History Characters / Smash

7th Jun '17 9:42:01 AM ajitter89
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* Nepotism: Accepts the idea that a critic once praised him because said critic was a longtime family friend. Tom reveals that in fact the critic was sleeping with Derek's father.

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* Nepotism: {{Nepotism}}: Accepts the idea that a critic once praised him because said critic was a longtime family friend. Tom reveals that in fact the critic was sleeping with Derek's father.



* Deuteragonist: Karen is the point-of-view character, but the story is driven almost equally by Ivy's arcs.

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* Deuteragonist: {{Deuteragonist}}: Karen is the point-of-view character, but the story is driven almost equally by Ivy's arcs.



* RealMenLoveJesus: To Tom's surprise, Sam reveals himself to be a Christian, and puts a hold on having sex until the two are in a real relationship.



* Adorkable: Particularly in his awkward early attempts at flirting and whenever he meets someone famous.

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* Adorkable: {{Adorkable}}: Particularly in his awkward early attempts at flirting and whenever he meets someone famous.



* AscendedFanboy: Has loved the theater his whole life and now finds himself right in the middle of it all.

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* AscendedFanboy: Has loved the theater theater, particularly the works of Houston and Levitt, his whole life and now finds himself right in the middle of it all.all, as well as his talent being recognized by his Idol Julia, and his crush on Tom being briefly reciprocated.
1st Jun '17 10:22:42 AM ajitter89
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* PutOnABus: Quickly exits ''Bombshell'' and the series at the end of Season 1.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Has her diva moments, but is willing to make compromises with the creative staff to ensure "Bombshells" success, and becomes both a friend and mentor figure to Karen.
* PutOnABus: Quickly exits ''Bombshell'' after bad public response, [[spoiler: and an attempt on her life]] and the series at the end of Season 1.


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* KarmaHoudini: Zigzagged, his whining and complaining intially get him everything he wants, a producer for "Hitlist," but after the entire team and crew get sick of his diva moments, they attempt to cut him from the production, [[spoiler: until Kyle's death makes him crucial to finishing the product, and later formal charges of manslaughter, for his part in the death of the girl that overdosed due to his negligence, are filed against them.]] By this point however he is actively trying, to varying degrees of success, to be a better person, for Karen's [[spoiler: but most importantly to honor Kyle's memory, willingly accepting the charges and goes to jail as pennace for his DarkAndTroubledPast.]]


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* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: Is built up as a potential love interest for Tom, despite being introduced in the series Finale.
26th May '17 8:25:17 AM ajitter89
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* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Despite his huge mistake costing him his engagement and future with Karen, he is still present at her premier in Boston, and proudly smiles watching her accomplish her life long dream.


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* ItsAllAboutMe: Just can't get it through his head that their are other talented dreamers trying to make it on Broadway just like him. Unfortunately, all his whining and complaining get him exactly what he wants.


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* {{Expy}}: Of Jonathan Larson, [[spoiler: all the way down to him dying a week before ''Hit List'' premiers on Broadway.]]
9th Mar '17 6:17:16 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* PoliticalStereotype: Averted. John is a Republican- and a politically active one at that, given his participation in fundraising events and the like.
14th Feb '17 8:16:17 PM ajitter89
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* AesopAmnesia: As many times as he is called out on his Divaish attitude, and ''(half-heartedly)'' apologizes for it, it's almost assured that the next episode he will revert back to his {{Jerkass}} ways only to be called out again.




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* WhatTheHellHero: After his behavior starts to hinder ''Hit List,'' the cast calls him out, particularly when said actions almost lead to Karen being seriously hurt, and eventually the staff come to the agreement [[spoiler: to kick him off the production staff, leaving Kyle to deliver the news.]]
** Julia calls him out on his horrid behavior towards her after she points out she was doing him a favor in assisting him with ''Hit List'', out of her genuine affection for [[spoiler: now deceased]] Kyle, even at the hindrance of ''Bombshell''.
17th Jun '16 5:56:09 AM nirao01
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!Derek Wills (Jack Davenport)

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!Derek Wills (Jack Davenport)(Creator/JackDavenport)



!Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman)

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!Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman)(Creator/UmaThurman)



!Scott Nichols (Jesse L. Martin)

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!Scott Nichols (Jesse L. Martin)(Creator/JesseLMartin)
13th Jun '16 6:53:10 PM bwayrose7
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* {{Gaygnst}}: Solidly averted. Despite his fairly traditional family and his staunch religiosity, seems to be completely comfortable in his sexuality.

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* {{Gaygnst}}: {{Gayngst}}: Solidly averted. Despite his fairly traditional family and his staunch religiosity, seems to be completely comfortable in his sexuality.


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* ForYourOwnGood: How she justifies her constant pushing of Ivy from the time she was a little girl.
* LivingLegend: Leigh is a legendary star in the Broadway community- although her fame and success came at the expense of her relationship with Ivy.


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* PutOnABus: Quickly exits ''Bombshell'' and the series at the end of Season 1.
9th Jun '16 7:11:33 PM bwayrose7
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* LoveTriangle: A subdued version for a few episodes while he's dating John but growing closer to Sam.




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* WellDoneSonGuy: A female variant. Despite her successes, Ivy's mother has a knack for making her feel incredibly inadequate, and Ivy desperately seeks her approval even while being frustrated by it.



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Finds herself unexpectedly on the receiving end of this trope.



* Gaygnst: Solidly averted. Despite his fairly traditional family and his staunch religiosity, seems to be completely comfortable in his sexuality.

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* Gaygnst: {{Gaygnst}}: Solidly averted. Despite his fairly traditional family and his staunch religiosity, seems to be completely comfortable in his sexuality.sexuality.
* LetsWaitAWhile: Gently but firmly rebuffs Tom's initial advances when they first start dating, explaining that he wants to wait until it will really mean something.



* BeserkButton: The fastest way to make him angry? Bring up Julia and Michael's affair and/or how it was common knowledge among the cast and creative team.

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* BeserkButton: BerserkButton: The fastest way to make him angry? Bring up Julia and Michael's affair and/or how it was common knowledge among the cast and creative team.



* GayConservative: Tom is (comically) horrified to discover his boyfriend is a Republican.



* PoliticalStereotype: Averted. Tom is horrified to discover John is a Republican- and a politically active one at that.

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* PoliticalStereotype: Averted. Tom is horrified to discover John is a Republican- and a politically active one at that.that, given his participation in fundraising events and the like.



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* DawsonCasting: InUniverse, the age gap between Rebecca and Marilyn does not escape attention:
-->'''Sam:''' Yeah but wasn’t Marilyn, like, 36 when she died?\\
'''Tom:''' Yes, and Rebecca is 36…ish.\\
'''Sam:''' “Ish” being the operative word.


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* VocalRangeExceeded: Try as she might, Rebecca ''cannot'' handle some of the big songs Tom and Julia have written. However, she at least is aware of her own limits: she hires a vocal coach, suggests lowering the keys of some of the songs, and is willing (at least initially) to allow some of the Marilyn material to be given to the "shadow selves."
8th Jun '16 7:46:17 PM bwayrose7
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* NiceGuy: Generally sweet, patient, and perfectly understanding about Tom's insane life.
* PoliticalStereotype: Averted. Tom is horrified to discover John is a Republican- and a politically active one at that.


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* SpotlightStealingSquad: InUniverse, where her mere presence in a room is enough to draw attention away from Ivy (and anyone else, for that matter). Not that she discourages it.


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* InformedAbility: InUniverse, as the creative team is assured over and over again that Rebecca can sing, and on the first day of rehearsal, the reality is... somewhat different.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Again, InUniverse instance, where Rebecca is hired and quickly proves to be a ''complete'' mismatch for the emotionally complex, big-voiced role of Marilyn.
8th Jun '16 7:27:45 PM bwayrose7
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* BigSisterInstinct: In the surrogate family that is the ''Bombshell'' team, Julia tends to act as the protective big sister. She and Tom, in particular, tend to toggle back and forth over who is the reassuring older sibling and who is the mess of a younger sibling at the moment.

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* BettyAndVeronica: The Archie to Frank's Betty and Michael's Veronica, and vacillates between her conflicting attraction to them both for most of Season 1.
* BigSisterInstinct: In the surrogate family that is the ''Bombshell'' team, Julia tends to act as the protective big sister. She and Tom, in particular, tend to toggle back and forth over who is the reassuring older sibling and who is the mess of a younger sibling at the moment. She also develops a motherly or sisterly fondness and protectiveness for Kyle in Season 2.


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* ComfortFood: Her go-to foods include marshmallow fluff (straight from the jar, natch) and dim sum.


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* EasilyForgiven: Averted. The fallout from her affair hurts her family, her work family, and the production as a whole, and no one pulls any punches about reminding her of that.


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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: With regards to hiring Leigh Conroy- he agreed to do what was best for the production, but at the expense of what it might do to Ivy.


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* ButtMonkey: His career ambitions tend to collapse more often than not, leaving him at the whims of his rivals.


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