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19th Jan '18 10:58:53 AM hullflyer
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* HeroicSacrifice: One client of the week offered to sacrifice himself to ensure the villain of the week goes down for his murder, after failing to catch him for his actual crimes of smuggling via diplomatic immunity.

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* HeroicSacrifice: One client of the week offered to sacrifice himself to ensure the villain of the week goes down for his murder, after failing to catch him for his actual crimes of smuggling via diplomatic immunity.immunity (more justified than usual, in that the client was dying anyway of pancreatic cancer).
19th Jan '18 10:31:23 AM hullflyer
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** The characters are generally very good at anticipating the behaviors and reactions other people will do, which is generally explained in enough detail that it avoids becoming to convoluted. That said, a character in the fifth season mid-finale pulls off a plan that was so well designed to anticipate seemingly random events that even ''they'' are amazed it worked so well.

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** The characters are generally very good at anticipating the behaviors and reactions other people will do, which is generally explained in enough detail that it avoids becoming to too convoluted. That said, a character in the fifth season mid-finale pulls off a plan that was so well designed to anticipate seemingly random events that even ''they'' are amazed it worked so well.
19th Jan '18 10:16:39 AM hullflyer
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* FightingFingerprint: * In the episode "Comrades", Michael (in one of his narrative spy tips) talks about the importance of knowing different fighting styles and remembering which one to use depending on your cover. In the episode he was posing as a Russian [[TheMafiya Mafiya]] mook and so had to use a fighting style called Sambo.

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* FightingFingerprint: * In the episode "Comrades", Michael (in one of his narrative spy tips) talks about the importance of knowing different fighting styles and remembering which one to use depending on your cover. In the episode he was posing as a Russian [[TheMafiya Mafiya]] mook and so had to use a fighting style called Sambo.
19th Jan '18 9:49:05 AM hullflyer
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** 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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** In the pilot, a big deal is made of 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.
19th Jan '18 9:29:55 AM hullflyer
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* DecoyDamsel: [[spoiler:Anson]] a SpearCounterpart.

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* DecoyDamsel: [[spoiler:Anson]] is a SpearCounterpart.
19th Jan '18 9:25:53 AM hullflyer
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* CoverBlowingSuperpower: Michael can't always be an unstoppable badass, for various reason; he may be undercover in an assumed, non-badass identity, or the situation may require someone to "[[ObfuscatingStupidity outsmart]]" him to get to the [[BatmanGambit next part of the plan]]. In one instance, he got a dislocated shoulder for his troubles and another time, the voiceover explained how to properly hold a hostage while Michael did the exact opposite. It's occasionally played for a RunningGag where Michael is trying to get someone to give a decent fight and has an almost bored look on his face.

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* CoverBlowingSuperpower: Michael can't always be an unstoppable badass, for various reason; reasons; he may be undercover in an assumed, non-badass identity, or the situation may require someone to "[[ObfuscatingStupidity outsmart]]" him to get to the [[BatmanGambit next part of the plan]]. In one instance, he got a dislocated shoulder for his troubles and another time, the voiceover explained how to properly hold a hostage while Michael did the exact opposite. It's occasionally played for a RunningGag where Michael is trying to get someone to give a decent fight and has an almost bored look on his face.
19th Jan '18 9:15:57 AM hullflyer
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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.

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* CasualHighDrop: This is lampshaded when Micheal's Michael'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.
19th Jan '18 9:08:46 AM hullflyer
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-->'''Michael:''' Hiding doesn't always involve staying in the shadows. If your enemies eyes are adjusted to the darkness, then the best hiding place is behind the brightest light you can find.

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-->'''Michael:''' Hiding doesn't always involve staying in the shadows. If your enemies enemy's eyes are adjusted to the darkness, then the best hiding place is behind the brightest light you can find.
19th Jan '18 9:01:30 AM hullflyer
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* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Despite [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Fiona's standard line]], few enemies are killed by Team Westen - far more, however, [[InvokedTrope are set up in a position]] where their co-villains want to kill them due to them either fowling up the plan or seeming disloyal.

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* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Despite [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Fiona's standard line]], very few enemies are actually directly killed by Team Westen - far more, however, [[InvokedTrope are set up in a position]] where their co-villains want to kill them due to them either fowling fouling up the plan or seeming being made to appear disloyal.
4th Nov '17 7:57:41 PM Kalaong
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* BurnerPhones: ''Everyone'' in the show uses burners constantly.[[note]]Ironically, the name of the show actually has nothing to do with burners--it refers to a notice sent to intelligence agencies stating that an operative has gone rogue and is not to be trusted.[[/note]] It's probably impossible to identify a single episode in the seven-season show that ''doesn't'' have at least one shot of someone throwing away a cell phone. {{Justified|Trope}} in that almost all the main characters are spies, or were spies, or were trained by spies, or just spend way too much time around spies.

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* BurnerPhones: ''Everyone'' in the show uses burners constantly.[[note]]Ironically, the name of the show actually has nothing to do with burners--it refers to a notice sent to intelligence agencies stating that an operative has gone rogue and is not to be trusted.[[/note]] It's probably impossible to identify a single episode in the seven-season show that ''doesn't'' have at least one shot of someone throwing away a cell phone. {{Justified|Trope}} in that almost all the main characters are spies, or were spies, or were trained by spies, or just spend way too much time around spies. In "Trust Me" (S2E3), the client-of-the-week is so down-on-his-luck that all he can pay with is a bunch of cell phones from where he works, and Michael responds with a pleased nod, saying, "Yeah, I can find a use for them."
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