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3rd Oct '16 4:17:35 PM alexandrajade
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* DoesntLikeGuns: It becomes less applicable the more the series goes on, but especially in the early days, Michael always tries to avoid deadly force when he can help it. Narration from the pilot:
---> '''Michael:''' "I'll take a hardware store over a gun any day. Guns make you stupid. Better to fight your wars with duct tape. Duct tape makes you smart!"
3rd Aug '16 3:19:53 PM Morgenthaler
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* CasualHighDrop: This is lampshaded when Micheal's narration explains that only someone very badass or very desperate will jump off a building to avoid pursuit. If you do jump off and don't get seriously killed, you are usually in the clear since an average pursuer is not going to be badass or desperate enough to follow you. It is then subverted right after when we see that while Michael indeed escapes by jumping off the roof of a building, RealityEnsues and he hurts his leg in the process.
18th Jul '16 9:16:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* ArmsDealer: Several, in varying alignments; good...ish (Fiona), neutral ([[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Seymour]]), and villainous ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Brennen]]).

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* ArmsDealer: Several, in varying alignments; good...ish (Fiona), neutral ([[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Seymour]]), and villainous ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Brennen]]).(Brennen).



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Pretty much ''any'' of the other espionage types Team Westen tangle with.
** Brennen in particular tends to be able to predict Michael's actions very well, because he can think along those lines. Of course, in the Season 4 finale, [[spoiler: his skills don't help much when he tries to work with [[AxCrazy Dead Larry]], with [[EvilerThanThou predictable]] [[KilledOffForReal results]]]].
** In the latter half of season six, [[spoiler: After Michael killed his mentor, Tom Card, the CIA sends the best counter-intelligence agent they have, Olivia Riley, to bring him to justice. She's able to catch onto many of Team Westen's ploys before they're able to pull them off and came awfully close to catching him until she was thwarted by their successful teamwork.]]
6th Jul '16 3:35:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: "Past and Future Tense" has Paul Anderson (played by ''Burt Reynolds''), former Cold War spy, who needs the gang's help to escape from a Russian spec ops team sent to kill him.
6th Jul '16 3:35:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* CopsNeedTheVigilante: The show is at least honest that their main characters are all criminals. Good guys, but criminals nevertheless. As the police never ask for their help (the CIA is another matter), this should actually pass muster.
4th Jul '16 10:25:06 AM AwkwardNinja
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* CantSpitItOut: Fiona attempting to thank Michael for saving her life in 3x10.
30th Jun '16 10:47:37 AM TheWanderer
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* FromCamouflageToCriminal: Ex-military and ex-Intelligence personnel who have since turned turned to crime show up very often in this show, even sometimes including the VillainOfTheWeek. The Burned Spies organization and recurring characters like Larry, (ex-special forces/covert ops turned assassin) Tyler Brennen, (former military intelligence, now an ArmsDealer) and Gilroy, (English black ops agent turned mercenary) are just scratching the surface. Even most of Team Weston could be considered this, as the group mostly consists of former military or intelligence agents who work outside the bounds of the law and often break the law, albeit for a good cause.
14th May '16 9:20:53 PM nombretomado
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** In one episode, they even gave ''one of Michael's MacGyver contraptions'' a witty subtitle.

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** In one episode, they even gave ''one of Michael's MacGyver {{MacGyver|ing}} contraptions'' a witty subtitle.
7th May '16 12:22:59 AM HeroGal2347
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* CallingOutForNotCalling:
** The show has a recurring argument between Michael and his mother Madeline about how he was mostly out of contact with home, with some exceptions, since the early '90s. This comes to a head in "Breaking and Entering":
--->'''Madeline:''' What about me, Michael? All these years, and finally, I see what you do. You tell me I have to leave town at a minute's notice. I can't talk on the phone, we're being chased by men with guns. How am I supposed to deal with this?
--->'''Mike:''' All these years you wondered why I didn't come home, why I didn't call. ''This'' is why, Mom. I never ''wanted'' this for you. I'm ''sorry''.
--->'''Madeline:''' ''({{beat}}; somewhat mollified)'' Well, it still doesn't explain why you didn't write.
** He did, however, make a habit of calling her on her birthday, and she got very upset when he didn't one year. When she finally asked him about it in a counseling session in "Turn and Burn", it turns out he had been wounded in action and was laid up in a field hospital that didn't have a phone.
** In one episode Fiona is nearly burned to death in a bombmaker's BoobyTrap, and Michael goes frantic all afternoon trying to reach or find her. He finally comes back to his apartment to find Fiona there waiting for him. Turns out the fire destroyed her cell phone but she got out with her skin intact. In a subversion, he's so relieved to see her alive [[GladToBeAliveSex they end up in bed]].
22nd Apr '16 9:13:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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