Pilar and rescue the child from her. Upon returning to Defiance, they learn of Rafe's, Christie's, and Quentin's deaths, and they are sent to Rahm Tak's camp to scout out the opposition Defiance is facing. The operation goes awry when Pilar ambushes Nolan, leading to him shooting and potentially killing her (though he acknowledges later that he Never Found the Body ). In the chaos, Irisa gets the drop on Rahm Tak, but cannot bear to kill him and instead knocks him out cold. Back at Defiance, Datak and Stahma plant metal-eating maggots in the town armory, destroying every gun stored within and leaving the town all but defenseless against Rahm Tak's invasion. However, the humiliated Rahm Tak decides to issue a new order to weaken the populace's morale: the Tarrs have to blow up the St. Louis Arch. "Dead Air": the St. Louis Arch, Defiance's most recognizable landmark and an icon of the show, is destroyed by a bomb planted by the Tarrs at Rahm Tak's behest. Rahm Tak, or rather a hologram message from him, shows up immediately afterward to announce his upcoming invasion of Defiance. Nolan leaves Irisa in Defiance, no longer confident in her resolve, while he and Amanda follow a lead on a massive stock of abandoned E-Rep weapons. At the bunker complex where the weapons are stored, they reunite with Pottinger, who hasn't been seen since Season 2. The man has undergone some Sanity Slippage, and he attempts to seduce Amanda into staying with him forever while Nolan is beaten and dragged off by biomen. While Nolan escapes his confines with the help of a former veterinarian, who tells him that Pottinger murdered several E-Rep officials and currently has himself wired to a destructive bomb, Amanda manages to steal Pottinger's gun, forcing him to unlock a mysterious padlocked door leading to some kind of VR viewing room. It turns out that Pottinger has taped every one of his sexual encounters, including Amanda's, and that he also has apparent replicas of the mask and flashlight Amanda's rapist used. Amanda puts two and two together: Pottinger was the rapist the whole time. She attempts to force him to admit it by shooting all of his limbs, but when he refuses, he is shot in the heart and Killed Off for Real. The bomb detonates, creating a black hole that sucks up all of the weapons and supplies, once again leaving Defiance hopeless. As if things couldn't get any worse, the episode closes with Nolan and Irisa simultaneously experiencing violent seizures somehow linked to the scars from the Kaziri pods that kept them safe, and while Nolan at least has the veterinarian to help, Irisa is left for dead by Berlin. Season 3 is shaping up to be the show's Wham Season. "My Name is Datak Tarr And I Have Come to Kill You": Lieutenant Bebe assumes a human guise and infiltrates Defiance as they are rallying to fight back against Rahm Tak. Bebe stages an attack on the Need/Want that ends with every hostage inside massacred, earning Nolan's trust by taking out some of the attackers. Nolan puts him in a rough second-in-command position on the strike force and takes everyone to investigate the tunnel through which the attackers have entered, only for Bebe to suddenly reveal himself, shoot Alak, stab Irisa, subdue Nolan in an extended fight, and blow up the entire task force — including Zero, a child — with an incendiary grenade. Bebe is killed by the recovered Irisa, but only she, Nolan, and the crippled Alak comprise the town's resistance. Yewll comes up with the idea to overload the town's stasis nets and vaporize Rahm Tak's camp just outside, but it will require someone to sacrifice themselves to carry the beacon that directs the energy into the camp. Datak is chosen and cut down from the shaming rack just before death, and after seeing Alak recovering in the hospital and being told of the damage if Rahm Tak enters the town, he accepts. The beacon is buried in his arm and he makes it out to the VC camp. Rahm Tak lets him in out of curiosity, and Datak bluffs for time by claiming that he wants to join the VC. To prove his loyalty and avoid his imminent death, he saws off the arm containing the beacon, then runs for his life with seconds to spare. Rahm Tak and his men are vaporized by the detonation, and Datak is left barely alive outside of the town. "When Twilight Dims the Skies Above": A delusional Nolan kills the Vice-Chancellor of the Votanis Collective, who had come to town to talk peace, forcing Amanda to turn him over to the VC for punishment. Meanwhile, Kindzi usurps control of the Arkship from T'evgin and prepares to start the Dread Harvest. And Datak's back, with a bionic arm and a desire for vengeance. "Of A Demon In My View": Nolan is kidnapped by Kindzi, who wipes out the VC convoy in the process, and has his Arktech removed from his brain the process. Yewll knocks Datak unconscious with a syringe, and he's later shown waking up in cages with several others who have been abducted. While Nolan escapes with Irisa's help, the weakened T'evgin tries to fight Kindzi, and ends up overpowering her. However, she makes a false promise to force him to let her go, and she proceeds to stab him in the neck, which winds up killing him. Distraught, she performs a ritual to honor his death, ending with her eating his heart and absorbing his practically godlike power. She then travels up to the ship and awakens the Omec, calling for the Dread Harvest to finally commence. "The Awakening": The Omec are awakened one by one and brought to Earth to regain their strength after their long sleep. Yewll's abductees are slowly brought out and grotesquely feasted upon by the starving Omec, a fate which nearly befalls Datak before he manages to wound one and escape. Yewll attempts to drive the wounded Omec to safety, only to run into Nolan and Amanda, who tear out her implant and free her from mind control. Yewll leads everyone back to the feeding camp and assists them in slaughtering the Omec and freeing the surviving prisoners; however, Kindzi escapes, and more Omec are on the way. Back in Defiance, Kindzi suddenly attacks Alak's house, killing Andina and prizing baby Luke out of Alak's hands while he futilely tries to resist.
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Asshole Victim: Even before being introduced, Kenya's former husband Hunter Bell certainly doesn't seem like the nicest guy. When it's revealed he was an abusive spouse and Datak's predecessor (of sorts), Nolan isn't terribly interested in finding his murderer, convinced that he had it coming. While the characters in-universe may have differing opinions, no viewer is going to feel sorry for Nicolette Riordan. Deidre Lamb was a manipulative bitch who tried to ruin a married couple and steal the husband (who she was planning on blackmailing into going along with it). When Christie throws her off the arch after she tries to poison Christie's unborn baby very few people care (just Amanda and her co-workers, really).
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Lethally Stupid
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Lethally Stupid: Josef, Rafe's godson, tries to start an insurrection against E-Rep but he just ends up getting a bunch of people killed, including two of his friends. He also massively pisses off Pottinger and them dumps the entire mess on Rafe's doorstep when Rafe is already under close E-Rep scrutiny. Rafe and Nolan take a great risk to keep him out of E-Rep's hands and get him out of town but he instead makes things worse by kidnapping Berlin. In the end Rafe shoots Josef dead to protect everyone involved from the consequences of Josef's actions. Even this is not enough and Pottinger punishes Rafe for what happened.
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Apocalypse Maiden
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Apocalypse Maiden: Irisa. As a child, her parents were part of a religious cult that surgically implanted her with one of two keys to a sentient genocidal alien spaceship. By the end of season one, she has acquired the other key, and the ship pretends to be Irzu, an alien god, in order to make a deal with her and trick her into becoming the angel of death. Season 2 ends with her gaining access to orbital superweapons and destroying major cities.
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Major Injury Underreaction
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Major Injury Underreaction: In "A Well Respected Man", Miko finds himself with a slashed jugular courtesy of a beaker upside the head from Kenya. His last words are "I'm gonna kill Ulysses." in a perfectly calm voice. Might have something to do with the drugs he was on.
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Back for the Finale
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Back for the Finale: Rynn returns in the last scene of the penultimate season 1 episode, and plays a role in the season finale.
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Phlebotinum Breakdown
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Phlebotinum Breakdown: In "Put the Damage On", Amanda, Pottinger, and Yewll are infected with malfunctioning EGO devices. While the ones in the game may be entirely helpful, broken ones torment the host with traumatic visions before eventually killing them.
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Bare Your Midriff
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Bare Your Midriff: In "The Devil In The Dark", Irisa does this while practicing martial arts. Her regular outfit does this to a lesser extent.
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Not Me This Time
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Not Me This Time: In "A Well Respected Man", Amanda and Nolan confront Datak suspecting him of abducting Kenya. Datak denies it, as it was apparently too subtle. For bonus points, he practically confesses to the murder of Elah Bandik. He gets it again in "If You Could See Her Through My Eyes", Stahma thinks Datak paid Favi Kurr to boycott Stahma's businesses. He however points out Favi Kurr is far too noble to be bribed, and he wasn't involved in this. The entire Tarr family gets this in "Doll Parts", with all three assuming one of them must have been responsible for Deidre Lamb's murder. Both Datak and Stahma end up agreeing that Alak wouldn't have the guts to do it, and Stahma bursts out laughing when she realizes it was Christie.
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Pardon My Klingon: Humans and aliens alike use the term "shtako" liberally, as something of a universal swear word (and not just the "shit" it clearly is meant to translate as - for example, in the pilot, Datak at one point yells, "You shtako coward!") Datak uses the word "shtek"; it probably translates to something like "SOB". "Gwoke" has also appeared as a Castithan swear word; considering Datak's temper at the time, it probably goes past 'shit' all the way to the F-Bomb on the swear scale. "Chup" is a word for "shag", but it's unknown which species's language gave rise to this. Also, humorously, most of the swearing on the show comes from Datak. Alak uses the phrase "Holy shtako!" at one point, and at another he uses "shtako from shinola", which implies a fair amount of language drift (both human and alien alike) due him being essentially a 2nd generation immigrant. In "Doll Parts", Tommy actually says "Holy Shit", showing that classic human swears are still used. According to background material, most of the common Votan swear words are Liberata in origin.
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You Have to Have Jews
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You Have to Have Jews: Cai is an Irathian Jew. He was orphaned as a baby and raised by a human Jewish couple. He works as a lawyer.
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Cut Himself Shaving
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Cut Himself Shaving: In a flashback, Kenya uses an excuse like this for the latest sign of abuse from Hunter Bell. Amanda, naturally, isn't buying it.
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Proud Warrior Race
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Proud Warrior Race: Irathients. Not too proud, though: many of the ones we see in the pilot are bandits or scavengers. At least in context of the show, it's justified since the local Irathient population is extremely small. Other than the small group of citizens, the only ones around are the Spirit Riders, who used to be locals until a forced inoculation caused them to revolt. Castithans have shades of this, as well, what with their custom of public torture for cowardice on the battlefield and fondness for bladed weapons.
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As You Know
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As You Know: At the beginning of "Goodbye Blue Sky," Nolan radios back to Defiance about the approaching Razor Rain storm...and proceeds to explain exactly what Razor Rain is, just in case anyone who's grown up in this post-apocalyptic world just happened to forget what it was...
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Long-Haired Pretty Boy
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The Castithans are an albino race of white-haired beings who are the most human-looking and among the more attractive of the Votans. The males also wear their hair long.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: Rafe and Datak really aren't all that different. Rafe just knows when to control his temper. Nolan and Yewll actually have a lot in common, both trying to do better after a life of sins they'd rather forget. Nolan and Pottinger are both cocky, clever charmers who act like tough guys to hide their vulnerabilities. Pottinger is just a little slimier and more petty. Nolan and the Votanis Collective agent have this in "Slouching Towards Bethlehem". The latter even thinks they could have been good friends if they weren't on opposite sides. Nolan won't go that far, but admits he wouldn't mind him as a drinking buddy.
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Cyborg
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Cyborg: It's apparently commonplace for the Indogene to have some sort of cyberization, though they're not immediately obvious. To go with that theme, their skin even has hexagonal 'scales' rather than more organic shapes. It's revealed in the third season that the Omec engineered them. Biomen are another example, though they lean more heavily to the machine side of things.
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More Teeth than the Osmond Family
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More Teeth than the Osmond Family/Lamprey Mouth: Hellbugs, which don't have a face so much as one giant circular mouth.
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Character Blog
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Character Blog: There seems to be twitter accounts for many characters including relatively minor ones like Sukar. Also a tumblr called "Defiance News" that posts canon backstories and "news accounts" or journal entries describing the Pale Wars.
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Appeal to Tradition
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Appeal to Tradition: Datak tried this with Alak in "The Bride Wore Black" by telling him how Alak's grandfather stayed on their homeworld to ensure the scrolls in the holy temple were still taken care of because the man made a promise to Alak's great-grandfather. The moral of the story being to honor the elder's wants and promises to the elder. This is his reason for expecting Alak to follow his order about canceling the wedding. However, Alak sees it as a Senseless Sacrifice and points out how he isn't like his father. He may be Castithan of blood, but Earth is his home, not that dead world his parents grew up on.
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Stranger in a Familiar Land
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Stranger in a Familiar Land: It's implied at the end of the pilot (and confirmed in the next) that Nolan was from St. Louis before it became Defiance. Confirmed in the second episode of the first season, "Down in the Ground Where Dead Men Go," when Nolan and Rafe talk about the park they're taking a break next to in Old St. Louis, with Rafe mentioning a restaurant that used to be there, and Nolan saying, "Sounds about right."
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Space Western
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Space Western: Well, "future terraformed Earth" Western. Nolan's the sheriff. The NeedWant is the saloon/gaming hall/brothel. The Irathients are Indians. There's a bit of irony in that one tribe was forced off their land, which ended up in the hands of Rafe McCawley, a human of actual native American ancestry. Landcoaches are stagecoaches. The E-Rep is the post-Civil War United States "back East," building a new transcontinental railroad.
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Clean Food, Poisoned Fork
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Clean Food, Poisoned Fork: Stahma offers Kenya a drink from her flask when she is threatening to tell everyone about them sleeping together. Kenya is smart enough to realise that it may be poisoned and doesn't take a drink. Unfortunately, the outside of the flask was coated in poison.
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Mixed Ancestry
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Mixed Ancestry: Although not highlighted in the show, it's revealed that the McCawley children's mom (who's still alive, contrary to what they believed) is white (played by Linda Hamilton), while their father Rafe is an indigenous American. Given that her first name is Pilar, it's possible she's a white Latina. The three children are played by a Latina and two indigenous actors, but their appearance makes this plausible.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: In a subtle example, the jogger from "The Devil In The Dark" is seen wiping at his red running shoes just before he's attacked in the woods. Presumably they're a bit damp from the hellbug pheromones that Rynn applied to them. Quentin seeing Luke and carrying a conversation with him, despite his brother being dead. Suddenly, Sukar and Irisa seeing their 'god' isn't coming out of left field.
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Continuity Nod
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Continuity Nod: In "The Bride Wore Black", just before Datak storms in to his house completely pissed off, we see Stahma writing in a journal to which she quickly and almost embarrassingly covers up when Datak arrives — the poetry writing Kenya convinced her to take up again.
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Our Vampires Are Different
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Our Vampires Are Different: Season 3 introduces the Omec, another Votan race that evolved earlier than the others and enslaved them. They have fangs which they use to feed on other races.
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Sibling Triangle
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Sibling Triangle: Kenya/Nolan/Amanda.
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Dumb Muscle
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Dumb Muscle: Biomen are extremely tough, but not very bright. When Ulysses is trying to keep a low profile while rounding up victims to be drained of adrenaline, he kidnaps Kenya Rosewater—who, in addition to being one of the most important women in town in her own right, is also the mayor's sister and the lawkeeper's girlfriend. In his defense, though, she had caught him red-handed and letting her report him would have been equally bad. The second season shows that this isn't typical, however, as Pottinger's Bioman assistant is at the very least reasonably well-educated.
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: Alak's Blue Devil cook, Skevur, gets beaten so badly for disrespecting him that one of his eyes is hanging out of its socket when he comes to beg pardon. "If You Could See Her Through My Eyes" is just all over this trope. Jalina gets her eyes taken by a back alley doctor, Rynn loses one of hers to the same, and Datak uses his fingers to gouge the man's eyes out when he catches him.
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Half-Human Hybrid
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Half-Human Hybrid: Implied in the pilot. When Nolan claims to be Irisa's father, it's quickly pointed out that she's a pure-blooded Irathient, which suggests it isn't unheard of. In "The Bride Wore Black", it's outright stated that Alak and Christie expect to produce a child eventually. The two conceive a child by "The Cord and the Ax", set nine months later, though Christie can't be more than a few weeks along at that point. The Inside Defiance extra for "The Bride Wore Black" on the Syfy website says that pregnancies in such cases carry a great deal of risk for both mother and child. It lampshades the fact that this should only be possible with some kind of common ancestry, and says the issue hasn't been properly studied due to a general lack of medical research in 2046. Common ancestry is not surprising, given how much they all resemble each other.
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More Deadly Than the Male
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More Deadly Than the Male: Castithan culture is heavily misogynistic, with women expected to serve their husbands quietly and loyally while the men run the business and settle blood debts. But there is an unspoken rule: when the men can't or won't do it, the woman steps in and handles it behind the scenes. Stahma apparently tossed her fiance out an airlock to be with Datak, and Christie killed Deidre Lamb when she kept trying to get between her and Alak, including threatening their baby.
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Contemptible Cover
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Contemptible Cover: The cover for Amazing Goddess of the Badlands, an in-universe novel about Irisa, depicts a rather underdressed Irisa on the cover.
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Did You Actually Believe...?
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Did You Actually Believe...?: ...That Stahma Tarr was really in love with Kenya and finding solace with her from her own abusive marriage? It does seem like she had feelings for Kenya but not in the way a human would define "feelings". Colonel Marsh also gives Datak this treatment for thinking he and the Earth Republic would be equal partners.
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Polyamory
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Polyamory: It's culturally accepted, at least among some humans. The Earth Republic ambassador has two husbands whom she intended to kill off in her plot to bankrupt Defiance, and Nolan and Amanda have a discussion on the potential benefits of group marriage (which might have been her way of suggesting that she was interested in him, despite his sleeping with her sister). Stahma mentions that her husband frequently visits the NeedWant, and doesn't seem to care. On the other hand, when Stahma visits the NeedWant (initially to get Alak a human prostitute so that he doesn't embarrass himself on his wedding night with Christie) and subsequently ends up in bed with Kenya, she warns that they have to keep their relationship a secret lest Datak kill them both.
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Healing Factor
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Ark brains have them as part of their design, presumably for self-maintenance. In a living host, they grant a Healing Factor that can regenerate severe physical injuries, including bullets wounds and large puncture wounds. However, this is merely a beneficial side-effect of their primary mission, which is to protect Votan life from potential catastrophes.
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Ascended Extra
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Ascended Extra: Sukar. Although intended as a one off character, he was given a more prominent role because the creators were impressed by the contributions that Noah Danby made, behind the scenes, in defining the Irathient race. And then happens to Sukar again as he was also then suppose to die during season one but Noah's performance impressed so much that the character lived.
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General Ripper
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The third season opener continues the downward spiral. The destruction of New York has made the E-Rep pull out of Defiance, and the collapse of the mines has struck the town with a worse blow due to the lack of jobs and fuel. Just as Amanda decides to shut down the town's force field protection to conserve energy, a band of Votanis Collective soldiers led by General Rahm Tak go on the warpath with the intent of killing every human in the town. The Votan cross paths with the Mc Cawleys, sans Pilar and Alak, and we get to see just how much of a monster Rahm Tak is when he executes Quinton with Rafe watching captive. Rafe breaks free and makes an attempt to reach Christie and her baby, only to be gunned down. And then Rahm Tak gets pissed over the fact that Christie knows his language, and he forces Stahma to choose between watching Datak die or slitting Christie's throat — she picks the latter. In one fell swoop, the entire Mc Cawley clan is wiped out. Pilar later runs off with the child, abandoning Alak to be picked up by Rahm's men and used as leverage, which forces Datak and Stahma to work as spies in Defiance. And to top it all off, the ending shot shows us that there is a huge fleet of Omec hovering in hypersleep just outside Earth's orbit.
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Hollywood Tactics: The Volge in the pilot. Faced with a broad flat valley floor with overlooking cliff faces on both flanks as the only way into town, the Volge politely march up the middle where they are then ambushed. Did their only scout get bored after being seen early in the same episode attacking Spirt Riders? Were they on a time budget? Can they only climb cliff faces while under fire? That said, it's suggested and implied that the pass is the only safe and reliable way into the city which is why the stasis field was more than enough to defend the town from outsiders. And being an army of machines with spiderbots among them, trekking through mountains might not have been logistically possible. Possibly justified since Nicollete's original plan was apparently for the Volge to have the element of surprise. If the people of Defiance hadn't known the attack was coming the Volge would have been on top of them before they could organize a defense. And in all fairness, the Volge attack probably would have succeeded anyway if it hadn't been for Nolan giving them the Core to create a jury-rigged bomb. The spray and pray firing tactics of most of the defenders also fits nicely into this category although this could be explained away mostly that this is a more of a town militia and less of a defending army. People who have fired a gun before however, especially a trained soldier like Nolan or a crime boss like Datak, have no excuse.
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Walking up to a cliff overlooking fantastic molten lava, about to throw in a MacGuffin for the greater good, but then experiencing great temptation.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: The Earth Republic ambassador hatches a scheme to steal Defiance's deposit for a railroad, then gets released by her people after she's foiled by Nolan and Amanda. Subverted in season 2 when she gets killed off rather unexpectedly in the very mine she tried to acquire for the Earth Republic in season one.
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Fittingly played straight by the Earth Republic soldiers in the episode "Everything is Broken". Nolan and Irisa even take advantage of this and kill quite a few of them. Although this trope is immediately subverted after Black Jonah shoots Nolan.
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Bathtub Scene
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Bathtub Scene: Castithans traditionally practice communal bathing, so there are many scenes of the Tarr family in their indoor bathing pool (along with some Human guests at times, though Christie is uncomfortable with the idea and thus declines, to Datak's disapproval).
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Super Strength
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Super Strength: The Omec have this, capable of sending people flying in melee and tearing their way out of buildings.
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Warrior Monk
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Warrior Monk: Sukar, leader of the Spirit Riders, is something like this. Though a scavenger and a rebel, he is also deeply religious and guides Irisa on a spiritual rite, as seen in "The Devil in the Dark".
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Rousing Speech
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Rousing Speech: Amanda gives one in the pilot to convince the town to stay and fight the Volge. Nolan gives one in "The Beauty Of Our Weapons", to encourage the faltering citizens of Defiance to stand and face Rahm Tak's pending invasion.
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Closer to Earth
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Closer to Earth: Stahma to Datak. Almost literal in fact, since most of the time she's trying to curb Datak's sheer irritation at others for acting non-Castithan and his expectation that people will automatically respect him due to his caste. Datak even expects this from Humans, apparently forgetting whose homeworld he currently resides on.
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Soundtrack Dissonance
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Soundtrack Dissonance: The opening scene of "The Devil In The Dark" has a guy jogging in the woods, listening to nice classical music, all while a Hellbug is crawling through the greenery around him unseen. Only when it actually attacks does the music shift to something appropriately dark and foreboding, at which point it is, of course, too late.
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All the season one episodes after the pilot are named after pop cultural references: songs, albums, movies, a Star Trek episode name, and so forth.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: The Defiance armory is almost totally wrecked on the eve of Rahm Tak's planned attack on the city, thanks to shrill (which explode after a certain time) placed in there by Datak.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Doc Yewll
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Town with a Dark Secret
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Town with a Dark Secret: There's something buried beneath Defiance which can supposedly change the world, and interested parties want the town either evacuated or razed so they can find it. One of the tunnels has a bunch of cave paintings depicting an artifact Luke had discovered in the same area, and Quentin's historical research seems to suggest that Votan involvement may stretch back further than anyone knows.
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: Stahma provides most of this for the series. Frequently she's seen wearing very little in the communal bathing pool, or during sex scenes.
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For: A non-magical version for Datak Tarr. He accepted E-Rep's help in his campaign for mayor, which symbolized his ultimate goal of achieving respectability and recognition. It bites him when on the night of his mayoral victory, E-Rep takes over Defiance, making Datak look like the mere puppet he is and costing him everything he's worked for.
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Abusive Parents
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Abusive Parents: Irisa implies this of her biological parents, saying that Nolan saved her by killing them, and that (at the time) she couldn't do it herself. We later find out that her parents were members of a Votan cult that performed unnecessary surgery on her with the intent that she would bring about the end of the world. However, before they could finish the ritual, Nolan and his squad broke in, killing the majority of the cultists, including Irisa's parents.
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I Did What I Had to Do
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I Did What I Had to Do: This is Amanda's reasoning for allowing the Castithans to publicly torture a man for cowardice. Previous attempts to force the Votan races to abandon parts of their cultural heritage resulted in the deaths of the majority of their Irathient citizens. Datak also uses this excuse, citing that his actions as a mafioso are to ensure that his son has a good life without having to do these things. Rafe rationalizes sending away his crazy wife to protect his children as this, since she tried to kill them all with rat poison. Amusingly, when Pilar shows up, she admits he did the right thing.
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Terraforming
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Terraforming: The Votan Arks contained terraforming technology, which was accidentally released when they all mysteriously exploded during the Pale Wars. Hence why Earth has become something of a Death World as a result. The Kaziri was sent ahead of the Ark fleet to arrive 3000 years before and prepare the planet for the Votans. They were expecting a barren planet rather than a world that not only had life but sapient life.
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Loophole Abuse
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Loophole Abuse: To get the mines away from Rafe, Datak and Colonel Marsh plan on using a very liberal interpretation of some of Defiance's laws to invalidate the will and have Datak claim them as Defiance's property.
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DoctorJerk
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Doctor Jerk: Dr. Yewll is extremely good at what she does, but she does not brook any kind of resistance to her orders, and has no problem speaking her mind and calling people idiots.
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Convenient Coma
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Convenient Coma: Mayor Amanda's traitorous assistant falls into a coma shortly after he's caught, staying conscious just long enough to indicate a larger conspiracy but not to name names.
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No OSHA Compliance
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No OSHA Compliance: Despite the fact that Alak has a day job up there and his family alone would be able to at least fix the observation deck, the interior of the Arch has massive gaping holes in it.
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Everyone Has Standards
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Everyone Has Standards: Defiance was named for the Battle of Defiance, which occurred in the San Francisco Bay area, when soldiers on both sides called a cease-fire to rescue children trapped inside a building, ignoring the orders of their superiors to keep fighting. That one incident eventually led to peace when news of it spread. Nolan, one of the Defiant Few (the soldiers who participated in that battle), is not especially impressed when he's told that the town is named after the battle, pointing out that pretty much everything is. The Spirit Riders are another example. On one hand, they come into conflict with Nolan and Irisa over some salvage. On the other hand, they also help defend Defiance against the Volge after being convinced by Irisa. Several of their own were also killed by these particular Volge not long before, which probably aided their decision. Datak is a power hungry, manipulative crime lord, but he's still disgusted by Madis. He also supports Amanda in what seemed to be a hopeless defense of the town against the Volge, promising to forgive the debt of anyone who chooses to fight. He could have easily tried to pack up and leave with his family and servants. Indeed, during the battle, he does not hide behind others and does his share of the fighting, calling another Castithan a "shtako coward" for running away.
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Everybody Has Lots of Sex
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Everybody Has Lots of Sex: There is a lot of sex in the series. Many characters get laid at least once on-screen (not all that explicitly). There's a lot of diversity as well-at least three of them are bisexual, there's also an alien lesbian couple, a polygamous human woman, and various interspecies pairings (both human/alien plus also some alien/alien).
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live: Going running alone in the forest with your headphones in? A bit iffy. Doing that after Earth has been terraformed into a Death World? Little surprise he got eaten, although the Hellbug that did it was deliberately set on him. Alak's friend for agreeing to carry out a plan to shoot Amanda at the debate with a realistic-looking paintball sniper rifle. Alak himself counts for not realizing how utterly idiotic this is. Rafe's godson is... not exactly a paragon of foresight and good decision-making. Pilar demonstrates why you should Never Bring A Kife To A Gun Fight. She may have survived the resulting chest shot, but that's good luck on her part.
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The Ace
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The Ace: Joshua Nolan, through and through. Accomplished fighter, war hero, scavenger, survivor, marksman, and leader. He's completely unflappable, never once panicking even when surrounded by giant mutant bug-wolf-things while out of ammo. And as if all that's not enough, he's also a loving father and role model. But he's not a good guy. Just a decent one.
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Caught Up in the Rapture
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Caught Up in the Rapture: The Kaziri's plot is a technological variation of this. The people Irisa has been infecting are stored within the Kaziri, protected while terraforming technology wipes the Earth clean. Nolan actually refers to it as a "Votan Rapture", explaining the comparison to Tommy.
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Omnidisciplinary Scientist
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Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Dr. Yewll is not only a physician, but also a skilled engineer. Then again, this is her species' hat. "Brothers in Arms" would seem to imply she switched majors, so to speak, after indulging in less savory scientific endeavors during the war.
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Free-Love Future
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Free-Love Future: Countless characters are in same-sex relationships, polyamorous relationships, or otherwise have lots of sex, and nobody bats an eye. Castithans don't even mind adulterous relationships, as long as it's men having them.
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Love Triangle
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Love Triangle: Between Amanda, Nolan, and Pottinger in the second season. Nolan even lampshades this by saying that he imagines high school, had he not joined the war before that, probably would have been similar. There's also one between Irisa, Tommy, and Berlin. Berlin seems a little jealous but accepts that Tommy wants nothing to do with her, while Irisa just doesn't talk about it even to Berlin.
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Sentient Phlebotinum
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Sentient Phlebotinum: The Kaziri artifact, although not directly. Rather, it manifests to certain individuals as something they can relate to (so far manifesting as the late Lucas McCawley to his brother Quentin, and showing up as Irzu (and possibly Sukar) to Irisa).
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Color Motif
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Color Motif: Practically everything the Tarrs have is a flawless perfect white. Even the interior and exteriors of their house, which is impressive considering the ragtag state of the world.
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Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid
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Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Votanis Collective General Rahm Tak, a Castithan, is married to Volubela, an Irathient, and they have (so-far-unseen) children.
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Fiery Redhead
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Fiery Redhead: The Irathients are a whole race of them. Every time Irisa does something typical of a Fiery Redhead, like stabbing Sukar, Sukar says this proves that she is a true Irathient.
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It's All About Me
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It's All About Me: Datak in a nutshell.
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Child by Rape
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Child by Rape: Amanda turns out to have been raped in the past, leading to a pregnancy that she terminated.
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I Shall Taunt You
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I Shall Taunt You: Nolan does this to Sukar in "Doll Parts", as he needs a distraction so Tommy can set off some EMP bombs while everyone is watching the fight.
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Putting on the Reich
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Putting on the Reich: The Earth Republic uses a bizarre mixture of clothing styles - Berlin is first seen wearing a peaked Commissar Cap, and Pottinger is seen wearing a Roman-style cuirass - though they lean towards blue/black USA dress uniforms and use equipment largely made by NATO countries. Votanis Collective troopers on the other hand make use of Warsaw Pact gear and scaled Mongolian-esque armor.
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Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal
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Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Olfin's surviving husband leaves her at the end of "The Serpent's Egg" after he learned she set up the hijacking and planned on killing him as part of the ruse.
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Strawman Has a Point
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Nolan is frequently on the receiving end of these, not that he lets it get to him. He gets one from Berlin that's actually pretty on-the-nose, where she accuses him of actually liking the post-apocalyptic wasteland because it lets him live out his childhood cowboy fantasies. Irisa gives him a brutal one at the end of "Doll Parts", accusing him of turning her into a murderous sociopath as a child and disguising it as fatherly love. Nolan doesn't buy this one, though, since he's pretty convinced she's being coerced into saying it.
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Disaster Scavengers
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Disaster Scavengers: A common profession among nomads is "ark hunting", which involves scavenging technology from pieces of the arks which crash into Earth every so often. The remains of the alien arks in orbit are extremely valuable and useful for a large variety of reasons, and everyone wants a piece. Players in the tie-in game are all ark hunters as are Irisa and Nolan before settling in Defiance. Amanda and her mother were more general scavengers during the war.
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You Gotta Have Blue Hair
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You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Castithans are an albino race of white-haired beings who are the most human-looking and among the more attractive of the Votans. The males also wear their hair long. Subverted by Alak and some other Castithan teens, who dye their white hair partially or wholly in human hair-colors. Doing so, Alak invoke this for their own race as human hair colors to them would be like blue hair to us. Irathients all have fiery red hair. The handful of other races we've seen either have no hair or typical human colors. The Omec have a silvery white hair color.
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Big Applesauce
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Big Applesauce: New York is the capital of the Earth Republic. When a genocidal AI gets access to superweapons, guess which city gets to feel the bite first.
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Anti Hero
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Eddie comments suggest that Nolan did some dark things as well. "No Man" shows that in his younger days he participated in a massacre that saw almost two hundred civilians, Votani and human, gunned down, and even boasted aggressively about killing a child at his own court-martial. Anti Hero he may be, but when you consider what a monster he was back then... Amanda even says, when she hears about this, that that's who he was, not who he is.
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Happily Married
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Happily Married: Datak and Stahma. For all their Machiavellian pretensions, they are clearly very much in love with one another.
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Uncoffee
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Uncoffee: Tang Bark Tea, which is described as "almost like coffee."
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Cannibalism Superpower
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Cannibalism Superpower: Omec gain strength from feeding on the other races. Kindzi implicitly gains her father's considerable strength by devouring his heart after killing him.
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Evil Gloating
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Evil Gloating: Pol Madis would have likely lived to see that nice mansion and pool given to him by the Earth Republic if he hadn't gloated to "No Man" Nolan. Ditto for Daigo telling an already pissed-off Nolan what he wants to do with Irisa. Nolan has no problem killing him in front of the guy's wife.
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Good Cop/Bad Cop
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Good Cop/Bad Cop: Lampshaded in "A Well Respected Man". When Datak takes Nolan to a potential informant, Nolan quickly recognizes that Datak has already intimidated the man into staying quiet so Datak could play the good cop to Nolan's bad. Datak counters than he never intended to be the good cop at all, then lets the informant speak. Nevertheless, after Nolan figures out the setup, Datak makes his one liner before putting on his sunglasses and walking off. Yeah. He went there. Tommy and Irisa have developed into this in "The Bride Wore Black." When standing outside a suspect's locked home, Tommy notes they need to get a warrant. Irisa just breaks the window and unlocks the door.
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A Nazi by Any Other Name
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A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Earth Republic, which in Season 2 is directly compared to the Nazis.
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Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male
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Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. It is taken very seriously when Nolan is raped by Kindzi. It's true Kindzi's female and pretty, but she's also much stronger than a human, a murderer dozens of times over, armed, and she sets new records in Ax-Crazy. When she took Nolan from the VC caravan by slaughtering them, restrained him, and described her intentions to make him her 'pet,' then had forced herself on him, no part of the situation was treated as a minor thing due to Nolan being male.
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Alien Blood
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Alien Blood: Castithan blood is Pepto-Bismo pink, and Indogenes have silver blood with blue organs and flesh. The other alien species avert this by having red blood.
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Needle in a Stack of Needles
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Needle in a Stack of Needles: In "Painted From Memory", Datak and Stahma are headed to dig up a body Stahma buried. Stahma tells Datak that she marked the grave with a small patch of flowers. Failing to consider that it's been nearly a year since then, they find that the small patch has since spread over an entire field. They found the grave eventually, but they were digging well into the night.
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Break His Heart to Save Him
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Break His Heart to Save Him: Irisa seems to be trying this in "Doll Parts". She brings up all his past sins in an attempt to drive him off, but Nolan emphatically believes she's being coerced into doing so by the Kaziri. Since she's adamant that not killing him is part of her deal with Irzu, he's probably right.
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Share the Male Pain
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Share the Male Pain: While Nolan's attempt to Groin Attack a Bioman backfired, everyone in the audience was nonetheless momentarily quieted by it. The Lawkeepers find a dismembered corpse that they cannot identify the gender of. Tommy and Nolan flinch when Irisa tells them it's male because of something she found near a tree.
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Nice Hat
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Nice Hat: Sukar has a spiffy top hat with goggles on it.
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Bulletproof Vest
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Bulletproof Vest: The VC infiltrators in "My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You" wear head and body armor that proves completely impervious to Nolan's Hand Cannon. He ends up having to aim for the gaps in the armor point-blank for a quick kill, and that was after they had successfully taken everyone in the NeedWant hostage because he couldn't stop them the first time.
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Fan Disservice
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Fan Disservice: "Where the Apples Fell" demonstrates a very good way to make a sex scene instantly unsexy: intercut it with shots of severed human heads.
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Human Sacrifice
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Irisa's parents tried to sacrifice her in a ritual, which Nolan rescued her from (killing them both while doing so).
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Shout-Out
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Shout Out: To the Twilight movies: Robert Pattinson apparently played the commander of the Bravery 9 in a movie about the disaster, which results in Amanda, Rafe, and Nolan trying to remember whether he played the vampire or the werewolf. Amanda, who was apparently a Twihard in her youth, is able to give the correct answer. Also counts as an Actor Allusion since Graham Green (Rafe) actually had a part in Twilight: New Moon. Walking up to a cliff overlooking fantastic molten lava, about to throw in a MacGuffin for the greater good, but then experiencing great temptation. Blue Devil might be a Breaking Bad reference, with the color and sharing an ingredient note adrenaline, pre-apocalypse the synthetic form is widely available in over the counter decongestants with methamphetamine. Terminator 2: Pilar is played by Linda Hamilton, who says to Nolan, "come with me if you want to live." In "Beasts of Burden", Potting attributes "The extreme always seems to make an impression" to an Old World philosopher. Actually it's one of J.D.'s lines from the movie Heathers note  Impressive, since that same episode confirms that Pottinger's knowledge of the pre-war world doesn't extend to what "hockey" is . The musical adaptation had started off-Broadway a few months before the episode in question aired.
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Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast
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Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast: Amanda uses this in conversation with Stahma. Stahma, lacking proper context, dismisses the notion that Venus and Mars could have been responsible for Earth's two genders. Amanda clarifies that the phrase boils down to "men are dicks".
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The Alliance
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The Alliance: The Votanis Collective was a loose coalition of alien species from the same solar system, and still exists on Earth in some form (Datak helps facilitate relations with them in Defiance). Most of their territory is in South America with a capital city in Brazil. The Earth Republic is another powerful alliance on the new landscape, basically consisting of what's left of the Eastern half of the USA. In practice, though, it's clear they are either terribly corrupt or extremely forceful in their recruiting, given they pretty much sanctioned their ambassador arranging a murder in order to force Defiance to join them. Their capital city is New York.
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Conscience Makes You Go Back
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Conscience Makes You Go Back: Both Nolan and Irisa go back to help Defiance defend against the Volge, though Irisa takes a bit longer to come around.
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In "Goodbye Blue Sky", while it turns out there's a perfectly scientific explanation for Sukar's resurrection and actions, the same can't be said for Irisa's visions. Later, we find out there is a scientific explanation—she had a Votan artifact implanted in her spine.
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Epileptic Trees
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Before settling in Defiance, Nolan and Irisa were trying to make their way to Antarctica, which has apparently been terraformed into a tropical paradise. Everyone tells Nolan it's a pipe dream, and given the current state of the world that we see, it's likely that very few people have been there to confirm it. In general, however, ark hunters are trying to make enough money to get to Antarctica, if the tie-in game is to be believed. It is, however, vaguely implied in the backstory and lore (and thought by fans) to be something more sinister. Nobody can agree on what, though.
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LampShade
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The Inside Defiance extra for "The Bride Wore Black" on the Syfy website says that pregnancies in such cases carry a great deal of risk for both mother and child. It lampshades the fact that this should only be possible with some kind of common ancestry, and says the issue hasn't been properly studied due to a general lack of medical research in 2046. Common ancestry is not surprising, given how much they all resemble each other.
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Typhoid Mary
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Typhoid Mary: Irathients have truly Blessed With Suck immune systems; it's almost impossible for them to get sick, but they often carry numerous diseases without showing symptoms - an entire race of Typhoid Marys. It's the primary cause of prejudice against them. A few years before the series began, Defiance tried to perform immunizations in response to a plague; lacking the other races' history with epidemics, they just responded as you would expect any Proud Warrior Race to when approached with sharp objects - a riot that led most Irathients to avoid Defiance like, well... the plague. On top of that, if their immune systems are that good, it's possible that they don't even need sepsis to prevent wounds from getting infected - but that would logically lead them to be less culturally concerned with cleanliness.
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My Eyes Are Up Here
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My Eyes Are Up Here: Played with in "A Well Respected Man", when Nolan says the line to Amanda while shirtless after a session with Kenya. He's just messing with her.
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Monochrome Casting
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Monochrome Casting: The show was an absolutely egregious example of this trope for numerous reasons and only got worse with it as time went on. First, it's not only set forty years from now where one would expect a more diverse human population, it's set in St. Louis, a majority-Black city (yet filmed in Canada) yet one could count the number of Black humans appearing on one hand during its entire run and that's including extras. Second, it's immigration allegory with Rubber-Forehead Aliens whose Fantastic Slur for humans is "pink skins", suggesting humanity's gotten whiter over the years despite every species of alien put together there still having less variety among themselves as the Native American being called that snarks back by showing his wrist and saying, "this look pink to you?" Third, main character Joshua Nolan being a textbook White Male Lead and White Savior from his Fantastic Racism down to a Heroic Sacrifice for an alien race, and he's marketed so prominently you'd be remiss to think there were any cast members of color. Fourth, everything culturally human/"Old World" being depicted as monolithically white compared to the aliens being a mish-mash of fantasy counterpart cultures, so even the Native American family are more like old money W.A.S.Ps having a Culture Clash with ethnic foreigners, such as daughter Christie (who's in an Interspecies Romance with one) being stupid enough to put on the alien equivalent of Blackface without any self-awareness. By the third season, all of the original humans of color are dead, with the most prominent Black character, Tommy (and only Black character to appear for more than two episodes), being either ignored/sidelined by the show itself or shit on by Nolan for two seasons until he was killed off near the end of season two, meaning that besides the minority actors playing aliens, the show ended whiter than it started.
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Third-Person Flashback
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Third-Person Flashback: When Nolan reconstructs Luke's death, flashbacks help illustrate his points.
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Never Suicide: To stop her insane ambitions, Yewll murders Nicollete then makes it look like she asphyxiated herself in her car, in addition to leaving a suicide note admitting responsibility for the murder of Hunter Bell.
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Cerebus Syndrome
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Cerebus Syndrome: From the start, it was a show about a world that is not easy to live in and is far from having Black-and-White Morality, and we got to see some rather unpleasant ways to die, but season three is so dark it makes season one look like Sesame Street.
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Lovable Rogue
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Lovable Rogue: Nolan, prior to becoming Defiance's lawkeeper. Deconstructed by Berlin, who explains her reasons for wholeheartedly supporting the Earth Republic, despite its heavy-handedness and police state. She even compares Nolan to Han Solo (calling Irisa his "hot Chewbacca"), but beats him over the head with the argument that this lifestyle doesn't work for most people. Most people would rather have civilization, in any form, rather than lawlessness. For reference, Berlin lost her family during the Pale Wars to a bunch of Votan deserters.
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Bad Humor Truck
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Bad Humor Truck: In one episode drug dealers abduct people off the streets to process them into Blue Devil. Their ride of choice is an ice cream truck.
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Lampshaded
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Lampshaded in "A Well Respected Man". When Datak takes Nolan to a potential informant, Nolan quickly recognizes that Datak has already intimidated the man into staying quiet so Datak could play the good cop to Nolan's bad. Datak counters than he never intended to be the good cop at all, then lets the informant speak. Nevertheless, after Nolan figures out the setup, Datak makes his one liner before putting on his sunglasses and walking off. Yeah. He went there.
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Implausible Deniability
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Implausible Deniability: Irisa's activities in the second season get increasingly hard for her to explain away, to the point that the only thing Nolan doesn't know about it is the motivation.
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What the Hell, Hero?
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What the Hell, Hero?: Irisa chews out Nolan for assuming her visions to be PTSD after they turn out to be real. In "Brothers in Arms", Eddie rants at Nolan for getting away clean from the military while he went to prison for stealing a roller and knocking out some MPs so Nolan could escape with Irisa. This seems to be a running theme with Nolan, as Irisa does this again when Nolan kills Sukar, not knowing that he was trying to save Defiance. In an example where Nolan actually has some ground to stand on, Tommy gets on his case for his flippant attitude about Hunter Bell's murder, which happened many years earlier. Nolan counters that his job is to keep the peace, and that Hunter Bell obviously had it coming. Nolan gives one of these to Amanda in the season 2 finale, when his plan to save Irisa is rejected for a plan that will kill her but also definitely work, as opposed to his running off a theory.
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Written by the Winners
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Written by the Winners: Stahma and Datak tell Rafe that Alak valiantly saved Christie from Hellbugs. In actual fact, he was cowering on the floor while she held them off with a flaming torch, followed by Datak doing the actual killing. Both probably thought better of trying to put Rafe in a position where he might feel indebted to him, and it earned points for Alak.
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Named After Their Planet
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Named After Their Planet: Played With for the Votan species. They come from the Votanis system for starters. It is played straight by the Irathients (Irath) and Gulanee (Gula). But the Liberata and Sensoths were also native to Irath and the Castithans and Indogenes came from Daribo while the Volge originated on Omec. Though the Castithans had a terraformed colony planet called Casti.
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JumpTheShark
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Jump the Shark: The first two seasons follow a pre-planned story arc, like Babylon 5, that concludes brilliantly and epically, tying up all loose plot threads and character arcs. Then the show got renewed for a third season, and the writers didn't have any story left to tell, so they had to write a season-long story from scratch that ended contradicting previously established continuity and had the characters act wildly out-of-character either for melodrama or to justify the characters doing something stupid/short-sighted.
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Call a Smeerp a
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Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": The plated spiky creature Christie cooks for the Tarrs is referred to as an "otter".
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The Cavalry
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The Cavalry/Gondor Calls for Aid: Though Defiance doesn't know about it, Irisa has a change of heart and comes back with the Spirit Riders to help fight the Volge. Fittingly enough, they even come riding bikes and other vehicles, the spiritual successor to the original horse-based cavalry.
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You Can't Go Home Again
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You Can't Go Home Again: Everyone really. The aliens' homeworlds were wiped out when the sun went supernova, and Earth has been terraformed so haphazardly that virtually nothing remains of the original. As Nolan puts it through Irisa's opening narration in the pilot: "This world has no natives, which means it belongs to everyone."
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Action Girl
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Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: Pretty much a requirement for any lady living outside a major metropolis, but especially true of Irisa.
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Torture Technician
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Jonah Keller, aka Black Jonah, is this, due to the Torture Technician skills he developed during the Pale Wars. Just look at Yewll's face when he introduces himself.
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Monumental Damage
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Monumental Damage: In "Dead Air", the arch is bombed. While it isn't completely destroyed, all that's left is the lower structural support.
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No MacGuffin, No Winner
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No MacGuffin, No Winner: When Pol Madis makes it clear that both major powers intend to put him to work designing weapons instead of punishing him for his crimes, Nolan murders him in cold blood rather than let his weapons be used in another war.
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Green-Skinned Space Babe
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Green-Skinned Space Babe: The show has the Castithans, who are a race of white skinned, blonde aliens. To be more specific, there's Stahma Tarr. There are also the Irathients, who have uniformly red hair and pale skin, but particularly Irisa. Both have a lot of male (or for Stahma, also female) attention in the series, irrespective of their species.
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Dating What Daddy Hates
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Dating What Daddy Hates: Neither Rafe McCawley or Datak Tarr are happy that their daughter and son, respectively, are dating. Datak is willing to go along with it due to the business opportunity it presents, not to mention the fact that he knows Rafe will be much more uncomfortable with it. Rafe is willing to disown his daughter, though Quentin tries to talk some sense into him. Some charitable story-telling from Stahma and Datak help smooth things over between them by painting Alak as a heroic protector, allowing the rift between Rafe and his daughter to fully heal while simultaneously getting some respect out of Rafe for Alak. That being said, once Rafe realises that Alak is not merely an entitled punk like he'd originally thought, he quickly becomes far more accepting and supportive of their relationship. His real issue is more with Datak and the fact he's clearly attempting to use their children to inherit the mines.
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Culture Chop Suey
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Culture Chop Suey: The Tarr family, our main viewpoint on Castithi culture combines traits of the Italian Mafia, the Hindu caste system, and Japanese bathing rituals. This is taken to the point where a Castithan word is translated as "Capo". Increasingly Irathients are coming to stand for a hodge-podge of historically oppressed races.
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Speculative Fiction LGBT
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Speculative Fiction LGBT: Post-apocalypse humanity seems to think nothing of homosexual relationships, bordering on Everyone Is Bi. Though at least one of the Votan species, the highly patriarchal Castithans, take a dim view of either lesbianism or women cheating on their husbands (it's not entirely clear).
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History Repeats
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History Repeats: When a plague comes to Defiance, most everyone's first reaction is to alienate and "quarantine" the Irathients. Pretty much the only reason a second uprising doesn't occur is the small number of irathients in Defiance to begin with and the E-rep barricading the town.
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Mama Bear
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Mama Bear: When Stahma finds out that Datak burned Alak's hand, she is pissed. At the end of the episode, she rounds up all of Datak's men - none of whom are particularly glad to see their old boss back after he damaged their community's standing - and invites them to beat the living shit out of him. Christie throws Deirdre off the top of the Arch for trying to slip her an abortificent.
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Cruel Mercy
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Cruel Mercy: In "The Serpent's Egg", Irisa lets Daigo live despite him being responsible for the abuse she suffered, because being forced to live a normal life is far greater a punishment than any torture or execution she could give him.
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Dead Person Conversation
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Dead Person Conversation: Quentin has this with Luke early in Season 1, it is actually a ship's AI masquerading as Luke.. It happens again in season 2 when Dr Yewll and Pottinger talk to dead friends in the episode 'Put the Damage On' which is also caused by errant technology interfering with people's heads.
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Covered Up
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Covered Up or not, musically, predominantly white genres and artists are played yet there is no rap, R&B, Latin, etc. meaning TheCure were played yet Black music like St. Louis's own Nelly was not.
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One World Order
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One World Order: The Earth Republic seems to see itself as this, many of the world's nations having collapsed during the wars. The Votanis Collective was something like this apparently, though spread across their system.
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Interrupted Intimacy
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Interrupted Intimacy: In "Beasts of Burden", Irisa walks in on Amanda and Nolan having sex. After telling him why she barged in, Amanda asks if she's heard of knocking. Irisa counters that she was raised by Nolan, which Nolan admits is a valid excuse. This must not be the first time this has happened, because Nolan just goes right back to it before she's left the room.
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To the Pain
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To the Pain: While stuck in jail, Irisa describes in great detail how she could have escaped and killed Tommy when he says she might as well make conversation while locked up. He responds by asking what the heck is wrong with her.
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A Glitch in the Matrix
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A Glitch in the Matrix: In "A Well Respected Man", Kenya realizes she's trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine when she finds herself wearing a necklace she had dropped when she was kidnapped.
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Expy
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Expy: Irisa isn't human, doesn't talk much, has professional combat training, was raised solely by a man who is not her biological father, and as a teenager, was part of a religious ritual intended to bring about the end of the world, which ended up partially succeeding. Does that remind you of anyone?
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Light Is Not Good
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Light Is Not Good: Like all Castithans, the Tarrs have white skin and hair and gold eyes. They also consistently dress in white or pale gray and their entire house is white, but they are also the local equivalent of the Corleones. Significantly Alack, the son and arguably the Token Good Teammate of the family, has dark streaks dyed into his hair. Also, back before the Pale Wars when the Castithans ran the Votan Collective according to Word of God they kept the other races in subservient positions and attempted outright genocide on the Irathients, gathering them into caves and then gassing them.
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Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight
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Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: Averted in "The Bride Wore Black." In the flashbacks, Datak and Hunter Bell get into a fistfight. When Hunter draws a blade, he manages to wound Datak and the fight instantly shifts in his favor.
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Insane Equals Violent
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Insane Equals Violent: Pilar has an unspecified mental illness. With medication, things were fine. Once its production was disrupted by the door however she had a psychotic break, trying to kill her children, for which Rafe banished her.
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Homeworld Evacuation
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Homeworld Evacuation: The Votan fled their home system before it was destroyed by a rogue star crashing into it.
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Shame If Something Happened
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Shame If Something Happened: While trying to convince Datak to accept his son's relationship with Christie McCawley, Stahma points out that mining is a dangerous job, and if Rafe McCawley and his remaining son were to suffer an accident of some sort, then it would only be right of them to help Christie with the sudden burden of running an entire mining operation.
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Good Old Ways
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Good Old Ways: Because Defiance is filled with so many different cultures, an unspoken rule is "As long as your traditions don't mess with people outside your group, you can do it." This is what permits the Castithans to use the "cleansing rack". They justify this because years ago, when trying to impose a vaccination law, the Irathients rebelled and many died during the fighting.
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Rubber-Forehead Aliens
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Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Most of the Voton races, with the most blatant being either the Irathients and Castithans. In fact, Rubber Forehead would be generous... Irathients and Cassthians just have makeup, wigs and contact lenses.
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Stock Legal Phrases
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Stock Legal Phrases: "I take the Fifth" was discussed in "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" by Rafe, Nolan, Amanda, and Gordon. They all decide that among the things lost during the Pale Wars, that amendment was one of the worst things lost. Of course, all parties considered, it would do wonders for their life expectancy to have that protection.
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Blackface
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For the same reasons, Christie is essentially the naïve white woman who married into an ethnic family and put on the alien-equivalent of Blackface that understandably disgusts her husband.
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Borrowed Biometric Bypass
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Borrowed Biometric Bypass: Pottinger uses Yewll's severed finger to access her safe in "The Cord and the Ax".
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Blue-and-Orange Morality
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Blue-and-Orange Morality: The Votans come across this way to the humans. The fact that Stahma loves Datak because of his ambition and cruelty is totally incomprehensible to Kenya. The Omec find it very offensive to be called cannibals. Technically they're right: they don't eat each other, but any other sentient species is fair game.
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Groin Attack
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While Nolan's attempt to Groin Attack a Bioman backfired, everyone in the audience was nonetheless momentarily quieted by it.
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Solid Gold Poop
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Solid Gold Poop: The Hellbugs produce petrohol, an essential liquid fuel, after eating Gulanite.
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Big Creepy-Crawlies
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Big Creepy-Crawlies: Hellbugs, dog-sized insects that suck the marrow from their prey. Then there's the queen, a house-sized bug factory.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Big Damn Heroes: The Tarrs, of all people, saving Rafe, Berlin and other prisoners from a firing squad of panicked E-Rep soldiers in the Season Two finale. Berlin can only laugh at the absurdity.
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Spotting the Thread
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Spotting the Thread: In "Broken Boughs", Nolan is able to identify Pilar because she's wearing her dead husband's boots and has Christie and Alak's baby.
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Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male
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Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Averted. Pottinger's Rape as Backstory by VC soldiers is taken just as seriously as Amanda's by some random assailant (who turned out to not have been random at all, but actually also Pottinger, who became obsessed with Amanda after Connor had left him for her, stalked and later raped her).
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Duct Tape for Everything
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Duct Tape for Everything: Kenya actually seems to use it in place of a bra, at least during her session with Nolan. She does have more conventional lingerie when walking about (this is a bad idea in real life, especially when done regularly, as it compresses the ribcage around the lungs and can lead to pneumonia and other problems).
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Fantastic Caste System
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Fantastic Caste System: Castithans are organized into "liros", though the system fragmented somewhat when they arrived on earth. Part of Datak's motivation stems from being born into a low-ranking liro, while Stahma was a bit higher on the ladder. In season 3 Rahm Tak regularly insults Datak for his low-liro birth and Alak for his mixed heritage.
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Underground City
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Underground City: St. Louis.
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Deep Cover Agent
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Deep Cover Agent: A rogue faction of Indogenes ran a project dedicated to this during the Pale Wars, kidnapping humans and transferring their memories into Indogenes who were then surgically altered to match the captured subjects. Gordon McClintock turns out to be an imperfect prototype; Nicolette Riordan appears to have been one of the final products.
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Servile Snarker
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Servile Snarker: Rafe McCawley's Liberata servant, Bertie.
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Lost in the Maize
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Lost in the Maize: Played with in the third episode with ankle-height vegetation in the woods, just high enough to hide the dangerous Hellbugs.
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War Is Hell
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War Is Hell: Nolan implies as much as he and Irisa recount his memories of the Pale Wars.
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Easily Forgiven
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Easily Forgiven: Irisa is actually pretty pissed that Nolan keeps screwing up their chances to get ahead due to his stupidity or unrelenting altruism, but never for very long.
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Creepy Child
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Creepy Child: The little Irathient girl Irisa sometimes sees in her visions. Identifies herself as Irzu, one of the key Irathient gods. This is not necessarily the truth, however; Sukar believed he was kept alive after being impaled by razor rain, and directed by the will of Irzu, but Doctor Yewell identified it as the arkbrain shard that had lodged in Sukar's neck, transferring nanites with an agenda into him. Irisa unquestionably has Indogene manufactured nanotech in her, and what better for a thinking nanite colony to get a sapient whose actions it can't actually control to do its bidding than by impersonating a deity?
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: Nolan's Dodge Charger in "Brothers in Arms". Similarly in the game, one of the very first vending machines you run into sells Dodge Challengers by name. Not to mention a billboard advertising the Challenger. Dodge is a sponsor of the show. There's also a commercial.
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Never Found the Body
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"Broken Boughs": Nolan and Irisa run into Pilar and rescue the child from her. Upon returning to Defiance, they learn of Rafe's, Christie's, and Quentin's deaths, and they are sent to Rahm Tak's camp to scout out the opposition Defiance is facing. The operation goes awry when Pilar ambushes Nolan, leading to him shooting and potentially killing her (though he acknowledges later that he Never Found the Body ). In the chaos, Irisa gets the drop on Rahm Tak, but cannot bear to kill him and instead knocks him out cold. Back at Defiance, Datak and Stahma plant metal-eating maggots in the town armory, destroying every gun stored within and leaving the town all but defenseless against Rahm Tak's invasion. However, the humiliated Rahm Tak decides to issue a new order to weaken the populace's morale: the Tarrs have to blow up the St. Louis Arch.
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Alien Invasion
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Alien Invasion: Subverted. The Votans aren't so much invaders as desperate refugees trying to find a new home. Negotiations were almost complete for their peaceful settlement on Earth when the Votan ambassador to the UN was murdered on live TV by a human assassin. People on both sides believed that the other side set it up note The game reveals fairly early that the assassin was actually part of a conspiracy by human and Votan representatives that wanted a war, and were working together to start one for reasons unknown, causing fighting to break out world-wide. Thus, the Pale Wars began.
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Mix-and-Match Critters
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Mix-and-Match Critters: Occasionally, characters will make reference to eating a creature called a "pow". While not seen in the show as of Season 2, the game establishes pows as hybrids — mutated into existence during the terraforming of Earth — between pigs and cows. While not a hybrid between alien and Earth creatures (they are evidently imported directly from the Votanis system), Saberwolves look like a cross between a bear and an insect.
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Organ Theft
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Organ Theft: "If You Could See Through My Eyes" has a surgeon ripping out Votan eyes to make contact lenses for interspecies cosplayers.
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Together in Death
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Together in Death: While suffering from visions generated by a malfunctioning implant, Yewll's dead lover tries to convince her to do this. Yewll doesn't go for it, being more dedicated to her responsibility in Defiance than her past guilt.
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Insult Backfire
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Insult Backfire: Nolan tells Stahma that she's a more dangerous snake than her husband. She thinks it's sweet of him to say.
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Laser Blade
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Laser Blade: A type of Votan weapon, apparently generalized as a "charge blade". Alak and Datak have rather ornate knives which can extend into swords, and Dr. Yewll has one she uses as a scalpel. Supplementary material states they were originally developed as surgical tools by the Indogenes and adapted into weapons by the Castithans.
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Patron Saint
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Patron Saint: Kenya wears a Saint Christopher (the Patron Saint of travelers) necklace that Amanda gave to her, but believes it to be Saint Finnegan the Patron Saint of lost children. When another character corrects her, she confronts Amanda about it. Amanda reveals that she took it from a dead man named Finnegan, and told Kenya the lie to comfort and reassure her.
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The Dog Bites Back
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The Dog Bites Back: At the end of "Beasts of Burden", Stahma unites Datak's gang against him for the actions he took to reassert control after getting out of jail, beating him senseless and throwing him out on the street.
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Well-Intentioned Extremist
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Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ex-Mayor Nicolette Riordan sees herself this way, claiming that while their goals will cost many lives, the survivors will be grateful for the better world that comes as a result. This would probably extend to whoever she's working with/for.
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Brick Joke
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Brick Joke: In "Down in the Ground Where The Dead Men Go", Nicolette says she's going to take up golf as a retirement hobby, since she's the only one left who remembers the rules. In "Everything is Broken", Black Jonah threatens to scalp Yewll's "golf ball" head if she double crosses the E-Rep, causing Yewll to ask what a golf ball is.
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Dark and Troubled Past
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Dark and Troubled Past: Irisa and Rynn are both war orphans, for different reasons. Irisa's parents were killed by Nolan when he rescued her from a bloody cult ritual, while Rynn's were murdered for their land. Dr. Yewll did several unpleasant things in her past which are alluded to throughout the series. These include murder, experimenting on humans, and making sleeper agents to kill high-ranking earth officials. Eddie comments suggest that Nolan did some dark things as well. "No Man" shows that in his younger days he participated in a massacre that saw almost two hundred civilians, Votani and human, gunned down, and even boasted aggressively about killing a child at his own court-martial. Anti Hero he may be, but when you consider what a monster he was back then... Amanda even says, when she hears about this, that that's who he was, not who he is.
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Alien Among Us / int_5cec267a
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Alien Blood / int_5cec267a
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Binary Suns / int_5cec267a
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California Collapse / int_5cec267a
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Came Back Wrong / int_5cec267a
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Cat Folk / int_5cec267a
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Cataclysm Backstory / int_5cec267a
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Child by Rape / int_5cec267a
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Colony Ship / int_5cec267a
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Culture Blind / int_5cec267a
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Culture Chop Suey / int_5cec267a
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Culture Clash / int_5cec267a
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Day of the Jackboot / int_5cec267a
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Deadly Prank / int_5cec267a
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Death Notification / int_5cec267a
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Death World / int_5cec267a
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Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu? / int_5cec267a
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Disaster Democracy / int_5cec267a
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Dragon-in-Chief / int_5cec267a
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Emotionless Girl / int_5cec267a
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Enslaved Elves / int_5cec267a
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Epic Rocking / int_5cec267a
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Ethical Slut / int_5cec267a
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Everybody Has Lots of Sex / int_5cec267a
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Evil Reactionary / int_5cec267a
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Excrement Statement / int_5cec267a
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Experienced Protagonist / int_5cec267a
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Familiar Soundtrack, Foreign Lyrics / int_5cec267a
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Fanservice Pack / int_5cec267a
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Fantastic Caste System / int_5cec267a
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Fantastic Drug / int_5cec267a
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Fictional Currency / int_5cec267a
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First Contact / int_5cec267a
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Former Bigot / int_5cec267a
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Free-Love Future / int_5cec267a
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Gun Stripping / int_5cec267a
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High-Tech Hexagons / int_5cec267a
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Home Porn Movie / int_5cec267a
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Homeworld Evacuation / int_5cec267a
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Hostile Terraforming / int_5cec267a
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Human Weapon / int_5cec267a
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Humans Are White / int_5cec267a
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I Just Want to Be You / int_5cec267a
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If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... / int_5cec267a
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Insane Equals Violent / int_5cec267a
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Invading Refugees / int_5cec267a
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It Has Been an Honor / int_5cec267a
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Klingons Love Shakespeare / int_5cec267a
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Knife Nut / int_5cec267a
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Lady Macbeth / int_5cec267a
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Laser Blade / int_5cec267a
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Laser Cutter / int_5cec267a
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Loan Shark / int_5cec267a
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Make It Look Like an Accident / int_5cec267a
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Master Poisoner / int_5cec267a
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Mixed Ancestry / int_5cec267a
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Monochrome Casting / int_5cec267a
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More Deadly Than the Male / int_5cec267a
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Multicultural Alien Planet / int_5cec267a
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Murderous Thighs / int_5cec267a
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Named After Their Planet / int_5cec267a
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Never Heard That One Before / int_5cec267a
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New Old West / int_5cec267a
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No MacGuffin, No Winner / int_5cec267a
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No Yay / int_5cec267a
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Noble Bigot / int_5cec267a
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Ominous Floating Spaceship / int_5cec267a
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One World Order / int_5cec267a
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Our Dwarves Are All the Same / int_5cec267a
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Pardon My Klingon / int_5cec267a
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Raised By Rival / int_5cec267a
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Rape as Backstory / int_5cec267a
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Regional Redecoration / int_5cec267a
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Servant Race / int_5cec267a
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Super Ringer / int_5cec267a
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Super Soldier / int_5cec267a
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Terraform / int_5cec267a
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The Ark / int_5cec267a
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The Butcher / int_5cec267a
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The Don / int_5cec267a
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The Elites Jump Ship / int_5cec267a
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The Presents Were Never from Santa / int_5cec267a
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The Promised Land / int_5cec267a
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The Rich Have White Stuff / int_5cec267a
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The Syndicate / int_5cec267a
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Trauma Button / int_5cec267a
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Turbine Blender / int_5cec267a
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Turn in Your Badge / int_5cec267a
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Under City / int_5cec267a
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Villain Team-Up / int_5cec267a
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Villainous Incest / int_5cec267a
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White Hair, Black Heart / int_5cec267a
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White Male Lead / int_5cec267a
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