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20th Jun '17 7:31:56 AM Prometheus117
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* MoralDissonance: Michael was a government spy for over a decade, which would have definitely involved him making and forsaking assets on orders (which would sometime mean making innocent people into intelligence assets and then leaving them to suffer or die for the sake of a cover or mission), killing people for the sake of his country and the larger picture, using and cooperating long-term with people who are killers and criminals, and having no recourse to refuse orders that conflict with his internal morals. Fiona is an ''arms dealer'', which involves dealing almost exclusively with criminals and killers. Yet all that considered, both Michael and Fiona rarely act like they have the backgrounds and pasts that they have (skills and technical experience aside) - they rarely act in the moral gray zone, always acting like the heroes even when killing or severely harming their targets would have saved a lot of pain and anguish for everyone (this is particularly noticeable when they put huge effort into manipulating someone into a situation where they will be killed), they never use torture, physical force or other aids to mentally break someone in interrogations, and they act very reticent to deal with people that they should have great experience dealing with - e.g. in season 3, Michael makes a deal to do some work for Tom Strickler and Fiona is so opposed to this that she tries to leave Miami (despite the fact that at least Michael should have experience working for similar characters).

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* MoralDissonance: Michael was a government spy for over a decade, which would have definitely involved him making and forsaking assets on orders (which would sometime mean making innocent people into intelligence assets and then leaving them to suffer or die for the sake of a cover or mission), killing people for the sake of his country and the larger picture, using and cooperating long-term with people who are killers and criminals, and having no recourse to refuse orders that conflict with his internal morals. Fiona is an ''arms dealer'', which involves dealing almost exclusively with criminals and killers. Yet all that considered, both Michael and Fiona rarely act like they have the backgrounds and pasts that they have (skills and technical experience aside) - they rarely act in the moral gray zone, always acting like the heroes even when killing or severely harming their targets would have saved a lot of pain and anguish for everyone (this is particularly noticeable when they put huge effort into manipulating someone into a situation where they will be killed), they never use torture, physical force or other aids to mentally break someone in interrogations, and they act very reticent to deal with people that they should have great experience dealing with - e.g. in season 3, Michael makes a deal to do some work for Tom Strickler and Fiona is so opposed to this that she tries to leave Miami (despite the fact that at least Michael should have experience working for similar characters). Granted, there's heavy implications that the reason they both act the way they do is because they now ''have'' the choice rather than being forced to be pragmatic; they're more than capable of resorting back to it, but it's a matter of personal preferences.
17th Jun '17 1:20:13 PM Rebu
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* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: In 1x10, "False Flag", [[spoiler:Evelyn the assassin tricks Mike into finding her target for her. But an experienced operator like Mike would notice the lack of bullets, so she just takes out the trigger bar spring. Mike improvises a new one from a bar spring that ''might'' have one shot. And he ''also'' has to improvise a bomb to distract Evelyn.]]
13th Mar '17 11:18:46 PM creader
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* KickTheDog: Michael is forced to invoke this in "Friends Like These", when [[spoiler:he backhands Fi to hide signs of worry and maintain their cover. She's not happy about it.]]

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Michael is forced to invoke this in "Friends Like These", when [[spoiler:he backhands Fi to hide signs of worry and maintain their cover. She's not happy about it.]]



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* PutOnABus: The files that Jason Bly shows Michael in "You Can Run" say that their arms dealer friend Seymour was arrested and deported to Romania.

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* PutOnABus: The files that Jason Bly shows Michael in "You Can Run" say that their arms dealer friend Seymour was arrested and deported to Romania.Romania.
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1st Dec '16 11:27:02 AM Antigone3
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* IrishExplosivesExpert: Fiona.
29th Oct '16 12:09:11 PM cynicaloptimist
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** To say nothing of all the shots in which she's wearing very thin tops and can seemingly erect her nipples on command.

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** To say nothing of all the shots in which she's wearing very thin tops and can seemingly erect her nipples on command.at will.
23rd Aug '16 6:45:26 PM alexandrajade
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* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted. All bullet wounds and other injuries that should be serious are treated seriously. [[spoiler: Michael is shot by Jesse in order to hit the Mook holding him. While the wound is not immediately fatal, Michael is seriously wounded and the episode ends with him passing out from his heavy blood loss and possibly on the verge of death.]]

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* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted. All bullet wounds and other injuries that should be serious are treated seriously. [[spoiler: Michael is shot by Jesse in order to hit the Mook holding him. While the wound is not immediately fatal, Michael is seriously wounded and the episode ends with him passing out from his heavy blood loss and possibly on the verge of death. The next episode opens with Michael in the hospital and for a good two or three further episodes, he's shown to have limited use of his arm.]]
18th Jul '16 9:15:27 AM Morgenthaler
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** Brennen, the notoriously evil DangerouslyGenreSavvy opponent Michael first encountered in the second season has one of these when he reappears in the third when [[spoiler:Mike "threatened" to kill his little daughter.]]

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** Brennen, the notoriously evil DangerouslyGenreSavvy and cunning opponent Michael first encountered in the second season has one of these when he reappears in the third when [[spoiler:Mike "threatened" to kill his little daughter.]]



** One gambit was used against [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Brennen]], using an IndyPloy. Brennen had some government property he wanted to sell on the black market and Michael worked to get into his inner circle, but details kept being changed around. [[XanatosSpeedChess Improvising at the last moment]] Sam screwed up the exchange with the buyers and those guys now wanted Brennen dead. He realized that if he kept the merchandise, both the government and the black market would be looking for him. So to at least keep the FBI off his trail, he got Michael to return it. This was Michael's plan at this point and even though Brennen realizes that's probably what's going on, Michael points out that regardless of what he believes is going on, it's the only possible move he can make.

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** One gambit was used against [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Brennen]], Brennen, using an IndyPloy. Brennen had some government property he wanted to sell on the black market and Michael worked to get into his inner circle, but details kept being changed around. [[XanatosSpeedChess Improvising at the last moment]] Sam screwed up the exchange with the buyers and those guys now wanted Brennen dead. He realized that if he kept the merchandise, both the government and the black market would be looking for him. So to at least keep the FBI off his trail, he got Michael to return it. This was Michael's plan at this point and even though Brennen realizes that's probably what's going on, Michael points out that regardless of what he believes is going on, it's the only possible move he can make.
23rd Jun '16 7:37:35 PM alexandrajade
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** In "Brothers in Arms," Burke coerces Serrano into giving up information that his Russian overlords will punish him for giving up, "but only if he's alive." After Burke puts a pistol and one bullet on the table in front of him, Serrano asks for a cigarette.

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** In "Brothers in Arms," Burke coerces Serrano into giving up information that his Russian overlords will punish him for giving up, "but only if he's alive." After Burke puts a pistol and one bullet on the table in front of him, Serrano asks for a cigarette.cigarette (and Burke obliges).
23rd Jun '16 7:36:40 PM alexandrajade
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**In "Brothers in Arms," Burke coerces Serrano into giving up information that his Russian overlords will punish him for giving up, "but only if he's alive." After Burke puts a pistol and one bullet on the table in front of him, Serrano asks for a cigarette.
25th May '16 1:45:28 PM violettglass
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* MindRape: James basically does this to Michael in S7, using a mixture of persistent interroogation, sleep deprivation, noise torture and finally hallucinogenic drugs.
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