History Characters / TheWestWing

15th Feb '17 11:59:46 PM Gesperitia
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* WhatIsThisFeeling: After the President gets shot by white supremacists, Toby goes into an extended, uncontrollable, seething rage that he cannot explain, wanting to see all the perpetrators and their ilk utterly destroyed. [[spoiler: Bartlett summarizes the feeling by equating the assassination attempt as a lynching on Charlie, and that he is equally quietly furious but restrains with hope.]]
7th Feb '17 3:44:02 AM 06tele
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* TheChessmaster: Fancies himself one. [[spoiler:Compared to Bartlet AND Santos, he's not.]] His whole plan is basically to be obstructive as possible until the White House gives him what he wants, and it works for him as long as he can convince the public that he's restraining the White House from spending excessive amounts of money on foolish liberal nonsense. [[spoiler: It stops working for him when Bartlet, tired of Haffley's obstructionism, calls his bluff by shutting down the entire federal government ''and then'' making a big show of walking up to the Hill to break the deadlock. When Haffley hesitates just too long about letting them, Bartlet leaves, making it look like the Republicans don't care about breaking the deadlock. Haffley's position is fatally weakened and Bartlet is able to strongarm him into agreeing to a budget.]]

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* TheChessmaster: Fancies himself one. [[spoiler:Compared to Bartlet AND Santos, he's not.]] His whole plan is basically to be obstructive as possible until the White House gives him what he wants, and it works for him as long as he can convince the public that he's restraining the White House from spending excessive amounts of money on foolish liberal nonsense. [[spoiler: It stops working for him when Bartlet, tired of Haffley's obstructionism, calls his bluff by shutting down the entire federal government ''and then'' making a big show of walking up to the Hill to break the deadlock. When Haffley hesitates just too long about letting them, Bartlet leaves, making it look like the Republicans don't care about breaking the deadlock. Haffley's position is fatally weakened and Bartlet is able to strongarm him into agreeing to a budget.]] ]]
7th Feb '17 3:42:02 AM 06tele
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* TheChessmaster: Fancies himself one. [[spoiler:Compared to Bartlet AND Santos, he's not.]]
* JerkAss: Contrasted with the Republican Majority Leader, who is much less partisan.

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* TheChessmaster: Fancies himself one. [[spoiler:Compared to Bartlet AND Santos, he's not.]]
]] His whole plan is basically to be obstructive as possible until the White House gives him what he wants, and it works for him as long as he can convince the public that he's restraining the White House from spending excessive amounts of money on foolish liberal nonsense. [[spoiler: It stops working for him when Bartlet, tired of Haffley's obstructionism, calls his bluff by shutting down the entire federal government ''and then'' making a big show of walking up to the Hill to break the deadlock. When Haffley hesitates just too long about letting them, Bartlet leaves, making it look like the Republicans don't care about breaking the deadlock. Haffley's position is fatally weakened and Bartlet is able to strongarm him into agreeing to a budget.]]
* JerkAss: Contrasted with the Republican Majority Leader, who is much less partisan. Haffley loves it when the White House is in trouble and he actively enjoys screwing with them.



* SmugSnake: Very bright, and capable of using the Republican majority in Congress quite effectively, but unable to alter his plans, and extremely stuck-up and unlikeable in person.
* VillainousBreakdown: Has a minor one when the President pays him a surprise visit during the ''government shutdown''. He takes such a long time being flummoxed that Bartlet leaves, which turns public opinion against him.

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* SmugSnake: Very bright, and capable of using the Republican majority in Congress quite effectively, but unable to alter his plans, and extremely stuck-up and unlikeable unlikable in person.
* VillainousBreakdown: Has a minor one when the President pays him a surprise visit during the ''government shutdown''. government shutdown. He can't think on his feet and he insists that Bartlet not be let in until they've worked out what their game plan is. It only takes such a long time being flummoxed them seven minutes to come up with one, but in that time, Bartlet leaves, which turns public opinion against him.the Republicans.
2nd Feb '17 1:57:51 AM 06tele
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* TheReliableOne: All of them, but Margaret is this in particular, to Leo: she's always there, she's always on top of things and when at one point during a crisis he tells her to go home and get some sleep, she replies "I sleep when you sleep."
2nd Feb '17 1:29:51 AM 06tele
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* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: Russell is basically the walking personification of every negative stereotype about modern politicians: he's dumb, bland, graspingly ambitious, has no firm ideological convictions, takes special-interest money by the forklift-load, and will do just about anything to win an election.

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* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: Russell is basically the walking personification of every negative stereotype about modern politicians: he's dumb, bland, graspingly ambitious, has no firm ideological convictions, takes special-interest money by the forklift-load, and will do just about anything to win an election.
2nd Feb '17 1:28:47 AM 06tele
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Toby and Will accidentally load Bartlet's teleprompter with a gag speech draft lambasting Russel for his overwhelming mediocrity. Bartlet improvises, but Russell sees it. He interrupts their profuse apologies to tell them that he found it hilarious and would like a copy.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Toby and Will accidentally load Bartlet's teleprompter with a gag speech draft lambasting Russel Russell for his overwhelming mediocrity. Bartlet improvises, but Russell sees it. He interrupts their profuse apologies to tell them that he found it hilarious and would like a copy.
** This immediately becomes evidence of his ManipulativeBastard tendencies, because he makes it clear with his next words that he's pissed, and that he is prepared to use the incident as leverage against Toby and Will to make him look better:
--->'''Russell''': I know my public profile, my political persona. I'm just glad to see there's such a keen awareness of the scale of the job you've all got ahead of you. I'm part of the team now, which makes all this pretty much your problem. Good luck with it.
19th Jan '17 4:00:31 AM 06tele
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* NonIdleRich: Although not exactly Rich, Will comes from a very privileged background. His dad General Thomas Bailey was NATO Supreme Allied Commander, and he's lived all over Europe: at one point he says "I will take my hazing like the Eton valedictorian I am," implying that he went to England's most famous public school, although Eton [[CriticalResearchFailure doesn't actually have valedictorians]]. When he intends to go on holiday after the Wilde election, he plans to stay in a castle that his family happens to have access to.

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* NonIdleRich: Although not exactly Rich, rich, Will comes from a very privileged background. His dad General Thomas Bailey was NATO Supreme Allied Commander, and he's lived all over Europe: at one point he says "I will take my hazing like the Eton valedictorian I am," implying that he went to England's most famous public school, although Eton [[CriticalResearchFailure doesn't actually have valedictorians]]. When he intends to go on holiday after the Wilde election, he plans to stay in a castle that his family happens to have access to.
19th Jan '17 3:58:25 AM 06tele
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* NonIdleRich: Although not exactly Rich, Will comes from a very privileged background. His dad General Thomas Bailey was NATO Supreme Allied Commander, and he's lived all over Europe: at one point he says "I will take my hazing like the Eton valedictorian I am," implying that he went to England's most famous public school, although Eton [[CriticalResearchFailure doesn't actually have valedictorians]]. When he intends to go on holiday after the Wilde election, he plans to stay in a castle that his family happens to have access to.
18th Jan '17 7:07:19 AM 06tele
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** Over time she is this less often, partly because the writers got more confident about not needing to explain to the audience how government worked. By Season 4, not only does she no longer need to have things explained to her, she can anticipate what Josh wants her to do before he's even told her that he wants her to do it.
18th Jan '17 6:53:48 AM 06tele
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* UptightLovesWild: Subverted. She's considerably more cheerful than Toby, but while uptight may love wild, wild can't stand uptight.

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* UptightLovesWild: Subverted. She's considerably more cheerful than Toby, but while uptight may love wild, wild can't stand uptight.is determined to keep uptight at arm's length because he's just too depressing to live with.
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