History Characters / Smash

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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8th Jun '16 7:12:56 PM bwayrose7
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8th Jun '16 11:41:23 AM bwayrose7
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* MamaBear: Drops everything if Leo is in trouble, and goes to over-the-top lengths to find out where he is [[spoiler: when he runs away.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Suggested, then averted. The first season finale ends on a cliffhanger with a rejected Ivy holding a large handful of pills. She doesn't take them.]]



* EarnYourHappyEnding: And ''how''. Ivy suffers through an emotionally exhausting workshop process, an insensitive boss/boyfriend, losing two jobs in quick succession, a suicide attempt, a show in which she does well closing immediately, and turmoil with her mother. By the end of the finale, however, she has [[spoiler: reunited with Derek, is expecting a baby that she's decided she does want, and has won a Tony.]]



* MamaBear: Do ''not'' mess with her daughter (particularly if you're said daughter's father). She's even willing to sacrifice the good of her musical if it means keeping her daughter out of the media fray.



* 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.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Frank teasingly serenades Julia in one episode, and the effort of a Tony-nominated actor to simulate "bad" singing is fairly obvious.



* LoveTriangle: With Julia and Michael; later revealed that Julia has emotionally felt torn between them for much longer than she let on.



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* RealitySubtext: InUniverse, his defense of [=DiMaggio=] as a character and a love interest for Marilyn mirrors his romantic entanglement with Julia. Carried to its logical extreme in the scene where he and Julia improv a Joe/Marilyn scene that is really about their own relationship ending.

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* RealitySubtext: InUniverse, BackForTheFinale: After disappearing for all of Season 2, Michael reappears [[spoiler: when Julia shows up on his defense doorstep at the end of [=DiMaggio=] as a character and a love interest for Marilyn mirrors his romantic entanglement with Julia. Carried the finale, presumably to its logical extreme rekindle their relationship]] after being referenced a few times in the scene where he and Julia improv a Joe/Marilyn scene that is really about their own relationship ending.previous few episodes.


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* PutOnABus: For Season 2, explained by him "doing a favor" for the ''Bombshell'' team by stepping in for the out-of-town tryout but not wanting to continue with the show, for reasons personal and professional.
* RealitySubtext: InUniverse, his defense of [=DiMaggio=] as a character and a love interest for Marilyn mirrors his romantic entanglement with Julia. Carried to its logical extreme in the scene where he and Julia improv a Joe/Marilyn scene that is really about their own relationship ending.
7th Jun '16 7:45:38 PM bwayrose7
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!Julia Houston (Creator/DebraMessing)

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!Julia Houston (Creator/DebraMessing)(Debra Messing)



* DysfunctionalFamily: Between their adoption struggles, the strain Julia's career is causing, Leo's rebellious stoner tendencies, and Julia's affair, the Houston household is anything but smooth sailing.



* HappilyMarried: To Frank, at the beginning of the series. [[spoiler: It doesn't last.]]



* ArtisticLicenseMusic: In real life, no musical theater actress would audition (for a major role, no less) with a pop song; she would likely choose a song from musical theater canon that would allow for character work similar to that of the hoped-for role.




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* UptownGirl: Well-off, successful Broadway producer who falls for a rough-around-the-edges bartender.



An in-demand leading man, Michael is brought on board to play Joe DiMaggio but brings more personal baggage than the others expect.

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An in-demand leading man, Michael is brought on board to play Joe DiMaggio [=DiMaggio=] but brings more personal baggage than the others expect.
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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Makes a habit of these, with nearly every time he expresses his feelings for Julia being full to the brim with angst and heartache and drama.
* RealitySubtext: InUniverse, his defense of [=DiMaggio=] as a character and a love interest for Marilyn mirrors his romantic entanglement with Julia. Carried to its logical extreme in the scene where he and Julia improv a Joe/Marilyn scene that is really about their own relationship ending.



* ManlyTears: After [[spoiler: Kyle dies.]]




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* NewOldFlame: He and Julia had some romantic tension in their grad school days, although it never went anywhere because of her relationship with Frank and her professional betrayal of him.
7th Jun '16 7:17:32 PM bwayrose7
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* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: No longer feels at home when she returns to her hometown, particularly with her parents' well-intentioned but unhelpful worry over her career prospects.



* FirstGirlWins: [[spoiler: Out of all the women Derek is romantically linked with, she is the one he ends up with.]]



* CrazyJealousGuy: Progressively gets more and more suspicious and disapproving of Karen's career, particularly her growing bond with Derek and with Rebecca Duvall.



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* LoveRedeems: A platonic version: although he falls for Karen, it is his brotherly love for Kyle [[spoiler: and guilt over indirectly causing Kyle's death]] that usually brings him out of {{Jerkass}} mode.



* AllLoveIsUnrequited: In the earlier episodes of Season 2, he has a crush on Jimmy who has a crush on Karen who also has some tension with Derek... Eventually he meets Blake and this goes away.



The artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop and a former friend of Julia's from grad school. Scott takes an interest in ''Hit List'' and pushes the young team to take the next steps.

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The artistic director of New York Manhattan Theatre Workshop and a former friend of Julia's from grad school. Scott takes an interest in ''Hit List'' and pushes the young team to take the next steps.
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* FictionalCounterpart: Runs the Manhattan Theatre Workshop, ''Smash'''s counterpart to the real-life New York Theatre Workshop.




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A prominent member of the theatrical community and a Tony Awards voter on whose bad side Tom keeps inadvertently getting.
1st Jun '16 3:44:20 PM bwayrose7
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