History Characters / BurnNotice

20th Jul '16 11:48:32 AM SpideyTerry
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* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness

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* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness
SmallRoleBigImpact: Played with. Cowan is the one who signed the burn notice, but when they finally meet, he chides Michael for thinking only one man was responsible for forcing him out, freezing his assets, and so forth.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He admits he didn't expect Michael to fight the burn notice so hard or make progress getting answers.
* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: Between Michael refusing to stay down and actually finding him, the Organization was most displeased. A sniper kills Cowan when he starts telling Michael the truth about his situation.



* LeftHanging: For several seasons fans never knew whether Michael really did arrange for Vaughn to be thrown into prison alongside Simon. In the final season, however, we learn that the CIA almost immediately got Simon out of prison and put him back to work for The Company. So while we may not know exactly what happened to Vaughn after that final encounter, we know he wasn't sharing a cell with Simon.

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* LeftHanging: For several seasons seasons, fans never knew whether Michael really did arrange for Vaughn to be thrown into prison alongside Simon. both Simon and an unseen Belgian assassin that Vaughn ratted on to reduce his sentence. In the final season, however, we learn that the CIA almost immediately got Simon out of prison and put him back to work for The Company. So while we may not know exactly what happened to While Vaughn after that final encounter, was apparently spared being in prison with Simon, we still don't know if the same holds true for the assassin he wasn't sharing a cell with Simon.betrayed.
18th Jul '16 9:17:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* WigDressAccent: Most of Michael's disguises, though he usually just restyles his hair instead of getting a wig. The personae he adopts are what sells them. The shows producers and writers call them "mini-sidles", because it's a mini-role for Donovan to play and they let Michael [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sidle up to the mark]].
** Subverted in "Sins of Omission". Michael is facing a DangerouslyGenreSavvy ex-CIA agent, so he and Fiona break into the man's house and wait for him as...''themselves''.

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* WigDressAccent: WigDressAccent:
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Most of Michael's disguises, though he usually just restyles his hair instead of getting a wig. The personae he adopts are what sells them. The shows producers and writers call them "mini-sidles", because it's a mini-role for Donovan to play and they let Michael [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sidle up to the mark]].
** Subverted in "Sins of Omission". Michael is facing a DangerouslyGenreSavvy very cunning ex-CIA agent, so he and Fiona break into the man's house and wait for him as...''themselves''.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] repeatedly by Michael. To the point when Michael first approached the man, he didn't use any alias. He went as "Michael Westen, burned spy" as anything else would have been seen through and likely gotten him killed.



* VillainBall: Despite being DangerouslyGenreSavvy in many other ways, he keeps making the same mistake over and over: leaving Michael unattended for long periods of time.

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* VillainBall: Despite being DangerouslyGenreSavvy cunning in many other ways, he keeps making the same mistake over and over: leaving Michael unattended for long periods of time.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Michael calls her out on this, [[spoiler: stating he knows that she most likely falsified records to make it look like he was actually the one in contact with the Cartel. Making it look like the Cartel killed him for double crossing them. He was right.]]
3rd Jul '16 7:04:16 PM set-a-rabbit
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Michael's chain-smoking meddlesome mother, who is the only thing that scares Michael Westen.

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Michael's chain-smoking chain-smoking, meddlesome mother, who mother. She is the only thing that scares Michael Westen.him.
6th Jun '16 7:11:19 AM Noelie84
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* HerosClassicCar: Westen drives his father's 1977 Dodge Charger. {{Justified}} in that, thanks to the burn notice, his records are all screwed up so he can't legally purchase a newer vehicle, but because of the car's age and his father's ... [[PercussiveMaintenance approach]] to vehicular maintenance he's frequently having to repair various things (the DVD featurettes note there's some RealitySubtext here: [[TheAllegedCar the vehicle used in the show had regular problems]]). [[spoiler:Michael is forced to bomb the Charger to delay pursuers in the season 4 finale.]]

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* HerosClassicCar: Westen drives his father's 1977 1973 Dodge Charger. {{Justified}} in that, thanks to the burn notice, his records are all screwed up so he can't legally purchase a newer vehicle, but because of the car's age and his father's ... [[PercussiveMaintenance approach]] to vehicular maintenance he's frequently having to repair various things (the DVD featurettes note there's some RealitySubtext here: [[TheAllegedCar the vehicle used in the show had regular problems]]). [[spoiler:Michael is forced to bomb the Charger to delay pursuers in the season 4 finale.]]
26th May '16 2:04:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil
20th May '16 1:29:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* KilledOffForReal



* KilledOffForReal



* KilledOffForReal



* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: In a car crash, a relative rarity for deaths in the series.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:In the sixth season finale, courtesy of the cartel Riley is working with.]]



* KilledOffForReal



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:With shades of ''Series/MagnumPI'''s famous "Did You See The Sunrise" ending.]]
20th May '16 11:35:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Expected since he was a spy.



* {{Badass}}: [[Creator/BruceCampbell Comes with the territory, of course.]]



* {{Badass}}
20th May '16 11:34:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Or at least morally ambiguous and ruthless.
18th May '16 5:11:40 PM TheWanderer
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* ArcVillain: [[spoiler:Season 4. Obvious as it seems, it doesn't become entirely apparent that he is this until the second half.]]

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* ArcVillain: [[spoiler:Season For Season 4. Obvious as it seems, it doesn't become entirely apparent that he is this until the second half.]]



* BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler:Considering what he did during the season finale to Maddie.]]
* DistaffCounterpart: [[spoiler:Of Carla.]]
* EnemyMine: Offers Michael a chance to use the Organization's resources to go after other bad people [[spoiler:in order to keep him under their thumb, of course]].

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* BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler:Considering Considering what he did threatened to do during the season finale to Maddie.]]
Maddie.
* DistaffCounterpart: [[spoiler:Of Carla.]]
spoiler:Of Carla.
* EnemyMine: Offers Michael a chance to use the Organization's resources to go after other bad people [[spoiler:in order to keep him Michael under their thumb, of course]].



* TheFriendNobodyLikes
* LeftHanging: Did Michael [[spoiler:sic Simon on Vaughn in prison, after he didn't like what Vaughn told him about Anson's plans]]? The world may never know...
* NoNonsenseNemesis: [[spoiler:When Michael earns his wrath.]]

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes
TheFriendNobodyLikes: When he spent the first half of Season 4 apparently being on Michael's side, this was how everyone felt about him.
* LeftHanging: Did For several seasons fans never knew whether Michael [[spoiler:sic Simon on really did arrange for Vaughn in prison, after he didn't like to be thrown into prison alongside Simon. In the final season, however, we learn that the CIA almost immediately got Simon out of prison and put him back to work for The Company. So while we may not know exactly what happened to Vaughn told him about Anson's plans]]? The world may never know...
after that final encounter, we know he wasn't sharing a cell with Simon.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: [[spoiler:When When Michael earns his wrath.]]



* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Suffers it in his last appearance, because Michael [[LeftHanging may or may not have]] left him at Simon's mercy in federal prison. You know, the guy Vaughn got blackmailed by and later "threw in a hole".]]

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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Suffers Suffers it in his last appearance, because of the threat of Michael [[LeftHanging may or may not have]] left leaving him at Simon's mercy in federal prison. You know, the guy Vaughn got blackmailed by and later "threw in a hole".]]
prison.



* BigBad: Of arguably the whole series (so far).
** NonActionBigBad
** [[spoiler:ArcVillain]]

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* BigBad: Of arguably Arguably the whole series (so far).
** NonActionBigBad
** [[spoiler:ArcVillain]]
series, as he was one of the main architects of the Burned Spies Organization. Somewhat unusually in what is otherwise very close to being a WorldOfBadass, he's a NonActionBigBad, as being the chess master and playing mental games is his specialty. The only thing that may undermine his claim to be the BigBad is [[spoiler:after he spends the second half of Season 5 tormenting Team Westen and the first half dozen episodes of Season 6 on the run from both Michael and the intelligence community, he is suddenly killed off and the group must deal with several further antagonists. So despite the far reaching consequences of his actions, which completely reshaped the lives of Michael and everyone, it may demote him to the rank of ArcVillain.]]



* HiddenVillain

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* HiddenVillainHiddenVillain: Although he built and had a hand in directing the Burned Spies Organization, he never appeared until Season 5.



Michael's whackjob former partner[=/=]mentor during Michaels' black ops days. He faked his death years ago, and became a freelance assassin for hire. It's a RunningGag that it's impossible to make him actually die for real... [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat but he may have finally been killed off for good.]]

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Michael's whackjob former partner[=/=]mentor during Michaels' black ops days. He faked his death years ago, and became a freelance assassin for hire. It's a RunningGag that it's impossible to make him actually die for real... [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat but he may have finally been killed off for good.good at the end of Season 5.]]



* BadassInANiceSuit

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* BadassInANiceSuitBadassInANiceSuit: One of the perks of being a highly paid assassin is that he can always afford to walk around in a nice suit.



* CuttingTheKnot: Michael favors complex strategies that are (usually) non-lethal or cause a target to be the cause of his own undoing. Larry kills whoever is in his way and moves on.

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* CuttingTheKnot: Due to guilt over his past misdeeds and the lives those misdeeds cost, Michael favors complex strategies that are (usually) non-lethal or cause a target to be the cause of his own undoing. Larry Larry, who is pretty much amoral and AxCrazy, (and thus immune to PangsOfConscience) just kills whoever is in his way and moves on.



* EvilMentor: Larry faked his own death in Bosnia and is now a PsychoForHire ProfessionalKiller who truly believes that MurderIsTheBestSolution. Larry also likes to invoke NotSoDifferent in regards to himself and Michael. Particularly notable in the season 4 finale when Larry wonders where all the darkness and anger Michael had went. On par for being the evil mentor, Larry also laments that Michael is losing those things that made him do bad things with a smile and so good at his job.
* FakingTheDead: "Fifteen people watched Larry walk into an oil refinery right before it blew up. Apparently, it was his way of taking early retirement." Also, he was foiled this way in his first appearance as a ProfessionalKiller.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Naturally. He's played by Tim Matheson.

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* EvilMentor: Larry faked his own death in Bosnia and is now a PsychoForHire ProfessionalKiller who truly believes that MurderIsTheBestSolution. Larry also likes to invoke NotSoDifferent in regards to himself and Michael. Particularly notable in the season 4 finale when Larry wonders where all the darkness and anger Michael had went. On par for being the evil mentor, Larry also laments that Michael is losing those the things that made him able to do bad things with a smile and so good at his job.
smile.
* FakingTheDead: "Fifteen people watched Larry walk into an oil refinery right before it blew up. Apparently, it was his way of taking early retirement." Also, he was foiled this way in his first appearance as a ProfessionalKiller.
ProfessionalKiller, as Michael was able to fake the death of Larry's target and get her safely out of the way.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Naturally. He's played by Tim Matheson.Matheson, who specializes in this trope. Meeting Larry at a party, you'd probably think he was charming, funny, and the sort of guy that you'd like to hang out and have a few laughs with. Then he'd stick a knife in your side without missing a beat or dropping his smile.



* JokerImmunity: In fact, the [[FunWithSubtitles subtitles]] have taken to calling him things like [[LampshadeHanging "Spy With Nine Lives"]].
* KarmaHoudini: Despite killing more people per episode than some MythArc villains do in a whole season, he wasn't caught until his third appearance (and even then, it was left ambiguous).
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Brennen really did have it coming.]]

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* JokerImmunity: In fact, the [[FunWithSubtitles subtitles]] have taken took to calling him things like [[LampshadeHanging "Spy With Nine Lives"]].
* KarmaHoudini: Despite killing more people per episode than some MythArc villains do in a whole season, he wasn't caught never received any comeuppance until his third appearance (and appearance. (And even then, it didn't stick and Larry was left ambiguous).
eventually able to escape the prison he was sent to.)
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Brennen and some of his other victims really did have it coming.]]



* LaughablyEvil

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* LaughablyEvilLaughablyEvil: He's quite funny and likable. He's also quite AxCrazy.



* NeverFoundTheBody: Played rather subtly in the Season 5 summer finale - after [[spoiler:Fiona blows up the office that Larry's in and (with a little help from the new MythArc villain) inadvertently destroys a little more than she meant to]], the paper at the end of the episode says [[spoiler:"'''2''' people killed" (namely, the two [[RedShirt security guards]]).]]
** [[spoiler:As of the season 6 premiere it's looking even less likely (though still not ruled out) that Larry survived. Jason Bly explicitly refers to Larry in the past tense. Though people have believed him to be dead before.]]
*** [[spoiler: Pretty much guaranteed to still be dead now, with the show done.]]

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* NeverFoundTheBody: Played rather subtly in the Season 5 summer finale - after [[spoiler:Fiona blows up the office that Larry's in and (with a little help from the new MythArc villain) inadvertently destroys a little more than she meant to]], the paper at the end of the episode says [[spoiler:"'''2''' people killed" (namely, the two [[RedShirt security guards]]).]]
** [[spoiler:As of the season 6 premiere it's looking even less likely (though still not ruled out) that Larry survived. Jason Bly explicitly
]] Later another character refers to Larry in the past tense. Though people tense and while we have believed scene or two where we see him to be dead before.]]
*** [[spoiler: Pretty much guaranteed to still be dead now, with
in flashbacks, we don't ever see him in the show done.]]present again.



A former Military Intelligence officer turned arms dealer. Michael first encounters him in season 2, where he foiled a deal Brennan had going with some South Americans. Ever since then Brennan has wanted revenge and to use Michael formidable talents for his own ends. One of the very few foes Michael cannot reliably outwit or beat due to training.

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A former Military Intelligence officer turned arms dealer. Michael first encounters him in season 2, where he foiled a deal Brennan had going with some South Americans. Ever since then Brennan has wanted revenge and to use Michael formidable talents for his own ends. One of the very few foes Michael cannot reliably outwit outwit, or beat due to training.at least not with significant difficulty.



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Possibly the only one of Larry's kills the audience can cheer.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Possibly [[spoiler:One of the only one of Larry's kills few times the audience can cheer.cheer when Larry kills someone.]]



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:The reaction of some fans to his death.]]

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:The reaction of [[spoiler:How some fans to feel about his death.]]



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Michael beats him in "End Run" by [[spoiler:locating his daughter and bluffing that he's sent an assassin to kill her]].

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Michael beats him in "End Run" by [[spoiler:locating locating his daughter and bluffing that he's sent an assassin to kill her]].her if Brennen goes through with his plan to kill Michael and Nate. Brennen is completely furious about his daughter being threatened and has to back off.



* MoralMyopia: He is totally outraged that Michael would [[spoiler:threaten to have his daughter murdered if he doesn't do what he's told]], despite that being basically his own M.O.

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* MoralMyopia: He is totally outraged that Michael would [[spoiler:threaten threaten to have his daughter murdered if he doesn't do what he's told]], despite told, despite, as several tropes above show, that being is basically his own M.O.



* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: What DID happen to his daughter?

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* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: What DID happen to his daughter?



So-called "Agent to the Spies", he's essentially a manager to talent like burned spies, ex-special forces, etc. He sets them up with gigs paid for by shadowy figures that he has contacts with, and in return he gets 10%. He appears in Season 3 offering to cut Michael in on a similar deal and promising that he has the connections to help Michael with the burn notice. However, ''nothing'' about him screams "trustworthy"...

* [[spoiler:ArcVillain: First half of season 3.]]

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So-called "Agent to the Spies", he's essentially a manager to talent like burned spies, ex-special forces, etc. He sets them up with gigs paid for by shadowy figures that he has contacts with, and in return he gets 10%. He appears in Season 3 offering to cut Michael in on a similar deal and promising that he has the connections to help Michael with the burn notice. However, ''nothing'' about him screams "trustworthy"...

Unfortunately, he is not the sort of guy who is trustworthy. At all.

* [[spoiler:ArcVillain: ArcVillain: First half of season 3.]]3, although he doesn't actually become antagonistic until his final appearance.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: He actually does manage to get some movement done on Michael's burn notice, much to the shock of Michael's contact Diego Garza. He also has all sort of unsavory underworld connections, which causes Garza to freak out when he learns that Michael was working with Strickler.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: He actually does manage to get some movement done going on Michael's burn notice, much to the shock of Michael's contact Diego Garza. He also has all sort of unsavory underworld connections, which causes Garza to freak out when he learns that Michael was working with Strickler.



One of the people that Strickler represented. He's a ruthless former black ops operative who has turned freelance, working for anyone and any cause if they pay him well enough, regardless of how much potential damage it may do to the world.

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One of the people that Strickler represented. He's a ruthless former black ops operative agent who has turned freelance, working for anyone and any cause if they pay him well enough, regardless of how much potential damage it may do to the world.



* YouHaveFailedMe: Pulls this on Claude, a thief Gilroy hired and who (unbeknownst to Claude and Gilroy) had been sabotaged by Michael. [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch Apparently he did not survive the complications of a broken ankle]].

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* YouHaveFailedMe: Pulls this on Claude, a thief Gilroy hired and who (unbeknownst to Claude and Gilroy) had been sabotaged by Michael. [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch Apparently he Claude did not survive the complications of resulting from a broken ankle]].



* TheCorrupter: Strongly hinted that his money, resources and connections make him this, especially when he sends an active duty Army Colonel to [[ItMakesSenseInContext try to snatch an information-laden Bible]] out of the hands of Team Westen.

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* TheCorrupter: Strongly hinted that his money, resources and connections make him this, especially when he sends an active duty Army Colonel to [[ItMakesSenseInContext try to snatch an information-laden Bible]] a MacGuffin out of the hands of Team Westen.
18th May '16 2:33:57 PM kawaiineko333
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* FinalBoss: The final main villain of the series.
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