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25th Sep '15 3:12:57 AM Nightrider88
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* ClothingDamage: Doug cut off of a sleeve from the Claire's jacket to make a blindfold to use on her when they abducted her. After that, her jacket is completely gone.
17th Sep '15 9:19:57 AM Koveras
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Doug [=MacRay=] (Creator/BenAffleck) is not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. Unlike them, Doug had a chance at success, a chance to escape following in his father's criminal footsteps. Instead, he has become the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers, who pride themselves on taking what they want and getting out clean: himself, James "Jem" Coughlin (Creator/JeremyRenner), Desmond "Des" Elden (Owen Burke) and Albert "Gloansy" Maglone (Slaine). The only family Doug has are his partners in crime, especially Jem, who, despite his hair-trigger temper, is the closest thing Doug ever had to a brother.
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Doug [=MacRay=] (Creator/BenAffleck) is not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. Unlike them, Doug had a chance at success, a chance to escape following in his father's criminal footsteps. Instead, he has become the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers, who pride themselves on taking what they want and getting out clean: himself, James "Jem" Coughlin (Creator/JeremyRenner), Desmond "Des" Elden (Owen Burke) and Albert "Gloansy" Maglone (Slaine). The only family Doug has are his partners in crime, especially Jem, who, despite his hair-trigger temper, is the [[BestFriend closest thing Doug ever had to a brother. brother]].

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* BestFriend: James/Jem to Doug. When Doug [=MacRay=] (Creator/BenAffleck) is not cut from asks Jem for a potentially dangerous favor that they'd never talk about again, the same cloth as his fellow thieves. Unlike them, Doug had a chance at success, a chance to escape following in his father's criminal footsteps. Instead, he has become the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers, who pride themselves on only thing Jem asks is whose car they'll be taking what they want and getting out clean: himself, James "Jem" Coughlin (Creator/JeremyRenner), Desmond "Des" Elden (Owen Burke) and Albert "Gloansy" Maglone (Slaine). The only family Doug has are his partners in crime, especially Jem, who, despite his hair-trigger temper, is the closest thing Doug ever had to a brother. for it.
9th Sep '15 10:43:03 AM HighCrate
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* InsideJob: [[spoiler: {{Subverted}}, then played straight.]] The robbery at Claire's bank [[spoiler: did not involve an employee accomplice but the cops think that there might have been one.]] When Claire quits her job, it raises red flags and when her relationship with Doug is discovered, she is accused of being that accomplice even though the audience knows she is innocent. [[spoiler: The later robbery at Fenway Park involves an inside man, a Fenway employee who owes Fergie a lot of money and hopes to wipe out his debt by providing the robbers with access to the money room.]]
13th Aug '15 9:03:00 AM TrollBrutal
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Explain how. "Better than X" is a subjective assesement which does nothing to avoid a Zero Contex Example
* GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point that at times he's no better than [[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]] [[NobleDemon himself]].
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%% * GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point that at times he's no better than [[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]] [[NobleDemon himself]].
13th Aug '15 8:51:38 AM dmcreif
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''The Town'' (2010) is a [[TheCaper heist film]] that follows a team of bank robbers in the Boston neighborhood of [[HollywoodNewEngland Charlestown]] and the law enforcement personnel attempting to stop them.
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''The Town'' (2010) is a [[TheCaper heist film]] that follows a team of bank robbers in the Boston UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} neighborhood of [[HollywoodNewEngland Charlestown]] and the law enforcement personnel attempting to stop them.

* GenreSavvy / PopCulturalOsmosis: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. When talking to Claire, Doug lies that his knowledge of witness protection procedures comes from TV shows like ''Series/{{CSI}}'', and not from, say, him being arrested regularly as a petty criminal.
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* GenreSavvy / PopCulturalOsmosis: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. When talking to Claire, Doug lies that his knowledge of witness protection procedures comes from TV shows like ''Series/{{CSI}}'', and not from, say, him being all of the times he was arrested regularly as a for petty criminal.crimes.

* GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point where he's no better than [[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]] [[NobleDemon himself]].
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* GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point where that at times he's no better than [[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]] [[NobleDemon himself]].

* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Doug and Coughlin go one step farther and actually wear police uniforms to rob the cash room at Fenway Park. While their attempt to escape while dressed as paramedics fails due to the FBI SWAT team cornering them, after Gloansy and Des get killed, Doug and Coughlin slip back into their cop uniforms to blend in with a group of real BPD officers that have just showed up. Too bad it doesn't work out for Coughlin when Frawley catches him while he tries to flee with the money satchel on his shoulder.
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* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Doug and Coughlin go one step farther and actually wear police officer uniforms to rob the cash room at Fenway Park. While their attempt to escape while dressed as paramedics fails due to the FBI SWAT team cornering them, after Gloansy and Des get killed, Doug and Coughlin slip back into their the cop uniforms to blend in with a group of real BPD officers that have just showed up. Too bad it doesn't work out for Coughlin when Frawley catches him while he tries to flee with the money satchel on his shoulder.

* ISurrenderSuckers: Coughlin with his SuicideByCop. Surrounded by a firing squad of cops, he announces that he's giving himself up, then leaps from cover with emptied TEC-9s. The police officers respond exactly as they are trained to do and riddle him with bullets, not realizing the weapons are empty.
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* ISurrenderSuckers: Coughlin with his SuicideByCop. Surrounded by a firing squad of cops, he announces that he's giving himself up, then leaps from cover with emptied TEC-9s. The police officers don't know that his TEC-9s aren't loaded, though, and they respond exactly as they are trained to do when dealing with an armed individual - and riddle him with bullets, not realizing the weapons are empty.bullets.

* KarmaHoudini: Subverted. [[spoiler:Doug escapes]] and makes it to [[spoiler:Florida, but the rest of the crew is dead, and he's alone]]. Averted if you watch either of the alternate endings on the extended edition.
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* KarmaHoudini: Subverted. [[spoiler:Doug escapes]] and makes it to [[spoiler:Florida, but the rest of the crew is dead, and he's alone]]. Averted if you watch either of the alternate endings on the extended edition.edition, where Doug dies.

** The look on Frawley's face when Coughlin decides to [[SuicideByCop make the cops kill him]] looks almost mournful, showing that while he would have stopped at nothing to arrest a bad guy, he wanted to take Coughlin alive by all means necessary.
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** The look on Frawley's face when Coughlin decides to [[SuicideByCop make the cops kill him]] looks almost mournful, showing that while he would have stopped at nothing to arrest a bad guy, he wanted to take Coughlin alive by all means necessary.alive.

** When the movie was released to DVD and UsefulNotes/BluRay, two versions were initially available: the 128 minute theatrical cut, and the 145 minute Extended Cut, available on the UsefulNotes/BluRay. The Extended Cut adds 17 minutes of new and alternate footage to the movie. Most of the new footage revolves around Doug and Claire's love story. This is important to the plot (and avoids a dreaded RomanticPlotTumor) since it further explores the reasons why Doug is trying to leave his former life behind; also, it offers an inside view on victims of bank robberies (and not just the bank robbers or the police who chase them). The problem-which is not at all Affleck's (neither as a director nor as an actor), Rebecca Hall's or the plot's fault-was that there had been too many love stories already. As the Doug and Claire love story is the part of the plot that was shortened the most for the Theatrical Cut, most of the additional scenes from the Extended Cut develop Doug and Claire's relationship a little further. It's important that Claire talks to Doug about the bank robbers from Charlestown, or about her injured colleague. It is also important that the two gangsters (who were badly injured by Doug) get a chance to speak. However, these are the scenes that slow the pacing down a little bit. Nonetheless several other scene extensions and additional footage can be found throughout the entire movie, such as additional scenes (such as a subplot about the gang creating a false trail of red herrings to trick Frawley and other agents into thinking the gang will use a Vericom truck to attack a money transporter in a strip mall parking lot; subsequently, they fall for the trick and only bust a poor decoy who was planted there).
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** When the movie was released to DVD and UsefulNotes/BluRay, two versions were initially available: the original 128 minute theatrical cut, and the 145 minute Extended Cut, available on the UsefulNotes/BluRay. The Extended Cut adds 17 minutes of new and alternate footage to the movie. Most of the new footage revolves around Doug and Claire's love story. This is important to the plot (and avoids a dreaded RomanticPlotTumor) since it further explores the reasons why Doug is trying to leave his former life behind; also, it offers an inside view on victims of bank robberies (and not just the bank robbers or the police who chase them). The problem-which is not at all Affleck's (neither as a director nor as an actor), Rebecca Hall's or the plot's fault-was that there had been too many love stories already. As the Doug and Claire love story is the part of the plot that was shortened the most for the Theatrical Cut, most of the additional scenes from the Extended Cut develop Doug and Claire's relationship a little further. It's important that Claire talks to Doug about the bank robbers from Charlestown, or about her injured colleague. It is also important that the two gangsters (who were badly injured by Doug) get a chance to speak. However, these are the scenes that slow the pacing down a little bit. Nonetheless several other scene extensions and additional footage can be found throughout the entire movie, such as additional scenes (such as a subplot about the gang creating a false trail of red herrings to trick Frawley and other agents into thinking the gang will use a Vericom truck to attack a money transporter in a strip mall parking lot; subsequently, they fall for the trick and only bust a poor decoy who was planted there).

** At one point, the gang decide to divert the FBI's attention by tricking them into planting a tracking device on Dez's Vericom cable van and having a decoy take it home for the weekend. A few days later, Frawley and his team are monitoring the truck in a strip mall parking lot. Conveniently, there's a boosted Jeep Grand Cherokee a few spaces away. By pure chance, a money transporter then shows up, so the FBI agents jump out of their cars and storm the Vericom van, only finding the poor decoy.
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** At one point, the gang decide to divert distract the FBI's attention police by tricking them into planting a tracking device on Dez's Vericom cable van and having a decoy take it home for the weekend. A few days later, Frawley and his team are monitoring the truck in a strip mall parking lot. Conveniently, there's a boosted Jeep Grand Cherokee a few spaces away. By pure chance, a money transporter then shows up, so the FBI agents jump police pile out of their cars and storm the Vericom van, only finding the poor decoy.

* ShoutOut: In the extended cut, there is a scene where Doug is watching the drive-in movie theater shootout from ''Film/{{Heat}}''. ''Heat'' was the source movie that ''The Town'' took heavy influence from.
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* ShoutOut: In the extended cut, there is a scene happens where Doug is watching the drive-in movie theater shootout from ''Film/{{Heat}}''. ''Heat'' was the source movie that ''The Town'' took heavy influence from.
16th Apr '15 7:04:24 AM unclejack
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As his relationship with Claire grows, Doug also wants out of the lifestyle and the town. But with the Feds, led by FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley ([[MadMen Jon Hamm]]), closing in, and James questioning his loyalty, Doug realizes that getting out will not be easy. Worse yet, his longtime associate and mob contact Fergie "The Florist" Colm (Pete Postlethwaite) may put Claire in the line of fire. Any choices he once had have boiled down to one: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves, concluding with an epic robbery of Fenway Park.
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As his relationship with Claire grows, Doug also wants out of the lifestyle and the town. But with the Feds, led by FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley ([[MadMen Jon Hamm]]), closing in, and James questioning his loyalty, Doug realizes that getting out will not be easy. Worse yet, his longtime associate and mob contact Fergie "The Florist" Colm (Pete Postlethwaite) (Creator/PetePostlethwaite) may put Claire in the line of fire. Any choices he once had have boiled down to one: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves, concluding with an epic robbery of Fenway Park.
15th Mar '15 8:19:37 PM dmcreif
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: A sort-of [[AvertedTrope aversion.]] There aren't 300 bank robberies a year in Boston, but in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a whole, and usually along the lines of "worker [[StealingFromTheTill pocketing from the cash register]]" and "extortion note" rather than "automatic weaponry and creative masks".
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: A sort-of [[AvertedTrope aversion.]] There aren't 300 bank robberies a year in the city of Boston, but in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a whole, and usually along the lines of "worker [[StealingFromTheTill pocketing from the cash register]]" and "extortion note" rather than "automatic weaponry and creative masks".

* {{Beat}}: When changing from the Jeep SUV to the stationwagon, Doug and his crew stop when they notice a police officer sitting in his cruiser across the street, looking at them. Both sides just stare at each other for a moment, with the cop clearly thinking "They're four guys with automatics. I have a tiny pistol. I shoot, I lose," while Doug and the others are hesitating on whether to shoot him, and risk taking extra heat from the Boston Police Department. The cop thinks better of it considering the odds and simply looks away, allowing the robbers to flee.
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* {{Beat}}: When changing from the Jeep SUV to the stationwagon, Doug and his crew stop when they notice a police officer sitting in his cruiser across the street, looking at them. Both sides just stare at each other for a moment, with the cop clearly thinking "They're four guys with automatics. I have a tiny pistol. I shoot, I lose," while Doug and the others are hesitating on whether to shoot him, and risk taking extra heat from the wrath of the Boston Police Department. The cop thinks better of it considering the odds and simply looks away, allowing the robbers to flee.

* CategoryTraitor: Dino is viewed this way by Doug, having grown up in Charlestown but become a cop and used his knowledge of the neighborhood to put other residents of the Town behind bars.
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* CategoryTraitor: Dino is viewed this way by Doug, having also grown up in Charlestown but become a cop Charlestown, only he joined the police force, and used his knowledge of the neighborhood to put other residents of the Town behind bars.throw Charlestown criminals in jail.

* ChekhovsGunman: Early in the movie, Doug and Coughlin beat up a guy named Alex Colazzo for harassing Claire. [[spoiler:If you watch the ''Ultimate Collectors' Edition'' DVD[=/=]UsefulNotes/BluRay combo pack, which has an extended version featuring a second alternate ending (no, not the one where Doug dies in Claire's apartment) that makes the movie end all too similarly to ''Film/TheDeparted'', Alex reappears to confront Doug and then shoots him.]]
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* ChekhovsGunman: Early in the movie, Doug and Coughlin beat up a guy named Alex Colazzo for harassing Claire. [[spoiler:If you watch the ''Ultimate Collectors' Edition'' DVD[=/=]UsefulNotes/BluRay combo pack, which has an the extended version featuring a second alternate ending (no, not the one where Doug dies in Claire's apartment) that makes the movie end all too similarly to ''Film/TheDeparted'', Alex reappears to confront Doug and then shoots him.]]

* DrivesLikeCrazy: Gloansy's skill is as the getaway driver. However, his driving during the police chase in the North End counts as he drives through narrow one lane streets at speeds in excess of 60 mph, and causes multiple pileups to occur while trying to evade the police. And then after they manage to get the police cars chasing them disabled and change cars, he is seen speeding recklessly through traffic to get to the Charlestown Bridge before the police can block it. When they get to the bridge and race across it untouched, he turns to the others and quips, "Now that's how you drive a fucking car!" as they watch the police screech to a stop behind them.
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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Gloansy's skill is as the getaway driver. However, his driving during the police chase in the North End counts as he drives through narrow one lane streets at speeds in excess of 60 mph, and causes multiple pileups to occur while trying to evade the police. And then after they manage to get the police cars chasing them disabled and change cars, he is seen speeding recklessly through driving at over 60 mph against oncoming traffic to get to the Charlestown Bridge before the police can block it. When they get to the bridge and race across it untouched, he turns to the others and quips, "Now that's how you drive a fucking car!" as they watch the police screech to a stop behind them.

* FreeWheel: There's a point during the police chase where the left front hubcap comes off Gloansy's minivan when it trades paint with a police car.
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* FreeWheel: There's a point during During the police chase where chase, the gang's minivan loses its left front hubcap comes off Gloansy's minivan when it trades while trading paint with a police car.car,.

* GenreSavvy / PopCulturalOsmosis: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. When talking to Claire, Doug lies that his knowledge of witness protection procedures comes from TV shows like ''{{CSI}}'', and not from being arrested as a petty criminal repeatedly.
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* GenreSavvy / PopCulturalOsmosis: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. When talking to Claire, Doug lies that his knowledge of witness protection procedures comes from TV shows like ''{{CSI}}'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'', and not from from, say, him being arrested regularly as a petty criminal repeatedly.criminal.

* HollywoodLaw: It's very unlikely that in real life the Boston Police Department would continue their pursuit of Doug's minivan after Coughlin and Doug shoot up two of their cars with their carbines. In real life, the pursuit probably would have ended right there since the rules of pursuit dictate the police not attempt to stop the fleeing vehicle if doing so risks injury or death to the cops or bystanders, a chance that is made more likely when it's in the narrow one-way streets of the North End.
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* HollywoodLaw: It's very unlikely that in real life Although averting LemmingCops, the Boston Police Department would continue in real life terminate their pursuit of Doug's minivan after Doug, Coughlin and Doug shoot up two of their cars Gloansy after the failed attempt to wall them in with their carbines. In real life, a PIT maneuver. This is because the pursuit probably would have ended right there since the typical rules of pursuit dictate would have the police not BPD ''not'' attempt to to stop the fleeing vehicle if doing so risks injury or death to the cops or bystanders, a chance that is made more likely when it's in the narrow one-way streets of the North End.End, and in the chase, three police cars are disabled by getting shot up, and a fourth is forced off course and t-boned by another motorist.
23rd Feb '15 10:20:30 PM nombretomado
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* ChekhovsGunman: Early in the movie, Doug and Coughlin beat up a guy named Alex Colazzo for harassing Claire. [[spoiler:If you watch the ''Ultimate Collectors' Edition'' DVD[=/=]BluRay combo pack, which has an extended version featuring a second alternate ending (no, not the one where Doug dies in Claire's apartment) that makes the movie end all too similarly to ''Film/TheDeparted'', Alex reappears to confront Doug and then shoots him.]]
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* ChekhovsGunman: Early in the movie, Doug and Coughlin beat up a guy named Alex Colazzo for harassing Claire. [[spoiler:If you watch the ''Ultimate Collectors' Edition'' DVD[=/=]BluRay DVD[=/=]UsefulNotes/BluRay combo pack, which has an extended version featuring a second alternate ending (no, not the one where Doug dies in Claire's apartment) that makes the movie end all too similarly to ''Film/TheDeparted'', Alex reappears to confront Doug and then shoots him.]]

** When the movie was released to DVD and BluRay, two versions were initially available: the 128 minute theatrical cut, and the 145 minute Extended Cut, available on the BluRay. The Extended Cut adds 17 minutes of new and alternate footage to the movie. Most of the new footage revolves around Doug and Claire's love story. This is important to the plot (and avoids a dreaded RomanticPlotTumor) since it further explores the reasons why Doug is trying to leave his former life behind; also, it offers an inside view on victims of bank robberies (and not just the bank robbers or the police who chase them). The problem-which is not at all Affleck's (neither as a director nor as an actor), Rebecca Hall's or the plot's fault-was that there had been too many love stories already. As the Doug and Claire love story is the part of the plot that was shortened the most for the Theatrical Cut, most of the additional scenes from the Extended Cut develop Doug and Claire's relationship a little further. It's important that Claire talks to Doug about the bank robbers from Charlestown, or about her injured colleague. It is also important that the two gangsters (who were badly injured by Doug) get a chance to speak. However, these are the scenes that slow the pacing down a little bit. Nonetheless several other scene extensions and additional footage can be found throughout the entire movie, such as additional scenes (such as a subplot about the gang creating a false trail of red herrings to trick Frawley and other agents into thinking the gang will use a Vericom truck to attack a money transporter in a strip mall parking lot; subsequently, they fall for the trick and only bust a poor decoy who was planted there).
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** When the movie was released to DVD and BluRay, UsefulNotes/BluRay, two versions were initially available: the 128 minute theatrical cut, and the 145 minute Extended Cut, available on the BluRay.UsefulNotes/BluRay. The Extended Cut adds 17 minutes of new and alternate footage to the movie. Most of the new footage revolves around Doug and Claire's love story. This is important to the plot (and avoids a dreaded RomanticPlotTumor) since it further explores the reasons why Doug is trying to leave his former life behind; also, it offers an inside view on victims of bank robberies (and not just the bank robbers or the police who chase them). The problem-which is not at all Affleck's (neither as a director nor as an actor), Rebecca Hall's or the plot's fault-was that there had been too many love stories already. As the Doug and Claire love story is the part of the plot that was shortened the most for the Theatrical Cut, most of the additional scenes from the Extended Cut develop Doug and Claire's relationship a little further. It's important that Claire talks to Doug about the bank robbers from Charlestown, or about her injured colleague. It is also important that the two gangsters (who were badly injured by Doug) get a chance to speak. However, these are the scenes that slow the pacing down a little bit. Nonetheless several other scene extensions and additional footage can be found throughout the entire movie, such as additional scenes (such as a subplot about the gang creating a false trail of red herrings to trick Frawley and other agents into thinking the gang will use a Vericom truck to attack a money transporter in a strip mall parking lot; subsequently, they fall for the trick and only bust a poor decoy who was planted there).
11th Dec '14 7:43:13 PM mazaka
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* GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point where he's no better than [[NobleDemon Doug]] himself. If not maybe [[UpToEleven even worse]].
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* GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point where he's no better than [[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]] [[NobleDemon Doug]] himself. If not maybe [[UpToEleven even worse]].himself]].

* JerkAss: While he has noble intentions, the way FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley goes about his job is a bit over-the-top. [[spoiler: His conversations with Krista, where he casually lays out her past in cheerful detail while simultaneously intimidating her, and casually mentions that her daughter is being transferred to Social Services in a later conversation, exemplifies his behavior]].
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* JerkAss: While he has may have noble intentions, the way FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley goes about his job is a bit over-the-top. [[spoiler: His conversations with Krista, where he casually lays out her past in cheerful detail while simultaneously intimidating her, and casually mentions that her daughter is being transferred to Social Services in a later conversation, exemplifies his behavior]].
9th Dec '14 6:57:04 AM TrollBrutal
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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Krista Coughlin may or may not qualify; she's occasionally shown to be just as unbalanced as her clients.
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