History BurnNotice / TropesAToH

22nd Apr '16 9:13:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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%% HeyItsThatGuy is not a trope and therefore belongs on the Trivia page.
30th Mar '16 1:10:50 AM alexandrajade
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Or, perhaps more accurately, [=MildEarlyInstallmentTweaksToTheFormula=]. Mike's voiceover narrations, which quickly developed into more abstract spy tips related to the scene at hand (Fi sneaks into a guarded house, and Mike's voiceover talks about the difficulties of breaking into a guarded compound), actually feature some first person discussion. Also, there are some (very) mild profanities in the early episodes ("tits," "goddammit," "bitchy") that never made it past episode four or five.
** In the pilot, a big deal is made Madeleine's hypochondria. It's never brought up again besides a single reference in season 2, although occasionally we see a table with about a dozen bottles of pills on it. Although, as anyone who has a 60-something parent (or is themselves), bottles of pills come with the age legitimately.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Or, perhaps more accurately, [=MildEarlyInstallmentTweaksToTheFormula=]. Mike's voiceover narrations, which quickly developed into more abstract spy tips related to the scene at hand (Fi sneaks into a guarded house, and Mike's voiceover talks about the difficulties of breaking into a guarded compound), actually feature some first person discussion. They also commonly take place on freeze-frames. Also, there are some (very) mild profanities in the early episodes ("tits," "goddammit," "bitchy") that never made it past episode four or five.
** In the pilot, a big deal is made Madeleine's hypochondria. It's never brought up again besides a single reference in season 2, although occasionally we see a table with about a dozen bottles of pills on it. Although, as anyone who has a 60-something parent (or is themselves), bottles of pills come with the age legitimately. Sharon Gless also wears a wig in the pilot that was never seen again.


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** Fiona's Irish accent is another thing that went away after the pilot, though this was justified in-universe as Fiona ditching it to blend in better.
19th Mar '16 2:42:08 PM nombretomado
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* TheCracker: Eve, the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]] in "No Good Deed" is one of these. She's also a pint-sized, YoungerThanTheyLook EvilRedhead with a temper and ego rivaling those of '''[[RunningGag Doctor]]''' [[TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]].

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* TheCracker: Eve, the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]] in "No Good Deed" is one of these. She's also a pint-sized, YoungerThanTheyLook EvilRedhead with a temper and ego rivaling those of '''[[RunningGag Doctor]]''' [[TheBigBangTheory [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]].
22nd Feb '16 6:14:46 PM PaulA
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* AtTheCrossroads: Sort of a common theme with anybody trying to convince Michael to make a particular choice. "You're at a crossroads, Michael...", "Mike, you're at a crossroads", "Michael, you've got two paths before you..." etc. ''Every single time'' someone brings it up, Michael does the ''opposite'' of what they're trying to convince him to do.
14th Jan '16 2:04:44 AM schoolmann
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* CaptainsLog: Michael's voiceovers function as notes to a class or book on how to be a spy.
5th Jan '16 12:32:52 AM ZeroCredibility
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* DependingOnTheWriter: for the most part the characters are fairly consistent across the board, but it does depend on the writer whether in a single episode Michael and Fiona will actually act like an ex-spy and arms dealer or heroes who would never cross into the morally grey area. Their centers of morality and double standards do shift depending on whether its convenient for the writer.
31st Dec '15 11:22:05 AM JBK405
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* EnforcedMethodActing: In-Universe example: In "Bloodlines", Madeline is pretending to help Takeda, a Yakuza human trafficker who has been wounded. Michael tells her beforehand that he's going to have to treat her roughly so that she can be convincing as a reluctant nurse. She's sort of blase about the idea at first, until Michael channels his abusive father so convincingly that Madeline gets ''really'' frightened, so much so that she's still shaking even after it's over. In a later scene, Michael actually slaps her. They agreed to do that before it happened, and it was her idea, but she's visibly shaken again.
28th Nov '15 11:49:32 AM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: The show generally likes to cast actors in roles that are [[ActorAllusion appropriate to their acting history]], but this really hits home when [[{{Scrubs}} John C. McGinley]] is cast as Tom Card, Michael's CIA mentor. Tom has so many of the same mannerisms as Dr. Cox (the "attention whistle" and the way he rants) that you almost expect him to call Michael a girls name or "newbie."

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* {{Expy}}: The show generally likes to cast actors in roles that are [[ActorAllusion appropriate to their acting history]], but this really hits home when [[{{Scrubs}} [[Series/{{Scrubs}} John C. McGinley]] is cast as Tom Card, Michael's CIA mentor. Tom has so many of the same mannerisms as Dr. Cox (the "attention whistle" and the way he rants) that you almost expect him to call Michael a girls name or "newbie."
25th Jul '15 1:30:07 PM Arancaytar
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* GenderBlenderName: In "Fearless Leader", Sam is hoping to get out of an IRS audit by turning up his charm, expecting Stacey Conolly to be a woman; he's wrong.
7th Jul '15 8:36:48 AM JimmyC
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* ActorAllusion: Season 6, Episode 6, Barry to Sam, in reference to an improvised mortar:
--> "I don't know how this [[Film/ArmyOfDarkness boomstick]] of yours is supposed to help.
** In an earlier episode, Mike is covered in blood, and Sam says he looks like "the walking dead".
** One episode has Bruce Campbell break out a bulletproof vest for a client they're protecting. Client comments that the vest smells like Old Spice.
** Mike's mentor Tom uses a very familiar whistle when scolding him for not obeying his orders.
** Fiona finally [[ScentOfAWoman got to tango]] in season 5.
** At one stage, Maddie had to get records from a woman at the County Records Office, who she ends up befriending. Said woman was played by Tyne Daly. She and Sharon Gless (who plays Maddie) were the two lead actresses in ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''.
** Part of James Kendrick's final plan was to [[spoiler: have Michael turn him over to the CIA and leave his organization to Michael, allowing him to run it while being viewed as hero by the U.S. Government.]] While not exactly the same, this is similar to what [[Series/{{Alphas}} Stanton Parrish had in mind for Rosen]] at the end of that series.
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