History Literature / JackReacher

28th Dec '17 3:40:23 PM SasquatchJim
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* BullyingADragon: Reacher is a huge guy who generally has absolute confidence in a fight. That doesn't typically stop random mooks from thinking they can take him down, even if they also know of his military background. Generally, this leads to a OnceAnEpisode moment of Reacher beating down some thug who made the mistake of thinking he was easy pickings.
* BullyHunter: Reacher is essentially a highly-trained adult version of this. He has mentioned before that he does what he does not out of any specific sympathy for "the little guy", but simply that he ''hates'' "the big guy", meaning those who attempt to extort and bully others.


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Reacher is typically written this way. He's very blunt when he speaks, and can be an asshole to people he doesn't want to speak with. That said, he does go above and beyond in his efforts to protect people and help out those in need.
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A series of novels by British-born Lee Child, about [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks ex-Military Policeman]] Jack Reacher, WalkingTheEarth after mustering out from over a decade of service. A MilitaryBrat, having spent his younger years being posted all round the world, he decides to get a closer look at his home country. On his journeys across America he stumbles across his fair share of forgers, smugglers, gun runners, drug dealers and assassins. He then proceeds to sit down with each of them in turn and have civilized discussions -over a lovely cup of tea- why they really should stop all this unpleasant business and whatnot; Actually, being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and a former soldier with a personal code of honor, he executes vigilante justice without mercy and proceeds to, in a very realistic matter, kick the asses of the villain/s.

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A series of novels by British-born Lee Child, about [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks ex-Military Policeman]] Jack Reacher, WalkingTheEarth after mustering out from over a decade of service. A MilitaryBrat, having spent his younger years being posted all round around the world, he decides to get a closer look at his home country. On his journeys across America he stumbles across his fair share of forgers, smugglers, gun runners, drug dealers and assassins. He then proceeds to sit down with each of them in turn and have civilized discussions -over a lovely cup of tea- why they really should stop all this unpleasant business and whatnot; Actually, being Being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and a former soldier with a personal code of honor, he executes vigilante justice without mercy and proceeds to, in a very realistic matter, kick the asses of the villain/s.
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* AcePilot: Downplayed and deconstructed [[spoiler: and subverted]] in the case of Victor Hobie. He served as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, and while he was second to top of his flight training class, he easily outperformed the first place pilot during wartime because of his [[TheSociopath lack of all meaningful emotion, including fear.]] This wasn't enough to save him from getting shot down, though, and when he came back to the States, he was on course to be the BigBad of ''Tripwire''. [[spoiler: Subverted because the BigBad isn't Hobie at all. He just stole Hobie's identity.]]

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* AcePilot: Downplayed and deconstructed [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and subverted]] in the case of Victor Hobie. He served as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, and while he was second to top of his flight training class, he easily outperformed the first place pilot during wartime because of his [[TheSociopath lack of all meaningful emotion, including fear.]] This wasn't enough to save him from getting shot down, though, and when he came back to the States, he was on course to be the BigBad of ''Tripwire''. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted because the BigBad isn't Hobie at all. He just stole Hobie's identity.]]



* {{Anticlimax}}: In almost every book. Child spends a couple of hundred pages having the villain of the day do some truly horrendous things, so that only the most CruelAndUnusualDeath will satisfy the reader. When Reacher finally catches up with him, though, the villain's death inevitably takes less than a sentence, and usually occurs by BoomHeadshot. Most times, the villains don't even see it coming. Likely intentional, to illustrate Reacher's ruthless efficiency.

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In almost every book. Child spends a couple of hundred pages having the villain of the day do some truly horrendous things, so that only the most CruelAndUnusualDeath will satisfy the reader. When Reacher finally catches up with him, though, the villain's death inevitably takes less than a sentence, and usually occurs by BoomHeadshot. Most times, the villains don't even see it coming. Likely intentional, to illustrate Reacher's ruthless efficiency.



* AssholeVictim: Sloop Greer in ''Echo Burning''. Subverted, when evidence arises that Carmen was lying about his abusing her. [[spoiler: Double subverted when it turns out that she was telling the truth all along.]]

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* AssholeVictim: Sloop Greer in ''Echo Burning''. Subverted, when evidence arises that Carmen was lying about his abusing her. [[spoiler: Double [[spoiler:Double subverted when it turns out that she was telling the truth all along.]]



* AuthorCatchphrase: "Reacher said nothing." Seriously, Child has got that macroed.

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"Reacher said nothing." Seriously, Child has got that macroed.



** Reacher...is Reacher.

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** Reacher... is Reacher.



* BallisticDiscount: Reacher has robbed illicit arms dealers more than once. Why do they not expect this? Who knows.

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Reacher has robbed illicit arms dealers more than once. Why do they not expect this? Who knows.



* 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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* BeenThereShapedHistory: A very minor example, but ''Die Trying'' reveals that Reacher was singlehandedly responsible for [[spoiler: the [[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.]]



* BigEater: Reacher qualifies as this, especially given his size.

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Reacher qualifies as this, especially given his size.



* TheBigGuy: Reacher stands at 6ft'5, and is built like a brick wall.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Briefly discussed in ''The Hard Way.'' As Pauling puts it, in their situation, there are no good guys. Just bad guys and worse guys. [[spoiler: The worst guy ends up being an extremely good guy, making this a definite subversion.]]

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* TheBigGuy: Reacher stands at 6ft'5, 6'5" and is built like a brick wall.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Briefly discussed in ''The Hard Way.'' As Pauling puts it, in their situation, there are no good guys. Just bad guys and worse guys. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The worst guy ends up being an extremely good guy, making this a definite subversion.]]



** In ''The Hard Way'', a character uses a phony name on an apartment lease in New York City. The name is just two nearby street names put together. The word 'blatant' actually comes up in the narration. [[spoiler: This is a subversion of the trope. The two nearby street names helped pinpoint the location of the kidnapper's apartment, which is exactly what the kidnapper wanted.]]

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** In ''The Hard Way'', a character uses a phony name on an apartment lease in New York City. The name is just two nearby street names put together. The word 'blatant' actually comes up in the narration. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is a subversion of the trope. The two nearby street names helped pinpoint the location of the kidnapper's apartment, which is exactly what the kidnapper wanted.]]



* ChekhovsGag: In ''61 Hours'', Reacher has a conversation with the police deputy Peterson about 'Plato', the alias of a criminal they're after. Peterson doesn't know who the actual Plato was, and they have a brief back-and-forth that ends with Reacher telling him that Plato was an ancient Greek philosopher. Later, Peterson looks up 'Plato' in the police database, and gets redirected to Google, which helpfully tells him that Plato was a Greek philosopher. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a more conventional ChekhovsGun when they view some footage of a coded message from Plato.]]

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* ChekhovsGag: In ''61 Hours'', Reacher has a conversation with the police deputy Peterson about 'Plato', the alias of a criminal they're after. Peterson doesn't know who the actual Plato was, and they have a brief back-and-forth that ends with Reacher telling him that Plato was an ancient Greek philosopher. Later, Peterson looks up 'Plato' in the police database, and gets redirected to Google, which helpfully tells him that Plato was a Greek philosopher. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This turns out to be a more conventional ChekhovsGun when they view some footage of a coded message from Plato.]]



** At many points throughout the books, mention is made of a brother of Reacher's, who also served in the military. [[spoiler: This brother's death was a major plot point in the very first Jack Reacher novel, ''Killing Floor''.]]

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** At many points throughout the books, mention is made of a brother of Reacher's, who also served in the military. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This brother's death was a major plot point in the very first Jack Reacher novel, ''Killing Floor''.]]



** In ''One Shot'', Reacher's lover notices a scar on his chest from a gunshot. Reacher comments that he got it in New York years prior. [[spoiler: Specifically, at the end of ''Tripwire''.]]

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** In ''One Shot'', Reacher's lover notices a scar on his chest from a gunshot. Reacher comments that he got it in New York years prior. [[spoiler: Specifically, [[spoiler:Specifically, at the end of ''Tripwire''.]]



*** Reacher is still suffering the effects of the ending of ''61 Hours'' a couple of days later, when ''Worth Dying For'' begins. While it's not major enough to change the course of the plot, it is touched upon from time to time until [[spoiler: he receives medical treatment for it]].

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*** Reacher is still suffering the effects of the ending of ''61 Hours'' a couple of days later, when ''Worth Dying For'' begins. While it's not major enough to change the course of the plot, it is touched upon from time to time until [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he receives medical treatment for it]].



** Averted in ''Worth Dying For''. [[spoiler: Eleanor Duncan]] calls the police with evidence of all the crimes going on, but because [[spoiler: she admits that her husband constantly beats her, they think she's just making things up to get back at him.]] Thing is, she actually did get at least one cop's attention, and so when Reacher catches a lift, he ends up getting dropped off in exactly the right place for him to start setting things to rights.

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** Averted in ''Worth Dying For''. [[spoiler: Eleanor [[spoiler:Eleanor Duncan]] calls the police with evidence of all the crimes going on, but because [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she admits that her husband constantly beats her, they think she's just making things up to get back at him.]] Thing is, she actually did get at least one cop's attention, and so when Reacher catches a lift, he ends up getting dropped off in exactly the right place for him to start setting things to rights.



* {{Determinator}}
* DiabolicalMastermind: [[spoiler: Julia Lamarr, the DirtyCop FBI profiler who murders five women just to disguise the motive of one murder. Reacher has got to catch her in the act because nobody will believe him otherwise- and even then, her coworkers try to pin Lamarr's crimes on him.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: At least occasionally. For example, [[spoiler:in ''Die Trying'', while Reacher and Holly Johnson have a clear attraction and at one point engage in GladToBeAliveSex, she is in love with someone else and moves in with (and probably marries) him at the end of the novel. Reacher himself [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy just wants her to be happy]], though hes more than a little disappointed about it.]]

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* DiabolicalMastermind: [[spoiler: Julia [[spoiler:Julia Lamarr, the DirtyCop FBI profiler who murders five women just to disguise the motive of one murder. Reacher has got to catch her in the act because nobody will believe him otherwise- and even then, her coworkers try to pin Lamarr's crimes on him.]]
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At least occasionally. For example, [[spoiler:in ''Die Trying'', while Reacher and Holly Johnson have a clear attraction and at one point engage in GladToBeAliveSex, she is in love with someone else and moves in with (and probably marries) him at the end of the novel. Reacher himself [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy just wants her to be happy]], though hes more than a little disappointed about it.]]



** [[spoiler: While it's a stretch to call her a love interest, Reacher is attracted to Special Agent Sorrenson in ''A Wanted Man''. However, she gets shot to death as well. Reacher was already planning to storm the enemy's stronghold before her death, but its safe to say his subsequent massacre of the baddies is something of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
** Reacher ends up hooking up with [[spoiler: Vaughn from ''Nothing To Lose'', but it goes nowhere, because she's married, her husband's a vegetable]] and she only hooked up with him because they both knew that Reacher wouldn't be sticking around for long.

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** [[spoiler: While [[spoiler:While it's a stretch to call her a love interest, Reacher is attracted to Special Agent Sorrenson in ''A Wanted Man''. However, she gets shot to death as well. Reacher was already planning to storm the enemy's stronghold before her death, but its safe to say his subsequent massacre of the baddies is something of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
** Reacher ends up hooking up with [[spoiler: Vaughn [[spoiler:Vaughn from ''Nothing To Lose'', but it goes nowhere, because she's married, her husband's a vegetable]] and she only hooked up with him because they both knew that Reacher wouldn't be sticking around for long.



* DomesticAbuse: ''Echo Burning.''

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: in the first book, ''Killing Floor'', and to some extent in the second, ''Die Trying'', Reacher has actual feelings and vulnerabilities. He sings and dances at various points, not quite activities Jack Reacher classic can be imagined doing. His competence level is not quite so superheroic as in later books, either.
** ''Killing Floor'' a substantial Reacher-inflicted body count, ''Die Trying'' somewhat fewer, before it settles down to more modest numbers. With occasional peaks thereafter, but not the same action-adventure glee as the early novels.

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the first book, ''Killing Floor'', and to some extent in the second, ''Die Trying'', Reacher has actual feelings and vulnerabilities. He sings and dances at various points, points; not quite activities Jack Reacher classic can be imagined doing. His competence level is not quite so superheroic as in later books, either.
** ''Killing Floor'' has a substantial Reacher-inflicted body count, ''Die Trying'' has somewhat fewer, before then it settles down to more modest numbers. With occasional peaks thereafter, but not the same action-adventure glee as the early novels.



* EveryCarIsAPinto: Downplayed, justified and invoked in ''Worth Dying For''. Gas tanks violently explode on four separate occasions, but always as a result of someone deliberately setting the car on fire. In multiple cases, it's explicitly noted that the explosion's strength is from the gas tank being very close to full. [[spoiler: At the end of the story, Reacher specifically chooses a car with the fullest gas tank he can find to help with his final assault.]]

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: Downplayed, justified and invoked in ''Worth Dying For''. Gas tanks violently explode on four separate occasions, but always as a result of someone deliberately setting the car on fire. In multiple cases, it's explicitly noted that the explosion's strength is from the gas tank being very close to full. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the end of the story, Reacher specifically chooses a car with the fullest gas tank he can find to help with his final assault.]]



* EyeScream: Twice, and only in the ''first'' novel.
* {{Flanderization}}: Reacher grew more and more invulnerable since his first appearance in ''Killing Floor'', shedding away his fears and feelings in lieu of superhuman competence. This process has been dialed back, however, starting in ''61 Hours'', where [[spoiler: he fails to save a witness he's supposed to protect and a cop he's grown to like.]]

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* {{Flanderization}}: Reacher grew more and more invulnerable since his first appearance in ''Killing Floor'', shedding away his fears and feelings in lieu of superhuman competence. This process has been dialed back, however, starting in ''61 Hours'', where [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he fails to save a witness he's supposed to protect and a cop he's grown to like.]]



** For example, Reacher mentions in ''Killing Floor'' that the guy who runs the shop he gets coffee at gives him coins in change because he doesn't have any one-dollar bills. [[spoiler: The local counterfeiters have been acquiring every one-dollar bill they can get their hands on to make one-hundred-dollar bills.]]

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** For example, Reacher mentions in ''Killing Floor'' that the guy who runs the shop he gets coffee at gives him coins in change because he doesn't have any one-dollar bills. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The local counterfeiters have been acquiring every one-dollar bill they can get their hands on to make one-hundred-dollar bills.]]



* GirlOfTheWeek: Each book tends to have Reacher teaming up with a young, attractive woman, who he inevitably sleeps with (although to Child's credit, a [[IncompatibleOrientation curveball]] is thrown once or twice).
** In ''A Wanted Man'' Reacher teams up with Special Agent Sorenson and [[spoiler: Special Agent Karen Delfuenso]]. He likes and admires them both and feels at least fleetingly attracted to Sorenson. [[spoiler: But the prospect of getting involved with either of them never comes up - as it were - and then Sorenson is killed in any case.]]

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* GirlOfTheWeek: Each book tends to have Reacher teaming up with a young, attractive woman, who he inevitably sleeps with (although to with. Yo Child's credit, a [[IncompatibleOrientation curveball]] is thrown once or twice).
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** In ''A Wanted Man'' Reacher teams up with Special Agent Sorenson and [[spoiler: Special [[spoiler:Special Agent Karen Delfuenso]]. He likes and admires them both and feels at least fleetingly attracted to Sorenson. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But the prospect of getting involved with either of them never comes up - as it were - and then Sorenson is killed in any case.]]



* HonorBeforeReason: Sometimes crops up, especially when dealing with military-trained people or with people who have something to prove. [[spoiler:And sometimes when they're trying to set up Reacher to frame himself.]]

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Sometimes crops up, especially when dealing with military-trained people or with people who have something to prove. [[spoiler:And sometimes when they're trying to set up Reacher to frame himself.]]



* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: In ''Echo Burning'', some corrupt border patrol agents were doing this to illegal Mexican immigrants before an investigation scared them off. [[spoiler: It turns out that the 'agents' in question are characters we've seen all throughout the story.]]
* IcyBlueEyes: Of the "piercing and icy" variety.
* 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.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Forms part of a thread throughout ''One Shot''; Reacher notes that Barr is a decent sniper, but not good enough for the five kills. Reacher himself displays this when he dispatches [[spoiler: Emerson]], as on the Awesome page, though it's also established that he was a Wimbledon Cup contender, albeit one with rusty skills. [[note]]The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimbledon_Cup Wimbledon Cup]] is a prestigious marksmanship competition, with many of the top shooters in the US military competing. Previous winners include Carlos Hathcock, founder of the USMC Scout Sniper school.[[/note]]
* INeverToldYouMyName: Defied in ''TheHardWay''. [[spoiler: Kate makes sure to ask for Burke's name over the phone so that if she accidentally addresses him by name afterwards, it doesn't tip him off that she knows too much.]]
* InterestingSituationDuel: Reacher has a habit of getting into different (generally realistic) versions of this, especially during the climaxes of his stories.
* ItsPersonal: Some of the cases he looks into directly involve things from his military days that leads to Reacher doing everything to kill the bad guy. ''Killing Floor'' has the death of his brother, the deaths of the former members of his squad in ''Bad Luck and Trouble'', and sighting the bad guy he thought dead in ''Persauder'', and he was on his way to kill the fall guy in ''One Shot'' when he ran into the conspiracy set up by the Russian.

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* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: In ''Echo Burning'', some corrupt border patrol agents were doing this to illegal Mexican immigrants before an investigation scared them off. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out that the 'agents' in question are characters we've seen all throughout the story.]]
* IcyBlueEyes: Of Reacher has the "piercing and icy" variety.
variety, befitting his personality.
* 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 [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], as Reacher actually killed them during their initial exchange of bullets, but the low visibility meant that he had no idea.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Forms part of a thread throughout ''One Shot''; Reacher notes that Barr is a decent sniper, but not good enough for the five kills. Reacher himself displays this when he dispatches [[spoiler: Emerson]], [[spoiler:Emerson]], as on the Awesome page, though it's also established that he was a Wimbledon Cup contender, albeit one with rusty skills. [[note]]The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimbledon_Cup Wimbledon Cup]] is a prestigious marksmanship competition, with many of the top shooters in the US military competing. Previous winners include Carlos Hathcock, founder of the USMC Scout Sniper school.[[/note]]
* INeverToldYouMyName: Defied in ''TheHardWay''. [[spoiler: Kate [[spoiler:Kate makes sure to ask for Burke's name over the phone so that if she accidentally addresses him by name afterwards, it doesn't tip him off that she knows too much.]]
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Some of the cases he looks into directly involve things from his military days that leads to Reacher doing everything to kill the bad guy. ''Killing Floor'' has the death of his brother, the deaths of the former members of his squad in ''Bad Luck and Trouble'', and sighting the bad guy he thought dead in ''Persauder'', and he was on his way to kill the fall guy in ''One Shot'' when he ran into the conspiracy set up by the Russian.



* MathematiciansAnswer: Reacher does this sometimes when he doesn't feel like sharing information. In ''The Enemy'', an officer is asking him about a general's death, to which he replies that the general had a heart attack. Where? In his chest cavity. (The officer is not amused.)
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: ''Worth Dying For'': One douchebag beating his wife -> [[spoiler: his entire family (minus his wife) smuggling women and girls from Thailand for the sex trade and for their own sick desires.]]
** ''Killing Floor'': The murder of [[spoiler: Reacher's brother]] -> [[spoiler: an international counterfeiting ring that kills anyone who gets remotely close to it.]]
* MuzzleFlashlight: Used deliberately by Reacher in ''Worth Dying For''. During melee combat.

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* MathematiciansAnswer: Reacher does this sometimes when he doesn't feel like sharing information. In ''The Enemy'', an officer is asking him about a general's death, to which he replies that the general had a heart attack. Where? In his chest cavity. (The The officer is not amused.)
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''Worth Dying For'': One douchebag beating his wife -> [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his entire family (minus his wife) were smuggling women and girls from Thailand for the sex trade and for their own sick desires.]]
** ''Killing Floor'': The murder of [[spoiler: Reacher's [[spoiler:Reacher's brother]] -> [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an international counterfeiting ring that kills anyone who gets remotely close to it.]]
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Used deliberately by Reacher in ''Worth Dying For''. During melee combat.



* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistfight: Subverted in ''Gone Tomorrow''. The villains corner Reacher and disarm him, then set their own gun down and brandish knives instead. They're clearly looking forward to a knife-vs-fist fight. [[spoiler:Then Reacher pulls out his own knife, which he had duct-taped to his back earlier, making for a much more even fight.]]
* 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.]]
* OnePhoneCall: Reacher plays this straight in ''One Shot'' [[spoiler: when he gets arrested.]]

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* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistfight: Subverted in ''Gone Tomorrow''. The villains corner Reacher and disarm him, then set their own gun guns down and brandish knives instead. They're clearly looking forward to a knife-vs-fist fight. [[spoiler:Then Reacher pulls out his own knife, which he had duct-taped to his back earlier, making for a much more even fight.]]
* 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 [[spoiler:The truth isn't quite so simple.]]
* OnePhoneCall: Reacher plays this straight in ''One Shot'' [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when he gets arrested.]]



* TheProfiler: Reacher can track people by their patterns of behavior.

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Reacher can track people by their patterns of behavior.



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* RightWingMilitiaFanatic[=/=]CrazySurvivalist: The main villains of ''Die Trying''.

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* SherlockScan: Reacher is pretty good at these, probably due to his wide range of experience as a former military policeman. More than one reviewer has described him as a sort of modern-day Sherlock Holmes.

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Reacher is pretty good at these, probably due to his wide range of experience as a former military policeman. More than one reviewer has described him as a sort of modern-day Sherlock Holmes.



* TheSociopath: Quite a few villains from the series fall into this category, but special mention goes to Victor Hobie [[spoiler: a.k.a. Carl Allen]], who is specifically described as simply not feeling anything, for better or for worse.

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Quite a few villains from the series fall into this category, but special mention goes to Victor Hobie [[spoiler: a.[[spoiler:a.k.a. Carl Allen]], who is specifically described as simply not feeling anything, for better or for worse.



* {{Superdickery}}: The beginning of ''Persuader.''

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* TitleDrop[=/=]JustifiedTitle: Every novel in the series.

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** Margrave in ''Killing Floor''- the entire town looks perfect, every building is immaculate and everything's clean and shiny... and yet there's virtually nobody in town, and certainly not enough people to justify the amount that must have been spent on making the town look so good. [[spoiler: Because the local 'philanthropist' organisation is actually counterfeiting money and throwing it to everyone in the town to buy their silence.]]
** Despair in ''Nothing To Lose'', a company town that [[spoiler: has been processing uranium without protection, resulting in a lot of people dying from radiation poisoning, while unable to do anything about it because the guy who owns the town simply doesn't care.]]
** Mother's Rest in ''Make Me.'' [[spoiler: Suicidals are lured into this town by a gang of snuff film producers who claim that they can make the suicide as painless as possible. Once there, however, the suicidals are imprisoned and forced to become victim to the gang's snuff films.]]

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** Margrave in ''Killing Floor''- the entire town looks perfect, every building is immaculate and everything's clean and shiny... and yet there's virtually nobody in town, and certainly not enough people to justify the amount that must have been spent on making the town look so good. [[spoiler: Because [[spoiler:Because the local 'philanthropist' organisation is actually counterfeiting money and throwing it to everyone in the town to buy their silence.]]
** Despair in ''Nothing To Lose'', a company town that [[spoiler: has [[spoiler:has been processing uranium without protection, resulting in a lot of people dying from radiation poisoning, while unable to do anything about it because the guy who owns the town simply doesn't care.]]
** Mother's Rest in ''Make Me.'' [[spoiler: Suicidals [[spoiler:Suicidals are lured into this town by a gang of snuff film producers who claim that they can make the suicide as painless as possible. Once there, however, the suicidals are imprisoned and forced to become victim to the gang's snuff films.]]



* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Willard in ''The Enemy''.

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* TheAce: Reacher's resume establishes him as an ace at all forms of combat, rating him as [[BeyondTheImpossible "Beyond Outstanding"]] in hand-to-hand combat, as well as noting that he has won both the Wimbledon Cup (one of the premiere rifle-shooting competitions in the nation) and the U.S. Army Pistol Championship.
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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* 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.
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