History Characters / Suits

7th Apr '17 1:16:47 PM RedRoverRedRover
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* BigDamnHeroes: In "Character and Fitness". Fitting, as [[{{Firefly}}another one]] of GinaTorres' characters gave us this trope.
22nd Jan '17 6:39:11 PM creader
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* PapaWolf: Harvey seems to have turned into one, despite his protestations to the contrary. In season two premiere he becomes fiercely protective of Mike, to the point where [[spoiler: he throws his PlausibleDeniability out the window to save Mike's job]]. This coming from the man who, twelve episodes earlier, had said: "I have to put my own interests above yours. It's nothing personal."
** Over time, it becomes more and more of a ParentalSubstitute as the two get closer. It doesn't help that Harvey has a FreudianExcuse and Mike has no one else in his life.

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* PapaWolf: Harvey seems to have turned into one, despite his protestations to the contrary. In season two premiere he becomes fiercely protective of Mike, to the point where [[spoiler: he throws his PlausibleDeniability out the window to save Mike's job]]. This coming from the man who, twelve episodes earlier, had said: "I have to put my own interests above yours. It's nothing personal."
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" Over time, it becomes more and more of a ParentalSubstitute as the two get closer. It doesn't help that Harvey has a FreudianExcuse and Mike has no one else in his life.



* RomanceOnTheSet: Gabriel Macht's wife in real life, Jacinda Barrett, starred in various episodes of season two as Harvey's love interest Zoe Lawford.
22nd Jan '17 6:37:28 PM creader
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* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Amoral Attorneys Have Standards]]: Harvey is quite angry to learn that the district attorney [[spoiler: suppressed evidence and put an innocent man in jail]]. He also frequently makes it clear that there are lines he'd never cross and expects Mike not to cross them either. He's quite offended when Louis accuses him of trying to take all the credit for a win they received together:

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* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Amoral Attorneys Have Standards]]: EvenEvilHasStandards: Harvey is quite angry to learn that the district attorney [[spoiler: suppressed evidence and put an innocent man in jail]]. He also frequently makes it clear that there are lines he'd never cross and expects Mike not to cross them either. He's quite offended when Louis accuses him of trying to take all the credit for a win they received together:
25th Dec '16 9:01:09 PM highlander.ii
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* EvilCounterpart: To Harvey. He even went to Yale, the rival law school to Harvard, Harvey's alma mater. He even has a brief affair with Donna, knowing how much that bothers Harvey.

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* EvilCounterpart: To Harvey. He even went to Yale, the rival law school to Harvard, Harvey's alma mater. He even has a brief affair with Donna, knowing how much that bothers Harvey.\n
13th Dec '16 8:04:51 AM system
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8th Oct '16 10:44:53 PM Angelberry
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!''Harvey Reginald Specter''

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!''Harvey !!''Harvey Reginald Specter''



* {{Foil}}: To Louis. They share much of the same traits and behaviors with the major difference being that if Harvey 'plays the man', Louis 'plays the law'. It is Louis' strict adherence to the letter of the law (especially when it benefits him) that most people tend to dislike him for whereas Harvey's approach at least makes him seem somewhat charming.



* HonorBeforeReason: Harvey refuses to testify against an old boss of his even though it could get him disbarred. He knows that the man is guilty but he still refuses.



!''Michael James "Mike" Ross''

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!''Michael !!''Michael James "Mike" Ross''



!''Louis Marlow Litt''


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!''Louis Marlow !!''Louis Marlowe Litt''




* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Louis [[spoiler: tells Rachel that she wasn't accepted to Harvard because of his supposed rift with Sheila, instead of the truth: that she was good, but wasn't good enough for Harvard It doesn't work.]]



* DespairEventHorizon: Louis [[spoiler: very nearly crosses it when he realizes he's become so repellent to Harvey that he is immediately the first suspect when skullduggery is suspected.]]



* EveryManHasHisPrice: Louis' go-to bribe consists of high-end, hard-to-get tickets to concerts, plays, etc. However, if you really want to get Louis on your side, you bribe him with respect. When Daniel Hardman gives him a digital voice recorder it is more than just a fancy gadget but a sign that Hardman knows about Louis's work and appears to respect him as a member of the firm.



* {{Flanderization}}: While he starts as an unsympathetic yet very competent Bad Boss-type with a few quirks (his soft spot for cats and a couple of unusual hobbies), by season three these quirks started overriding his professionalism, making him go to a mock trial for custody over a cat with an opposing (and equally eccentric) lawyer that isn't even his in the first place, and later totally flunks extremely important negotiations with said lawyer because of that cat. The other guy told him that he didn't read the cat the letters he wrote her.
* {{Foil}}: To Harvey. They share much of the same traits and behaviors with the major difference being that if Harvey 'plays the man', Louis 'plays the law'. It is Louis' strict adherence to the letter of the law (especially when it benefits him) that most people tend to dislike him for whereas Harvey's approach at least makes him seem somewhat charming.



* FriendlyEnemy: Louis realizes too late, almost too late, that he and Harvey are actually this and not true enemies. Harvey may not have liked him but respected him a great deal but his siding with Hardman ended it. Only when Louis helps Harvey save a client not just from a bad deal but keep him to the firm does Harvey forgive him.



!''Donna Roberta Paulsen''

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!''Donna !!''Donna Roberta Paulsen''


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* AwesomeByAnalysis: Her HyperAwareness, SherlockScan abilities, and eidetic memory on the details she picks up equals this. Then there's her general professional skills which are just as good.
8th Oct '16 4:59:54 PM Angelberry
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** This and HonorBeforeReason comes back to bite him (at least internally) in "Blind-sided". A client's son ends up killing someone while driving. The opposing ADA takes his deal only if he hires her at Pearson Hardman. Plus, he later finds out that the son who he thought was innocent was actually stoned at the time. But by then, he's already hired the ADA. He's clearly not happy with the fact that he took a bribe to save someone who was irresponsibly guilty (more so because he got Mike involved). This scene plays out entirely in the reflection of his office window with Donna appearing over his shoulder.



* PlatonicLifePartners: With Harvey, and to a slightly lesser extent, Mike and Louis.

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* PlatonicLifePartners: With Harvey, and to a slightly lesser extent, Mike and Louis. She is very close with Harvey and the two share a very deep emotional connection and bond. They are also very inseparable. She has a very close relationship with Louis and he seems to strongly idolize and worship her. And Donna has BigSisterInstinct and MamaBear tendencies towards Mike and she is very protective of him.


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* ShesGotLegs: There's a [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/ecf217361ed23e0a9ea05bcb253b2e01/tumblr_miukjqU3iM1qgqh63o2_500.png deleted scene of Donna in "War" where she is wearing a shorted black dress which reveal her long legs]].
* SherlockScan: In "She Knows", Donna noticed a slight change in Harvey's behavior and him wearing a different color suit is all she needs to figure out that Jessica knows that Mike did not go to Harvard.
** To Louis in "Asterisk" where she notices that Louis is extremely happy about something he does not want to talk about. She notices that he is wearing a different type of suit, asks him what kind of suit it is and realizes that Louis has been promoted to senior partner. It's the suit Louis specifically bought to wear after being promoted.
** Donna with Rachel in "Normandy" with Harvard's decision. [[spoiler: Rachel's rejected.]]
** Over the course of the first three seasons, this has become one of her primary talents.
8th Oct '16 4:38:51 PM Angelberry
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* PluckyGirl: For the most part, Donna is actually the most optimistic and hopeful character on the show. She is also the one to try to relieve tension among situations and other characters from time to time.

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* PluckyGirl: PluckyGirl[=/=]ThePollyanna: For the most part, Donna is actually the most optimistic and hopeful character on the show. She is also the one to try to relieve tension among situations and other characters from time to time.



* StatuesqueStunner: Donna is the second tallest female character on the show after Jessica. Her portrayer Sarah Rafferty is 5'9" or 5'10". In addition, her height is even more emphasized when she wears high heels.

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* StatuesqueStunner: Donna is the second tallest female character on the show after Jessica. Jessica, who is 5'10". Her portrayer Sarah Rafferty is 5'9" or 5'10". 5'9". In addition, her height is even more emphasized when she wears high heels. heels (she shoots up to 5'11" or 6'0").



* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Harvey. Although Harvey and Donna are currently at PlatonicLifePartners status, it's evident that there are still unresolved feelings of attraction between them.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Harvey. Harvey and Donna's relationship seems to constantly dally between PlatonicLifePartners who are JustFriends to seeming like a couple who has UnresolvedSexualTension and interacts LikeAnOldMarriedCouple depending on the writing and the season. Many fans desire to see Harvey and Donna to stop being stubborn and finally admit their feelings for each other.
** Emphasized even more [[spoiler: when it was revealed in Season 3 flashbacks that Harvey and Donna did have sexual or romantic feelings for each other by decided to put their feelings on the back burner so that they could have a good professional working relationship.]]



* BrainyBrunette: She's the firm's best researcher.

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* BrainyBrunette: She's the firm's best researcher. She is also TheSmartGirl and is very intelligent despite never feeling like she is good enough.



* HelloAttorney
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Donna.
* HyperCompetentSidekick
* MixedAncestry: Rachel is half-black, a nod to her actress Meghan Markle.
* MoralityPet: To Louis.
* MsFanservice

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* HelloAttorney
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Donna.
* HyperCompetentSidekick
* MixedAncestry:
HelloAttorney: Rachel is half-black, a nod to her actress Meghan Markle.very physically appealing and she has an abundance of sex appeal.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Donna. The two have developed a very close bond and Rachel always comes to Donna when she needs advice comfort or support. In fact, it seems as though Donna has BigSisterInstinct towards Rachel and looks out for her as much as possible.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Rachel is very competent at her job as a researcher and a paralegal at the firm despite not being a lawyer yet. The best lawyers are heavily dependent on her when it comes to information regarding cases.
* MixedAncestry: Rachel is half-black and half white, which is a nod to her portrayer Meghan Markle who is also biracial in real life. Rachel's mother is white and her father is black.
* MoralityPet: To Louis.
Louis. She keeps Louis in check and stops him from acting impulsive and rash by letting his emotions get the best of him.
* MsFanservice MsFanservice: Rachel shows a lot of skin and she seems to have no problem using her sexuality to get what she wants.



* SheCleansUpNicely

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* SheCleansUpNicelySheCleansUpNicely: Rachel is actually very GirlNextDoor but when she dresses up, she can be quite chic and sophisticated.



* TwoFirstNames

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* TwoFirstNamesTwoFirstNames: Her first name Rachel is a feminine given first name while her surname Zane is commonly a masculine given first name.
7th Oct '16 10:56:40 PM Angelberry
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* UndyingLoyalty: To Donna, Mike and Jessica. He is willing to do anything for them and has consistently shown his loyalty to them.



* TwoFirstNames: His first name Michael or Mike is masculine first given name and his surname is also commonly a masculine first given name.

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* TwoFirstNames: His first name Michael or Mike is masculine first given name and his surname Ross is also commonly a masculine first given name.name.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Harvey. Mike would never turn on Harvey even when things get really bad between them.


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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In regards to Harvey. Donna is willing to make sacrifices or put herself in the line of fire for Harvey and for the sake of his happiness.
7th Oct '16 2:53:32 PM Angelberry
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* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To practically everyone, but especially to Harvey and Louis and to a lesser extent Mike and Rachel. Harvey has shown that he can not function without Donna in his life. This was seen in Season 5 when Harvey had a complete emotional breakdown when Donna chose to leave Harvey and work for Louis. Harvey was so distraught over Donna's departure that he suffered severe panic attacks and had to go to therapy to cope with the loss of Donna. She is also this to Louis as he is very emotionally dependent on her. Louis has even had fears and insecurities about Donna abandoning him or choosing Harvey over him. In regards to Rachel, she is very dependent on Donna for emotional comfort and support as well as advice during times of trouble or need. Mike is also dependent on Donna at times and like Rachel, often turns to her during times of need or when he needs support and advice.

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* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To practically everyone, but especially to Harvey and Louis and to a lesser extent extent, Mike and Rachel. Harvey has shown that he can not function without Donna in his life. This was seen in Season 5 when Harvey had a complete emotional breakdown when Donna chose to leave Harvey and work for Louis. Harvey was so distraught over Donna's departure that he suffered severe panic attacks and had to go to therapy to cope with the loss of Donna. She It shows that Harvey is also this strongly dependent on Donna for everything in his life, everything from work to personal life. Louis as he is very emotionally dependent on her and is strongly attached to her. Louis has even had fears and insecurities about Donna abandoning him or choosing Harvey over him. It is often Donna and her comfort and support that gets Louis to feel better about himself. In regards to Rachel, she is very dependent on Donna for emotional comfort and support as well as advice during times of trouble or need. Mike is also dependent on Donna at times and like Rachel, often turns to her during times of need or when he needs support and advice.



* MotorMouth: Donna talks ''slot''. And once she gets going, sometimes she cannot stop especially when she is passionate or excited about something.

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* MotorMouth: Donna talks ''slot''.''a lot''. And once she gets going, sometimes she cannot stop especially when she is passionate or excited about something.
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