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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })If you're looking for actual fireflies, see Lighting Bug.Firefly is a Science Fiction Space Western that ran on the FOX Network in the 2002-03 season. It was canceled after 14 episodes were produced, three of which not airing until after the show's cancellation. Its quick cancellation helped give rise to The Firefly Effect. A DVD box set was released in December 2003 and has sold briskly ever since.In the future, humanity has spread across the stars, terraforming planets for colonization and creating a new frontier reminiscent of the old Wild West. The dominant power in this time is the monolithic Alliance, whose iron grip on the 'verse has tightened after a failed rebellion by a group known as 'Independents' or 'Browncoats' (the latter having become the demonym for the franchise's fandom).Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Malcolm Reynolds is a former Browncoat who now captains a run-down tramp freighter called Serenity. Working as an amoral jack-of-all-trades, he tries to eke out a life for himself and his crew away from the reach of the Alliance. However, things change when he inadvertently lets a deadly Alliance secret board his ship: a Mysterious Waif who was subject to horrific experimentation aiming to turn her into a living weapon.The show was created by Joss Whedon and Tim Minear (Mutant Enemy Productions), and combined science fictional concepts (interplanetary travel, spaceships, terraforming) with a Western setting (poor agricultural colonies where people ride horses, cattle ranching, cowboy slang). The Firefly universe contains no non-human sentient beings, and in fact no non-Earth-based life at all.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); }) The cast included: Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds, disillusioned owner and captain of the Firefly-class transport Serenity. Gina Torres as Zoe Alleyne Washburne, his second-in-command, gun-slinging badass and deadpan snarker among snarkers. She is happily married to... Alan Tudyk as Hoban "Wash" Washburne, the pilot with no fighting skills. Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb, the mercenary. A man with less subtlety than a sledgehammer, and even fewer brains. Maybe. Jewel Staite as Kaywinnit Lee "Kaylee" Frye, the mechanic. Her default mode is very happy. Famous enough to be referenced in World of Warcraft. According to Joss Whedon, when Kaylee smiles, everything suddenly becomes shiny. Sean Maher as Simon Tam, a promising young doctor from a privileged family, now turned fugitive. Well-spoken but with an acerbic wit, and spends most of his time looking after... Summer Glau as River Tam, aforementioned Mysterious Waif; Simon's mentally traumatized sister, whom he rescued from government experimentation. She is a little whimsical in the brainpan and a tiiiiiny bit dangerous. Ron Glass as Shepherd Derrial Book, a preacher with a mysterious, dark, and troubled past. Morena Baccarin as Inara Serra, a High-Class Call Girl who is a member of the Companion's Guild. Or, as Mal calls her, a "whore".Hulu has all 14 episodes of the series available for streaming. (NOTE: Does not play outside of the US) It is also all up for instant stream on Netflix, Amazon Instant and Hulu Plus. Starting March 6th 2011, the show also began playing, in the correct order, on the Science Channel and in glorious HD. This page has a recap page here.Firefly's life story is an interesting one, despite it's early cancellation television show, it became a runaway cult hit DVD series spawning media including: Serenity (September 30, 2005): A feature-film continuation released by Universal to critical acclaim making Firefly one of the few canceled television series to be spun off into a major motion picture. It was titled Serenity because FOX still owned the rights to the name Firefly. R. Tam Sessions (2005): A series of five short Web Videos released online to tie in with the film depicting excerpts of counseling sessions with River Tam while she is held at the The Academy.Comic Books Dark Horse Serenity Serenity: Those Left Behind (2005) Serenity: Better Days (2008) Serenity: The Other Half (2008) Serenity: Float Out (2010) Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale (2010) Serenity: Downtime (2010) Serenity: It's Never Easy (2012) Serenity: Leaves on the Wind (2014) Serenity: The Warrior and the Wind (2016) Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse (2016) Boom! Studios Firefly (2018-) Firefly: Bad Company (2019) Firefly: The Sting (2019) Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds (2020) Firefly: Blue Sun Rising (2020-) Firefly: Watch How I Soar (2020)Literature Serenity (2005): A novelization of the film by Keith R.A. DeCandido. Firefly: Still Flying (2010): A background book that included Short Stories. Firefly: Big Damn Hero (2018) Firefly: The Magnificent Nine (2019) Firefly: Generations (2020) Firefly: The Ghost Machine (2020)Tabletop Games Serenity Role-Playing Game (2005): The Role-Playing Game based on Serenity. As an interesting note, the company (Margaret Weis Productions) had only the rights to Serenity (meaning that the events of the Firefly series could only be talked about in very Broad Strokes terms within the book proper), yet nevertheless it obtained high acclaim while it was in production. The "second edition" of this game was made using the Firefly rights proper (which, ironically, means that the events of Serenity are the ones getting the Broad Strokes treatment). Firefly: The Game (2013) Firefly: Out to the Black (2013) Firefly Role-Playing Game (2014) CLUE: Firefly Edition (2014) Monopoly: Firefly (2014) Firefly: Tall Card (2015) Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game (2016) Firefly Fluxx (2016) Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats (2018)Video Games Firefly Online: A when-it's-ready MMORPGThere are also constant rumors about a second television series (Whedon and many of the principals have constantly said they would be willing to pick up the show, with Fillion going so far as to say he'd be willing to buy the rights from Fox), and the cult status the series has attained after its premature cancellation may have saved a later Whedon work from a similar fate.In November 2012, the Science Channel aired a Firefly 10th anniversary special, titled "Browncoats Unite". It featured two of the main writers of the show, Jose Molina and Tim Minear, along with most of the cast, including Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk and Sean Maher, where they did a sort of retrospective of the show's history and its cult-classic status over the past ten years. In addition, Jewel Staite, Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin were interviewed separately and added their own comments on their involvement with the show. The forty-minute special culminated in the writers and actors taking the stage at their Comic-Con panel, which included Joss Whedon himself as well.
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Sure, Let's Go with That: Mal, to Inara when he apparently figures out how she passed out after Saffron takes over Serenity in "Our Mrs. Reynolds": "I knew you let her kiss you!"
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Farm Boy: Mal is a Farm Boy, having been raised by his mother and 40 hands on a ranch back on his homeworld, Shadow. He spoke about it only once.
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Retired Badass: It's repeatedly implied, and downright stated in the graphic novel, that Shepherd Book, born Henry Evans and who became a double agent working both the Alliance and the Independents, was this.
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Inconvenient Hippocratic Oath: Simon, in "Ariel", responding to a Code Blue that occurs right in front of him, despite his fugitive status, and therefore giving us a rare moment of seeing him as he truly is rather than the Fish out of Water he often is when on Serenity. It also reinforces the strong suggestion in the pilot that he was only bluffing when he claimed he would let Kaylee die if they didn't run from the Alliance (a bluff that was revealed at the time because as soon as Mal gave the order, Simon helped Kaylee — reacting faster to Mal's words than even Zoe did, which means he didn't bother waiting to see if Mal was bluffing or if any of the crew would actually carry out the order).
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Adorkable: Simon Tam. Mostly when he's around Kaylee, and helped along by his Fish out of Water status - notable in that it's quite a change from the calm, collected demeanour he assumed when he first came on board Serenity. Wash also qualifies, especially shown in the episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds". Each of the cast has at least one moment of this.
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Honor Among Thieves: Amongst Mal's crew, anyway. Many of the other criminals in the series do not share this trait.
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Human Shield: Bluntly subverted by Mal in the pilot episode.
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Cannot Tell a Joke: In "Out of Gas", Simon is apparently bad at telling funny stories about working at hospitals, not that Jayne gives him much of a chance. "Objects In Space" either shows that he can if he is given a chance, or else he just got better. When he tries to make a wry observation to Kaylee in "The Message," it goes very badly.
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Arbitrary Skepticism:
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Madness Mantra: "Two by two, hands of blue..."
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Scenery Censor: The ending to "Trash" with Mal strutting about naked in the cargo hold, along with Inara's sponge bath and River's emergence from the cryo box in the pilot.
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Heroic BSoD: A good number, including River throughout most of the series, and Mal is still recovering from the one at the end of the battle for Serenity Valley. On a lighter note, however, is the absolutely hilarious look of shock on his face right before the title sequence in "Our Mrs. Reynolds," after Saffron explains the situation to him.
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Trailers Always Spoil: The contents of Simon Tam's mysterious box in the pilot, which is also revealed in the opening credits for that episode, as well as the actual trailers. That opening also informs the audience that Simon and River are going to be permanent cast members. Of course, the credits also reveal that Book is a main cast member, which should make the identity of the real Alliance mole pretty obvious.
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Still Wearing the Old Colors: Browncoats were soldiers who fought for the Independents, who lost to the Alliance in the Unification War. They were named after the simple, brown leather trench coats they wore as uniforms. After the war's end, clothiers made good money dyeing brown coats blue or gray as folks wanted to forget the past and let the past forget them. Those that still 'wear the brown' do it on purpose, and are making a very pointed socio-political statement by doing so. Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Zoë Alleyne wear the signature brown coat. Even the fanbase calls itself "browncoats".
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Nerds Are Sexy: Both Simon and Kaylee.
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Psychic Radar: River, natch. "Bushwhacked" sees her sensing the presence of the last surviving crew member on the Reaver-raided hulk Serenity finds floating past. Later, during "Ariel" she can clearly sense the closing presence of the Alliance's dubious hirelings. The movie has her going along with Mal on a bank robbery so she can point out anyone about to make a move on them.
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Sniff Sniff Nom: Jubal Early in "Objects in Space" on Serenity.
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Boisterous Bruiser: Jayne Cobb. Monty from "Trash".
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Badass Adorable: River.
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Punishment Box: in "Jaynestown", Jayne's former partner is kept prisoner in solitary confinement, in a small (looks to be maybe 5 foot by 5 foot) box on stilts in the middle of a swamp.
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Calvinball: Tall Card, the card game played during "Shindig." The actors insisted that the writer create actual rules for the game, which she dutifully did, so that they would have proper motivation. It is still incomprehensible to the audience. The "hoop-ball" game they play at the start of "Bushwhacked," which even Simon says is not being played according to any rules that he can discern. It may be called "Spaceball," based on a soundtrack title.
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Salt and Pepper: Wash and Zoe are an inversion. Zoe is a black woman and loyal soldier who cannot be persuaded to stop calling Mal "sir;" Wash is the eminently laid-back white-guy pilot who tells Zoe that if she has a problem with his plan she should tell him instead of just letting Mal call that shots. The two are Happily Married. Interestingly, whether Zoe is salt or pepper is dependent on what's happening and who she's with. With Mal she's the silent deadly warrior while he's the rowdy and adventurous gunslinger.
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London Gangster: Badger, an east-end gangster IN SPACE!!!
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Cool Old Guy: Book. One rescues Kaylee from the Alpha Bitch in "Shindig." His name, only mentioned in the credits, is Murphy.
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The RPG gives a continuity nod to this sequence, describing it as an "Incredible" Discipline skill check. For reference, that's 6/8 possible difficulty levels, and they don't necessarily scale linearly.
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According to supplemental material, he was the son of a wealthy rancher and his mother insisted on him having a classical education.
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Naked on Arrival: River, in the pilot.
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Full-Frontal Assault: Tracey in "The Message". He's unaware at the time, but after:
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Never Trust a Trailer: One of the early ads for the show tried to play up the comedy aspect. While there certainly is some to be found, that really isn't the main point of the show.
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Love-Interest Traitor: An episode has Mal being (unintentionally) married to a young woman for a reward. But she turns out to be a con artist, intent on killing the crew (by leaving them to die) and selling their ship. Her appearance in a later episode reveals this to be her standard operating procedure: seduce, steal, leave 'em for dead, repeat...
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Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Zoe and Kaylee for Wash and Simon respectively.
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The Caper: "The Train Job," "Ariel," and "Trash." Also, the beginning of the Big Damn Movie.
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The Cutie: Kaylee and River.
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The Heart
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The Heart: Inara
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Being Tortured Makes You Evil: One of the Reavers' most sadistic tricks. Sometimes, when they take a ship, they leave one person alive and make them watch. The one time we saw this in-series ("Bushwhacked") it resulted in the unfortunate victim trying to become a pseudo-Reaver himself as a coping mechanism.
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The Medic: Simon
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The Movie: Serenity, the Big Damn Movie.
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Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Wash's toys which he is seen playing with in the pilot. Also, in the flashback in 'Safe,' young River (while playing) claims they've been cut off from their platoon because the Independents were using dinosaurs.
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The Siege: "Heart of Gold", against the goons of the local villainous magnate.
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Green-Eyed Monster
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Green-Eyed Monster: In "War Stories", Wash and Zoe are having a lover's spat, as Wash is very suspicious of Mal always, always bringing Zoe along on missions and laughing it up with old war stories. He finally demands that he go so that Zoe is away from Mal, and so he can do something fun and exciting, and as the mission drags on, accuses Mal of being in love with Zoe. The mission nearly gets them both killed, traumatizes Wash, and leads to Mal and Zoe pranking Wash at the end of the episode by mockingly attempting to consummate their "relationship". Mal actually invokes it to keep Wash alive and focused during the torture. Atherton, towards... well, anyone near Inara.
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Mundane Dogmatic
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Mundane Dogmatic No FTL? Check. No aliens? Check. No Alternate Universe? Check. No Functional Magic? Check, unless you count River's Psychic Powers. No Time Travel? Check. No teleporters? Check. No instances of Space Does Not Work That Way? Check. Just goes to show you don't need all those fancy trappings to make a good Sci-Fi show.
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues Wash tries to lose a pursuing ship in "The Message" by flying into a canyon. Rather than follow him down the ship just flies over it and continues to pursue from above. When Mal walks into a hostage situation aboard Serenity he doesn't bother listening to the man's demands and shoots him before he has a chance to react. In "War Stories" Zoe tells Jayne and Wash not to shoot a man Mal is fighting, believing that This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself. Only for Mal, who is desperately trying not to be strangled, to quickly inform them that this is not the case, at which point they blow the guy away.
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: Mal for the entire crew. Simon for River.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun/Visual Pun: In "Safe", River dances.
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Space Fighter
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Space Fighter: The official term is ASREVnote short for Alliance Short Range Enforcement Vessel, but everyone calls them "gunships". According to the RPG sourcebook, they're atypical for this trope in that instead of being fighter jet-sized, they're roughly the same size as regional passenger jet (83 feet long). They carry a crew of up to four and often double as police squad cars IN SPACE!
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With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
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Of course, it's Justified with River.
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Seduction-Proof Marriage
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Seduction-Proof Marriage: In "Our Mrs. Reynolds", Wash resists Saffron's advances due to this. Saffron eventually has to give up and go to her backup plan - a One-Hit KO. Zoe is suitably impressed and pleased.
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Good Is Not Dumb
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Good Is Not Dumb: In the episode "Trash," Saffron assumes Mal is an idiot because he is being kind and compassionate to her. Then she walks headlong into his Xanatos Gambit when it turns out he expected her sudden but inevitable betrayal, and Inara beats her to the drop point.
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Good Is Not Nice
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Good Is Not Nice: Mal and most of the rest of the crew of Serenity are generally altruistic. That does not make them nice guys, however, as fellows like Crow ("The Train Job") and Atherton Wing ("Shindig") would attest.
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Good Is Not Soft
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Good Is Not Soft: In "The Train Job", the juxtaposition between Mal and Crow is really good at demonstrating the page quote for good an evil men. Crow gloats, and Mal just says 'Darn.' Mal then kicks Crow into Serenity's engine air intake.
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Knight in Sour Armor
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Knight In Sour Armor: Also Mal.
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I'm a Humanitarian
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I'm a Humanitarian: One of the things the Reavers do to their victims, according to Zoe in the pilot. If you are very, very lucky, they will wait until after they rape you to death.
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Caper Crew
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Caper Crew: Usually Mal as the Master Mind, Zoe as the Partner In Crime, both of them as the Burglars, Jayne as the Muscle, Wash as the Driver, Kaylee as the Gadget Girl and Coordinator.
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Spit Shine
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Spit Shine: Jayne does this with a knife, combining this with Licking the Blade. This...disconcerts the rest of the crew.
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Alpha Bitch
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Also, the elderly gentleman who rescued Kaylee from the Alpha Bitch in "Shindig".
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chronologically speaking, Kaylee telling Mal how the coil fits in the drive is a Chekhov's Gun, given that he remembers it after he is shot in the stomach and manages to install the coil even as he is bleeding. The same part then shows up at the dump on Ariel, only to be tossed aside by Wash. You'd think he'd want to keep a spare after what happened. Though Wash probably didn't know what it was; we see Kaylee find one in the Reaver wreckage and keep it.
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Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness
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Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: Ranks a 4; One Big Lie (the big lie in this case being artificial gravity and Psychic Powers).
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Dead Man Writing
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Dead Man Writing: Mr. Universe's Sex Bot in the movie.
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Accidental Aiming Skills
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Accidental Aiming Skills: In "The Train Job", hopped up on who knows what (intended as anaesthetic) Jayne manages to shoot an enemy right in the kneecap. When complimented on it, he replies "I was aimin' for his head..." Made rather worrying by the fact that there were two or three people he could have hit if he had missed by that far in any other direction.
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Ironic Echo
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Ironic Echo : In the episode "War Stories", Kaylee to River, after playfully wrestling an apple from her, and then River to Kaylee after killing three men: Also in the same episode, when he's about to torture Mal, Niska apparently wants to meet "the real [Mal]". Once Mal incapacitates his torturer and sees Niska scurrying helplessly away, Mal angrily shouts, "You wanna meet the real me?" Tracy's message in, well, "The Message" is repeated after he's actually dead. Tracy himself even lampshades it a little as he's dying.
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Unknown Rival
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Unknown Rival: A weapons designer in "Better Days," whom Mal humiliated by stealing the high-tech attack drone the designer was demonstrating to buyers. He swears revenge against Reynolds — even before the product's failure gets him fired — and attacks the crew out of nowhere later in the miniseries, without ever announcing why. After he's dead, Mal lampshades this with, "I guess we'll never know what his problem was."
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Companion Cube
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Companion Cube: "I call it Vera."
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Fire-Forged Friends
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Fire-Forged Friends: Mal and Zoe, to a Platonic Life-Partners level. We don't see the exact moment of forging; rather, the war they were in together seems to have been a protracted forging process. In the pilot episode Mal and Simon start off as rivals because of the clash of their respective Papa Wolf instincts. At the end of the Pilot they learn to respect each other; Mal can think of many unkind things to say about Simon, but he recognizes he ain't weak. In "Trash", Saffron observes that Mal and Monty may have this in their past.
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In Medias Res
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In Medias Res: The pilot episode begins right at the end of the Battle of Serenity Valley, one of the key turning points in the Unification War. "Out of Gas" begins towards the climax of that episode's story. "Trash" begins with Mal sitting naked in the desert, then goes on to explain how this came about.
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Earth That Was
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Earth That Was: The Trope Namer.
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Widescreen Shot
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Widescreen Shot: The whole series was filmed in widescreen.
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Chance Meeting Between Antagonists
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Chance Meeting Between Antagonists: The episode "Trash" has Mal run into Saffron his ex-wife, who tried to get him and his crew killed on some backwater moon. As soon as they see each other they draw guns on each other.
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Put Down Your Gun and Step Away
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Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Awesomely subverted in the pilot episode "Serenity".
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Knight Errant
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Knight Errant: Mal.
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She Cleans Up Nicely
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She Cleans Up Nicely: Kaylee in "Shindig," not that she was not plenty nice before that. Heck, in "Jaynestown", Simon thought she dirtied up nicely, mentioning that she was at her most attractive when covered in engine grease.
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Atherton of "Shindig", who loves Inara in his own sick, twisted, possessive, misogynistic, cruel way. At first, he's a well-mannered gentleman, but at the slightest hint of Mal trying to help Inara, he's throwing her off him and attempting to kill Mal. Tracy of "The Message", who tricks his old war buddies to both take the fall for, and avoid, dirty business he got into in the first place, nearly getting them killed, and when confronted over it, takes Kaylee hostage and gloats about tricking said war buddies, calling them "saps", saying he specifically chose them because he knew they'd get all emotional and willing to help out an "old friend". When he's mortally wounded by Mal, he realizes just how far he's fallen. Saffron's M.O.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: Whedon's script for Alien: Resurrection involved an amoral crew of mercenaries and a partially insane woman, subject of mysterious scientific experiments as part of a government weapons project, with preternatural abilities. Sound familiar?
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Train Job
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Train Job: The crew is hired to steal some Alliance cargo from a moving train. They're later horrified to realize that the cargo was badly needed medicine headed for a poor mining town suffering from the spread of a degenerative disease. Despite the possibly lethal consequences, they go back on their deal with the man who hired them and return the medicine.
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What Did I Do Last Night?
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What Did I Do Last Night??: "Our Mrs. Reynolds" has a version of this. When Mal's accused of being married, he asks Jayne how drunk he got the night before. Jayne, however, had passed out so didn't know. Initially looks like it's averted in "Jaynestown" when Mal finds Simon and Kaylee fast asleep in a compromising position. Simon insists to Mal that nothing untoward happened between them, much to Kaylee's annoyance when he fumbles his words and says, "I would never... not with her". However, at the end of the episode, it would appear his memory of events is more shaky than he was letting on: Kaylee starts talking about them making love that night resulting in a startled "When we what...?!" exclamation from him... and then he realizes Kaylee's teasing him.
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Aliens and Monsters
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Aliens and Monsters: Subverted more often than not. The Reavers serve this purpose, as there are no aliens and the characters are more likely to find themselves up against other humans than anything.
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Disappeared Dad
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Disappeared Dad: Mal himself is described as being raised by his mother and "about forty hands". No mention of a father. Jayne, similarly, appears to be the sole breadwinner in his household, sending money back to his mother and ailing sibling. No mention of a Mr. Cobb is made in Jayne's letters. Emma Washburne has this as well now that her father has passed on.
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Walking the Earth
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Walking the Earth: Or in this case, Flying the Space ... "It's enough."
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: The Chinese curses, which according to the show's Wikiquotes page mean things like "frog-humping son-of-a-bitch" and "holy mother of God and all her wacky nephews." The phrases themselves are (mostly) accurate Mandarin Chinese, but the actors' pronunciation was often so poor as to be incomprehensible.
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Lampshade Hanging
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Lampshade Hanging/Leaning on the Fourth Wall: From "Objects in Space":
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A Date with Rosie Palms
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In "War Stories", right after Jayne says that he'll be in his bunk after seeing the ambassador, the next line is: "Jayne, grab your weapon."
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The Dreaded
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The Dreaded: The Reavers.
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Faster-Than-Light Travel
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Faster-Than-Light Travel: Averted; Joss Whedon mentioned there is no faster than light travel in the Firefly-verse and supplemental materials indicate ships in the verse only get up to about 1/3 of light speed through inertial screening and gravity manipulation.
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Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense
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Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Simon is this once or twice.
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Ax-Crazy
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Ax-Crazy: River, though she has a reason for it.
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Psycho for Hire
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Psycho for Hire: Jubal Early from "Objects in Space".
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Hidden Depths
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Hidden Depths: Jayne Cobb, who is just about the last person on Serenity's crew that you would expect to play guitar or send money to his momma. He's visibly affected when one of the Jaynetown villagers takes a shot intended for him. He's also the first one to join Book in saying grace. In the Firefly 10th anniversary special "Browncoats Unite", Adam Baldwin confirms that he portrayed Jayne as being a man of God. Similarly, you would not count on Simon being a criminal mastermind ("Ariel"), Book a badass preacher, Mal having read a poem (the movie), or being able to dance ("Shindig"), for that matter. According to supplemental material, he was the son of a wealthy rancher and his mother insisted on him having a classical education.
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Ghost Ship
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Ghost Ship: "Bushwhacked".
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Nominal Hero
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Nominal Hero: Jayne.
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Firefly / int_2de7bbf1
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Deadly Euphemism
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comment
Deadly Euphemism: A clever one in "Heart of Gold".
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Firefly / int_2eb94abd
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Kissing Under the Influence
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comment
Kissing Under the Influence: In "Jaynestown", Simon and Kaylee get very drunk, which drops Simon's inhibitions enough for him to actively hit on her. They stay at the bar and in the morning are found wrapped in each others arms, with Kaylee sprawled across Simon's chest. Simon insists to Mal that absolutely nothing untoward happened between them and that he wouldn't dream of behaving in a disrespectful manner where Kaylee is concerned... although she doesn't find his attempt to protect her honour quite so flattering. Later on, when the pair of them are alone together, it's confirmed that nothing happened between them... much to her obvious frustration.
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Firefly / int_2fa60cdd
 Firefly / int_2fcf9bbc
type
Gratuitous Foreign Language
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comment
Gratuitous Foreign Language: The Mandarin-ish phrases scattered through the dialogue, often as family-friendly swearwords. Doubles as a Bilingual Bonus. As the DVD set shows, they used actual Mandarin phrases, and some of them are absolutely hilarious in English.
 Firefly / int_2fcf9bbc
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Firefly / int_2fcf9bbc
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Fantastic Ship Prefix
 Firefly / int_2fe5444
comment
Fantastic Ship Prefix: Alliance ship names are preceded by I.A.V. (possibly Interstellar/Interplanetary Alliance Vessel).
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Firefly / int_2fe5444
 Firefly / int_3036294e
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Scary Black Man
 Firefly / int_3036294e
comment
Scary Black Man: Jubal Early from "Objects in Space". Book is black and startles River with his hair down in "Jaynestown", but is otherwise not scary during the show. In "Shepherd's Tale" comic confirms that Book was scarier in his youth, when he was an interrogator for the Alliance during the war.
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Firefly / int_3036294e
 Firefly / int_305bcbb9
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Space Pirates
 Firefly / int_305bcbb9
comment
Space Pirates
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1.0
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Firefly / int_305bcbb9
 Firefly / int_319e4a2f
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Even Evil Has Standards
 Firefly / int_319e4a2f
comment
Even Jayne Cobb Has Standards: While Jayne really doesn't get along with the Tams to the point he tries to sell them back to the Alliance, even he is visibly shocked to hear the extent to which the Academy screwed with River's brain. So much so that he tries to get them out as fast as possible, so as to escape the Alliance guards he called. In the movie, he lists out various things that he'll kill a man for, but eating people alive? Where's that get fun?
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Firefly / int_319e4a2f
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Shipper on Deck
 Firefly / int_31da1e24
comment
Shipper on Deck: Most of the crew is gunning for Simon and Kaylee to get together. Especially Mal and Inara.
 Firefly / int_31da1e24
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Firefly / int_31da1e24
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We Have to Get the Bullet Out
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comment
We Have to Get the Bullet Out: Several occasions ("Serenity", "Safe" and "Objects in Space", to name a few) see someone working to remove a bullet from a wound.
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Firefly / int_324385bb
 Firefly / int_32e279c4
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Humans Are Flawed
 Firefly / int_32e279c4
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Humans Are Flawed
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Firefly / int_32e279c4
 Firefly / int_330a3b9c
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Differently Powered Individual
 Firefly / int_330a3b9c
comment
Differently Powered Individual: Psychics are informally referred to as "readers".
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Firefly / int_330a3b9c
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Thememobile
 Firefly / int_333b48a6
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Thememobile: The good ship Serenity.
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Firefly / int_333b48a6
 Firefly / int_340575a7
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Girl-on-Girl Is Hot
 Firefly / int_340575a7
comment
Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Five words: "I'll be in my bunk." Inara and the ambassador turned Jayne on. Mal (incorrectly) guesses that Inara kissed Saffron in "Our Mrs. Reynolds", which knocked her out, as did Mal, by way of a poisoned kiss. He giddily grins at Inara's "affirmation" and walks off, leaving behind a very confused and very annoyed Inara.
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Firefly / int_340575a7
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Surgeons Can Do Autopsies If They Want
 Firefly / int_34a4f82a
comment
Surgeons Can Do Autopsies If They Want: Simon's a trauma surgeon, but he is also apparently trained to handle autopsies to some degree, mentioning in "Bushwhacked" that he is familiar with handling corpses. This makes him the logical choice to handle the autopsy in "The Message." Fridge Logic kicks in when you realize that, as a med student, Simon was operating on cadavers, so is better trained than the crew at handling dead bodies.
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Firefly / int_34a4f82a
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KickTheDog
 Firefly / int_34dcfc96
comment
Kick the Dog: Jayne delivers a truly epic one in "Bushwhacked" to Simon after finding out he's scared of getting into spacesuits. He claims that Mal needs him to go over to the derelict ship, so he nervously suits up and does so... and then finds they already had life support working. But what makes it a truly Kick the Dog moment is that as the laughter dies down, Kaylee realizes Simon had the suit on wrong... meaning that if Jayne had been serious, Simon would have died.
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Firefly / int_34dcfc96
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La Résistance
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La Résistance: The Browncoats.
 Firefly / int_34dd5f3
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1.0
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Firefly / int_34dd5f3
 Firefly / int_352def2a
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Burn the Witch!
 Firefly / int_352def2a
comment
Burn the Witch!: River almost has this done to her in "Safe."
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Firefly / int_352def2a
 Firefly / int_35474f36
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Sliding Scale of Law Enforcement
 Firefly / int_35474f36
comment
Sliding Scale of Law Enforcement: Police in the series run the gamut from honest to corrupt to incompetent to dangerously savvy.
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Firefly / int_35474f36
 Firefly / int_354b12fe
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Why Are You Looking at Me Like That?
 Firefly / int_354b12fe
comment
Why Are You Looking at Me Like That?: Subverted in "The Train Job". The crew mention they need to send someone respectable, and everyone looks at Simon, who seems nervous about it... cut to Inara, the ambassador of the ship, putting the plan into action.
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Firefly / int_354b12fe
 Firefly / int_35ba90ab
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Recruiting the Criminal
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comment
Recruiting the Criminal: As seen in a flashback in "Out of Gas", Mal recruited Jayne while the guy was trying to rob him.
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Firefly / int_35ba90ab
 Firefly / int_362bdb30
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Out-Gambitted
 Firefly / int_362bdb30
comment
Out-Gambitted: YoSaffBridge, in "Trash". Jayne in "Ariel".
 Firefly / int_362bdb30
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Firefly / int_362bdb30
 Firefly / int_36b4ad39
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Building Is Welding
 Firefly / int_36b4ad39
comment
Building Is Welding: Kaylee is welding the Ambulance in "Ariel."
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Firefly / int_36b4ad39
 Firefly / int_36c32773
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Generican Empire
 Firefly / int_36c32773
comment
Generican Empire: "Union of Allied Planets" often shortened to just "The Alliance". Unproduced scripts actually named it the "Anglo-Sino Alliance," reflecting its nature as a merger between the United States and China prior to the final abandonment of Earth That Was, but this never made it into the final production.
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Firefly / int_36c32773
 Firefly / int_36c73fcf
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ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals
 Firefly / int_36c73fcf
comment
It Always Rains at Funerals: At the end of "The Message" Tracy's funeral occurs while it's snowing. Then again, the way he specifically states he wants to take his family somewhere warmer would suggest that it just snows a lot on that planet.
 Firefly / int_36c73fcf
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Firefly / int_36c73fcf
 Firefly / int_37499c8
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OnceAnEpisode
 Firefly / int_37499c8
comment
Once an Episode: A crew member getting either shot or stabbed. Mostly shot.
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Firefly / int_37499c8
 Firefly / int_375e2c89
type
Cloning Body Parts
 Firefly / int_375e2c89
comment
Cloning Body Parts: Possible but illegal because, according to Simon, "the technology's not ready yet." Nevertheless, in "The Message" Mal and Zoe's war buddy Tracy is being used to smuggle cloned organs.
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Firefly / int_375e2c89
 Firefly / int_37b5c1b0
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Big Badass Battle Sequence
 Firefly / int_37b5c1b0
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Big Badass Battle Sequence: The first episode shows the tail-end of the Serenity Valley battle, while "The Message" explores one small part of an earlier campaign.
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Firefly / int_37b5c1b0
 Firefly / int_37cb353b
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Ate His Gun
 Firefly / int_37cb353b
comment
Ate His Gun: From "The Train Job":
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Firefly / int_37cb353b
 Firefly / int_384986f4
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We Will Meet Again
 Firefly / int_384986f4
comment
We Will Meet Again: So very subverted.
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Firefly / int_384986f4
 Firefly / int_38a1e0eb
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Foreign Cuss Word
 Firefly / int_38a1e0eb
comment
Foreign Cuss Word: The Mangled Mandarin swearing.
 Firefly / int_38a1e0eb
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Firefly / int_38a1e0eb
 Firefly / int_38d02d44
type
Batman Gambit
 Firefly / int_38d02d44
comment
Batman Gambit: River in "Objects in Space". Though she probably should have known what the reaction of Simon, who gave up everything to keep her from the Alliance, was going to be, with a plan that involves her saying she was going to give herself up. The whole crew in "Trash". This one also counts as a Xanatos Gambit, since the crew would have gotten away with it whether YoSaffBridge had turned on Mal or not.
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Firefly / int_38d02d44
 Firefly / int_3946634e
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The Smart Guy
 Firefly / int_3946634e
comment
The Smart Guy: Kaylee
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Firefly / int_3946634e
 Firefly / int_39b7a7cd
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Amazon Chaser
 Firefly / int_39b7a7cd
comment
Amazon Chaser: Wash in "Bushwhacked": "Have you ever been with a warrior woman?"
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Firefly / int_39b7a7cd
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The Caretaker
 Firefly / int_39d7954e
comment
The Caretaker: Simon, for River.
 Firefly / int_39d7954e
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Firefly / int_39d7954e
 Firefly / int_3aa8406b
type
Make Room for the New Plot
 Firefly / int_3aa8406b
comment
Make Room for the New Plot: In the first episode (the last one actually aired), the overriding conflict of "what do we do with the captured lawman" is abruptly solved via a bullet through the eyes when the Reavers, a substantially more dangerous issue, arise.
 Firefly / int_3aa8406b
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Firefly / int_3aa8406b
 Firefly / int_3aead6c9
type
Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer
 Firefly / int_3aead6c9
comment
Mysterious Mercenary Pursuers: The Hands of Blue.
 Firefly / int_3aead6c9
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Firefly / int_3aead6c9
 Firefly / int_3b79029a
type
Crapsaccharine World
 Firefly / int_3b79029a
comment
Crapsaccharine World: On the surface, the Alliance is a highly advanced democratic civilization. Start digging deeper and you have oppression and abuse perpetrated in the name of making them all Better Worlds. Such abuse includes kidnapping a teenage girl and screwing with her brain to make her into a weapon and a behavioral modification experiment that results in the unintentional extermination of an entire population and the creation of the Reavers. Throughout the series, we see that life is good if you're rich - but heaven help you if you're on one of the worlds subject to half-assed terraforming, needing a vital medicine that's being withheld to up the profits of the manufacturers, or an indebted slave collecting mud for rich owners. Hell, they don't even get folk heroes swooping down to save them... there ain't people like that.
 Firefly / int_3b79029a
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Firefly / int_3b79029a
 Firefly / int_3c0a4666
type
Noodle Incident
 Firefly / int_3c0a4666
comment
Noodle Incident: Wash's story in "Our Mrs. Reynolds" about spending six weeks on a moon where the idea of recreation was juggling baby geese. A lot of incompletely told stories come up in the dinner scene in "Out of Gas" before the engine malfunction. Mal and Zoe mention several war stories in... well "War Stories". Jubal Early in "Objects in Space" gives us this gem:
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Firefly / int_3c0a4666
 Firefly / int_3c111ce6
type
Pistol-Whipping
 Firefly / int_3c111ce6
comment
Pistol-Whipping: Zoe seems to favor rifle-whipping. Mal reverses his grip on his pistol while doing his whipping.
 Firefly / int_3c111ce6
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Firefly / int_3c111ce6
 Firefly / int_3c3f28a5
type
Blessed with Suck
 Firefly / int_3c3f28a5
comment
Blessed with Suck: River.
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Firefly / int_3c3f28a5
 Firefly / int_3c5ae1a1
type
Schizo Tech
 Firefly / int_3c5ae1a1
comment
Schizo Tech: Justified; the just-settled Outer Planets have no infrastructures or industries built yet, forcing them to rely on horse-and-hatchet technology until roads can be paved and machinery imported. In "Heart of Gold", one planet, under the sway of Rance Burgess, is being purposefully suppressed; Rance has the resources to build a real city, but deliberately keeps the tech level down so that he can "play cowboy" and be the man with the best and biggest toys around.
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Firefly / int_3c5ae1a1
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Bad Boss
 Firefly / int_3cb1d38d
comment
Bad Boss: Adelai Niska, who regularly tortures people for minor, minor details. Like talking at a wedding.
 Firefly / int_3cb1d38d
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Firefly / int_3cb1d38d
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Bulletproof Vest
 Firefly / int_3cb9ed4d
comment
Bulletproof Vest: Zoe's is dented in the pilot. Jubal Early is seen wearing what is referred to as 'armor' in "Objects in Space". Given the outfit's resemblance to that of the Operative and the Operative's armor's resemblance to the vests worn by Alliance federals and soldiers, this might indicate a consistent design in 26th century armor. Wash also very cheerfully suggests a subversion:
 Firefly / int_3cb9ed4d
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Firefly / int_3cb9ed4d
 Firefly / int_3cf29583
type
Trojan Prisoner
 Firefly / int_3cf29583
comment
Trojan Prisoner: "The Train Job."
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Firefly / int_3cf29583
 Firefly / int_3cf65c77
type
Unhappy Medium
 Firefly / int_3cf65c77
comment
Unhappy Medium: River.
 Firefly / int_3cf65c77
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 Firefly / int_3cf65c77
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Firefly / int_3cf65c77
 Firefly / int_3d038b36
type
Rhetorical Question Blunder
 Firefly / int_3d038b36
comment
Rhetorical Question Blunder: In the movie, Mal asks Jayne "Do you want to run this ship?" Jayne simply says he does and it throws Mal completely off. In the show proper:
 Firefly / int_3d038b36
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Firefly / int_3d038b36
 Firefly / int_3eb8ba12
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Description Porn
 Firefly / int_3eb8ba12
comment
Description Porn: Jayne gets this way about Vera, his favorite gun, in "Our Mrs. Reynolds".
 Firefly / int_3eb8ba12
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Firefly / int_3eb8ba12
 Firefly / int_3eba1249
type
 Firefly / int_3eba1249
comment
"Yes"/"No" Answer Interpretation: In "Shindig" one of Inara's rich clients offers her an opportunity to stay with him as his personal Companion.
 Firefly / int_3eba1249
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Firefly / int_3eba1249
 Firefly / int_3f7a958b
type
Secret Test of Character
 Firefly / int_3f7a958b
comment
Secret Test of Character: Mal does this to Simon in the pilot. He claims Kaylee died from her bullet wound to see if Simon would have really let her die. The end of "Ariel," when Mal threatens to throw Jayne out the airlock. The test was so secret it was even a surprise to Mal, who had every intention of going through with it. The reason for this is helpfully explained by Book at the beginning of the next episode, when quoting the words of Warrior Poet Xian Yu:
 Firefly / int_3f7a958b
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Firefly / int_3f7a958b
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type
Beleaguered Childhood Friend
 Firefly / int_3f99197c
comment
Beleaguered Childhood Friend: Featured in "Heart of Gold", Nandi is this for Inara.
 Firefly / int_3f99197c
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Firefly / int_3f99197c
 Firefly / int_3ff156fa
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Nay-Theist
 Firefly / int_3ff156fa
comment
Nay-Theist: Mal, after the events of Serenity Valley completely shattered his faith in God. More precisely, he didn't lose his belief in God's existence, but in God's goodness.
 Firefly / int_3ff156fa
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Firefly / int_3ff156fa
 Firefly / int_40c57041
type
Manipulative Bastard
 Firefly / int_40c57041
comment
Manipulative Bastard: Jubal Early in "Objects in Space".
 Firefly / int_40c57041
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Firefly / int_40c57041
 Firefly / int_40cbee83
type
Wretched Hive
 Firefly / int_40cbee83
comment
Wretched Hive: Persephone is a more subtle one than most, but it is a planet where heavily-armed thugs can stick up a man in broad daylight and everyone will just move along a little faster. In the prequel comics, Serenity's crew also has a shoot-out with Badger's thugs while at the docks, inside the cargo bay of their ship, with an open door behind them, and no one says anything.
 Firefly / int_40cbee83
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Firefly / int_40cbee83
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending / Distant Finale: The short story "Take the Sky" included in the Firefly: Still Flying companion book. Set 20 years after Serenity, whether it leans towards bitter or sweet depends on which character you focus on. Of course, there is always the chance that it all takes place in Mal's head in a split second before he faces the Operative for the final time, but it is ambiguous enough to speculate on. And there might be foreshadowing.
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Doomed Hometown
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Doomed Hometown: Mal's homeworld was "Shadow", a major Browncoat holdout from Unification, which the Alliance orbitally bombarded so much that the whole moon was rendered uninhabitable afterwards.
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Fluffy the Terrible
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Fluffy the Terrible: The two most dangerous crew members of Serenity are named Jayne and River.
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Non Sequitur, *Thud*
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Non Sequitur, *Thud*: A truly epic one from Jayne in "The Train Job".
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Mysterious Past
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Mysterious Past: Book, and to a lesser extent River.
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Mysterious Waif
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Mysterious Waif: River.
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Cold-Blooded Torture
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Cold-Blooded Torture: Mal and Wash are tortured by Niska in "War Stories." For extra brutality, Niska tortures Mal to death, then resuscitates him so he can torture him to death a second time.
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The Magnificent Seven Samurai
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The Magnificent Seven Samurai: The Firefly crew finish up one of these plans at the beginning of "Our Mrs. Reynolds", and does it as the focus of the episode in "Heart of Gold". The Hero: Mal The Lancer: Zoey The Big Guy: Jayne The Smart Guy: Kaylee The Mentor: Book Naïve Newcomer: Simon The Funny Guy: Wash
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Hug and Comment
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Hug and Comment: In a touching scene in "War Stories", Simon hugs River:
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School of Seduction
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School of Seduction: The Companion temples.
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What a Piece of Junk
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What a Piece of Junk: Kaylee's Berserk Button is people referring to Serenity as this. Even out of her earshot, a lot of other characters look down on Serenity as well.
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Sensitive Guy and Manly Man
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Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The greedy thug Jayne is hostile toward the classy doctor Simon. Their contrasting personalities are best seen in Jaynestown where Jayne feel comfortable in the rough, poor world and Simon clings to being proper. Their rivalry is best seen in Ariel when Jayne demands that Simon be left on the core planet after being stabbed by Simon's sister. Mal then deals with Jayne's defensiveness and Simon's concern for his sister.
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Snarking Thanks
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Snarking Thanks: After a bar brawl, Mal and Zoe have this exchange after having been pushed back to the edge of a nearby cliff and are still facing numerous angry brawlers:
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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!: Simon will do anything to save his sister. Even if "there is a dinner party at risk."
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Becoming the Mask
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Becoming the Mask: Joss Whedon let it slip in an interview that Derrial Book was not Shepherd's real name, but rather he had taken the identity of a man he had killed. They go into detail in the comic.
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Hospital Surprise
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Hospital Surprise: In the episode Out of Gas, Mal passes out from blood loss and oxygen deprivation just as he restarts the engine, but before he can give the signal for his crew to return to Serenity. He wakes up in the medical facility, with the rest of his crew around him, being treated by Simon. It turns out that Zoe, who had last been seen unconscious and severely injured from an explosion, ordered the crew to go back for Mal, without waiting for his signal.
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: The show practically runs on this, although Jayne often plays a Sancho Panza role, sometimes to an extreme degree.
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Parrot Expo-WHAT?
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Parrot Expo-WHAT?: In "Shindig".
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Shirtless Scene
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Shirtless Scene: Jayne gets shirtless at the beginning of "Jaynestown." Mal has a shirt-pants-shoes-and-sockless scene in "Trash". He's also shirtless in one scene in the movie, which acts as a stealth Continuity Nod: you can see the scars from all the wounds he'd gotten during the show. Simon in "Objects in Space."
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Utopia Justifies the Means
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Utopia Justifies the Means: The Alliance's goal.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: The series posits the very, very real fear that your children could be targeted by a variety of threats, including rapist pirates and the government - which also brings up hefty fears of government repression and regulation. There's the fact that the Tam siblings are forced to become outlaws because their own parents would turn them back to the Alliance, despite the clear evidence that the Academy was doing horrible things to River. This plays off of the fear of child abuse and children being unable to rely on their parents for sufficient protection. River had been recruited by a prestigious school because she was gifted. Why? So she could be abused, tortured, and experimented on. It gets worse... she was regularly sending back perfectly innocent and happy letters in her own handwriting so all this happens without you ever suspecting a thing.
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Someone to Remember Him By
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Someone to Remember Him By: As shown in one of the comics, Zoe is pregnant with Wash's daughter.
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From Camouflage to Criminal
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From Camouflage to Criminal: Both Mal and Zoe were soldiers for the Independents who have since turned to being somewhat minor criminals. Their past as soldiers does come in handy during confrontations and fights, however, as they and the crew often overcome better armed foes who have numbers on their side.
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Well, Excuse Me, Princess!
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Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Mal and Inara trade roles in this frequently, sometimes ("Trash") even simultaneously.
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I'll Be in My Bunk
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I'll Be in My Bunk: The trope name comes from a line spoken by Jayne in "War Stories" which becomes a bit of a Running Gag on and off screen.
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You Have Failed Me
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You Have Failed Me: Niska likes to do this.
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Amazing Freaking Grace
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Amazing Freaking Grace: At the end of "Heart of Gold" when there is a funeral held for those who did not survive the fight.
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Cool People Rebel Against Authority
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Cool People Rebel Against Authority
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Give Me a Sword
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Give Me a Sword
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Always Chaotic Evil
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Always Chaotic Evil: Reavers. Introduced by Zoe in the pilot:
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I Just Want to Be Normal
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I Just Want to Be Normal: River.
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Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
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Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: "The Message."
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Combat Pragmatist
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Mal, who does not let little things like swords in his stomach ("Shindig") or being tortured to death ("War Stories") get in the way. This, combined with his Combat Pragmatism, is why he wins fights with opponents much more skilled and better-equipped. If he's breathing, he is never, ever beaten. And even if he's not breathing. After the aforementioned torturers kill him, they shock him back to life. And then he proceeds to lay a beatdown on them both. The man is practically Made of Iron. The RPG gives a continuity nod to this sequence, describing it as an "Incredible" Discipline skill check. For reference, that's 6/8 possible difficulty levels, and they don't necessarily scale linearly.
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I Never Said It Was Poison
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I Never Said It Was Poison: When the Alliance boards Serenity in the episode "Bushwhacked" after finding them engaged in illegal salvaging, the officer in charge mentions having received an alert about a fugitive "brother and sister" escaping on a ship matching their description. Mal inverts the trope by pretending to assume he means a pair of children. The officer seems annoyed to have to correct him that they are interested in a pair of adult siblings but quickly lets the subject drop. Invoked in "Trash", when Mal finds out Yo Saff Bridge has married his old friend Monty and they draw down on each other. After Mal tells Monty what happened with "Saffron" on his ship, she says "You're a liar, Malcolm Reynolds." Monty then notes that he never told her his name.
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I'm Cold... So Cold...
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I'm Cold... So Cold...: Subverted, where Kaylee says something like this after being shot, but she recovers without complication. She says it not because of impending death, but because she's going in to shock from the traumatic injury.
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: In this case, comes conveniently pre-broken. There are the R. Tam Sessions that were released as a lead-in to the movie, and several flashbacks to see her being broken. Jubal is breaking Kaylee in "Objects in Space". River helps fix her. Wash in the episode "War Stories", for a bit.
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Lobotomy
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Lobotomy: River Tam had parts of her brain removed, though it was not her frontal lobe they messed up with. The operation removed her ability to suppress her emotions.
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You Are Too Late
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You Are Too Late: In "Trash", Saffron tells the gun's owner that he should have called the Feds the moment she showed up with Mal. Then he shows her the panic button built into a ring he's wearing, which he did, in fact, push when he saw her.
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Emergency Cargo Dump
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Emergency Cargo Dump: In episode "Jaynestown", Jayne explains that he once pulled a heist on Higgins' Moon, but then had to dump the cargo to stay airborne after he got hit by anti-aircraft fire, and the strongbox inadvertently landed in the indentured workers' Company Town causing Jayne to become a local hero. He neglects to mention he pushed his partner Stitch Hessian out first, and Magistrate Higgins sends the vengeful Stitch after him.
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I Can't Dance
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I Can't Dance: Just barely averted in the episode "Shindig" because real life writes the plot. The actors spent so much time rehearsing the "Mal can't dance" scene that Nathan Fillion actually learned to perform the choreography very well, so after recording the scene they had to dub in a line where Mal remarks that this is one dance he actually knows.
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A Friend in Need
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A Friend in Need: Mal dislikes Simon, pretty much from the get-go because of the heat he brings down on the ship, and because he lied about his fugitive status until he was already on board. However, by the time things really get bad, Simon has agreed to be the ship's doctor, making him an official part of the crew. Mal and company help keep Simon and River hidden from the Alliance until the coast is clear, leading Simon to wonder out loud why Mal would help him if he doesn't even like him. Mal's answer is simply, "You're on my crew." This attitude is present in pretty much everyone on the ship (except maybe Jayne...) to the point where they more resemble a family than a crew on a ship, and frequently risk their own safety for each other when necessary.
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Screw the Money, I Have Rules!
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Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In the episode "The Train Job," the crew of Serenity are hired by Adelei Niska to steal from a train. However, when they discover that the items in question that they were hired to steal was in fact badly needed medicine for a degenerative disease, they promptly turn on Niska, return the money, and transport said medicine to its intended location.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: Many of them related to River, the resident Broken Bird. "No power in the 'Verse can stop me!" It's less the line, but more the delivery, as it's not even clear that River registers on an emotional level what she's just done. "I'm not on the ship. I'm in the ship. I am the ship." Followed soon after by: "You're not in my mind. You're on my gorram ship!"
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Author Tract
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Author Tract: 80% of "Objects In Space" is Jubal Early echoing Joss Whedon's existentialist views with Simon at gunpoint. The other 20%? Summer Glau's bare feet, and Sean Maher's bare torso. Joss goes into even greater detail in the solo commentary which accompanies the episode.
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The Atoner
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The Atoner: Throughout the series, Book is implied to have a checkered and unsavory past. Confirmed by the comic "A Shepherd's Tale".
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Spice of Life
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Spice of Life: Justified with actual spices (particularly in the RPG). The food that independent spacers (like the crew of Serenity) stock the most of is packaged protein, because it's cheap and it keeps forever. It also doesn't taste like much of anything, making fresh produce, herbs and spices a welcome treat. Shepherd Book said it best in the pilot ("Serenity"):
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: In the pilot episode Inara is referred to as "the ambassador" by several characters in multiple situations, which Mal explains is because her status as a Companion often helps them gain access to worlds they would normally be barred from. Though they continue to exploit her high society contacts throughout the series, her nickname never appears after the first episode. On a more fundamental level, Wash's character evolved over the series as he progressed from a very reserved pilot when in danger in the first episode to an excitable and loud pilot in "The Message". Also, Book shows some nervousness in the pilot when he's around Inara, although this may be lingering embarrassment on his part that the "Ambassador" nickname led him to believe she was a state official before Mal tells him her real profession.
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Drugged Lipstick
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Drugged Lipstick: Saffron.
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Mook–Face Turn
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Mook–Face Turn: How Jayne was recruited, as seen in "Out of Gas".
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Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help
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Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Simon Tam saves a man's life from his incompetent doctor while breaking into an Alliance hospital to check on his sister's condition.
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Firefly / int_4fa986e
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The Big Guy
 Firefly / int_500ecfb7
comment
The Big Guy: Jayne
 Firefly / int_500ecfb7
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Firefly / int_500ecfb7
 Firefly / int_50ca4422
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Unresolved Sexual Tension
 Firefly / int_50ca4422
comment
Unresolved Sexual Tension: No, it is not your imagination that whenever Mal and Inara get within a foot of each other, electricity shoots out of your screen. It is the UST trying to explode your television/computer.
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Firefly / int_50ca4422
 Firefly / int_51805c03
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Treasure Chest Cavity
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comment
Treasure Chest Cavity: In "The Message". But it turns out it's not gold: it's specifically grown organs for transplants.
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Firefly / int_51805c03
 Firefly / int_51beab21
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Good Old Fisticuffs
 Firefly / int_51beab21
comment
Good Old Fisticuffs: Subverted, in that every time Mal goes up against a competent enemy, he loses. Except the swordfight in "Shindig", but he was not using fisticuffs, he was using whatever he could. Said swordfight was also a match he lost, at first.
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Firefly / int_51beab21
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Father, I Want to Marry My Brother
 Firefly / int_52350162
comment
Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: In a deleted scene for "Our Mrs. Reynolds", River tries to convince Shepherd Book to marry her and Simon.
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Firefly / int_52350162
 Firefly / int_5318f34d
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Conveniently Coherent Thoughts
 Firefly / int_5318f34d
comment
Conveniently Coherent Thoughts: "Objects In Space." When River is shown reading the minds of the rest of the crew, their thoughts come in the form of clear sentences. However, in most cases they are non-sequiturs or irrelevant to the current situation or conversation. Except for the thoughts River gets when Zoe and Wash are making out; those actually come in the form of crashing ocean waves and other sensations that cause River to sway and stumble.
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Firefly / int_5318f34d
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Badass Driver
 Firefly / int_5327b609
comment
Badass Driver: Wash. He's an ace of a pilot and can pull off several very dangerous maneuvers.
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 Firefly / int_5327b609
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Firefly / int_5327b609
 Firefly / int_53830d
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The Internet Is for Porn
 Firefly / int_53830d
comment
The Cortex Is For Porn: According to Simon and River's father in "Safe", who therefore refuses to allow a Dedicated Sourcebox in his house. But, his wife already ordered one for Simon, so he might as well give up the fantasy that this is his house.
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Firefly / int_53830d
 Firefly / int_544d3a44
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Dangerous Phlebotinum Interaction
 Firefly / int_544d3a44
comment
Dangerous Phlebotinum Interaction: In "Ariel" an undercover Simon Tam saves a patient from cardiac arrest, then tears the patient's doctor a new one for causing it. The doctor had made the mistake of giving his patient a painkiller that, when combined with a standard prep drug used for the patient's procedure, reacts to form a vasoconstrictor.
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Firefly / int_544d3a44
 Firefly / int_548bd053
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Guns Akimbo
 Firefly / int_548bd053
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Guns Akimbo: Zoe and Jayne in "War Stories".
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Firefly / int_548bd053
 Firefly / int_54bb502b
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Nobody Poops
 Firefly / int_54bb502b
comment
Nobody Poops: Averted. Mal is shown having a toilet in his cabin.
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Firefly / int_54bb502b
 Firefly / int_551d3457
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Food Pills
 Firefly / int_551d3457
comment
Food Pills: The ration bars from the "Serenity" pilot episode.
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Firefly / int_551d3457
 Firefly / int_5526b660
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Humans Are White
 Firefly / int_5526b660
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Humans Are White: In a heavily East Asian influenced universe, supposedly resulting from a merger of the United States and China on Earth That Was, where non-Chinese people scatter Mandarin phrases in their English conversation, none of the main cast members is Asian. The only Asian actors to get any lines in the entire series play bit parts: a prostitute and a Shadow Play presenter in "Heart Of Gold", a crime boss in "War Stories" and a bridge officer in "the Train Job". The Author's Saving Throw from the DVD commentary is that character names like Tam and Wing suggest some Asian ancestry, and according to Word of God, the part of Kaylee was originally written to be an actress of Asian descent, but Joss and company were impressed enough with Jewel Staite's audition that she got the part instead.
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Firefly / int_5526b660
 Firefly / int_55d33017
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Sheltered Aristocrat
 Firefly / int_55d33017
comment
Sheltered Aristocrat: Simon, who struggles to fit in with the crew for this reason. It's also the reason Kaylee struggles to understand him.
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Firefly / int_55d33017
 Firefly / int_562abd51
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Let's Get Dangerous!
 Firefly / int_562abd51
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Let's Get Dangerous!: River in particular, but others have their moments, too.
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Firefly / int_562abd51
 Firefly / int_59bf0074
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Flying Cutlery Spaceship
 Firefly / int_59bf0074
comment
Flying Cutlery Spaceship: The Reaver ships in both the series and the film are covered in jagged metal spikes, looking like they were slapped together from scrap metal. The Reavers also enjoy splattering blood like paint on their hulls and stringing half-eaten corpses to their bows.
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Firefly / int_59bf0074
 Firefly / int_5a29f9f6
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Sinking Ship Scenario
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Sinking Ship Scenario: "Out of Gas".
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Firefly / int_5a29f9f6
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Government Conspiracy
 Firefly / int_5a4aa505
comment
Government Conspiracy: Hands of Blue — possibly a private sector conspiracy by Blue Sun, but with definite government involvement.
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Firefly / int_5a4aa505
 Firefly / int_5a7fc31
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Faux Death
 Firefly / int_5a7fc31
comment
Faux Death: River and Simon in "Ariel". Tracy in "The Message". In fact, he was put under by the same drug as the Tam siblings.
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Firefly / int_5a7fc31
 Firefly / int_5a8c9252
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Disrupting The Theater
 Firefly / int_5a8c9252
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Disrupting The Theater: In the "Our Mrs. Reynolds" episode, Shepherd Book has the following to say about Mal's wife from an Accidental Marriage:
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Firefly / int_5a8c9252
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Intrepid Merchant
 Firefly / int_5aa8b4b6
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Intrepid Merchant: Mal and his crew have elements of this, though profit seems hard to come by.
 Firefly / int_5aa8b4b6
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Firefly / int_5aa8b4b6
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Meaningful Background Event
 Firefly / int_5b565147
comment
Meaningful Background Event: In "Safe" while Kaylee and Simon are arguing in the store, you can see River silently sneaking away. At the beginning of "The Message," when Tracy sits down to eat the beans you see the Alliance soldier sneaking up. Also in "The Message", just after Tracy regains consciousness and Kaylee enters the infirmary. The focus is on Tracy in the foreground as his eyes meet Kaylee's. However, Simon's still in the background monitoring his heart. As a result, the entire room can hear his heart speed up in response to Kaylee... and the camera angle on Tracy makes sure Simon's reaction to this is visible in the background. Ouch.
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Firefly / int_5b565147
 Firefly / int_5b64e6d4
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Red Herring Mole
 Firefly / int_5b64e6d4
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Red Herring Mole: When first introduced to Simon, the "bad guy"-chord comes in as he's hovering menacingly around a large crate wearing scary glasses. He acts suspiciously by asking many questions, leading Mal to suspect that Simon is the mole that is giving the Alliance their location. Book steps in and says that Simon isn't the mole — giving one the assumption that the mole might be him, until they turn to find the real culprit.
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Firefly / int_5b64e6d4
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Virgin-Shaming
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Virgin-Shaming: Zigzagged. The magistrate in "Jaynestown" believes this so he hires Inara to take his son's virginity. During their time together, Inara explains to the magistrate's son that this is not true. But after losing his virginity to Inara, the son defies his father, saying that his time with Inara did in fact help him grow up. It may have been the sex, or it may have been because Inara gives really good pep talks, or it may have been both.
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Firefly / int_5b92d2f
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"I Know What We Can Do" Cut
 Firefly / int_5bcdb848
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"I Know What We Can Do" Cut: For team heists.
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Firefly / int_5bcdb848
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Instant Sedation
 Firefly / int_5bdf025f
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Instant Sedation: The Goodnight Kiss does this, as Mal discovers. It takes a bit longer to work on Inara - several seconds instead of just one or two. In "The Train Job", it takes several minutes for the drug to knock out Jayne, but it still occurred faster than it would in real life and Simon indicated it acted on Jayne slower than it would normally affect most other people.
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Firefly / int_5bdf025f
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Jitter Cam
 Firefly / int_5be0771e
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Jittercam: Including CGI scenes. Zoic, who did the CGI scenes, would go on to use the same techniques in Battlestar Galactica. And also put Serenity herself in BSG.
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Firefly / int_5be0771e
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Eyepatch of Power
 Firefly / int_5c5d0032
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Eyepatch of Power: Dobson, in Those Left Behind.
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Firefly / int_5c5d0032
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Thrown Out the Airlock
 Firefly / int_5c613245
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Thrown Out the Airlock: Jayne almost suffers this fate in "Ariel."
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Firefly / int_5c613245
 Firefly / int_5d6f4033
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Agonizing Stomach Wound
 Firefly / int_5d6f4033
comment
Agonizing Stomach Wound: In the (out of order) pilot, Kaylee gets shot in the stomach, forcing the crew to afford newcomer Simon enough trust to perform surgery on her as he's the only doctor for millions of miles.
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Firefly / int_5d6f4033
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Big Brother Is Watching
 Firefly / int_5da3f522
comment
Big Brother Is Watching: The Alliance, at least on the Core Worlds, has a widespread surveillance system, which is why Zoe is reluctant to leave the ship while on Core Worlds. Dialogue between Simon and his father in a flashback in "Safe" suggests that the Alliance keeps a record of certain places you have been; when Simon's father walked into a jail to pick him up, it was apparently recorded on his permanent profile.
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Firefly / int_5da3f522
 Firefly / int_5deb34da
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Ace Pilot
 Firefly / int_5deb34da
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Ace Pilot: Wash
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Firefly / int_5deb34da
 Firefly / int_5e8332c
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Underground Railroad
 Firefly / int_5e8332c
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Underground Railroad: Simon mentions in passing that such an organization helped him get River away from the Academy. Mal and his crew effectively fulfill this trope in practice, helping the Tams stay on the move to avoid capture.
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Firefly / int_5e8332c
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Sonic Stunner
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Sonic Stunner: Seen in "Ariel" and "Trash".
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Firefly / int_5eb2313a
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Mood Lighting
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Mood Lighting: "Out of Gas" flashbacks.
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Firefly / int_5f261d88
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Wrap It Up
 Firefly / int_5fa3a575
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Wrap It Up
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Firefly / int_5fa3a575
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Photographic Memory
 Firefly / int_5fdf73bc
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Photographic Memory: River in general but especially in "War Stories."
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Firefly / int_5fdf73bc
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Combat Medic
 Firefly / int_5fff364d
comment
Combat Medic: Simon, when pressed. Zoe also has some experience with this, as seen briefly in "Safe"; although she has some trouble removing a bullet from Simon's leg at the end of "Objects in Space".
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Firefly / int_5fff364d
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Former Teen Rebel
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Former Teen Rebel: Book. He eventually became a preacher, but he started out as a petty teenage criminal then became a spy during the war.
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Firefly / int_60200c6
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Future Slang
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Future Slang: Many of the characters curse in Chinese, the explanation being that China was one of the biggest contributors to the colonization of the galaxy, and therefore many people speak at least a little bit of the language because of that influence. Also serves in Getting Crap Past the Radar, since most American viewers wouldn't know just how profane the characters were being.
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Firefly / int_60441d9
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The Lancer
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The Lancer: Zoey
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Firefly / int_60b21fa3
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First Blood
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First Blood: "Out of Gas".
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Firefly / int_6158a8cf
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Improbable Piloting Skills
 Firefly / int_61a35c24
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Improbable Piloting Skills: "War Stories": Did Wash just perfectly hit a skyplex docking seal with a powered down Firefly from 6000 miles away? Yes, I believe that's exactly what he just did.
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Firefly / int_61a35c24
 Firefly / int_61e43473
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Dramatic Space Drifting
 Firefly / int_61e43473
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During the episode "Objects in Space", in which Jubal Early is spaced and left to die. Played for comedic value at the end of the episode, where even Jubal recognizes he is performing some excellent Dramatic Space Drifting. "Well... here I am."
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Firefly / int_61e43473
 Firefly / int_6231a220
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Death by Sex
 Firefly / int_6231a220
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Death by Sex: Nandi in "Heart of Gold".
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Firefly / int_6231a220
 Firefly / int_627264e0
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Death Glare
 Firefly / int_627264e0
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Death Glare Hell, Zoe does it a lot. Zoe to Niska in "War Stories". Zoe to Mal in "Shindig". Zoe to Wash... frequently. Mal's glare can probably blow up a Reaver ship. Jayne during the interrogation scene in "Bushwacked". Played for laughs. Simon does not need to look formidable. His eyes are scary enough. From the movie:
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Firefly / int_627264e0
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Orgasmically Delicious
 Firefly / int_62ba107b
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Orgasmically Delicious: As seen in the pilot episode "Serenity", Kaylee really likes strawberries.
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Firefly / int_62ba107b
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Heroic Sacrifice
 Firefly / int_6439de78
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Heroic Sacrifice: Played straight with Simon in what amounts to a lingering Heroic Sacrifice through the entire series and movie when he gives up status and fortune and lives with outlaws, so he can rescue and comfort his sister.
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Firefly / int_6439de78
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Creepy Souvenir
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Creepy Souvenir: Reavers take people's skins as trophies, cover their spaceships with blood and they tie whole corpses to the front of their ships.
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Always Save the Girl
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Always Save the Girl
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Please Keep Your Hat On
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Please Keep Your Hat On: It's more like "please keep your hair tie on," but River gets very frightened when Shepherd Book lets out his Compressed Hair in "Jaynestown". Even Zoe admits that it's alarming.
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Firefly / int_653a9d93
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Cannot Spit It Out
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Cannot Spit It Out: Played straight with Mal and Inara. Subverted, with Simon and Kaylee. He tells her she's pretty, even -- ''especially'' -- when she's covered in engine grease and later tells her his politeness (stiffness, in her book) is just his way of showing her he likes her. Of course, he still bungles the flirting after that pretty badly anyway.
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Firefly / int_653c5c73
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He Knows Too Much
 Firefly / int_65acf9db
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She Knows Too Much: The reason the Alliance is after River and Simon, and why the Hands of Blue kill anyone who knows about them - even Alliance personnel.
 Firefly / int_65acf9db
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Firefly / int_65acf9db
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Company Town
 Firefly / int_67711aa
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On Higgins' Moon ("Jaynestown") most of the ceramics workforce is indentured, which allows the magistrate owning their contracts to get filthy rich by keeping conditions in the Company Town as cheap and crappy as possible and paying them as little as possible. The RPG says his son has been working to improve things since the episode, though.
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Shoot the Hostage Taker
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Shoot the Hostage Taker: An Alliance lawman takes River hostage at gunpoint and gets out about half a sentence of demands before Mal storms in and shoots him in the face.
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Favouritism Flip Flop
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comment
Also, the Favouritism Flip Flop in "Heart of Gold":
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Evil Laugh
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Evil Laugh: In the pilot episode "Serenity" Wash, while playing with toy dinosaurs, proclaims that the Allosaurus has "an evil laugh" when it betrays the Stegosaurus.
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Firefly / int_68068108
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Big Brother Instinct
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Big Brother Instinct: Simon has this for River, and everyone has this for Kaylee.
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Disturbing Statistic
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Disturbing Statistic: From "Safe":
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The Power of Love
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The Power of Love: The core of Simon and River's relationship. Simon's love for River is essentially the fuel that gives him the reserves of strength required to sustain his lingering Heroic Sacrifice through the course of the series.
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Firefly / int_6a696742
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Unfazed Everyman
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Unfazed Everyman: Although he did sign up for the crew of Serenity, Wash is also a Non-Action Guy who often finds the situations the ship gets into utterly confusing.
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Jerkass Has a Point
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Jerkass Has a Point: Simon accusing Mal of being willing to sell him and River to the Alliance. Out of line? Not when you remember that Mal's first words to Dobson after The Reveal were "Say, is there a reward?" Jayne also has a tendency to invoke this trope, particularly when clashing with Mal on Simon and River. Mal seems to realize it, too.
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Firefly / int_6b05b601
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Unstoppable Rage
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Unstoppable Rage: Jayne briefly has one in "Jaynestown" when the mudder takes a bullet for him.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Everybody calls Malcolm Reynolds "Mal". River points out that in The Latin, Mal means "Bad." Shepherd Book.
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Insult to Rocks
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Insult to Rocks: From "Shindig":
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Waistcoat of Style
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Waistcoat of Style: Simon in the early episodes.
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Dead Person Impersonation
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Dead Person Impersonation: Shepherd Book. Invoked in the Pilot when Mal rips the authorization code off a fallen comrade and then tells one of his squaddies "You're Lieutenant Baker" so they can order air support.
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Fake Brit
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Fake Brit: Invoked Trope. River's mimicry of Badger's accent in "Shindig".
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The Ophelia
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The Ophelia: River, of course. "Two by two, hands of blue..."
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Big Brother Worship
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Big Brother Worship: As a result of the above, River adores her brother.
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The Great Repair
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The Great Repair: "Out of Gas".
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My Greatest Failure
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My Greatest Failure: Before "A Shepherd's Tale" came out, Joss hinted that Book was known for his greatest failure. The comic shows that this might actually be his greatest success, depending on how you look at it.
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Iconic Outfit
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Iconic Outfit: Jayne's knitted hat.
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Waif Prophet
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Waif Prophet: River, who often spouts supposedly meaningless koans.
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Invulnerable Knuckles
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Invulnerable Knuckles: Played straight throughout most of the series, but averted in the Bar Brawl that opens "The Train Job". After the fight, which was solidly composed of Good Old Fisticuffs, Mal goes to the infirmary to mend his split knuckles and even admits to Simon that you are never supposed to hit somebody in the head with a closed fist because of the damage you will do to your own hand.
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The Plot Reaper
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The Plot Reaper: In "Heart of Gold," Mal makes Inara jealous by having sex with Nandi, but it is okay because the very next day Nandi gets shot in the chest and dies.
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Stealth Hi/Bye
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Stealth Hi/Bye: River. Simon once or twice. Also Mal in "Objects in Space". Mr. Early looks to the right of a corridor. No one there. He looks to the left. No one there. He turns back to the right. Mal is there. Made hilarious in that Mal and Early have the exact same "Oh shit where did you come from?!" expression on their faces when they see each other.
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Wrench Wench
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Wrench Wench: Kaylee.
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Firefly / int_71038217
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Wrench Whack
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Wrench Whack: Mal does this to Jayne toward the end of "Ariel".
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Erotic Eating
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Erotic Eating: Kaylee with the strawberries. Particularly in the unaired pilot version.
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Bar Brawl
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Bar Brawl: A constant among Serenity's crew.
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Up to Eleven
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For extra brutality, Niska tortures Mal to death, then resuscitates him so he can torture him to death a second time.
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Power Outage Plot
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Power Outage Plot: The episode "Out of Gas" sees Mal struggling to get Serenity up and running again after an explosion wipes out most of the ship's fuel supply.
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Good Feels Good
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Good Feels Good: Jayne learns this due to his 100% Heroism Rating in Canton. However, it doesn't end well.
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Politically Incorrect Villain
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Politically Incorrect Villain: Rance Burgess from "Heart of Gold" is the most obvious case, although there are others that arguably have shades of this.
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Eloquent in My Native Tongue
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Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Although (according to the DVD) a translator worked hard to get Chinese slang correct, and the actors studied recordings, it was still mangled in pronunciation.
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The Strategist
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The Strategist: Simon in "Ariel", River in "Objects in Space". Mal demonstrates this as well, successfully capturing an enemy gun turret and shooting down a skiff during the Battle of Serenity Valley, and figuring out ahead of time how Patience would betray him. His expertise seems to be in short-term planning, since anything he plans from beginning to end tends to go awry - as expressed in the movie:
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 Firefly / int_73733868
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Awesomeness by Analysis
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Awesomeness by Analysis: River is so quick with math, that in "War Stories", she only needed to glance at Niska's men for a second before killing all three of them in one shot each with her eyes closed. Kaylee remarks in "Objects in Space" that she just "did the math."
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 Firefly / int_740f59b4
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ColorCodedForYourConvenience
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Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Alliance wears primarily blue and grey to match all their shiny tech. A slur for them is "purple-belly," which refers to the purple-tinged armor seen on the footsoldiers. The Browncoats wear (obviously) brown, red, yellow, and orange, which goes with the Wild West setting. This symbolizes the Alliance's cold modernism versus the Browncoats' heart. The black-and-grey uniforms of anyone shown manning an Alliance ship are also pleasantly reminiscent of the crew (not the soldiers) of the Death Star, whose uniforms were, themselves, based of those of the Nazis.
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Fun T-Shirt
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Fun T-Shirt: Jayne has loads of them.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: "Two by two, hands of blue..." The Blue Sun corporation crops up a lot in logos, advertisements and billboards in the background, as well as one of Jayne's t-shirts; Whedon has said the show was cancelled before this could be explored.
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 Firefly / int_74ee1c2d
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Out-of-Genre Experience
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Out-of-Genre Experience: The episode "Ariel" features a brief switch to medical drama, and is itself The Caper rather than a Space Western.
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The Power of Legacy
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The Power of Legacy: At the end of "Ariel", Jayne begs Mal to use this trope, asking him not to tell that the reason Mal is launching Jayne into space is because Jayne sold out Simon and River to the Alliance. Mal chooses to spare him.
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Prison Rape
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Prison Rape: In "The Message", a corrupt Alliance lawman intimidates a post official who is one of Mal's friends into betraying him by graphic threats of what he's going to face in prison.
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Belligerent Sexual Tension
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Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Mal and Inara, and Mal and Saffron to a degree. Done deliberately with Jayne and Simon.
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Chiaroscuro
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Chiaroscuro: Used throughout the series, most often on the actual ship but also in other locations—for example, Badger's den on Persephone, and any of the border planets at night.
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Played for Laughs
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Jayne during the interrogation scene in "Bushwacked". Played for laughs.
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Thicker Than Water
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Thicker Than Water: Behold, the Power of Brotherhood.
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Hooker with a Heart of Gold
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Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Inara is a subversion. She does have a heart of gold, but she doesn't actually want to be rescued from her career. Mal and Kaylee seem to think that she's better than what she does and should want to be rescued.
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It Began with a Twist of Fate
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It Began with a Twist of Fate: It was shear serendipity that Simon, River and Book got on Serenity. The rest of the series descends from that one choice by people with no prior connection to each other whatsoever.
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Technical Pacifist
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Technical Pacifist: Book. From "War Stories":
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Sliding Scale of Shiny Versus Gritty
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Sliding Scale of Shiny Versus Gritty: Core worlds are very shiny, while outer worlds are very gritty.
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Troubling Unchildlike Behavior
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Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: According to some illustrations in Still Flying, young Jayne. In that at ten years old he was shooting spaceport varmints for the bounties, and using the money he earned to bet on homeless gladiator blood sports and buy beer.
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Like Brother and Sister
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Like Brother and Sister: Zoe and Mal. Would be Platonic Life-Partners, but Zoe definitively chooses her relationship with Wash over Mal in "War Stories". Although it's worth noting that she specifically needed Wash's piloting skills to pull off a rescue plan; her choice was pragmatic as well as emotional. Mal repeatedly acts the part of an older brother to Kaylee, particularly apparent in "Shindig". In the movie, he invokes Brain Bleach when Kaylee mentions having to rely on batteries to get her needs met for a year. Though, to be fair, almost everyone treats Kaylee like a little sister, but it's usually more Mal and, to an extent, Inara. Significantly, Mal calls Kaylee "Mei-mei", Mandarin for "little sister", just as Simon calls River and Nandi calls Inara.
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Get It Over With
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Get It Over With: Atherton and the spectators after Mal wins the duel in "Shindig".
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Uptight Loves Wild
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Uptight Loves Wild: Simon and Kaylee. Inara and Mal are a milder example.
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Rock Beats Laser
 Firefly / int_79974fb8
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Rock Beats Laser: Not in a direct-opposition sense, but in terms of reliability, affordability and logistics. Laser and stun weapons exist, but bullets are generally preferred for practical reasons.
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Mr. Vice Guy
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Mr. Vice Guy: Mal. According to him in the movie, he's "a fan of all seven".
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Shell-Shocked Veteran
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Shell-Shocked Veteran: Mal.
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You Must Be Cold
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You Must Be Cold: Monkeywrenched in the pilot.
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Real Men Wear Pink
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Real Men Wear Pink: Mal is not the slightest bit uncomfortable about dressing as a woman to pose as bait for bandits.
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Token Evil Teammate
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Token Evil Teammate: Jayne Cobb. Jayne may not be actually "evil," though he is particularly greedy, violent, and self-serving, even considering he is on a crew of thieves and criminals, and attempts to sell River and Simon to the Alliance for money.
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Bait-and-Switch Comparison
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Bait-and-Switch Comparison: Wash's reaction to the preserved mutant cow fetus in "The Message". (Simon is standing nearby, just after having angered Kaylee... again.)
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Corralled Cosmos
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Corralled Cosmos: Enforced by Reaver territory.
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Black Market Produce
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Black Market Produce: Shown in the pilot episode, with Kaylee enjoying a strawberry and the crew getting excited about fresh vegetables and herbs.
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Hearing Voices
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Hearing Voices: River.
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ISOStandardHumanSpaceship
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ISO Standard Human Spaceship: While most ships in the 'verse seem to follow this trope, the Alliance cruisers strongly avert it, appearing as a series of pyramidal towers of varying sizes attached by sky-bridges and sharing a common base.
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Ready for Lovemaking
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Ready for Lovemaking: "Our Mrs. Reynolds."
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Duel of Seduction
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Duel of Seduction: Saffron and Inara. Inara wins (at least, she recognizes the game).
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Defeat as Backstory
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Defeat as Backstory: Mal, Zoe, and other Browncoats fought on the losing side in a war that ended six years before the series takes place. Their ship, Serenity, is named after the last battle in that war.
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Curse of the Ancients
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Curse of the Ancients: All the swearing that is not done in "Mandarin"(-ish) has an Old West feel to it. Gorramit.
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High-Class Call Girl
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High-Class Call Girl: Inara.
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The Four Gods
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The Four Gods: The five suns of the verse have both English and Chinese names: Blue Sun/Qing Long, Red Sun/Zhu Qe, White Sun/Bai Hu, Georgia/Huang Long and Kalidasa/Xuan Wu.
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Almost Kiss
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In the commentary for "Objects in Space", Joss yells at Book for interrupting their Almost Kiss.
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Shower Scene
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Shower Scene: Inara's sponge bath in the pilot episode "Serenity."
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Expanded Universe
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Expanded Universe: The Movie, the comics, online clips and games.
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Wall of Weapons
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Wall of Weapons: Jayne's bunk.
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Human Mail
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Human Mail: Tracey mails himself to Mal and Zoe in "The Message".
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Princess for a Day
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Princess for a Day: "Shindig." Kaylee was doing this from the beginning, and Mal went along once he saw Inara was there.
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That Wasn't a Request
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That Wasn't a Request: This exchange from "Shindig": In "Safe", Mal tells Simon to take his sister for a walk away from the ship while he does business and Simon comments that he doesn't think that's such a wise suggestion. Mal points out that it wasn't a suggestion. A more serious case occurs in "Out of Gas" when Mal orders Wash to check Serenity after an engine malfunction, while Zoe is unconscious from getting knocked out by the blast from the engine.
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How We Got Here
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How We Got Here: "Out of Gas" on two levels: one showing how Mal came to be the captain of Serenity, and the other showing how the ship got, well, out of gas. The R. Tam Sessions show several of the steps in River's descent into madness, and "Trash" is often referred to as "How Mal Got Naked".
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Don't Think, Feel
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Don't Think, Feel: When the crew invades a skyplex to rescue The Captain in "War Stories", secondary defense of the ship relies on a shepherd, a doctor, a mechanic and a mentally traumatised young girl. At the time, Book is the only with known combat training. Although Simon does try hard to help, Book ends up having to advise him that he's thinking too much and should just go with the shot. In the end, it doesn't help. Simon still can't hit the broad side of a barn. His sister, on the other hand... ''does'' feel it. When Kaylee asks how a client is chosen, Inara tries to explain that it's a process of feeling out a client through compatibility of spirit rather than actually thinking logically and carefully about it. Mal doesn't believe a word of it.
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: From "Our Mrs. Reynolds", Book's "special hell" for child molesters and people who talk in the theater. Simon detailing what River is gifted at in the pilot episode "Serenity": Math, Theoretical Physics, and... Dance.
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Super Soldier
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Super Soldier: Implied with River, especially in "War Stories" and "Objects In Space." Confirmed like Hell in the Big Damn Movie, although it's more Super Assassin-Spy-Soldier than just Super Soldier.
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Fumbling the Gauntlet
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Fumbling the Gauntlet: Mal to Atherton Wing in "Shindig".
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Large Ham
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Large Ham: Niska + scenery = nom nom nom...
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All Planets Are Earth-Like
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All Planets Are Earthlike: Justified, as all visited planets and moons have explicitly been Terraformed to one degree or another. It should be noted that the core planets, where the wealthy and powerful live and where the Alliance is concentrated, enjoy much more extensive terraforming than the outer worlds where the poorer folk live.
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Oblivious Guilt Slinging
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Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Simon to Jayne at the end of "Ariel," to the extent that it borders on hero-worship - not knowing that Jayne had betrayed him and River to the feds.
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Mexican Standoff
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Mexican Standoff: A regular feature. The pilot alone has multiple examples... including several in the same scene.
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Red Oni, Blue Oni
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Red Oni, Blue Oni: Joss Whedon loves playing with this trope and stretching the boundaries of it as far as they can go, sometimes with mind-bending results as the show will explore one such dynamic and then suddenly turn it on its head. This trope exists in the show, but it's explored in different ways even between the same characters, let alone between different characters.
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My Biological Clock Is Ticking
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My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Zoe and Wash have a spat over having a baby in "Heart of Gold", as one of the prostitutes is pregnant (and the primary reason why the whorehouse is soon to be assaulted by angry men). Zoe wants it for this reason, while Wash is hesitant. Wash is killed in the movie, and comics set later reveal that Zoe is in fact carrying his child.
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Shameful Strip
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Shameful Strip: In "Trash", YoSaffBridge forces Mal to strip before she abandons him in the desert. Subverted in that Mal isn't the least bit bothered by it.
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Worrying for the Wrong Reason
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Worrying for the Wrong Reason: When Serenity's engine breaks down, shutting down life-support, the crew worries that they'll suffocate. River informs them that they don't have to worry about that; they'll freeze to death long before the air runs out.
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Sex as Rite-of-Passage
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Sex as Rite-of-Passage: Explored in "Jaynestown", where the town's greedy mayor fully believes in this trope, but his son does not. Neither does Inara, who he hired to have sex with his son. After the deed, said son says he doesn't feel any different, and Inara tells him that sex in itself doesn't automatically make him a man. In "Our Mrs. Reynolds", as Saffron says that she must bed with her newly-wedded husband to fully become a woman. That is, of course, bullshit to get Mal to lower his defenses.
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World of Snark
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World of Snark: In fine tradition for a Joss Whedon series.
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Badass Boast
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Badass Boast Mal is good for these, but one of the best actually comes from Non-Action Guy Wash:
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Cultured Badass
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Cultured Badass: Inara.
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Psychic Powers
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Psychic Powers: River. It takes a while for anybody to catch on, since - as far as anybody knows - she's the first.
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Playing with a Trope
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Playing with a Trope
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Bait-and-Switch
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Bait-and-Switch: Skillfully done in the pilot. Simon is introduced with ominous music, Scary Shiny Glasses and an unsmiling, formal demeanor, seemingly marking him as a villain. Dobson, meanwhile, is in the background of almost every scene and is treated like an extra. This makes The Reveal that Dobson is The Mole as much a surprise to the audience as to the characters.
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Sharp-Dressed Man
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Even Simon wears the same vest at least twice before playing the trope fairly straight with a different sweater for each episode after "Ariel".
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Crazy Cultural Comparison
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Crazy Cultural Comparison: In the episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds," Mal accidentally gets married because what he thought were general celebrations on some backwater planet actually included a wedding ritual. Thankfully for Mal's romantic life, Saffron's actual plans include stealing his ship, and preclude any long-term relationship.
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No Gravity for You
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No Gravity for You: One villain with fantastic combat skills (Jubal Early from "Objects in Space") is defeated when River tricks him into coming outside of the spaceship, where Mal promptly punches him into the infinity of space.
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Those Two Bad Guys
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Those Two Bad Guys: The Hands of Blue.
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Badass Crew
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Badass Crew: The crew of Serenity consists of two war veterans from the losing side of a civil war, a mercenary with a Wall of Weapons, a preacher with a Mysterious Past, a Hooker with a Heart of Gold who is also a Lady of War, a mechanic with an innate understanding of machinery who can fix problems by analysis, an Ace Pilot, a Badass Bookworm doctor with shades of The Strategist in him, and a Waif-Fu Opehlia with Improbable Aiming Skills.
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Trigger Happy
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Trigger Happy: Jayne.
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Protagonist-Centered Morality
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Protagonist-Centered Morality: Joss Whedon has stated that the Alliance comes off as so domineering and oppressive because Mal is the star of the show and we are seeing the world from his perspective. He has a personal grudge against the government and, because he is a career criminal, only interacts with it when it is actively working against him; as such, Joss as has said he was not trying to put an anti-government message into the show, but that it emerged because of the characterizations of the cast. Had the show focused on a different individual, say someone living comfortably in the Core, there would have been a much heavier focus on the benevolent and beneficial aspects of government, like law and order and public works.
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Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization
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Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: In "Shindig," Kaylee's idea of fancy dress is a store-bought, ultra-frilly Pimped-Out Dress. She is mocked for her lack of class by the Rich Bitches at the titular party, who favor custom-made and clearly expensive Simple, yet Opulent attire.
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Gentleman Snarker
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Gentleman Snarker: Simon. From a flashback in "Safe": Also, the elderly gentleman who rescued Kaylee from the Alpha Bitch in "Shindig".
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CoolGun
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Cool Gun: It's a Space Western. There are dozens of 'em. Special mentions: Mal's gun, which he describes in the comic Better Days as one of the only two things that have stuck with him since the war. The other would be Zoe. The gun is styled after 19th century revolvers, bearing the most resemblance those from Remington, but is an autoloader with the magazine in front of the trigger, much like a Mauser C96. Zoe carries a "Mare's Leg" — a lever-action rifle with a sawed-off barrel and stock — identical to that used by Steve McQueen in Wanted Deador Alive. Jayne carries a Le Mat revolver — 9-shots of .42 caliber plus one of 16 gauge buckshot — which appears to have an accessory rail mounted above the barrel. He fires it ONCE onscreen. His FAVORITE gun is a Callahan Full-Bore Auto-Lock with a customized trigger and double cartridge thorough gauge which he named ''Vera''. It's based on the real-world Saiga assault shotgun, and was originally modified for the movie Showtime. In "Objects in Space" River picks up a desert eagle. How she got her hands on it, no-one knows. Several background characters are seen with British Webley or Enfield revolvers. Also seen are an M1 Carbine, several H&K prototypes, almost every bullpup rifle in use by a European military today... ...you get the idea.
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Mind Rape
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Mind Rape: Whatever the Academy did to River, she did not turn out very well. The sole survivor of a Reaver attack in "Bushwhacked" inevitably goes insane as a result of what he witnessed.
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Rape Discretion Shot
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Rape Discretion Shot: In "Heart of Gold", Burgess is standing in front of a large crowd of men, making an angry speech about how women need to know their place, with the hooker, Chari, standing by him. He tells the crowd "Let us all remember, right here and now, what a woman is, to a man." Then he turns to Chari, says "Get on your knees," and the camera fades away as she starts kneeling.
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The Government
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The Government: Alliance.
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
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Anywhere but Their Lips
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Anywhere but Their Lips: Jayne's policy, which he explains (to general horror) after Mal experiences the Goodnight Kiss in "Our Mrs. Reynolds".
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Anachronic Order
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Anachronic Order: The episode "Out of Gas," which starts In Medias Res and flashes back to both How We Got Here and Everyone Meets Everyone. This was inadvertently done to the series as a whole, as the episodes were aired out of order during their original run on FOX.
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Band of Brothels
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Band of Brothels: The Guild of Companions.
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Shot to the Heart
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Shot to the Heart: Done twice in the episode "Out Of Gas." Simon administers one to Zoe after she's injured in an explosion, and later Mal does it to himself to stay conscious after he is gut-shot.
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Deadly Nosebleed
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Deadly Nosebleed: And eyes, ears and fingernails bleed. This is the first indication that the implement held by the Blue Hands is deadly.
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Cry Cute
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Subtle version in "Heart of Gold". Mal and Inara dress up and pretend to be a couple to go stake out the villain of the week together at a theater. No big deal is made of this. Mal agrees to help a friend of Inara fight against the villain, one thing leads to another, Inara finds out.
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Half the Man He Used to Be
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Half the Man He Used to Be: In "War Stories" after the torturer is shot, repeatedly, he falls onto some machinery, and gets cut in half.
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Black-Tie Infiltration
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Black-Tie Infiltration: In "Shindig", Mal and Kaylee infiltrate a ball on Persephone, with Kaylee—correction, Miss Kaywinnit Lee Frye—playing the role of a debutante so that Mal can get in touch with an aristocratic contact for a smuggling job.
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Karmic Thief
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Karmic Thief: The crew of Serenity participates in several heists, but they are only willing to steal from the rich, and corrupt, especially those associate with the Alliance. After one heist ("The Train Job"), they end up returning the stolen goods when they find out that ordinary people have been put in danger by their theft.
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Firefly / int_91b740a6
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Resurrection Sickness
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Resurrection Sickness: Happens to Simon and River in "Ariel" after they fake their deaths to get inside an Alliance hospital. Also happens to Tracey in "The Message", who used the same drug to fake his own death as well.
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Retraux
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Retraux: Joss specifically asked for old camera lenses to use to add the "70's Western" feel.
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Future Food Is Artificial
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Future Food Is Artificial: The processed protein which the crew largely subsists on fits this trope. Averted by Shepherd, who gives the crew strawberries, tomatoes and other fresh food when he first boards Serenity.
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Shaped Like Itself
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Shaped Like Itself: From "Shindig:"
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Machine Empathy
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Machine Empathy: Kaylee can instinctively know just by looking, hearing or feeling what Serenity is doing and what is wrong with her. Kaylee also noticeably acts incredibly lost and helpless when Serenity suffers a breakdown in "Out Of Gas". River's psychic abilities give her a more general empathy toward the ship and the crew, to the point where Simon notes that she considers it her first real "home". She can also pick out some issues with machinery even before they happen, such as the engine explosion in "Out of Gas."
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Dynamic Entry
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Dynamic Entry: "Serenity" (pilot episode): "Anyone so much as moves—" [headshot] Bonus points to Mal for pulling this off against a man holding a hostage without so much as breaking his stride: the unholstering and execution happen as casually as breathing.
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Take a Third Option
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Take a Third Option: In "Trash", Simon finally learns the truth about "Ariel". The two options would seem to be either he bottles up the knowledge and keeps it to himself or he goes medieval on Jayne for the betrayal. He does neither. Instead he corners Jayne for a calm, rational discussion about the subject where he reveals that, as Jayne's medic, he'll never hurt Jayne and that he's freely going to put his trust in Jayne to do the right thing in future. It terrifies and confuses Jayne. River playing the bad cop to Simon's good cop doesn't hurt, either.
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Bare Your Midriff
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Bare Your Midriff: Inara, on occasion.
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Villainous Breakdown
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Villainous Breakdown: Saffron has a spectacular one near the end of "Trash."
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Layman's Terms
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Layman's Terms: From "Out of Gas": From "Objects in Space", when Simon attempts to explain why River's condition doesn't seem to have improved much since Ariel:
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Faux Affably Evil
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Faux Affably Evil: Jubal Early from "Objects in Space". Adelai Niska, as seen in his introduction in "The Train Job".
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Subspace Ansible
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Subspace Ansible: Either that or whenever they're conferencing with someone over the cortex, they're close enough that there's no noticeable delay. The pilot episode does indicate that there's a range limit for communications.
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I'm Going to Hell for This
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I'm Going to Hell for This: In "Our Mrs. Reynolds", this is what Shepherd Book promises will happen to Mal if he takes advantage of his accidental wife, Saffron. She then tries to seduce him:
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Behind the Black
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Behind the Black: An absolutely hilarious example in "Objects in Space" where Jubal Early steps out into an empty hallway and looks one direction; he then turns to look the other way as the camera pans to show a very confused Mal staring blankly at the intruder. There's also the end of Shindig where Mal and Inara are talking in the cargo bay, and then the camera moves back a few dozen feet to show a herd of cows, all mooing noisily the moment the audience can see them
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You Have to Have Jews
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You Have to Have Jews: Amnon, the postal worker from "The Message," is seen wearing a kippah (traditional skullcap) and tzitzit (traditional white undergarment, the fringes of which hang out from under his shirt). In addition, Amnon is a biblical Jewish name. The commentary refers to him as "The only Jew in space," since he is the only character in the main series to display any such characteristics. Mr. Universe in the movie is all but outright stated to be Jewish as well, and is played by a Jewish actor (David Krumholtz).
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Throw the Dog a Bone
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Throw the Dog a Bone: It leads to some problems in the next episode ("War Stories"), but in "Ariel" the crew finally does pull off a complicated job and make out like bandits, pulling in quite a bit of money.
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Unproblematic Prostitution
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Unproblematic Prostitution: While downplayed, the main reason why Inara did court Atherton was not have to keep traveling (and living on a squalid ship with someone who frustrates her to no end). It's stated in "Heart of Gold" that being a Companion requires a lot of skills, and, of course, there's the matter of the accidental pregnancy bringing the wrath of the local baron on Nandi's whorehouse. The Companions Guild is in practice something like a Weird Trade Union for High Class Call Girls. It's very powerful in the core worlds and in high society on the border and outer planets, but it doesn't protect lower-class sex workers.
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Our Founder
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Our Founder: The statue of Jayne Cobb in the episode "Jaynestown". Not quite the actual founder, but similar in spirit.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: Simon and Mal often have surprisingly similar traits despite their differences. Most notable is their sense of loyalty and intense protectiveness, because if you turn on Mal's crew or Simon's sister you turn on them. And if you turn on both at once you are dead.
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Reactionless Drive
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Reactionless Drive: In the sequence showing Serenity going to full burn, it does spew a little bit of exhaust, but this exhaust is extremely rarefied and appears static against the backdrop of interplanetary space. Given the spacecraft's lack of internal space for storing propellant, the exhaust may merely be the (unaccelerated) fuel expended to power the Reactionless Drive. The jet turbines used for atmospheric operation, however, are clearly reaction drives.
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Industrial World
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Industrial World: The show never got time to say so, but supplemental material stated that the planet Wash was from was heavily industrialized and so polluted that it was impossible to see the sky.
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Sociopathic Hero
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Sociopathic Hero: Jayne Cobb, who will gladly backstab his own for more cash. It's hinted at that he actually regrets this mindset when it gets him into trouble, though.
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Floating Continent
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Floating Continents: The estates on Bellerophon, seen in "Trash".
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Space Western
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Space Western: Complete with saloons, saloon fights, showdowns at high noon (albeit with swords), and horses.
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Girl in a Box
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Girl in a Box: River, which is often mistaken by many to be a Shout-Out to Outlaw Star, though Whedon has denied this. Specifically called "a girl in a box" in one of the trailers.
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Hand Cannon
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Hand Cannon: Mal's trusty service pistol fires .303 rifle rounds. Zoe favors a hogleg (a.k.a. mare's leg), a cut-down 1892 Winchester carbine worn in a hip holster. Jayne's better known for Vera, but he's hardly lacking in the handgun department. His main sidearm is a LeMat, a nine-chamber revolver with a second barrel for buckshot. That's right, tropers: a pistol and a shotgun. There's also a bunch of one-shot characters with large handguns. One is reminded of one of Dobson's semiautomatics in "Serenity", and Stitch Hessian's sawed-off shotgun in "Jaynestown".
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Taking the Bullet
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Taking the Bullet: One of the mudders does this for Jayne in "Jaynestown".
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: In the pilot: A very subtle one in "Our Mrs. Reynolds": the music that plays while Mal is unknowingly getting married follows the famous chord structure of Pachelbel's Canon, a very popular wedding song. Kaylee mentions in the first episode that they need a new compression coil, or else the ship will not work. Unfortunately, Mal does not listen and that is exactly what causes the problem in "Out of Gas". A good one in "Trash" when Simon confronts Jayne about his betrayal on Ariel. After Simon leaves, River, in a seemingly funny and Cloud Cuckoo Lander statement, says "Also, I can kill you with my brain". The significance of this statement is revealed in "Objects in Space" where River's intelligence, creativity and strategising comes together to defeat Jubal. A major example when the crew encounters Reavers in the pilot, which becomes important in the movie when they need some 'backup' against the Alliance fleet: The first thing we see of Wash is him playing with toy dinosaurs, acting out a scenario where one suddenly but inevitably betrays the other, who responds by cursing him and trying to kill him. Later on, Jayne betrays Simon and River, and by extension Mal. Mal nearly kills him over it.
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Made of Iron
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And even if he's not breathing. After the aforementioned torturers kill him, they shock him back to life. And then he proceeds to lay a beatdown on them both. The man is practically Made of Iron.
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Reality Has No Subtitles
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Reality Has No Subtitles: Happens when various Chinese curses are spoken, and you can tell that they're curses from the context.
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Continuity Nod
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Mal has a shirt-pants-shoes-and-sockless scene in "Trash". He's also shirtless in one scene in the movie, which acts as a stealth Continuity Nod: you can see the scars from all the wounds he'd gotten during the show.
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CloudCuckooLander
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A good one in "Trash" when Simon confronts Jayne about his betrayal on Ariel. After Simon leaves, River, in a seemingly funny and Cloud Cuckoo Lander statement, says "Also, I can kill you with my brain". The significance of this statement is revealed in "Objects in Space" where River's intelligence, creativity and strategising comes together to defeat Jubal.
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Fridge Logic
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Fridge Logic kicks in when you realize that, as a med student, Simon was operating on cadavers, so is better trained than the crew at handling dead bodies.
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "WHERE! IS MY! SPACESHIP!" Also a slightly more subtle one in the aforementioned Big Damn Heroes moment, from Mal: "Ain't. We. Just?"
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Cathartic Exhalation
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Cathartic Exhalation: Wash and Mal share in some heavy breathing after the Reavers don't attack them.
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DistressedDamsel
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Distressed Damsel: River, constantly, as well as Kaylee. Joss Whedon was once heard to say that whenever they felt they needed to up the drama, they would just have someone hold the cute engineer at gunpoint.
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Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
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Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Jayne's "cunning" hat (and the letter accompanying it, revealing that he sends money to his family).
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Shock Party
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Shock Party: For poor Simon, in "Out Of Gas."
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Ceiling Corpse
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Ceiling Corpse: In episode Bushwacked,(nearly) the whole crew of a derelict cargo vessel strung upside down on the ceiling awaiting discovery by River long after the others had entered and explored the rest of the ship looking for them.
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Living Legend
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Living Legend: From the episode "Jaynestown": Jaaaaayne. The man they call Jaaaaayne.
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Overly Long Gag
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Mal having read a poem (the movie), or being able to dance ("Shindig"), for that matter. According to supplemental material, he was the son of a wealthy rancher and his mother insisted on him having a classical education.
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Trigger Phrase
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Trigger Phrase: As seen in the movie, River, and how. To be more specific, a phrase makes her fall asleep. What turns her into an unstoppable killer, on the other hand, is a subliminal code embedded in an innocuous advertisement.
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I Just Shot Marvin in the Face
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I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Kaylee getting shot by Dobson in the pilot.
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Killed Mid-Sentence
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Killed Mid-Sentence: Mal does this to Dobson in the pilot.
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Afraid of Needles
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Afraid of Needles: Jayne, the big baby. Played for Laughs. River. Decidedly not played for laughs. She suffered horribly in the labs of the Alliance. Some of her flashbacks are really dreadful and scary.
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: River Tam had this happen to her with needles at one point during her time at the Academy, though we only see flashes of this from a nightmare in "The Train Job". Later in "Safe", she rails at Simon during one of her crazy fits that "You can't just stick needles in my eyes and ask me what I see!" "Jaynestown": Jayne's former partner Stitch who was imprisoned in the town lost an eye in the (in)famous incident when Jayne threw him out of their plane. "Jaynestown": When Stitch is looking for Jayne to get his revenge, he finds Simon in the local pub. Simon is not as cooperative as Stitch would like him to be, and threatens that it will cost him his eyeball. With a really big knife in his hand. In the comics, Book has an eye surgically removed and replaced with a camera before the war. This allows his Independent superiors to keep an eye on him while he infiltrates the Alliance military. In the comics, Dobson from the pilot episode appears again. He did not die and he holds a grudge about our intrepid crew because he lost his eye in his encounter with them.
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Funny Afro
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Funny Afro: In "Jaynestown", Book lets his hair out once. Once. Could also be considered a Scary Afro. And not just if you happen to be named River. Even Zoe is freaked out for a moment.
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Space Is Cold
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Space Is Cold: Played straight, at least on the face of it: characters tend to talk about space as being cold, e.g. Book saying "As I understand it, it's awful cold outside" in the pilot. "Out of Gas" is where it gets less clear: River remarks that even with Serenity's life support dead, they won't suffocate because they'll freeze to death first. She might be right: assuming that ship architecture in the 'verse is anything like ours, Serenity would be designed to radiate all her waste heat and make herself livable with internal heaters (reference Apollo 13 in real life).
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Action Duo
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Action Duo: From the start, there is a lot of tension and distrust between Mal and Simon. Despite the distrust, when Simon is about to let himself be killed for his sister in "Safe" Mal comes in leading the team in a rescue party, demanding they let the two go. When Mal is in danger in "War Stories" Simon's aim is too poor to be of any help but he still manages to survive.
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Lens Flare
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Lens Flare: Intentionally on Whedon's part.
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Mood Whiplash
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Followed soon after by: "You're not in my mind. You're on my gorram ship!"
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Marrying the Mark
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Marrying the Mark: This is con artist and spaceship thief Saffron's modus operandi; at least twice during the show, she and Mal encounter her ex-"husbands".
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Gender-Blender Name
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Gender-Blender Name: Because "The Hero of Canton, the man they call Fred" just would not have the same zing. River comments on this in "Trash":
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Naked People Are Funny
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Naked People Are Funny: One hilarious scene in "Trash" with Mal - Serenity comes to pick him up after YoSaffBridge double-crosses him and leaves him naked in the middle of nowhere. Not embarrassed in the least, he banters with Inara, struts on board, barks a few orders, and stands there admiring the view before saying, "Good day!"
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Shoot Out the Lock
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Shoot Out the Lock: Subverted in "Ariel," when Jayne tries to use the Alliance-issue stun rifle to try to blow out the lock to get himself and the Tams away from the Hands of Blue. It isn't designed for this kind of thing, though Mal's shotgun does a much better job.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: Adelai Niska from "War Stories", who was apparently spared after torturing Wash and Mal for hours, actually killing and then resurrecting Mal to continute to torture him. Probably would have been averted had the series not ended so abruptly.
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Data Pad
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Data Pad: A deleted scene from the pilot has Simon looking up the origin of the ship's name on a voice-activated tablet. A brief scene from the movie also has Mal looking at what appears to be a video postcard of Inara moving out of her shuttle. Badger's "paper" with the headline of the heist is also one of these.
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Depending on the episode, mooks can be hilariously incompetent or amazingly adept. For example, in the pilot's final shoot-out, Mal and Zoe are standing in the open, with no cover, against a numerically superior enemy force. Zoe gets hit dead center in the chest as a signal the fight has started, but for the rest of the fight, no-one can do anything but clip Mal, even though he's standing only a dozen yards away and only moving slowly. Zoe, on the other hand, brings down one of the bad guys, without even getting back up off the floor. Though to be fair, Jayne was listening in from a sniper's nest, and possibly took out the only mook acknowledged to have any skill gunslinging. Subverted in "War Stories". When the gang invades Niska's sky complex to rescue Mal and get through largely unscathed (even when Zoe stops bothering to use cover), it looks like a straight example of this trope. However, after it's all over, the ensuing conversation reveals it wasn't just the bad guys who couldn't hit the broad side of a barn... Simon couldn't either.
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My Fist Forgives You
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My Fist Forgives You: Zoe to Saffron in "Trash".
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Mood Dissonance
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Mood Dissonance: In "War Stories", Mal and Wash have an enormous row about shipboard relationships and Zoe, while being tortured. Wash later realizes this is deliberate on Mal's part, to keep Wash from breaking.
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No Woman's Land
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No Woman's Land: Saffron tells a not-very-kind story of her upbringing and future prospects on Triumph in "Our Mrs. Reynolds". The planet Nandi's brothel is located on
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Leave No Witnesses
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Leave No Witnesses: As seen in "Ariel", the blue-hand agents are disconcerted to hear that Alliance police spoke to River Tam. Well, they can fix that.
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Odd Friendship
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Odd Friendship: Between Jayne, the Token Evil Teammate, and Book, the Good Shepherd.
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Absent Aliens
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Absent Aliens: Although conspiracy theories still abound, and a fake alien (really a cow fetus) hangs in a civilian space station, purported to be a sign of alien life by a busker.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Crouching Crazy, Hidden Badass: River.
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Warrior Poet
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Warrior Poet: In "War Stories", multiple characters discuss the fictional Shan Yu, who fancied himself quite the warrior poet.
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Mega-Corp
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The Blue Sun corporation crops up a lot in logos, advertisements and billboards in the background, as well as one of Jayne's t-shirts; Whedon has said the show was cancelled before this could be explored.
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TykeBomb
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Tyke Bomb: River - all the candidates of the program that created her were children.
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Rousing Speech
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Rousing Speech: Mal does these sometimes, when he doesn't fumble them or crack a joke and completely ruin the effect. "Jaynestown" offers an incredibly weak one - but it's played straight, not as a subversion:
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Chronic Hero Syndrome
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Chronic Hero Syndrome: Mal suffers a vicious case of it.
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Cloudcuckoolander's Minder
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Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Simon.
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Soundtrack Dissonance
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Soundtrack Dissonance: The shootout/dancing scene in "Safe".
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Dumb Struck
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Dumb Struck: A girl in the village of the people that kidnap Simon and River.
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Held Gaze
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At the beginning of "The Message," when Tracy sits down to eat the beans you see the Alliance soldier sneaking up. Also in "The Message", just after Tracy regains consciousness and Kaylee enters the infirmary. The focus is on Tracy in the foreground as his eyes meet Kaylee's. However, Simon's still in the background monitoring his heart. As a result, the entire room can hear his heart speed up in response to Kaylee... and the camera angle on Tracy makes sure Simon's reaction to this is visible in the background. Ouch.
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Dissimile
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Dissimile: From "The Train Job": From "Jaynestown":
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: In "Shindig", Mal fails to understand that he has just challenged a man to a duel or what kind of duel it will be. Wash in the pilot during the dinosaur scene when he sees the Alliance cruiser. This happens just after the stegosaurus's "oh crap" after the sudden yet inevitable betrayal. The whole crew gets one in the pilot when Mal announces that a Reaver ship is passing nearby. And Wash gets another when he sees that the Reavers followed them. Done subtly in "Ariel" when River is having her scan in the background. Her brain-scan turns red and the information around it starts flashing rapidly. It's the first sign the Hands of Blue are arriving on the station (she then points this out to Jayne, but no-one understands her). Niska gets one when he meets the real Mal in "War Stories". And with reason. In "Trash", YoSaffBridge has one, when Monty points out that she referred to Mal by name, when he hadn't introduced them yet.
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Biological Weapons Solve Everything
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Biological Weapons Solve Everything: An erstwhile Alliance officer made his fortune using biological weapons to depopulate communities, then he looted their untouched valuables. Maybe. The only evidence comes from a pathological liar.
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Rationalizing the Overkill
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Rationalizing the Overkill: In "Shindig", Mal stabs Atherton Wing a couple times after disarming him. Wing had previously insulted Inara and injured Mal quite badly in the ensuing duel.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Everyone. Yes, even Jayne. Everyone also has at least one moment of Snark Fail, often just as funny.
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Playing with Syringes
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Playing with Syringes: River at the academy.
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Space Police
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Space Police: The Federal Marshals ("Feds") and the Interplanetary Police ("Interpol"). The RPG sourcebook goes into more detail than the show had time to. Interpol concentrates on tracking suspects and investigating crimes (e.g. the Alliance cruiser Dortmunder alerts them to Serenity's illegal salvage operation in the pilot), while the Feds enforce Alliance national laws and pursue criminals across interplanetary borders (they're the cops hunting Simon and River).
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Fish out of Water
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Fish out of Water: Simon is nervous and uncomfortable and damned near useless most of the time, so it is surprising when he has a complete personality flip and is suddenly the person with all the knowledge and confidence whenever there is a medical emergency.
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Accidental Marriage
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Accidental Marriage: "Our Mrs. Reynolds". After a successful mission, Mal celebrates a little too much and does not realize his part in a bizarre wedding ritual. Hilarity Ensues. Or not, if you're Mal.
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What You Are in the Dark
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What You Are in the Dark: Nobody but Simon would have known if he had abandoned River. Not even River herself. River can suss out who people are in the dark. Her brother, Simon, resents her for making him throw away his comfortable life and everyone he'd ever known to go on the run. Jayne is genuinely sorry for trying to sell her and Simon out to the Alliance. Inara just wants to be treated like a regular woman by Mal.
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Awesome Anachronistic Apparel
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Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: It is a space western... with T-Shirts, corporate logos, the occasional mongol raider-style hat and space hookers. Of course everyone looks awesome! Even when wearing Cunning' hats.
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Talkative Loon
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Talkative Loon: River. Jubal Early from "Objects in Space" fits the trope as well.
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Noble Fugitive
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Noble Fugitive: Simon and River.
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Filk Song
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Filk Song: Mal's Song, by Michelle Dockrey, incorporates the series theme song as the chorus.
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For: In "The Message", Tracy does make it to his homeworld for a proper funeral, as requested by him in his fake - later real - will.
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Selective Obliviousness
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Selective Obliviousness: "Our Mrs. Reynolds" — "I knew you let her kiss you."
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A Simple Plan
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A Simple Plan: Mal has these a lot. And they go wrong with alarming regularity.
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Abusive Parents
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Abusive Parents: The Tams seem to have a pair. Although they were never physically abusive (that we know of), they tended to favor Simon, shipped River to the Academy and then didn't follow up on her well being even when her messages made less and less sense, threatened Simon with disownment if he attempted to aid River (and followed through on this threat), and have seemingly done little to aid their 'fugitive' children. Parents of the year, right there.
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Heroism Incentive
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Heroism Incentive: Mal and Zoe offer Jayne better pay and his own quarters in exchange for dumping a weaksauce crew that gave him little money and no respect. The fact that this deal also kept him from killing them was an added bonus. Also, the Favouritism Flip Flop in "Heart of Gold":
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Fate Worse than Death
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Fate Worse than Death: There's a reason Jubal's threat to Kaylee in "Objects in Space" isn't a death threat.
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Tap on the Head
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Tap on the Head: At the end of "Ariel," Mal delivers one to Jayne. With a wrench.
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Talk to the Fist
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Talk to the Fist: In the pilot.
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The Champion
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The Champion: Simon to River.
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Tasty Gold
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Tasty Gold: In the pilot episode "Serenity". What the audience thinks is gold is actually food in a gold wrapper, so biting into it to confirm its authenticity makes perfect sense.
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Epic Hail
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Epic Hail: The button in "Out of Gas". Subverted in that it was never actually used. In the Firefly 10th anniversary special "Browncoats Unite", Alan Tudyk recalls sending the button from this episode to Joss Whedon with a note quoting his line (paraphrased): "When your miracle gets here, just push this button to call us back." It turned out that this happened while Joss was fighting for Serenity to get the green light.
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Space Isolation Horror
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Space Isolation Horror: Played straight in the episode Out of Gas. The titular gas is oxygen, and running low (with a ship that is dead in the water) means sitting around waiting for a slow and painful death or, in a degree of scary that is hard to argue whether is lesser or higher, risking whoever finds you decides murdering you is more profitable (or more fun) than saving your life.
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Fantasy Conflict Counterpart
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Fantasy Conflict Counterpart: According to Joss Whedon the setting was partially inspired by journals of Confederate soldiers on the frontier from The American Civil War, and the Unification War and aftermath has its similarities (Alliance occupation troops in the series' present = Union occupation troops during Reconstruction, for instance). However the comparison isn't perfect, as the Independent Faction started out independent instead of trying to secede and failing.
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TheEgo
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The Ego: Mal
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We Will Spend Credits in the Future
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We Will Spend Credits in the Future: The central planets do, anyway. Credits are primarily electronic currency (easy to track, hard to counterfeit), established by the RPG as having a 1:25 exchange rate with US dollars. The lower-tech outer planets favor precious metal coinage that has to be changed for credits to do (legitimate) business in the core.
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Blood from Every Orifice
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Blood from Every Orifice: The Hands of Blue kill people using a small pen-shaped ultrasonic weapon that causes bleeding from he eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and even the finger nails. It looks extremely painful.
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Smart Gun
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Smart Gun: The technology for automatic target adjustments exists, it's just not as practical as a old fashioned firearm.
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You Rebel Scum!
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You Rebel Scum!: From most Alliance officials.
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Turbine Blender
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Turbine Blender: To one of Niska's goons in "The Train Job".
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Dissonant Laughter
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Dissonant Laughter: The thoroughly evil and worldly Jubal Early is thoroughly creeped out by River giggling while "possessing" Serenity.
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Storming the Castle
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Storming the Castle: The assault on Niska's skyplex in "War Stories."
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Victoria's Secret Compartment
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Victoria's Secret Compartment: Zoe and Inara, and apparently Saffron as well.
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Rape, Pillage, and Burn
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Rape, Pillage, and Burn: The Reavers. Not necessarily in that order, either.
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Waif-Fu
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Waif-Fu: River.
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Beautiful Condemned Building
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Beautiful Condemned Building: Mal has this immediate reaction to Serenity.
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Sadistic Choice
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Sadistic Choice: Niska presents Zoe with one of these in War Stories. However, Zoe chooses Wash before he can even finish, ruining the moment for him.
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Born Unlucky
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Born Unlucky: Mal. This and A Simple Plan have forced him to become a master of the Indy Ploy.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: Simon in "Jaynestown", after seeing the statue of Jayne: "...son of a bitch!" A more subtle one with Book in "War Stories". Book never curses in Chinese like the rest of the crew does, except when he see's Mal's severed ear, and he goes off in a nasty-sounding tirade.
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Subverted
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Subverted: Serenity doesn't have any guns. Although on one occasion ("Safe"), she did have a big scary man with a gun hanging out of her.
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Berserk Button
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River has her own almost literal Berserk Button, but she can't control it and it's made her insane. Until the end of Serenity, at least.
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Putting on the Reich
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Putting on the Reich: An Alliance trooper present in a flashback in "The Message" appears to a helmet identical to those worn by German soldiers in World War II. Alliance naval uniforms also qualify. Lt. Womack wears a leather black trenchcoat and a shoulder harness similar to those used by SS officers. Appropriately enough, he's part of the "Allied Enforcement" police force.
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Improbable Aiming Skills
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Improbable Aiming Skills: "Serenity" (pilot episode): Did Mal just stroll into the ship while pulling a perfect headshot — on someone with a hostage?! Earlier in the same episode: Did Zoe just shoot a man off a moving horse... while still lying down from getting shot? "Safe": Did Zoe just shoot a man's gun out of his hand... from a hundred meters off... from the hip?? "Our Mrs. Reynolds": Did Zoe just hit two mooks on horses while diving sideways into a river? "War Stories": Did River just peek around the corner and then kill three guys perfectly without looking?? Of course, it's Justified with River.
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The Resolution Will Not Be Televised
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The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: Aside from Serenity, Darkhorse has begun regularly publishing comics that take place after the film. Unlike Buffy, however, these are not in the form of a regular monthly series, but rather sequential six-issue mini-series. Two, Leaves On The Wind and No Power In The Verse, have been released so far.
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Ambiguously Bi
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Ambiguously Bi: Kaylee is in love with Simon, but looks just as ecstatic as Jayne does when learning that Inara is bisexual.
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Accidental Hero
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Accidental Hero: In "Jaynestown", Jayne tells of how he was forced to dump a ton of money to escape from a job-gone-wrong. The money landed in a poverty-stricken village and the villagers convinced themselves he did it Robin-Hood-esque. In fact to underscore how Jayne is not a hero, he actually threw his partner out first; this man survived the fall and comes looking for Jayne with a shotgun in hand. Eventually the man reveals Jayne's dirty secret to the whole town and levels his shotgun at Jayne, but then a bystander jumps in front of him and takes the blast, saving Jayne's life. This event deeply affects even him.
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CocaPepsiInc
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Coca-Pepsi, Inc.: The Alliance, which started out as an alliance between the United States and China. Unproduced scripts name it the "Anglo-Sino Alliance," but "Ariel" titles it the "Union of Allied Planets."
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Shrouded in Myth
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Shrouded in Myth: Reavers until the movie.
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Anti Hero
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Anti-Hero: The crew of Serenity are all criminals (except for Inara, who is a high-class prostitute, making her the most respectable member of the crew) and Mal and Zoe can be fairly ruthless. Jayne, a mercenary of minimal morality, zero delicacy, and inconsistent loyalties, takes this trope the furthest.
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Mission Control
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Mission Control: Wash and Kaylee as well as River in "Objects in Space".
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Happily Married
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Happily Married: Zoe and Wash.
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Victory Sex
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Victory Sex: Wash's piloting skill and Kaylee's mechanical know-how allow the crew to evade a Reaver ship. Zoe is suitably impressed by her husband's abilities.
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Break Them by Talking
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Break Them by Talking: Inverted, when River gives one to Badger in "Shindig" and later to Jubal Early in "Objects in Space".
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Aerial Canyon Chase
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Aerial Canyon Chase: Subverted in the episode "The Message". When this trope is attempted by Serenity, the pursuing ship simply flies above the canyon, keeping the ship in view. And when the heroes try to hide, the pursuers flush them out with saturation bombing.
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The Spartan Way
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The Spartan Way: Jubal in "Objects in Space" suggests surgeons shouldn't be allowed to practice until they themselves have first been cut on. Also a Brick Joke when he shoots Simon in the leg later and says, "Now you know what it's like."
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Sliding Scale of Continuity
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Sliding Scale of Continuity: The episodes can pretty much stand on their own in a mostly arbitrary order, though this may largely be because it never got the chance to go anywhere with the hinted Myth Arc.
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Through His Stomach
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Through His Stomach: At the end of "War Stories": "Wife soup!" (Made by, not of...) Especially touching in this case, because Zoe previously expressed utter contempt for the idea of cooking for her husband.
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Gang of Bullies
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Gang of Bullies: Kaylee experiences some harassment at an upper-class party from a quartet of female attendees in "Shindig".
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All Amazons Want Hercules
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All Amazons Want Hercules: Averted. The series devotes an entire episode to repeatedly demonstrating that Zoe is not, nor has she ever been, attracted to Mal. Or Jayne (as if that needed saying).
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Dull Surprise
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Dull Surprise: Mal reacts this way at times. In the pilot episode "Serenity", he reacts to opening Simon's box and seeing River with a dazed stare and simply muttering, "Huh." Happens again in "War Stories" when he meets Inara's guest the Councillor, who is revealed to be a woman and not the male assistant who first entered Serenity.
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Ill Girl
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Ill Girl: River, of course. And as revealed in "The Message", Jayne faithfully sends money home to treat his ill brother Mattie's damp lung disease. Also, Inara.
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Finagle's Law
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Finagle's Law: In the Serenity RPG, the name of the complication is "Things Don't go Smooth", taken from a line in "Safe". The description is basically this trope. As should be obvious, Mal canonically has the Major version of this complication listed on his character sheet.
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Casual Interplanetary Travel
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Casual Interplanetary Travel: The 'Verse is confirmed to take place in a massive five-star system: one giant star in the center and four smaller stars orbiting it, with each star having its own sub-system of planets and moons and even a couple dwarf stars. (Seen here.)◊
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Double Caper
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Double Caper: "The Train Job".
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Car Fu
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Car Fu: The Mule, done by Wash in "The Train Job", and later used in "War Stories" as well.
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Neck Snap
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Neck Snap: Mal does it to the Reaver victim in "Bushwhacked." Jayne does this to a Fed in "Ariel".
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True Companions
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True Companions: Serenity's crew. Mal will protect everyone on his ship and will punish anyone on his ship for harming anyone else.
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Cannibal Clan
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Cannibal Clan: The Reavers, inspired by the legendary Sawney Bean clan.
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Xanatos Gambit
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The whole crew in "Trash". This one also counts as a Xanatos Gambit, since the crew would have gotten away with it whether YoSaffBridge had turned on Mal or not.
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Badass Bookworm
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Badass Bookworm: Simon. River qualifies as well since she's supposed to have been even smarter than Simon before the Alliance's horrific experiments. Not that the experiments have stopped her from having moments of clarity, revealing said intellect in the process.
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Boom, Headshot!
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Boom, Headshot!: Goodbye, Dobson. He survives in the comics, though. Not that it helps him any when Mal pulls this off a second time, with much more fatal results... and then shoots him again just to make sure.
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Mooks
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Notably in "War Stories": Mal is able to fight Niska and one of his mooks even after being severely tortured and losing an ear, but while he deals with Niska easily, Niska's a villainous Non-Action Guy who borders on Sissy Villain, while after jumping the mook, Mal ends up getting tossed around fairly easily and eventually needs Zoe, Wash, and Jayne to help.
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No Yay
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No Yay: In-Universe example. At the end of War Stories, Mal and Zoe "flirt" in an astoundingly deadpan manner just to mess with Wash. Jayne happens by just as they're about to "kiss":
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Evil Redhead
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Evil Redhead: Saffron.
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TheId
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The Id: Jayne
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Actually, That's My Assistant
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Actually, That's My Assistant: In "War Stories", Mal assumes that the bodyguard of one of Inara's clients is "The Councillor." Neither he, nor any of the others, was expecting a woman.
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One-Woman Wail
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One-Woman Wail: A vaguely Indian version, at the beginning of "Our Mrs Reynolds" and "Heart of Gold". The one at the start of Heart of Gold is this one. It's actually in Punjabi.
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Nice Hat
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Nice Hat: These are very popular in the show. Jayne gets several of these, lampshaded both by the characters in story and the production team in the commentary. The most notable one is the hat he gets in "The Message": And Badger's "very fine hat". Also inverted with Two-Fry in the pilot, though he does get the comment from Mal — which was Jayne's cue to blow his brains out. Though it was a nice hat. Mal also gets one as part of his disguise at the beginning of "Our Mrs. Reynolds": In the commentary, Joss mentions that it's almost entirely bad guys who wear hats.
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Horrible Judge of Character
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Horrible Judge of Character: In a flashback in "Out of Gas", Zoe says of one of the possible candidates for the pilot of Serenity, a moustachioed, laid-back, strange little geek with a fondness for Hawaiian shirts: "I don't like him." Said geek is Wash. The man, y'know, she ended up marrying.
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Gunship Rescue
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Gunship Rescue: Repeatedly. Subverted: Serenity doesn't have any guns. Although on one occasion ("Safe"), she did have a big scary man with a gun hanging out of her. At the beginning of "The Train Job" Wash helps Mal, Zoe and Jayne escape from a bar brawl by threatening to start shooting. When everyone is onboard he laughs. "Transport ships don't have guns."
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The Last Thing You Ever See
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The Last Thing You Ever See: Very, very subverted in "The Train Job". Magnificently so. "Darn."
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If I Do Not Return
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If I Do Not Return: Subverted in The Big Damn Movie:
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The Pen Is Mightier
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The Pen Is Mightier: From the R. Tam Sessions: "I'll have to write it down..."
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Ballad of X
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Ballad of X: "The Ballad of Jayne Cobb" "The Ballad of Serenity"
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Blah Blah Blah
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Blah Blah Blah: Mal's "jabber, jabber, jabber".
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Telepathy
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Telepathy: River. There's a hint that Jubal Early from "Objects in Space" may have at least a very rudimentary level, although not to River's degree.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: See here.
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Cool Starship
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Cool Starship: Serenity is one of the "rustbucket" variety. The gigantic flying wrecks of the Reaver ships are also... quite a sight to behold. Nothing says hubris like the Alliance's "flying city block" design. Several of Wash's old ships in the Float Out one-off comic count, as do the Reaver ship — with other ships welded to it for added coolness — and the shiny new Firefly-class.
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Subverted/inverted in "Ariel". Mal, Zoe, and Jayne are given responses to three stock questions they will probably be asked when bringing Simon and River's "corpses" to the morgue. Instead of what you might expect (a question they had not planned for pops up), the woman who would have asked just waves them past. Jayne, who had struggled with the line he was given, refuses to let his hard work go to waste and just gives it anyway.
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Armies Are Evil
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Armies Are Evil: Alliance officers believe that they are genuinely trying to protect people and improve the Verse, whether that is actually true or not.
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This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself
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This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Subverted hilariously at the end of "War Stories".
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The Chains of Commanding
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The Chains of Commanding: "Just... tell me when we get there."
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Spaceship Girl
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Spaceship Girl: Subverted by River in "Objects in Space".
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Environmental Symbolism
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Environmental Symbolism
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Corrupt Corporate Executive
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Corrupt Corporate Executive: Blue Sun is hinted at being behind the Academy. The fandom's view of Fox actively invokes this, as well.
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Non-Action Guy
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Mal is good for these, but one of the best actually comes from Non-Action Guy Wash:
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Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better
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Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: Handheld lasers exist, but are very expensive and only in use by the Alliance and extremely wealthy private citizens. In the case of Rance Burgess in "Heart of Gold", his laser pistol gets off at least 3 shots before it displays a "Check Battery" warning light. Alliance guards use sonic disruptors which are quite effective, but deal absolutely no collateral damage, which throws off Mal and Jayne several times when they try to use them to blast open doors.
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Settling the Frontier
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Settling the Frontier: The basic backstory, from the beginning of the movie: "Earth-that-Was got all used up, so we found a new solar system. Dozens of planets, hundreds of moons." Numerous examples of frontier planets appear in the show.
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Space Is Noisy
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Space Is Noisy: Averted; any action outside the ships is totally quiet, with quick cuts to the inside of the receiving ship to show the result and get the noise. There are exceptions, but they only occur when there is enough of some kind of atmosphere (be it planetary or nebular) to reasonably carry sound.
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Doomed Defeatist
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Doomed Defeatist: The opening scene for the series is a flashback to the Unification War. Mal Reynolds is leading a group that's holding ground against a numerically larger opponent. One of his soldiers, Private Bendis, says they're going to die. Mal tells him reinforcements on on their way and they'll be okay. Instead it's the enemy that gets reinforced and Bendis is killed while standing next to Mal.
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Derelict Graveyard
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Derelict Graveyard: The Reaver ships around Miranda, as well as the ruined ships in the first comic series.
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Nothing Is Scarier
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Nothing Is Scarier: Holy shit yes the Reavers. This is taken Up to Eleven in "Bushwhacked" which relies explicitly on the horror of the aftermath of a Reaver-attack.
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Steampunk
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Steampunk: While not strictly steampunk, the series does contain a lot of steampunk themes (mixing 19th century aesthetics with sci-fi elements and storylines) as well as steampunk character types such as the Wrench Wench, and went a long way toward popularizing the genre.
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Good Shepherd
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Good Shepherd: Who will shoot you in the kneecaps and chop off your killer robots' heads with a giant curved machete.
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The Napoleon
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The Napoleon: Badger
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Sex by Proxy
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Sex by Proxy: Thanks to River's powers, she can feel it when people nearby are making out.
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Used Future
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Used Future: Justified.
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The Crime Job
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The Crime Job: "The Train Job".
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Genre Throwback
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Genre Throwback: To westerns and space operas, at the same time.
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That Came Out Wrong
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That Came Out Wrong: When Badger is describing how to get into the party in "Shindig" he mentions that people couldn't buy an invite with a diamond the size of a testicle, but he had got his hands on a couple. Mal and Jayne immediately begin sniggering, and it takes Badger a few seconds to catch on. In "War Stories", right after Jayne says that he'll be in his bunk after seeing the ambassador, the next line is: "Jayne, grab your weapon." In "Our Mrs. Reynolds" when Jayne tries to trade Vera for Saffron, Mal tells him to "go play with your rainstick" (to clarify, Jayne had earlier mentioned that he had picked up a rainstick (a type of hollow stick with beads that sounds like rain if you turn it upside down) at the same festival that Mal picked up Saffron).
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Holier Than Thou
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Holier Than Thou: Shepherd Book was deliberately designed as a subversion of this trope.
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Patchwork Map
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Patchwork Map: Madcap, nicknamed "the crazy moon", in the spin-off comic Float Out. Wash uses this as a weapon.
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Hacker Cave
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Hacker Cave: Mister Universe's home in the movie.
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Fetal Position Rebirth
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Fetal Position Rebirth: River.
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The Perfect Crime
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The Perfect Crime: "Ariel" and "Trash." They get away with it both times, despite complications in both.
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Retroactive Recognition
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Retroactive Recognition: Although he's now a Hollywood/TV star with a 17-year career, the young version of Simon Tam during the flashback intro of Safe - according to IM Db - was Zac Efron's first on-screen acting role.
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Space Cossacks: "Take me out to the black, tell 'em I ain't comin' back..."
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Unlimited Wardrobe
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Unlimited Wardrobe: Or unlimited t-shirts. Subverted with most of the rest of the cast, who tend to wear the same clothes in multiple episodes. Zoe's leather vest, any of Mal's clothing... Kaylee even wears the same dress at one point that she was seen wearing in the flashback in "Out of Gas." Even Simon wears the same vest at least twice before playing the trope fairly straight with a different sweater for each episode after "Ariel".
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Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Space is really big and empty, as noted on a number of occasions (most notably "Out of Gas", where it's a plot point). On the other hand, Serenity just happens to run into other ships quite frequently.
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Dark Action Girl
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Dark Action Girl: Saffron. She's introduced in "Our Mrs. Reynolds" as an innocent girl from a backwater No Woman's Land planet who was sold into marriage with Mal as payment for a job. In reality, she's actually an incredibly skilled con artist with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, typically seducing men (and women, if Inara's any indication) and then stealing from them and leaving them for dead. Both of her appearances show she is plenty capable of kicking ass as well, especially in hand-to-hand combat.
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I Have Many Names: YoSaffBridge, "Saffron"'s nickname during "Trash", as a result of her using many, many names whenever she's seducing men - be it Saffron, Yolanda, or Bridget.
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Roundhouse Kick: Some antagonists do this. Jubal in "Objects in Space" even does one in the same move as recovering from a punch.
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No Help Is Coming: In the prologue, Mal has a newly-minted lieutenant call for help, and they seemingly arrive. He soon realizes that the descending ships are actually the enemy, and his high command has surrendered.
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The Alternet: The Cortex spans the star system in which the franchise takes place. It's used for both video chat and browsing information in the series. RPG materials explain that access is cloud-based and pay-by-the-minute for private citizens unless they can afford a dedicated source box.
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Cannibal Larder
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Cannibal Larder: In "Bushwhacked", the Reavers left one of those in a spaceship they, well, bushwhacked.
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Parting-from-Consciousness Words: Jayne has an amusing moment when he's drugged during the "The Train Job". It starts off as this trope and finally ends in a Non Sequitur, *Thud*. Mal in "Our Mrs. Reynolds" who says "Son of a—" as he passes out from Saffron's Goodnight Kiss. And later, Inara, who says "You stupid son of a—" as she passes out from kissing Mal on his lips.
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Unusual Euphemism: Between the Mildly Mandarin swearing, the use of archaic words like "quim", and various other slang such as "gorram" and "shiny", it is hard to find examples of usual euphemisms on this show. Lest we forget "sly," the Verse slang for homosexual men (and possibly women as well).
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Dutch Angle
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Dutch Angle / Hitler Cam: How the power members are often shot when they're being Big Damn Heroes.
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Salvage Pirates: In the episode "Out of Gas", Serenity suffers a Phlebotinum Breakdown and is left drifting in space with no power or life support. The crew of the salvage ship that seems to arrive in the nick of time decides there is more profit in shooting Mal and stealing his ship than in trading for the one part needed to fix the ship. In a couple of other episodes, notably "Bushwhacked", the crew of Serenity is accused of trying to pull this on other ships, but the crew never actually abandons anyone and does try to save the only survivor they find.
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When It All Began: The revolution, at least for Mal and Zoe.
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The Captain: Mal
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Recruited from the Gutter: Jayne Cobb met Mal and Zoe at gunpoint while robbing them. When Mal offers him a spot on his own team, a better salary, and his own bunk, Jayne immediately turns on his partners and joins the crew. Possibly a subversion, as the crew of Serenity spends most of the series in Perpetual Poverty themselves and Jayne is never the most stalwart ally.
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One Big Lie: The spaceships and terraformed moons have artificial gravity. Also, Psychic Powers.
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You Can't Go Home Again
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You Can't Go Home Again: Simon and River are wanted fugitives, and the RPG sourcebook reveals that Mal's homeworld Shadow suffered total planetary extinction during the Unification War.
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Foe-Tossing Charge: In "Safe", Simon does this to three men while trying to protect River from being burned at the stake. He ultimately fails to save River, but it's still an impressive attempt.
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Action Girl
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Action Girl: Zoe, Mal's second-in-command since the civil war and a great fighter. River can shoot people with her eyes closed but has gone insane because of it. Saffron. See Dark Action Girl below. Nandi from "Heart of Gold" is a badass lady. She is not afraid to fight when she needs to protect hers own.
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Bad Dreams: River has lots of them.
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If You Die, I Call Your Stuff
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If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: In some Casual Danger Dialog in "The Train Job": In "Safe" Jayne doesn't even bother to call dibs. As soon as Simon and River get unintentionally marooned, he goes to Simon's cabin and starts looting the place.
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Everyone Can See It: Mal and Inara are fooling exactly no one. Inara gets away with it a little more than Mal (even her friend Nandi initially doesn't realize Inara has feelings for him, though she does eventually), but Shepherd Book figures it out within a day of being on the ship.
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Public Execution: "Safe" has one of these of a Burn the Witch! style. It's interrupted due to the Trope-Naming Big Damn Heroes moment.
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Reasonable Authority Figure: The Sheriff in "The Train Job". When he catches Mal and Zoe trying to return the stolen medicine, he orders his men to take the medicine and let them go.
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Old Friend
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Old Friend: Mal's pal Monty in "Trash", Inara's Companion companion Nandi in "Heart Of Gold".
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Ship Tease: In "Bushwacked" an Alliance officer interrogating Inara says "Do you love him?" Then the shot cuts away to reveal he was actually talking to Zoe and referring to Wash. In "Ariel," when River wakes up behind Jayne, her first words are "Copper for a kiss?" There's a bunch of other little things in the series too, like Jayne calling River "cute" in the pilot, and the "man parts" commentary in "Trash". According to the Serenity commentary, Jayne has no long-term love interests aside from a "lingering crush" on Kaylee. It explains some of his hostility and slight jealousy towards Simon. In a deleted scene from "Our Mrs. Reynolds," River wants to marry Simon. After Inara runs into Mal after he had slept with Nandi, she breaks down in tears in private, and Nandi confronts Mal over it - which would have been resolved, had the villain's goons not start their assault then.
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Chekhov's Gunman: Fess Higgins in "Jaynestown", who seems to be in an unimportant C plot with Inara...until he releases his father's land-lock on Serenity.
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Command Roster: The Captain: Mal Number Two: Zoe Security Officer: Jayne Wrench Wench: Kaylee Ace Pilot: Wash The Medic: Simon The Heart: Inara The Mentor: Book
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Made from Real Girl Scouts
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Made from Real Girl Scouts: A fast food stand in the intended-pilot "Serenity" is selling "good dogs" — they are not pork sausages in a finger roll with optional onions and mustard.
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I Never Told You My Name
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I Never Told You My Name: In "Trash," Mal is introduced to an old war buddy's new wife- who is a con artist that Mal has previously had a rather severe run-in with. They commence fighting, Mal shouts accusations at her, to which she responds "You're a liar, Malcolm Reynolds!" His friend had never told her Mal's full name.
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Despair Event Horizon
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Despair Event Horizon: Mal crosses this at the battle of Serenity Valley, not even blinking when his comrade is blown away beside him when he realizes that the Independents have lost. River's dialogue indicates that she crossed it at some point during her time at the Academy. The Battle of Serenity Valley is also the moment Mal loses his faith. If you look carefully, you'll notice he's wearing a crucifix during that scene. From that point on, he's openly antagonistic to any display of religion. While never mentioned in-series, it was likely compounded by the fact that during the same timeframe, the Alliance orbitally bombarded Mal's homeworld of Shadow so intensely that it was rendered uninhabitable afterwards.
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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read
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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: River has some bad problems with hearing everyone's thoughts, more explicitly in "Objects in Space".
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Bad Guys Play Pool
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Bad Guys Play Pool: "Shindig" starts with slavers chatting over a game of holographic billiards.
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Danger Deadpan
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Danger Deadpan: Wash is a completely different character when flying the ship: normally he is loud and panicky, but at the helm, he is completely calm and collected, no matter what imminent doom might be following him. Well, it started out this way, he got a bit more excitable while flying later on in the series, particularly in "The Message". On the DVD commentary Joss states it was due to the influence of playing an Xbox another cast member gave him.
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Culture Chop Suey
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Culture Chop Suey: Due to its backstory of America and China being the two first superpowers to colonize space, the Verse is a mishmash of Western and Eastern cultures. In "Ariel", Mal says that Book is probably contemplating a rock garden while visiting an abbey. Rock gardens are more characteristic of Eastern religions, especially Zen Buddhism. Mal may have simply been making a joke, but this suggests the Christianity that Book follows has incorporated some elements of Buddhism as well. The funeral at the end of "Heart of Gold" suggests a Christian/Buddhist fusion, including both a cross and Eastern-style incense bowls.
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Ambadassador: Inara is sometimes referred to as the ship's ambassador, mostly in the pilot.
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Dashingly Dapper Derby
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Dashingly Dapper Derby/Dastardly Dapper Derby: Badger's "very fine hat".
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The Dung Ages
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The Dung Ages: Some of the outer planets are... backwards in terms of technology and cleanliness. A particular example is Higgin's Moon, where the filthy, impoverished slaves are constantly covered in dirt and mud because they literally are farming mud (or rather, the materials used to make high-quality ceramics).
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Buy Them Off
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Buy Them Off: In "War Stories", Zoe tries this to get Mal and Wash back from Niska. When Niska only consents to let one of them go and tries to give Zoe a Sadistic Choice, she doesn't hesitate to choose her husband. Of course, Niska then says it also buys a piece of Mal...namely his ear.
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Manchurian Agent: River.
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Strawman Political: It is a credit to the writing on the show and the development of the universe that varying camps of fans can make convincing cases for The Alliance being a government of liberal or conservative Well Intentioned Extremists. There's also some debate as to whether or not the whole show is a Deconstruction of Libertarian philosophy, with an idealized Libertarian Warrior Poet (Captain Mal) having to deal with the reality of a wild frontier with no strong government influence where corporate corruption, criminal activity and slavery are the rule. It actually fairly demonstrates both sides of the arguement. The Core Worlds are peaceful and prosperous, but the government can do damn near anything they want to their citizens as long as they can justify it — such as cut up little girls' brains or dose entire planets with mind control drugs. The Rim Worlds are anarchic and destitute, but you can always look your accuser in the eye and settle it one way or another — or even round up a posse of fellow victims and exact some frontier justice. The argument seems to be that a healthy civilization needs both and any attempt to "rid the world of sin" will do nothing but harm in the long run.
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Liberty Over Prosperity
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Liberty Over Prosperity: Mal and his crew choose to live hand-to-mouth as far from the People's Republic of Tyranny as they can get to avoid the government after having lost the war.
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Morality Pet
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Morality Pet: Kaylee to Mal and Jayne.
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Extreme Mêlée Revenge
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Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Episode 10, "War Stories". Mal is captured by the elderly and sadistic Niska, is brutally tortured via electric shock, has his ear cut off, and is then killed painfully only to be resuscitated for further torture. When Mal's crew stages a rescue, Mal overcomes the guard and gives Niska a huge beatdown.
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Bounty Hunter
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Bounty Hunter: Jubal Early from "Objects in Space." Very much the evil sadist version.
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To the Pain
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To the Pain: Inverted. In "Trash", Simon explains that he will never hurt Jayne. He just happens to say it in a tone usually reserved for death threats. River's addendum is a more straight-up version, said in a more casual tone: "Also? I can kill you with my brain."
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The Hero
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The Hero: Mal
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1.0
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PimpedOutDress
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comment
Pimped-Out Dress: "Shindig" had plenty, including Kaylee's dress. Inara's was a more subdued and realistic fancy dress, but a lot of her outfits otherwise fit this trope.
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featureApplicability
1.0
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