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3rd Aug '16 5:19:57 AM longWriter
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* StrictlyFormula: Someone comes to Michael who needs...extralegal assistance. Michael goes to Fiona and Sam to help him out. He'll usually have to go through plans A through C, with a little bit of IndyPloy, before saving the Client Of The Week, often while having to work around the client's [[StopHelpingMe well-intentioned "assistance"]]. Plan C often culminates in CrowningMomentOfAwesome serving up a heaping helping of the Westen family recipe for LaserGuidedKarma to the bad guy, followed by a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming from the grateful client. The MythArc tends to be a lot more chaotic, usually merging with the usual plot in the season finales.

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* StrictlyFormula: Someone comes to Michael who needs...extralegal assistance. Michael goes to Fiona and Sam to help him out. He'll usually have to go through plans A through C, with a little bit of IndyPloy, before saving the Client Of The Week, often while having to work around the client's [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance well-intentioned "assistance"]]. Plan C often culminates in CrowningMomentOfAwesome serving up a heaping helping of the Westen family recipe for LaserGuidedKarma to the bad guy, followed by a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming from the grateful client. The MythArc tends to be a lot more chaotic, usually merging with the usual plot in the season finales.
18th Jul '16 9:16:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the season 4 finale, with [[spoiler: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Brennan]] and [[AxCrazy "Dead" Larry]]]] working together, the only question is who will turn on the other first. [[spoiler: Larry suddenly just stabs Brennan in the chest in broad daylight while the latter was still trying to play the long game.]]

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** In the season 4 finale, with [[spoiler: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Brennan]] Brennan and [[AxCrazy "Dead" Larry]]]] working together, the only question is who will turn on the other first. [[spoiler: Larry suddenly just stabs Brennan in the chest in broad daylight while the latter was still trying to play the long game.]]
14th May '16 9:21:21 PM nombretomado
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* SpiritualSuccessor: It's pretty much a modern day ''A Team'' or ''{{MacGyver}}''. It bears the most resemblance to ''Series/TheEqualizer'', except that Mike was kicked out instead of retiring.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: It's pretty much a modern day ''A Team'' or ''{{MacGyver}}''.''Series/MacGyver''. It bears the most resemblance to ''Series/TheEqualizer'', except that Mike was kicked out instead of retiring.



** Michael isn't up to date with the latest spy gadgets largely because he doesn't have the money for it, but before he was burned he spent a lot of time in places where smartphones and computers are luxuries. Once he asked a client for their yellow pages to look up the nearest [[{{MacGyvering}} hardware store]] and the guy responds, "Bro! I've got a computer!"

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** Michael isn't up to date with the latest spy gadgets largely because he doesn't have the money for it, but before he was burned he spent a lot of time in places where smartphones and computers are luxuries. Once he asked a client for their yellow pages to look up the nearest [[{{MacGyvering}} [[MacGyvering hardware store]] and the guy responds, "Bro! I've got a computer!"



* XMeetsY: ''MiamiVice'' meets ''{{MacGyver}}'', ''Series/TheATeam'' meets ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'', any number of those kind of "outsmart the enemy" shows updated for the 2000's.

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* XMeetsY: ''MiamiVice'' ''Series/MiamiVice'' meets ''{{MacGyver}}'', ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/TheATeam'' meets ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'', any number of those kind of "outsmart the enemy" shows updated for the 2000's.
30th Apr '16 5:35:56 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* UnwantedAssistance: Because Michael's methods tend to make things worse before they get better, multiple clients have said "Stop Helping Me" around the middle of the episode. They are appropriately grateful when things work out in the end.
26th Jan '16 10:16:35 AM Antigone3
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* SkipTheAnesthetic: In one episode, Michael gets a bullet in his back -- a ricochet, so it wasn't deep, but it wasn't something he wanted to explain to a hospital so he got his brother to dig it out. The narration indicated that it wasn't the first time Michael had dealt with third-world medicine.
1st Dec '15 3:15:39 PM fdsa1234567890
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* TapOnTheHead: Generally subverted. More often than not, a tap on the head has little effect, both on Mooks and heroes alike. Notably Fi attempts this with an empty liquor bottle and fails, only pissing off her enemy, then takes a fair bit of time to defeat her opponent.

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* TapOnTheHead: Generally subverted. More often than not, a tap on the head has little effect, both on Mooks and heroes alike. Notably Fi attempts this with an empty liquor bottle and fails, only pissing off her enemy, then takes the guy off, taking a fair bit of time to defeat her opponent.him.
1st Dec '15 3:14:06 PM fdsa1234567890
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* TapOnTheHead: Subverted. Fi hits a mark on the head with an empty liquor bottle, and it... pisses him off. She has to hit him again.

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* TapOnTheHead: Subverted. Fi hits Generally subverted. More often than not, a mark tap on the head has little effect, both on Mooks and heroes alike. Notably Fi attempts this with an empty liquor bottle, bottle and it... pisses him off. She has fails, only pissing off her enemy, then takes a fair bit of time to hit him again.defeat her opponent.
28th Nov '15 4:26:51 PM Cifer
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* {{Understatement}}: Some characters are [[CasualDangerDialogue prone to this]], but Sonya in 7x10 takes the cake, as we find out that "We put pressure on [a cartel boss]" means "We rode a helicopter gunship to his compound and shot it up until he agreed to do what we wanted."


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** Interestingly, at least the current steps of many plans are spoken through a little before or while they are acted upon - it's the series trademark after all. In many cases, the explanation will already hit at the plan's success or failure, depending on whether it focuses on why it works or why it sometimes doesn't work.
14th Nov '15 5:54:08 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: ''MiamiVice'' meets ''{{MacGyver}}'', ''Series/TheATeam'' meets ''TheRockfordFiles'', any number of those kind of "outsmart the enemy" shows updated for the 2000's.

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* XMeetsY: ''MiamiVice'' meets ''{{MacGyver}}'', ''Series/TheATeam'' meets ''TheRockfordFiles'', ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'', any number of those kind of "outsmart the enemy" shows updated for the 2000's.
14th Sep '15 7:57:49 PM PlasmaTalon
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* ShootTheFuelTank: Subverted. Turns out that shooting a car's gas tank mostly just results in an empty gas tank. Shooting a gas tank with plastic bags full of acetone peroxide taped to it, on the other hand....
**In another episode, shooting a propane tank merely results in a cloud of cold gas, unless there happens to be an open flame nearby...
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