History Literature / JackReacher

19th Oct '17 1:33:22 PM theladyvanishes
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Antagonists have a tendency to be old or unattractive, while protagonists (and almost always the GirlOfTheWeek) are attractive. In ''The Visitor,'' Reacher meets a woman who he considers so unattractive that he posits aliens wouldn't think she and his beautiful then-girlfriend Jodie were the same species, much less the same gender; the same woman turns out to be the antagonist.


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* ChickMagnet: Reacher's attractive enough to get a GirlOfTheWeek, after all, though that doesn't stop other women for falling for him as well. [[spoiler:Tellingly, the RedHerring GirlOfTheWeek in ''The Visitor'' isn't interested in him, and she turns out to be a villain, while the real GirlOfTheWeek is attracted to him.]]


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* PositiveDiscrimination: The GirlOfTheWeek has a tendency to be smarter, tougher, and more competent than most of the characters, while the male supporting characters have a tendency to be selfish, weak, stupid, or smarmy.
10th Sep '17 9:32:15 PM SasquatchJim
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** Reacher himself can seem this way as well, due to his stoic reactions and lack of remorse.

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** Reacher himself can seem this way could also be considered this, as well, due to in ''The Hard Way'' the narration notes that "the remorse gene" does not exist in his stoic reactions and lack of remorse.DNA.
3rd Sep '17 5:22:09 PM SasquatchJim
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* IKnowYouKnow: Reacher gets into a mental version with one of these with a killer at the end of ''Echo Burning.'' He spends several moments trying to predict where they are going to move, and how they will know where ''he'' will move, and so on. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], as Reacher actually killed them during their initial exchange of bullets, but the low visibility meant that he had no idea.]]

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* IKnowYouKnow: IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Reacher gets into a mental version with one of these with a killer at the end of ''Echo Burning.'' He spends several moments trying to predict where they are going to move, and how they will know where ''he'' will move, and so on. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], as Reacher actually killed them during their initial exchange of bullets, but the low visibility meant that he had no idea.]]
3rd Sep '17 5:21:15 PM SasquatchJim
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* IKnowYouKnow: Reacher gets into a mental version with one of these with a killer at the end of ''Echo Burning.'' He spends several moments trying to predict where they are going to move, and how they will know where ''he'' will move, and so on. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], as Reacher actually killed them during their initial exchange of bullets, but the low visibility meant that he had no idea.]]
21st Aug '17 10:28:59 PM SasquatchJim
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* BeenThereShapedHistory: A very minor example, but ''Die Trying'' reveals that Reacher was singlehandedly responsible for [[spoiler: the adoption of the Beretta 92 by the United States military instead of the Glock during the mid-1980s handgun trials, based upon an article he wrote while recovering from injuries.]]


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* CurbStompBattle: It is rare for anyone to give Reacher serious trouble in a fistfight. This is especially true in later books, which show him easily taking on highly-trained fighters and coming out unscathed.


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* RareGuns: Several novels feature Reacher making use of a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steyr_GB Steyr GB]], a relatively rare German handgun that only had limited production and importation in the US.
21st Aug '17 1:00:52 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** In ''Never Go Back'', Reacher is hit with a paternity lawsuit alleging he's the father of a fourteen maybe fifteen year old girl. As he's also getting hit with a decades-old excessive force charge, Reacher [[GenreSavvy knows the paternity suit]] is at best a distraction or at worst a trap. However, he ''has to make sure,'' so events happen in a way that make him head out to where the supposed mother and daughter are. He finds himself meeting [[AwesomeMcCoolName Sam(antha) Dayton]], a fourteen maybe fifteen year old girl who's tall and blond like him, with excellent observational skills, a penchant for wandering off by herself, casual dangerous conversations, etc. She's essentially a [[LittleMissBadass Badass In Training]] just missing a mentor father figure to help her to the next level. [[spoiler:It's a damn shame Reacher and Sam's mother don't even know each other.]]

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** In ''Never Go Back'', Reacher is hit with a paternity lawsuit alleging he's the father of a fourteen maybe fifteen year old girl. As he's also getting hit with a decades-old excessive force charge, Reacher [[GenreSavvy knows the paternity suit]] suit is at best a distraction or at worst a trap. However, he ''has to make sure,'' so events happen in a way that make him head out to where the supposed mother and daughter are. He finds himself meeting [[AwesomeMcCoolName Sam(antha) Dayton]], a fourteen maybe fifteen year old girl who's tall and blond like him, with excellent observational skills, a penchant for wandering off by herself, casual dangerous conversations, etc. She's essentially a [[LittleMissBadass Badass In Training]] just missing a mentor father figure to help her to the next level. [[spoiler:It's a damn shame Reacher and Sam's mother don't even know each other.]]



-->She was a slim woman. She must have had a metabolism like a nuclear reactor.\\

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-->She was a slim woman. She must have had a metabolism like a nuclear reactor.\\
1st Jul '17 4:49:08 PM nombretomado
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* AirportNovel: According to TheOtherWiki, Child explicitly writes these books as such.

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* AirportNovel: According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Child explicitly writes these books as such.
21st Jun '17 10:16:34 AM maximsk
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* BadGuyBar: The far-right hangout in ''Night School'' is a classic example.


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* DenOfIniquity: The female messenger's meeting place in ''Night School'' is utterly one of these, complete with BestialityIsDepraved and BondageIsBad.
21st Jun '17 10:09:15 AM maximsk
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* EvilPlan: Most Reacher villains make use of very down-to-earth but nevertheless highly effective [[PlotDevice Plot Devices]] to enact their plans, sometimes bordering on MacGuffin territory. Determining the identity of the PlotDevice generally composes a huge portion of the plot, to the point where a single sentence can give away the entire story.


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* NukeEm: Discussed in ''Night School,'' when Reacher and his colleagues are trying to figure out what's being traded. The idea hangs over their heads for a while, but not very long everyone would know if a nuke went missing, considering how many safeguards are layered on them. [[spoiler: The truth isn't quite so simple.]]
20th Jun '17 10:13:40 PM maximsk
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* HatesBeingTouched: Frances Neagley. This conveniently keeps her relationship with Reacher strictly platonic, allowing her to be a recurring sidekick rather than a particularly talented GirlOfTheWeek.
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