History Characters / BurnNotice

25th Nov '17 11:35:42 AM StarSword
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* DroppedABridgeOnHer: [[spoiler:She's killed off rather abruptly at the end of season two. She and her goon squad have Michael and Victor cornered on his boat, but then [[InstantDeathBullet Fiona shoots her through the gut from behind with a sniper rifle]].]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Fiona:''' ''Finally.'']]
25th Nov '17 11:18:24 AM StarSword
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Jeffrey Donovan puts on a lot of different accents for Michael's guise du jour, but he doesn't bother to shed his native Boston accent when playing Michael, who grew up in Miami. Easily justified, as an accent is [[OohMeAccentsSlipping difficult to maintain]] long term and it's an AcceptableBreakFromReality.
** If you want an acceptable explanation, Donovan manages an acceptable Southern accent early in the fifth season. But when he does so, he's imitating Michael's father...
** Another explanation lies in the fact that Florida doesn't really have a unified or distinct accent. A General American accent would probably be more likely than a Southern accent in Miami.
* {{Omniglot}}: Played with. Michael is fluent in Arabic, Russian, Persian, and Czech, has recently learned French and German, and even speaks a bit of Urdu. However, even though he grew up in Miami, he doesn't speak a lick of Spanish.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Jeffrey Donovan puts on a lot of different accents for Michael's guise du jour, but he doesn't bother to shed his native Boston accent when playing Michael, who grew up in Miami. Easily justified, as an accent is [[OohMeAccentsSlipping difficult to maintain]] long term and it's an AcceptableBreakFromReality.
** If you want an acceptable explanation, Donovan manages an acceptable Southern accent early in the fifth season. But when he does so, he's imitating Michael's father...
** Another explanation lies in the fact that
AcceptableBreakFromReality. Of course, Florida doesn't really have a unified or distinct accent. A General accent, so a Generic American accent would probably be more likely than a Southern accent in Miami.
* {{Omniglot}}: Played with. Michael is fluent in Arabic, Russian, Persian, and Czech, has recently learned French and German, and even speaks a bit of Urdu.Urdu ([[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels though not well enough to avoid embarrassing himself]]). However, even though he grew up in Miami, he doesn't speak a lick of Spanish.



* QuickDraw: He's only demonstrated it once, as he prefers not to kill unless he absolutely has to, but he outdrew a man who ''already had his gun drawn and aimed''. It was [[spoiler: Strickler, who didn't have his finger on the trigger, because he was attempting to get Michael to stand down.]].

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* QuickDraw: He's only demonstrated it once, a couple times, as he prefers not to kill unless he absolutely has to, but he outdrew a man who ''already had his gun drawn and aimed''. It was [[spoiler: Strickler, who didn't have his finger on the trigger, because he was attempting to get Michael to stand down.]]. Michael pulled his concealed carry from behind his back and put three bullets in Strickler's chest before he had time to react.]]



* TechnicalPacifist: Michael usually justifies avoiding killing people to others as wanting avoid attracting attention from the authorities, but it's made pretty clear he deeply dislikes doing it. He's isn't averse to putting people in positions to get themselves killed, or to get them killed, but it's very rare for him to pull the trigger himself. If he does, it's usually to protect Fiona (one of the few times he shot a man dead completely unflinchingly was [[spoiler:when Strickler sold Fiona out to ex-IRA extremists]]). This has been lifted slightly in S5 [[spoiler: now that he's working for the CIA again]] but even still, he rarely gets an onscreen kill.

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* TechnicalPacifist: Michael usually justifies avoiding killing people to others as wanting avoid attracting attention from the authorities, but it's made pretty clear he deeply dislikes doing it. He's He isn't averse to putting people in positions to get themselves killed, or to get them killed, but it's very rare for him to pull the trigger himself. If he does, it's usually to protect Fiona his friends and family (one of the few times he shot a man dead completely unflinchingly was [[spoiler:when Strickler sold Fiona out to ex-IRA extremists]]). This has been lifted slightly in S5 [[spoiler: now that he's working for the CIA again]] but even still, he rarely gets an onscreen kill.
25th Nov '17 11:11:12 AM StarSword
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* TechnicalPacifist: He's not averse to putting people in positions to get themselves killed, or to get them killed, but it's very rare for Michael to pull the trigger himself. If he does, it's usually to protect Fiona. This has been lifted slightly in S5 [[spoiler: now that he's working for the CIA again]] but even still, he rarely gets an onscreen kill.

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* TechnicalPacifist: Michael usually justifies avoiding killing people to others as wanting avoid attracting attention from the authorities, but it's made pretty clear he deeply dislikes doing it. He's not isn't averse to putting people in positions to get themselves killed, or to get them killed, but it's very rare for Michael him to pull the trigger himself. If he does, it's usually to protect Fiona.Fiona (one of the few times he shot a man dead completely unflinchingly was [[spoiler:when Strickler sold Fiona out to ex-IRA extremists]]). This has been lifted slightly in S5 [[spoiler: now that he's working for the CIA again]] but even still, he rarely gets an onscreen kill.
23rd Nov '17 10:57:40 AM creader
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* GuileHero

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* HerosClassicCar: Westen drives his father's 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.]]

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* HasAType: The three women Michael has been in a relationship with are intelligent women with a plethora of skills.
* HerosClassicCar: Westen drives his father's 1973 Dodge Charger. {{Justified}} {{Justified|Trope}} 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.]]



* TookALevelInBadass: Discussed. In order to understand his new "ally", James brings up Michael's history in the government, mentioning how Michael went from a "slightly above average field agent" to the LivingLegend he is in the present.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Discussed.{{Discussed|Trope}}. In order to understand his new "ally", James brings up Michael's history in the government, mentioning how Michael went from a "slightly above average field agent" to the LivingLegend he is in the present.



-->'''Fiona'''': I can do that.

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-->'''Fiona'''': -->'''Fiona''': I can do that.



* TheMcCoy

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* ShipperOnDeck: She deemed Madeline and Virgil's relationship as a romantic connection,=.

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* ShipperOnDeck: She deemed Madeline and Virgil's relationship as a romantic connection,=."romantic connection".
4th Nov '17 7:30:24 PM Kalaong
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** When secretly breaking into a person's home, Michael tends to snack on food items in the person's kitchen, such as tortilla chips and yogurt.

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** When secretly breaking into a person's home, Michael tends to snack on food items in the person's kitchen, such as tortilla chips and yogurt. {{Lampshaded}} in the pilot; it's a great way to [[RefugeInAudacity bullshit your way out]] if you get caught trespassing, especially in tourist traps like Miami where pretty much any house could be a rental.
-->I never run around in the bushes in a ski mask when I'm breaking in someplace. Somebody catches you, what are you gonna say? You want to look like a legitimate visitor until the very last minute. If you can't look legit, confused works almost as well. Maybe you get a soda from the fridge, or a yogurt. If you get caught, you just look confused and apologize like crazy for taking the yogurt - nothing could be more innocent...
9th Aug '17 6:44:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Or so Michael explains to Riley in the opening of the second half of season 6. He was running ops around the globe and using Anson to do it. Card's explanation differs slightly, see DragonWithAnAgenda.]]
8th Aug '17 2:41:20 PM faunas
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* GoToAlias: Chuck Finley. Named after the left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball.

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* GoToAlias: Chuck Finley. Named after the left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball.Baseball, who was a friend of Bruce Campbell's dad back in the day, according to [[http://tv.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/10684/burn-notice-who-is-chuck-finley/ ''The Press Democrat'']].
4th Aug '17 7:15:55 PM Polaris
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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: [[spoiler:When her youngest son, Nate, dies.

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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: [[spoiler:When her youngest son, Nate, dies.]]
28th Jul '17 12:27:12 AM Lightning4119
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* EvilCounterpart: Of a sort, to Michael. [[spoiler: Both are badass operatives with military service histories who were trained by Tom Card. But where Michael was and is a stellar intelligence agent who was wrongfully burned and uses his skills and training for good, Gray became a mercenary who didn't particularly care about collateral damage and sold his services to the highest bidder.]]



* JerkassHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Michael tells him off for shooting Anson with Nate, an innocent, in the way. Gray then relates the conditions under which he made the shot on Anson. He is ''not'' exaggerating when calls it a once in a lifetime shot, and on top of that he had no idea who the hell Nate was at the time. Gray was so far away he would have had to take the ''curvature of the world'' into account as he pulled the trigger.]]

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* JerkassHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Michael tells him off for shooting Anson with Nate, an innocent, in the way. Gray then relates the conditions under which he made the shot on Anson. He is ''not'' exaggerating when calls it a once in a lifetime shot, and on top of that he had no idea who the hell Nate was at the time. Gray was so far away he would have had to take the ''curvature of the world'' into account as he pulled the trigger. At nineteen hundred yards, the shot would have been among the top ten longest recorded sniper kills in history.]]



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Is subjected to minor versions from both Michael and Madeline, due to his willingness to shoot someone other than his target.]]

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Is subjected to minor versions from both Michael and Madeline, due to his willingness to shoot someone other than his target. He lays one on Michael while still under the impression that Michael's the monster he was made to look like.]]
14th Jul '17 2:11:28 PM Lightning4119
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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Brennan's mooks kill Marv about five seconds after he hands them the thumb drive with the Burned Spies Organization roster.]]



* ReassignedToAntarctica: Reassigned to Mumbai after breaking another rule for Westen.

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* HeroicSacrifice: A non-lethal version. She willingly takes the fall for Team Westen blackmailing a man at an intelligence conference, without even telling Michael before she's already done it. Her last order to him as his senior officer is for him to not reveal the truth.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Reassigned to Mumbai after breaking another rule for Westen. She mentions it could have been worse, as the CIA was looking to fill an ice station post in Reykjavik.




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* VillainExitStageLeft: She's done some terrible stuff for Anson and takes a bullet for it, but she gets to walk away.
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