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6th Oct '16 11:47:14 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* KnightTemplarBrother: [[spoiler:Adam goes after Willie when he learns that Willie's been sleeping with Anne as part of a deal involving him.]]

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* KnightTemplarBrother: KnightTemplarBigBrother: [[spoiler:Adam goes after Willie when he learns that Willie's been sleeping with Anne as part of a deal involving him.]]


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11th Sep '16 5:16:51 PM hansolodies
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* DeathByWomanScorned: [[spoiler:Willie leaves Sadie, his mistress, who is unable to cope with the idea of being cast aside, and she arranges his murder because of it.]]


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* KnightTemplarBrother: [[spoiler:Adam goes after Willie when he learns that Willie's been sleeping with Anne as part of a deal involving him.]]


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* TheUnfairSex: [[spoiler:In all the examples of YourCheatingHeart, the female half of the affair get sympathetic treatment and all get off scot-free while the male half of the affair ends up dying.]]
11th Sep '16 4:50:25 PM hansolodies
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* ConvenientComa: [[spoiler:Averted with Tom. His spine is crushed during a football game and he doesn't regain consciousness, and after an operation he ends up in a vegetative state where he ends up dying of pneumonia.]]


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* ParentalNeglect: Willie is a pretty poor father to Tom, focusing more on his political career than being a parent, and his few attempts at disciplining are completely ineffectual. [[spoiler:When Tom is knocked unconscious during a football game and has to be carried off the field, he ''doesn't even get up,'' just keeps on watching the game and makes an offhand comment about his son's injury, with Jack remarking that he might as well have been talking about the weather. An official has to eventually come out and ask him to come to the field house to review his son's (mortal) injury.]]


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* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Lucy ends up adopting a baby who could be Tom's, and names him after Willie.]]


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* WhosYourDaddy: [[spoiler:Jack's father is really Judge Irwin.]]
11th Sep '16 4:43:57 PM hansolodies
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* ClingyJealousGirl: Sadie is this to Willie, getting worked up into a frothing rage every time Willie takes another lover. Jack even has to remind her that he's two-timing ''Lucy,'' his wife, and not her. [[spoiler:[[{{Yandere}} this comes to a head when Sadie orchestrates Willie's assassination because he was planning on leaving her.]]]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Jack, in spades.



* FatBastard: Tiny Duffy.



* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Willie is shot, lingers for a few days, and dies, regretting about how things might have turned out differently.]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:After Willie is shot, the doctor says that he might live and muddle through it, as he's strong and an operation is possible. The operation is a success, but he gets an infection and dies a few days later anyway.]]



* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:Willie tells Sadie that it's over between them, as he's going back to his wife. She can't take him leaving for good and arranges his death.]]



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Duffy.]]

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* JerkJock: Tom Stark nearly kills one girl and might have knocked up another, but shows little remorse for his action, chalking it up to him being young and having a good time.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Duffy. Though Jack figures that his career in politics is over, since Stark pitied him enough to keep him on the political team.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Tom Stark paralyzes a girl in a car accident he caused, walking away scot-free. He himself becomes paralyzed during a football game.
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* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:Mrs. Burden had a love affair with Judge Irwin, who was quite a deal older than her, a companion of her already-older husband.]]
** Jack notes that Mrs. Burden's husbands get continuously younger. Her latest husband is younger than her son. Subverted in that she doesn't actually love them, though she keeps them around for financial and power gain.
* MrsRobinson: Subverted with Cass Mastern and Annabelle Trice; she's only seven years his senior, but it's played up to be about the same effect.


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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: After Cass Mastern has an affair with his Annabelle Trice, his friend's wife, said friend kills himself. Annabelle is paranoid that a servant knows of the affair and looks at her with a judgmental stare, so she has her sold off as a sex slave. Cass, overcome with guilt, goes to try to find the servant in order to buy her back and give her her freedom; he ends up getting mortally wounded for his troubles and suffers a pathetic death.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Jack is about to sic Sugar-Boy on Tiny Duffy, knowing that he was the one to have goaded Adam into killing Willie, but stops at the last moment, knowing that it's the same dirty tactic that Sadie and Duffy used.]]


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* PutOnABusToHell: Mrs. Burden leaves for Europe near the end of the 1930s, even as Jack warns her that things are about to go south there.


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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Done deliberately with Lucy Stark, who exists to be hardly anything but Stark's bland, smiling wife. Though eventually she does grow to leave him.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: What attracts Jack to Anne in their youth.
* SmallNameBigEgo: [[spoiler:After Willie's death, no one cares about Jack Burden's name anymore, and he becomes this, ruefully reminiscing on the time where his name made people sit up and take notice.]]


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* StepfordSmiler: Duffy takes Stark's abuse and mockery with a dumb smile, but Jack catches him with his facade dropped and ruminates that he really is human. [[spoiler:The resentment boils over to where he's a perfect weapon for Sadie to use to kill Stark.]]
* TookALevelInJerkAss: Willie, as he becomes more and more corrupted.


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* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Jack and Anne end up marrying.


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** Annabelle Trice cheats on her husband with Cass Mastern, leading said husband to kill himself when he finds out.
** [[spoiler:Mrs. Burden cheated on her husband with Judge Irwin, and ends up getting pregnant.]]
18th May '15 5:15:39 PM nombretomado
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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006. The 1949 version was a critical and commercial success, winning three AcademyAwards including Best Picture. The 2006 adaptation however was a BoxOfficeBomb and critical failure, despite a huge cast including SeanPenn and Creator/KateWinslet.

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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006. The 1949 version was a critical and commercial success, winning three AcademyAwards UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s including Best Picture. The 2006 adaptation however was a BoxOfficeBomb and critical failure, despite a huge cast including SeanPenn and Creator/KateWinslet.
14th Feb '15 6:43:33 PM Thurisaz314
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27th Jan '15 9:07:43 PM TheGreatSkrond
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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Stark justifies his illegal and unconstitutional actions by saying that he's done a huge amount of good for the state, and everyone just makes up morality as they go along anyway. The former is definitely true, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment you can decide the latter yourself]].
31st Dec '14 9:54:40 PM nombretomado
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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006. The 1949 version was a critical and commercial success, winning three AcademyAwards including Best Picture. The 2006 adaptation however was a BoxOfficeBomb and critical failure, despite a huge cast including SeanPenn and KateWinslet.

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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006. The 1949 version was a critical and commercial success, winning three AcademyAwards including Best Picture. The 2006 adaptation however was a BoxOfficeBomb and critical failure, despite a huge cast including SeanPenn and KateWinslet.Creator/KateWinslet.
10th Nov '14 6:51:50 PM Angeldeb82
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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Willie starts honest, but quickly is corrupted when he realizes what he needs to do to become Governor. Adam's fear of being corrupted is part of what leads him to [[spoiler:assassinate Willie.]]

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Willie starts honest, but quickly is corrupted when he realizes what he needs to do to become Governor. Adam's fear of being corrupted is part of what leads him to [[spoiler:assassinate Willie.]]Willie]].



* ParentalSubstitute: Irwin for Jack. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Irwin is Jack's actual father]]

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* ParentalSubstitute: Irwin for Jack. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Irwin is Jack's actual father]] father.]]



* VillainousGlutton: Tiny Duffy again. Also Willie Stark, [[GreyAndGreyMorality for a given value of "villainous"]].

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* VillainousGlutton: Tiny Duffy again. Also Willie Stark, [[GreyAndGreyMorality [[GreyAndGrayMorality for a given value of "villainous"]].



** In the 2006 film version, Stark is shown to have a harem consisting of loose women from all over the world, including a Spanish ice-skater ("The world is full of sluts on skates") and a Japanese [[{{Geisha}} geisha]]. For this reason, Jack Burden is referred to sarcastically as "State Director of Pimps."

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** In the 2006 film version, Stark is shown to have a harem consisting of loose women from all over the world, including a Spanish ice-skater ("The world is full of sluts on skates") and a Japanese [[{{Geisha}} geisha]].{{geisha}}. For this reason, Jack Burden is referred to sarcastically as "State Director of Pimps."
15th Aug '14 3:41:56 PM JesseMB27
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* ElectionDayEpisode: At points it focuses on Willie Stark's campaigns for election and re-election for Governor.
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