History Literature / JackRyan

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** [[spoiler:Robby Jackson]], between ''The Bear and the Dragon'' and ''Teeth of the Tiger''.

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** In ''The Teeth of the Tiger'', [[spoiler:Robby Jackson]], Jackson is said to have become president in his own right and then been assassinated by a member of the KKK]]. This happens between ''The Bear books and the Dragon'' and ''Teeth is only barely mentioned in passing. Some of the Tiger''.newer books have tried to make this more meaningful by having it be one of the primary motivations for Jack running for president again, but still...
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* ''LIterature/TheBearAndTheDragon'' -- China, facing an economic and political crisis, [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld decides to invade Russia.]] The U.S. must cement a friendship with its once-greatest foe to fight off the aggressor. But what will Ryan do when the threat turns nuclear?

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* ''LIterature/TheBearAndTheDragon'' ''Literature/TheBearAndTheDragon'' -- China, facing an economic and political crisis, [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld decides to invade Russia.]] The U.S. must cement a friendship with its once-greatest foe to fight off the aggressor. But what will Ryan do when the threat turns nuclear?



* AuthorFilibuster:
** ''The Bear and the Dragon'' features a large amount of time dedicated to abortion rights in the US.
** Minor ones are dotted about the series, generally reflecting a conservative position - for example, reducing the military budget is ''never'' presented as a good idea, America has "the best healthcare system in the world", GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion, the death penalty and sometimes downright vigilantism are presented positively, and economic cooperation with China is strategically unsound. The series generally doesn't suffer from it however.
* AuthorTract: Whilst all the books feature Clancy's right-wing politics to a greater or lesser degree, ''The Bear and the Dragon'' is notable for featuring nearly every intellectual, economic and political ''cause celebre'' of the modern American right. How effective this is depends on ones own political orientation.

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* AuthorFilibuster:
** ''The Bear and the Dragon'' features a large amount of time dedicated to abortion rights in the US.
** Minor ones are dotted
AuthorFilibuster: Dotted about the series, generally reflecting a conservative position - -- for example, reducing the military budget is ''never'' presented as a good idea, America has "the best healthcare system in the world", GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion, the death penalty and sometimes downright vigilantism are presented positively, and economic cooperation with China is strategically unsound. The series generally doesn't suffer from it however.
* AuthorTract: Whilst all the books feature Clancy's right-wing politics to a greater or lesser degree, ''The Bear and the Dragon'' is notable for featuring nearly every intellectual, economic and political ''cause celebre'' of the modern American right. How effective this is depends on ones own political orientation.
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* BadassArmy:
** America (and to lesser extents other good guys) are portrayed as commanding one, though America seems to get the lion's share.
** Subverted ''and'' played straight by the Russian Army in ''The Bear and the Dragon''. While they rely heavily on the US for military support and they have an army of conscripts (half of whom did not show up when called into emergency active duty), their tactics are better than the Chinese that have been training for literally years, and they utterly obliterate an entire Chinese army group (about 1,000 tanks and 200,000 soldiers) with brilliant tactics, excellent intelligence and ''tanks from World War 2''. [[spoiler: The Chinese head general getting bagged by a sniper right off the bat didn't help.]]

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* BadassArmy:
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BadassArmy: America (and to lesser extents other good guys) are portrayed as commanding one, though America seems to get the lion's share.
** Subverted ''and'' played straight by the Russian Army in ''The Bear and the Dragon''. While they rely heavily on the US for military support and they have an army of conscripts (half of whom did not show up when called into emergency active duty), their tactics are better than the Chinese that have been training for literally years, and they utterly obliterate an entire Chinese army group (about 1,000 tanks and 200,000 soldiers) with brilliant tactics, excellent intelligence and ''tanks from World War 2''. [[spoiler: The Chinese head general getting bagged by a sniper right off the bat didn't help.]]
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* BadassGrandpa: ''The Bear and the Dragon'' features an elderly Russian sniper who fought against the Germans in [=WWII=]. When China invades Russia some soldiers come to his house to evacuate him, but he insists on breaking out his rifle and defending his homeland one more time. [[spoiler:He kills a Chinese general.]]



* CallBack: In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', the scientist who assists the US Navy in converting a AEGIS cruiser into a ballistic missile defense platform is Al Gregory, a character who was last seen working on a ballistic missile defense project in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin''.
* TheChessmaster: Zhang Han San not only instigates conflicts between the United States and various other countries without putting China in direct confrontation in ''Debt of Honor'' and ''Executive Orders'', but is also the [[ManBehindTheMan puppeteer behind Premier Xu]] in ''The Bear and the Dragon''. [[spoiler:He's too smart for his own good, though, as his machinations, while not explicitly discovered until ''The Bear and the Dragon'', are mostly inferred, and China is punished for it.]]
* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: The premise of ''The Bear and the Dragon''.
* ChineseWithChopperSupport: The PLA appeared in ''The Bear and the Dragon'', but they notably don't use choppers very much.



* DeathFromAbove: The Joint Stand-Off Weapon "Smart Pig," as the Chinese 29th Type A Group Army find out to their misfortune in ''The Bear and the Dragon''.



** The WWII veteran Russian sniper Pavel Petrovich Gogol who appears in ''The Bear and the Dragon'' is a possible expy of historical sniper [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Zaytsev Vasily Zaytsev]] (whose life story was also fictionalized in the movie EnemyAtTheGates).



* FalseFlagOperation: In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', when China is preparing to invade Russia, the Chinese Defense Minister suggests that they shoot down a Russian recon plane, and then claim that it had invaded Chinese airspace as a justification for the invasion.



* IKEAErotica: His first fullblown description in ''The Bear and the Dragon'' was mediocre, and that's being charitable.
* InItsHourOfNeed: In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', Ryan chooses to stay in Washington, DC rather than flee to safety after the Chinese [[spoiler:launch their one remaining nuclear missile at the city]]. He points out that this is really, really stupid, while he's doing it, and gets incredibly drunk afterwards to try to forget the horror.



* TheManBehindTheMan: Zhang Han San is this to Premier Xu in ''The Bear and the Dragon''.



* MySecretPregnancy: An occurrence of this due to family planning laws sets off the principal conflict in ''The Bear and the Dragon''.



* StupidEvil: In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', Chinese Politburo member Zhang Han San's racism prevents him from ever apologizing and so the Politburo launch a self-destructive war. Even more, while some of the other ministers speak out against the coming war, and try to pursue a more realistic course of action, when the time comes to vote on starting the war, they ''all'' vote for it, despite only three of them actually wanting it, out of fear of ''not'' voting for it and therefore standing out.



* YellowPeril: In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', China invades Russia.


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* YellowPeril: In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', China invades Russia.


9th Jun '16 9:29:42 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/LockedOn'' —- Jack Ryan Junior and the Campus continue their anti-terrorist mission as Jack Ryan Senior runs for President again.
* ''Literature/ThreatVector'' — Jack Ryan Junior and the Campus realize someone is on to them as Jack Ryan Senior faces the Chinese once again.
* ''Literature/CommandAuthority'' — A new strongman has arisen in Russia, and his rise to power is based on a decades-old dark secret—with President Jack Ryan holding the key. This was the last novel completed by Clancy before he passed away on October 1st, 2013. It was released posthumously in December 2013.
* ''Literature/SupportAndDefend'' — The first book released after Clancy's passing, it is focused on Dom Caruso and his mission to find the people responsible for killing his friend. That mission leads him to a man with enough information to destroy American intelligence efforts hunted by the FBI, Hezbollah, the Iranians, and the Russians.
* ''Literature/FullForceAndEffect'' — The North Koreans have discovered valuable minerals in the Hermit Kingdom, and their new leader sees it as a way to finally succeed in giving North Korea The Bomb, and by extension, a chance at becoming a major power.
* ''Literature/UnderFire'' — Unlike the first two post-Clancy novels, this is written by Grant Blackwood, who collaborated with Tom in ''Literature/DeadOrAlive''. This focuses on Jack Junior as he digs deeper into an old friend's cryptic message.
* ''Literature/CommanderInChief'' — Written by Mark Greaney, who authored ''Literature/SupportAndDefend'' and ''Literature/FullForceAndEffect'', this focuses on Jack Senior as he finds himself isolated from the international community through the machinations of Russian President Volodin.

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* ''Literature/LockedOn'' —- -- Jack Ryan Junior and the Campus continue their anti-terrorist mission as Jack Ryan Senior runs for President again.
* ''Literature/ThreatVector'' -- Jack Ryan Junior and the Campus realize someone is on to them as Jack Ryan Senior faces the Chinese once again.
* ''Literature/CommandAuthority'' -- A new strongman has arisen in Russia, and his rise to power is based on a decades-old dark secret—with secret--with President Jack Ryan holding the key. This was the last novel completed by Clancy before he passed away on October 1st, 2013. It was released posthumously in December 2013.
* ''Literature/SupportAndDefend'' -- The first book released after Clancy's passing, it is focused on Dom Caruso and his mission to find the people responsible for killing his friend. That mission leads him to a man with enough information to destroy American intelligence efforts hunted by the FBI, Hezbollah, the Iranians, and the Russians.
* ''Literature/FullForceAndEffect'' -- The North Koreans have discovered valuable minerals in the Hermit Kingdom, and their new leader sees it as a way to finally succeed in giving North Korea The Bomb, and by extension, a chance at becoming a major power.
* ''Literature/UnderFire'' -- Unlike the first two post-Clancy novels, this is written by Grant Blackwood, who collaborated with Tom in ''Literature/DeadOrAlive''. This focuses on Jack Junior as he digs deeper into an old friend's cryptic message.
* ''Literature/CommanderInChief'' -- Written by Mark Greaney, who authored ''Literature/SupportAndDefend'' and ''Literature/FullForceAndEffect'', this focuses on Jack Senior as he finds himself isolated from the international community through the machinations of Russian President Volodin.



* AKA47: Completely and notably averted in the novels and games. In ''Rainbow Six'' however, "the new version of the venerable MP-5, chambered instead for the 10-mm Smith & Wesson cartridge" is erroneously referred to as the "[=MP-10=]" (actually the [=MP5/10=], the "MP-10" designation instead used for a clone from the Philippines-based Special Weapons); there has been [[InternetBackdraft considerable debate]] regarding this given the usual amount of attention given to these kinds of details, with [[WordOfGod Clancy himself saying at one point]] that he had personally seen and fired the [=MP-10=]. In ''Dead or Alive'', Rainbow uses the more common [=MP5SD3=] instead of the aforementioned [=MP5/10=].



* AnimalWrongsGroup: The antagonists in ''Rainbow Six''.



** The American President prior to 1988 is never identified by name until Clancy manages to clear the backlog of RealLife Presidents and starts dropping in his own, starting with Bob Fowler. On the British side, Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher, are also referred to only referred to by title, though Tony Blair does get first-named in ''The Bear and the Dragon''. Similarly, John Paul II is referred to only by first name only once in ''Red Rabbit'' by Yuri Andropov.
** In later novels, however, Reagan and George H. W. Bush are referred to by name, and the Clinton scandal is alluded to. Perhaps even more blatantly, "the President of Iraq" is assassinated at the start of ''Executive Orders'' (incidentally, Hussein is actually referred to by name when discussing the Gulf War, but referred to as "the President of Iraq" when his assassination is brought up).

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** The American President prior to 1988 is never identified by name until Clancy manages to clear the backlog of RealLife Presidents and starts dropping in his own, starting with Bob Fowler. On the British side, Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher, are also referred to only referred to by title, though Tony Blair does get first-named in ''The Bear and the Dragon''. Similarly, John Paul II is referred to only by first name only once in ''Red Rabbit'' by Yuri Andropov.
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In later novels, however, Reagan and George H. W. Bush are referred to by name, and the Clinton scandal is alluded to. Perhaps even more blatantly, "the President of Iraq" is assassinated at to.
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the start of ''Executive Orders'' (incidentally, Hussein is actually British side, Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher are also referred to only referred to by name when discussing title, though Tony Blair does get first-named in ''The Bear and the Gulf War, but referred to as "the President of Iraq" when his assassination is brought up).Dragon''.



* AntiVillain:
** Depending on context, the KGB or the whole U.S.S.R. before their becoming the Russian Federation and the resultant HeelFaceTurn.
** Qian Kun from ''Threat Vector'' is a traditional example. Fang Gan is a much darker example, though he does make the right call when he has to.
* ApocalypseHow:
** In ''Rainbow Six'', a genetically engineered strain of the Ebola virus is designed intentionally to wipe out 99% of humanity, save for a [[AnimalWrongsGroup "chosen few"]].
** In ''The Sum Of All Fear'', the US and USSR come within seconds of all-out nuclear war.

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* AntiVillain:
**
AntiVillain: Depending on context, the KGB or the whole U.S.S.R. before their becoming the Russian Federation and the resultant HeelFaceTurn.
** Qian Kun from ''Threat Vector'' is a traditional example. Fang Gan is a much darker example, though he does make the right call when he has to.
* ApocalypseHow:
** In ''Rainbow Six'', a genetically engineered strain of the Ebola virus is designed intentionally to wipe out 99% of humanity, save for a [[AnimalWrongsGroup "chosen few"]].
** In ''The Sum Of All Fear'', the US and USSR come within seconds of all-out nuclear war.
HeelFaceTurn.



* AscendedExtra: Several minor characters later get their own books (John Clark, né Kelly, and ''Without Remorse'') or become far more important later on (Robby Jackson, a very minor background character in one scene in ''The Hunt for Red October'', later is revealed to be an old friend of Jack Ryan).
* AsianStoreOwner: Mrs. Zimmer.



** "The Ryan Doctrine", in ''Executive Orders''. Justified in that politicians are ''supposed'' to give speeches, so at least the filibuster is worked organically into the story.
** ''Executive Orders'' also stops dead in its tracks to hammer the readers over the head about the complexity of the US Tax Code. Could be justified by the fact that it shows the reader what the new president's policies will be, and sets up the media hangings that are attempted on Ryan.
** Ryan lampshades this in ''Executive Orders'' during his interview with Tom Donner and John Plumber, when he notes that he's been wanting to say all this for years, but is still rather nervous about doing so on TV.



** In ''Rainbow Six'', Rainbow is a BadassCrew, formed from parts of various [[BadassArmy Badass Armies]], though they are portrayed as realistically badass and very, very mortal.



** Pat O'Day, an FBI agent and hardass lawman. Also a BadassBystander, see below.
** The USSS is definitely a WorldOfBadass, especially Andrea Price and the service Grandfather, Donnie "Don" Russell.

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** Pat O'Day, an FBI agent and hardass lawman. Also a BadassBystander, see below.
** The USSS US Secret Service is definitely a WorldOfBadass, especially Andrea Price and the service Grandfather, Donnie "Don" Russell.



* BadassBystander:
** When terrorists storm a day care center in ''Executive Orders'' to kidnap [[spoiler:the President's young daughter]], the only other parent there to pick up the kids is an armed FBI agent.
** In ''Rainbow Six'', three terrorists try to hijack an airplane... with Clark, Chavez, and Alistair Stanley on board. Their plan [[MuggingTheMonster doesn't quite succeed]].
** Again in ''Rainbow Six'', during a terrorist attack on an amusement park, one of the performers dressed as a Roman Centurion attacks one of the gun-wielding terrorists and injures him ''with a spatha''.
* BadassGrandpa:
** John Clark, who is already approaching sixty by ''Rainbow Six'', isn't quite what he used to be in ''Without Remorse'', but as noted in ''Rainbow Six'', he's still on everybody's "don't-fuck-with list."
** Secret Service Special Agent Don Russel, Katie Ryan's bodyguard, who has grandchildren of his own. [[spoiler:When terrorists with AK-47s attack Katie's daycare centre, Don has one second of warning and takes down 3 before getting shot, and kills a fourth with his dying breaths]].
** Admiral Casimir Podulski in ''Without Remorse''. He has a Medal Of Honor, plus enough kills to make him an ace.
** ''The Bear and the Dragon'' features an elderly Russian sniper who fought against the Germans in [=WWII=]. When China invades Russia some soldiers come to his house to evacuate him, but he insists on breaking out his rifle and defending his homeland one more time. [[spoiler:He kills a Chinese general.]]

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* BadassBystander:
** When terrorists storm a day care center in ''Executive Orders'' to kidnap [[spoiler:the President's young daughter]], the only other parent there to pick up the kids is an armed FBI agent.
** In ''Rainbow Six'', three terrorists try to hijack an airplane... with Clark, Chavez, and Alistair Stanley on board. Their plan [[MuggingTheMonster doesn't quite succeed]].
** Again in ''Rainbow Six'', during a terrorist attack on an amusement park, one of the performers dressed as a Roman Centurion attacks one of the gun-wielding terrorists and injures him ''with a spatha''.
* BadassGrandpa:
** John Clark, who is already approaching sixty by ''Rainbow Six'', isn't quite what he used to be in ''Without Remorse'', but as noted in ''Rainbow Six'', he's still on everybody's "don't-fuck-with list."
** Secret Service Special Agent Don Russel, Katie Ryan's bodyguard, who has grandchildren of his own. [[spoiler:When terrorists with AK-47s attack Katie's daycare centre, Don has one second of warning and takes down 3 before getting shot, and kills a fourth with his dying breaths]].
** Admiral Casimir Podulski in ''Without Remorse''. He has a Medal Of Honor, plus enough kills to make him an ace.
**
BadassGrandpa: ''The Bear and the Dragon'' features an elderly Russian sniper who fought against the Germans in [=WWII=]. When China invades Russia some soldiers come to his house to evacuate him, but he insists on breaking out his rifle and defending his homeland one more time. [[spoiler:He kills a Chinese general.]]



* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Played straight, {{lampshaded}}, {{subverted|trope}}, {{discussed|trope}}, and averted in several places.
** A scene in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin'' has an FBI agent shoot a gun out of a Soviet agent's hand, observing afterwards that he didn't know why he did it, despite being trained and training others specifically not to do it.
** In ''Rainbow Six'', Dieter Weber uses his sniper rifle to disable a terrorist's Uzi so that Homer Johnston can deliver a gut shot to make him die as slowly and painfully as possible. In this case, however, they knew they would get in trouble for it and despite covering their butts admirably ("Slapped the trigger a bit too hard, boss."), they are still mildly reprimanded and told that one exception is the limit.
* BodyguardBetrayal: An important plot issue in ''Executive Orders''; see DeepCoverAgent, below.
* BuzzingTheDeck:
** In ''The Hunt for Red October'', a flight of A-10s buzz (and drop flares around) a Soviet cruiser to remind the Soviets that they were a long way from both home and any serious hope of support if they didn't take a step back.
* CallBack:
** In ''The Sum of All Fears'', Jack is followed by reporters to the home where the mother and children greet him warmly. They accuse him of having a SecretOtherFamily. In truth, it's the family of one of the soldiers killed all the way back in ''Clear and Present Danger'', and Jack is honoring his promise to help the man's children.
** In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', the scientist who assists the US Navy in converting a AEGIS cruiser into a ballistic missile defense platform is Al Gregory, a character who was last seen working on a ballistic missile defense project in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin''.
* CallForward: There's usually at least one in each {{Prequel}} novel.
** ''Red Rabbit'' contains a few of these. Most notably, when discussing the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, one of Ryan's coworkers notes that the Afghans are helpless in the face of Soviet helicopters unless an equalizer is brought into play, like the newly-developed Stinger missile. Much like the ones that the Archer wields in ''Cardinal of the Kremlin''...
* CanadaEh:
** Puts in a brief appearance in ''Rainbow Six'' as the RCMP who pick up the would-be Basque terrorists who tried to hijack the plane that Clark and Chavez happen to be on, but otherwise ignored.
** The Japanese pilot who [[spoiler:kamikazes his 747 into the US Capitol Building]] in ''Debt of Honor'' took off from Vancouver, and in ''Executive Orders'' the RCMP aid in the investigation.
** The Bin Laden expy who sneaks into the US in ''Dead or Alive'', comes in through Canada, and the Campus agents who get a tip on an al-Queda courier coming into the country pick him up and start tailing him in Toronto.
* CatchPhrase: "I serve the Soviet Union" gets said so many times in ''Red Rabbit'' that it's not even funny.
* TheChessmaster:
** Nikolay Gerasimov in ''Cardinal of the Kremlin'' is a mix of this and TheStarscream. He suborns the vote of a Politburo member by blackmailing him with his daughter, who is working for British intelligence, and then does the same to Defense Minister Yazov using Filitov, in a bid to unseat Narmanov as the General Secretary of the Soviet Union. Ryan manages to sabotage his plans by counter-blackmailing him with [[spoiler:the ''Red October'' incident]].
** Zhang Han San not only instigates conflicts between the United States and various other countries without putting China in direct confrontation in ''Debt of Honor'' and ''Executive Orders'', but is also the [[ManBehindTheMan puppeteer behind Premier Xu]] in ''The Bear and the Dragon''. [[spoiler: He's too smart for his own good, though, as his machinations, while not explicitly discovered until ''The Bear and the Dragon'', are mostly inferred, and China is punished for it.]]

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* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Played straight, {{lampshaded}}, {{subverted|trope}}, {{discussed|trope}}, and averted in several places.
** A scene in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin'' has an FBI agent shoot a gun out of a Soviet agent's hand, observing afterwards that he didn't know why he did it, despite being trained and training others specifically not to do it.
** In ''Rainbow Six'', Dieter Weber uses his sniper rifle to disable a terrorist's Uzi so that Homer Johnston can deliver a gut shot to make him die as slowly and painfully as possible. In this case, however, they knew they would get in trouble for it and despite covering their butts admirably ("Slapped the trigger a bit too hard, boss."), they are still mildly reprimanded and told that one exception is the limit.
* BodyguardBetrayal: An important plot issue in ''Executive Orders''; see DeepCoverAgent, below.
* BuzzingTheDeck:
** In ''The Hunt for Red October'', a flight of A-10s buzz (and drop flares around) a Soviet cruiser to remind the Soviets that they were a long way from both home and any serious hope of support if they didn't take a step back.
* CallBack:
** In ''The Sum of All Fears'', Jack is followed by reporters to the home where the mother and children greet him warmly. They accuse him of having a SecretOtherFamily. In truth, it's the family of one of the soldiers killed all the way back in ''Clear and Present Danger'', and Jack is honoring his promise to help the man's children.
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CallBack: In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', the scientist who assists the US Navy in converting a AEGIS cruiser into a ballistic missile defense platform is Al Gregory, a character who was last seen working on a ballistic missile defense project in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin''.
* CallForward: There's usually at least one in each {{Prequel}} novel.
** ''Red Rabbit'' contains a few of these. Most notably, when discussing the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, one of Ryan's coworkers notes that the Afghans are helpless in the face of Soviet helicopters unless an equalizer is brought into play, like the newly-developed Stinger missile. Much like the ones that the Archer wields in ''Cardinal of the Kremlin''...
* CanadaEh:
** Puts in a brief appearance in ''Rainbow Six'' as the RCMP who pick up the would-be Basque terrorists who tried to hijack the plane that Clark and Chavez happen to be on, but otherwise ignored.
** The Japanese pilot who [[spoiler:kamikazes his 747 into the US Capitol Building]] in ''Debt of Honor'' took off from Vancouver, and in ''Executive Orders'' the RCMP aid in the investigation.
** The Bin Laden expy who sneaks into the US in ''Dead or Alive'', comes in through Canada, and the Campus agents who get a tip on an al-Queda courier coming into the country pick him up and start tailing him in Toronto.
* CatchPhrase: "I serve the Soviet Union" gets said so many times in ''Red Rabbit'' that it's not even funny.
* TheChessmaster:
** Nikolay Gerasimov in ''Cardinal of the Kremlin'' is a mix of this and TheStarscream. He suborns the vote of a Politburo member by blackmailing him with his daughter, who is working for British intelligence, and then does the same to Defense Minister Yazov using Filitov, in a bid to unseat Narmanov as the General Secretary of the Soviet Union. Ryan manages to sabotage his plans by counter-blackmailing him with [[spoiler:the ''Red October'' incident]].
**
TheChessmaster: Zhang Han San not only instigates conflicts between the United States and various other countries without putting China in direct confrontation in ''Debt of Honor'' and ''Executive Orders'', but is also the [[ManBehindTheMan puppeteer behind Premier Xu]] in ''The Bear and the Dragon''. [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's too smart for his own good, though, as his machinations, while not explicitly discovered until ''The Bear and the Dragon'', are mostly inferred, and China is punished for it.]]



* ChurchMilitant: Daryaei uses religion as a pretense for creating the UIR and threatening their neighboring states, intending to bring all of the world (or as much of it as he can) under the rule of Shi'a.
* CodeName: Many intelligence agents on both sides are given code names, one of the most prominent ones being the titular agent of ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin''.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin'', Ed and Mary Pat Foley know that their apartment is bugged by the KGB. This does not seem to have an adverse effect on their sex life, and they even seem to get a thrill out of having sex while the KGB listens.



* ContrivedCoincidence: In general, lots of what gets the plot moving depends on either someone having a change of heart at the right moment, such as [[spoiler:Popov spilling the beans entirely to Clark about Horizon's goals in ''Rainbow Six'', and Team-2 just happening to be at the Sydney Olympics at the time]], or someone making a discovery that went ignored by everyone else just in the nick of time. The capper, however, may be the ending of ''Debt of Honor'' [[spoiler:which brings together most of the US government at a single time and place - something that is ''never done for exactly this reason'' - so that the PlotReaper can wipe them all out and catapult Ryan into the Presidency.]]
* CoolBoat: You might think every US naval vessel was this, given the amount of loving description Clancy visits on them. The ''Red October'' is a straight example, with its unique silent propulsion system.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler:John Brightling and co.]] in ''Rainbow Six''. They are also [[AnimalWrongsGroup militant environmentalists]] who seek to achieve the [[KillAllHumans near extinction of the human race]].

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* ContrivedCoincidence: In general, lots of what gets the plot moving depends on either someone having a change of heart at the right moment, such as [[spoiler:Popov spilling the beans entirely to Clark about Horizon's goals in ''Rainbow Six'', and Team-2 just happening to be at the Sydney Olympics at the time]], or someone making a discovery that went ignored by everyone else just in the nick of time. The capper, however, may be the ending of ''Debt of Honor'' [[spoiler:which brings together most of the US government at a single time and place - something that is ''never done for exactly this reason'' - so that the PlotReaper can wipe them all out and catapult Ryan into the Presidency.]]
* CoolBoat: You might think every US naval vessel was this, given the amount of loving description Clancy visits on them. The ''Red October'' is a straight example, with its unique silent propulsion system.\n* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler:John Brightling and co.]] in ''Rainbow Six''. They are also [[AnimalWrongsGroup militant environmentalists]] who seek to achieve the [[KillAllHumans near extinction of the human race]].



* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:Special Agent Aref Raman, US Secret Service]], actually a long-term sleeper agent for the Iranians who was inserted into the US as a teenaged "refugee" and spent circa 15 years becoming a naturalized citizen, maintaining an absolutely perfect All-American profile, all so he could work himself into a position of trust standing right next to the President every day. He is one of several sleeper agents similarly placed in the protection details of world leaders; the plot of the novel gets moving when the President of Iraq is assassinated by the one in ''his'' bodyguard contingent.
** The cake is taken by Misha Filitov who was a US asset for ''over thirty years''.



* DefectorFromCommieLand: Used in ''Red Rabbit'', ''The Hunt for Red October'', and ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin''.



* DoABarrelRoll: The "Crazy Ivan" maneuver in ''The Hunt For Red October'', a sharp 360 degree turn taken to bring the sub's forward sonar to bear on what was in their "baffles" directly behind the sub before the turn, to make sure someone's not hiding behind them.



* DramaBomb: See WhamEpisode, below.
* DrivesLikeCrazy:
** Intentionally invoked by terrorists in ''Rainbow Six'' to (unsuccessfully) discourage pursuit.
** Robby Jackson has a tendency to handle his car with the same... panache, you might say, as he does his F-14.

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* DramaBomb: See WhamEpisode, below.
* DrivesLikeCrazy:
** Intentionally invoked by terrorists in ''Rainbow Six'' to (unsuccessfully) discourage pursuit.
**
DrivesLikeCrazy: Robby Jackson has a tendency to handle his car with the same... panache, you might say, as he does his F-14.



* DrugsAreBad: ''Without Remorse'', although the drug dealers in question were also engaged in prostitution and a number of other nasty things. Played straight when Ryan asks for a Presidential pardon for Clark and as soon as he mentions that the people Clark murdered were drug dealers, it's a slam dunk.

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* DrugsAreBad: ''Without Remorse'', although the drug dealers in question were also engaged in prostitution and a number of other nasty things. Played straight when Ryan asks for a Presidential pardon for Clark and as soon as he mentions that the people Clark murdered were drug dealers, it's a slam dunk.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In ''The Hunt For Red October'', Admiral Greer mentions that even his grandchildren have grown out of the Barbie Doll toy phase. However, at his funeral in ''Clear and Present Danger'', Greer is buried next to his only child, a son killed in Vietnam. With no other living relatives and Ryan not present at the funeral, the American flag draped on his coffin is instead presented to Judge Moore.
* EliteArmy: Generally invoked regarding the United States armed forces. Gennady Bondarenko's main reason for visiting the National Training Center in ''Executive Orders'' is because he wants to learn from the Americans how to transform the Russian Army (ex Red Army) from ZergRush into this.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Petra and Gunther Bock are unrepentant WesternTerrorists, but they genuinely loved each other and their two daughters.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In ''The Hunt For Red October'', Admiral Greer mentions that even his grandchildren have grown out of the Barbie Doll toy phase. However, at his funeral in ''Clear and Present Danger'', Greer is buried next to his only child, a son killed in Vietnam. With no other living relatives and Ryan not present at the funeral, the American flag draped on his coffin is instead presented to Judge Moore.
* EliteArmy: Generally invoked regarding the United States armed forces. Gennady Bondarenko's main reason for visiting the National Training Center in ''Executive Orders'' is because he wants to learn from the Americans how to transform the Russian Army (ex Red Army) from ZergRush into this.\n* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Petra and Gunther Bock are unrepentant WesternTerrorists, but they genuinely loved each other and their two daughters.



* EveryBulletIsATracer: {{Averted}}, unsurprisingly. When tracers are used (particularly in the miniguns on the Pave Low helicopters in ''Clear and Present Danger''), it's specifically mentioned that only one out of X bullets is a tracer round, for the purposes of assisting with aim[[labelnote:*]]miniguns aren't equipped with sights, as they're for area denial and not precision shooting[[/labelnote]]. Given [[GatlingGood minigun]] [[MoreDakka rate of fire]], it's also mentioned that it looks like a laser beam at full "rock and roll".



** The Iraqi president who is assassinated near the beginning of ''Executive Orders'' is not explicitly stated to be Saddam Hussein, but the similarities are too numerous to be coincidence.



* FakingTheDead:
** John Kelly does this at the end of ''Without Remorse'' in order to evade arrest for murdering so many drug dealers; the spectacular nature of his boat capsizing also results in [[NeverFoundTheBody his corpse not being recovered]], though this isn't particularly uncommon for deaths at sea. He also has help from the CIA in replacing his fingerprint records, and continues to live as John Clark even after his Presidential pardon between ''Executive Orders'' and ''Rainbow Six''.
** This is also done in ''Red Rabbit'' to fake [[spoiler:the Zaitsev family's]] deaths from fire. Considerable effort is spent obtaining corpses that died from smoke inhlation, as well as rendering differing features unrecognizable.
* FalseFlagOperation: Major plot points in ''Clear and Present Danger'' (by the United States), ''The Sum of All Fears'' (by the Arab terrorists), ''The Bear and the Dragon'' (by China), and present in several other books.
* FeedTheMole:
** Used in several of the novels. In particular, the "canary trap" is a tool used by CIA to identify possible leakers by producing several slightly different copies of the same document, and using that to identify which copy is being leaked and narrow down the possible suspects.
** ''The Hunt for Red October'' takes Agent CASSIUS, one of KGB's longtime moles on the Hill, and feeds him information to camouflage the CIA operation to hijack the eponymous submarine. The disinformation about ''Red October'' then becomes a ChekhovsGun in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin''.
** ''Without Remorse'' uses the same idea, spreading different versions of the same information to several possible leakers, which ends up identifying Wally Hicks for subsequent elimination due to his part in burning the Boxwood Green rescue mission.
* FourStarBadass: By ''Rainbow Six''', Clark has effectively earned the military rank of a Major General.
* FridgeHorror: An InUniverse example. When [[spoiler:Ryan]] is touring the destroyed Capitol Building, he realizes that if President Durling had picked someone else to be the new vice president, then he would have been sitting with the other members of the Cabinet for the ceremony, with [[spoiler:Cathy]] in the balcony. They both were saved from a fiery death because he happened to be a political nobody who would've been barely remembered as a inconsequential vice president.
* {{Gaslighting}}: Used as an interrogation technique by the KGB in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin''.
** Taken to its GoMadFromTheIsolation extreme with the sensory deprivation pool.

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* FakingTheDead:
** John Kelly does this at the end of ''Without Remorse'' in order to evade arrest for murdering so many drug dealers; the spectacular nature of his boat capsizing also results in [[NeverFoundTheBody his corpse not being recovered]], though this isn't particularly uncommon for deaths at sea. He also has help from the CIA in replacing his fingerprint records, and continues to live as John Clark even after his Presidential pardon between ''Executive Orders'' and ''Rainbow Six''.
** This is also done in ''Red Rabbit'' to fake [[spoiler:the Zaitsev family's]] deaths from fire. Considerable effort is spent obtaining corpses that died from smoke inhlation, as well as rendering differing features unrecognizable.
* FalseFlagOperation: Major plot points in ''Clear and Present Danger'' (by the United States), ''The Sum of All Fears'' (by the Arab terrorists), In ''The Bear and the Dragon'' (by China), Dragon'', when China is preparing to invade Russia, the Chinese Defense Minister suggests that they shoot down a Russian recon plane, and present in several other books.
then claim that it had invaded Chinese airspace as a justification for the invasion.
* FeedTheMole:
**
FeedTheMole: Used in several of the novels. In particular, the "canary trap" is a tool used by CIA to identify possible leakers by producing several slightly different copies of the same document, and using that to identify which copy is being leaked and narrow down the possible suspects.
** ''The Hunt for Red October'' takes Agent CASSIUS, one of KGB's longtime moles on the Hill, and feeds him information to camouflage the CIA operation to hijack the eponymous submarine. The disinformation about ''Red October'' then becomes a ChekhovsGun in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin''.
** ''Without Remorse'' uses the same idea, spreading different versions of the same information to several possible leakers, which ends up identifying Wally Hicks for subsequent elimination due to his part in burning the Boxwood Green rescue mission.
* FourStarBadass: By ''Rainbow Six''', Clark has effectively earned the military rank of a Major General.
* FridgeHorror: An InUniverse example. When [[spoiler:Ryan]] is touring the destroyed Capitol Building, he realizes that if President Durling had picked someone else to be the new vice president, then he would have been sitting with the other members of the Cabinet for the ceremony, with [[spoiler:Cathy]] in the balcony. They both were saved from a fiery death because he happened to be a political nobody who would've been barely remembered as a inconsequential vice president.
* {{Gaslighting}}: Used as an interrogation technique by the KGB in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin''.
** Taken to its GoMadFromTheIsolation extreme with the sensory deprivation pool.
suspects.



* GuyInBack: Featured in several novels, including Robby Jackson's RIO[[labelnote:*]]Radar Intercept Officer[[/labelnote]] in ''The Hunt for Red October'', who's severely injured by a missile fired by a hotheaded Soviet pilot with wounded pride from an earlier encounter with US forces.



* HelicopterBlender: {{Lampshaded}} and averted in ''Rainbow Six''.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** Oleg Penkovskiy, among others, is said to have been the one who recruited Mikhail Semyonovich Filitov, the titular spy of ''The Cardinal in the Kremlin''.
** Vo Nguyen Giap makes an appearance in ''Without Remorse'', being one of the officers involved in [[spoiler:belaying the orders to kill the American prisoners of war at Sender Green after the failed rescue attempt]].
** Yuri Andropov, Leonid Brezhnev, and a few others from the real USSR Politburo play a major role in ''Red Rabbit''. Similarly, [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope John Paul II]] appears as well.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Former Vice President Ed Kealty near the end of ''Executive Orders''. In order to counter President [[spoiler:Ryan's]] executive order quarantining America in the face of an Ebola epidemic, he files a suit to have the order vacated due to violating the Constitution. Unfortunately for him, by having the court refer to the President by name and office, he effectively kills his own claim for the Presidency [[spoiler:until ''Teeth of the Tiger'']].
* HostageMacGuffin: In ''Executive Orders'', the President's daughter is kidnapped briefly by terrorists as part of a bid to demoralize him and draw the Secret Service closer around him so that the final BodyguardBetrayal will be successful. [[spoiler:It isn't.]]



* {{Interquel}}: ''Red Rabbit'' takes place between ''Patriot Games'' and ''The Hunt for Red October''.



* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Subverted in ''Executive Orders'', as a suspected assassin is tricked by having his gun's ammunition switched with duds, rather than blanks or left empty as one might expect. This is done because, as a professional bodyguard, he'd immediately recognize the difference in weight.



* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: John Clark uses this a lot, particularly in ''Without Remorse'' and ''The Sum of all Fears''; in the latter it's also a case of MutilationInterrogation, and it fails in that the bad guys were planning all along to lie under interrogation to [[FalseFlagOperation falsely implicate]] Iran in their bomb plot.
** Either subverted or played straight, depending on which side the torturer's on. In ''Without Remorse,'' the Vietnamese attempts to torture Americans are criticized as proof of their savage stupidity by a Russian interrogator who uses sympathy to bond with the prisoners and get them to spill the beans much more efficiently. When Clark does it, however, it usually works just fine (though he is not interrogating soldiers, and usually offers false hope).
** Ding Chavez employs this style in ''Rainbow Six'', threatening to chop off the penis of an IRA member. In this instance, John Clark talks him down.
* JustInTime: Subverted in ''Red Rabbit''. Ryan manages to successfully stop Boris Strokov right before the assassination attempt... only to [[spoiler:have the Turkish gunman shoot UsefulNotes/ThePope and be apprehended]]. Though considering that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_Paul_II_assassination_attempt it's based on the actual event...]]
* KansasCityShuffle: The CIA's plan to fool the Soviet Navy in ''The Hunt for Red October'' is based on convincing them that their cover story (that Ramius was framed by a plant) is true by acting as if they too are baffled by the events and conducting massive inquiries.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In ''Executive Orders'' [[spoiler:Ayatollah Daryaei is ''literally'' taken out by some laser-guided karma.]]



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident:
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by a Navy doctor in ''The Hunt for Red October'', when a KGB agent thinks it's a good idea to break out a cigarette and lighter next to a patient who's on 100% oxygen. Ultimately averted; the KGB agent wasn't actually attempting to murder the patient, but merely too arrogant to consider the possibility that a hospital's "No Smoking" signs might be there for a reason. When the doctor explains what would've happened had he lit up, he's horrified.
** The assassination of the Premier of Turkmenistan by Daryaei's agents was done this way in ''Executive Orders'' to force elections to replace him with someone who would be friendly to the [=UIR=].
** The magic assassination drug used by The Campus agents in ''Teeth of the Tiger'' is supposed to make it look like the victim died of natural causes. Later, after being hit with this drug one poor sap gets run over by a streetcar, further disguising that it was a hit and not an accident.

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident:
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by a Navy doctor in ''The Hunt for Red October'', when a KGB agent thinks it's a good idea to break out a cigarette and lighter next to a patient who's on 100% oxygen. Ultimately averted; the KGB agent wasn't actually attempting to murder the patient, but merely too arrogant to consider the possibility that a hospital's "No Smoking" signs might be there for a reason. When the doctor explains what would've happened had he lit up, he's horrified.
** The assassination of the Premier of Turkmenistan by Daryaei's agents was done this way in ''Executive Orders'' to force elections to replace him with someone who would be friendly to the [=UIR=].
**
MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The magic assassination drug used by The Campus agents in ''Teeth of the Tiger'' is supposed to make it look like the victim died of natural causes. Later, after being hit with this drug one poor sap gets run over by a streetcar, further disguising that it was a hit and not an accident.



* MiddleEasternCoalition: Iran forms this with Iraq and attempts to expand it to include others forcibly in ''Executive Orders''.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In ''Executive Orders'', the Mountain Men subplot involves some domestic terrorists intent on exploding a truck bomb at the White House. Iran's biowarfare attack, however, causes a travel lockdown that [[spoiler:keeps them penned up at a motel long enough for them to get caught]]. It may come across as a ShaggyDogStory but the moral is that evil sometimes defeats itself. There's some {{irony}} here as well, in that Daryaei himself laments near the beginning that if only all of these plotters would ''coordinate'' with each other, they'd be more successful.



* NumberOfTheBeast:
** The Taiwanese airliner that gets hit with a missile in ''Executive Orders'' bears 666 as its flight number.
** The operation number for the KGB operation to assassinate John Paul II in ''Red Rabbit'' is classified as "operation 666" and is actually commented upon.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Nobody suspects that Ed Foley is a CIA field agent in ''Cardinal of the Kremlin'' and ''Red Rabbit'' because he deliberately pretends to be a lot dumber than he really is (it's even mentioned that he's received the highest compliment a spy can get: "That guy's not smart enough to be a spy."). This trope also applies to his wife, Mary Pat, who acts like a ditzy bimbo so that nobody will suspect her. [[spoiler: The really good KGB agents catch on when the pair come under suspicion, realizing that it's just a bit too convenient that a US Embassy worker and his wife both turn out to be dull as doorknobs.]]



* PayEvilUntoEvil: ''Without Remorse'', ''Teeth of the Tiger'', and ''Dead or Alive'' are largely about this.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: ''Without Remorse'', ''Teeth of the Tiger'', and ''Dead or Alive'' are largely about this.Tiger''.



* PermissionToSpeakFreely: Admiral Jackson uses this phrase in ''Executive Orders'' to warn the new Secretary of Defense Tony Bretano about the reason that Vice Chief of Naval Operations Bruno [=DeMarco=] was appointed to the position, as he was promoted to CNO after the [[spoiler:Capitol Hill disaster]]. Bretano takes this advice to heart later and dismisses him when he refuses an operational order, with Jackson in the room at the time no less.
* PinkMist: Clancy, for all your realistically gory headshot descriptions. This is especially prevalent in ''Rainbow Six'', though realistic in that counter-terrorists are always trained to go for the head.
* ThePlotReaper: How a certain AuthorStandIn [[spoiler:gets to be President at the end of ''Debt of Honor'']].
* PoorCommunicationKills: Many of the problems surrounding the response to the nuclear attack on Denver are a result of this.
** Information from ground zero which proves that the yield was far below what NORAD estimated, and thereby couldn't have been Russian, almost doesn't reach those in the need to know because President Fowler ordered Denver to undergo a communications blackout to prevent a national panic.
** Ryan's inability to keep his cool results in Fowler cutting the CIA out of the loop. Shortly thereafter Ryan gets information that proves the Russians weren't involved in the attack but now the U.S. President will no longer listen to him.
* {{Prequel}}: ''Without Remorse'', ''Patriot Games'', and ''Red Rabbit''. ''Patriot Games'' was published after ''The Hunt For Red October,'' which mentions Ryan's heroics at the beginning of that book in passing. It also includes in throwaway dialogue the insider trading deal that Ryan is investigated for in ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin'' [[spoiler:to get the Russians to try and turn him]], and used as part of a smear campaign against him in ''The Sum of All Fears.'' ''Red Rabbit'' takes place in between ''Patriot Games'' and ''The Hunt for Red October'' when Ryan is living in London and working as a CIA liaison.



* RichBitch: The Prime Minister of India in ''Executive Orders''.



* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: Used as throwaway villains in the "Mountain Men" subplot of ''Executive Orders''.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Clark ''lives'' off of this trope in ''Without Remorse''.



* TheSmartGuy:
** Ron Jones, from his first appearance in ''Red October'', is characterized as one of these; by ''Sum of All Fears'' has a doctorate from Caltech, and continues to prove his smartness well into ''Debt of Honor''.
** Major Al Gregory from ''Cardinal of the Kremlin'', the technical head of the US anti-ICBM laser system is considered pretty much the quintessential geek, with his reaching Major a result of his technical competence and not any particular martial prowess, although he is a qualified parachutist and a Ranger School graduate.

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* TheSmartGuy:
**
TheSmartGuy: Ron Jones, from his first appearance in ''Red October'', is characterized as one of these; by ''Sum of All Fears'' has a doctorate from Caltech, and continues to prove his smartness well into ''Debt of Honor''.
** Major Al Gregory from ''Cardinal of the Kremlin'', the technical head of the US anti-ICBM laser system is considered pretty much the quintessential geek, with his reaching Major a result of his technical competence and not any particular martial prowess, although he is a qualified parachutist and a Ranger School graduate.
Honor''.



* SmugSnake: Quite a few villains fall into this category, including the Prime Minister of India, the drug dealers in ''Without Remorse'', the leader of Iran in ''Executive Orders'', etc.



* StupidEvil:
** Chinese Politburo member Zhang Han San's racism prevents him from ever apologizing and so the Politburo launch a self-destructive war. Even more, while some of the other ministers speak out against the coming war, and try to pursue a more realistic course of action, when the time comes to vote on starting the war, they ''all'' vote for it, despite only three of them actually wanting it, out of fear of ''not'' voting for it and therefore standing out.

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* StupidEvil:
**
StupidEvil: In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', Chinese Politburo member Zhang Han San's racism prevents him from ever apologizing and so the Politburo launch a self-destructive war. Even more, while some of the other ministers speak out against the coming war, and try to pursue a more realistic course of action, when the time comes to vote on starting the war, they ''all'' vote for it, despite only three of them actually wanting it, out of fear of ''not'' voting for it and therefore standing out.



* ThisIsReality: in ''Executive Orders'', when Ryan fills Arnie van Damm in on his previous adventures in the CIA after they get revealed on national television, Arnie remarks that in a different universe, Jack would be a hero... which he is, though you wouldn't know it from the way he gets raked over the coals for what he's done.
* ThrowingOutTheScript:
** In ''Executive Orders'', [[spoiler:President]] Ryan is giving a speech at a presidential funeral. Instead of reading the speech written for him, he speaks off the cuff to the children of the deceased president. At a later press conference he later jokes that he's ''not'' going to go "off the reservation", and will read the prepared speech.
** Later, John Plumber stops reading what's on the teleprompter and starts saying what he believes needs to be said instead. (It's not exactly off-the-cuff: he has his alternate speech memorised, but didn't hand it in to be put on the autocue because he knew he wouldn't be allowed to say it. It is from the heart.)



* TortureAlwaysWorks:
** In ''Cardinal of the Kremlin'', KGB torture techniques are shown in great detail, and rarely do they involve physical abuse. One captured agent breaks from sensory deprivation, and another from sleep deprivation and psychological deception.
** In ''Without Remorse,'' an American airman captured by the North Vietnamese withstands all the torture they inflict on him, but ends up spilling his guts to a Russian officer who comes in, treats him decently, and talks with him about things that he's interested in talking about. Separately, Clark successfully employs a torture method that would probably make [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Jack Bauer]] squeamish on a drug dealer.
** In ''The Sum of All Fears'', Clark tortures the masterminds behind the nuclear attack ("It's all in how you work the broken fingers"), but it's subverted in this case: the terrorists give up their information after a relatively long torture session, but they're lying.
* TrainingFromHell: The National Training Center and Negev Training Area in ''Executive Orders''. Marion Diggs, the CO of the NTC, remarks that the training they put American forces through there is deliberately harder than actual combat, and the "Blue Force" almost never wins (one of the units they hosted shortly after Desert Storm, a brigade with actual combat experience, were completely devastated by the [=OpFor=]). If anybody ever does break even against the 11th Cav, they can face down three-to-one odds on the wrong end and still decisively defeat the enemy.



* TwentyFifthAmendment: Invoked in both ''The Sum of all Fears'' and ''Debt of Honor'', for different reasons.



* VicePresidentWho: Discussed in ''The Sum of All Fears''. Roger Durling, after delivering the state of California during the election, is relegated to backwater assignments away from the limelight. The sad part is Durling is a much nicer and more reasonable man than President Bob Fowler. [[spoiler: It's what makes him a pretty good successor when Fowler resigns.]]
** Becomes an invoked trope in ''Debt of Honor''. President Durling wants to appoint Jack as his new vice president until the next election. This is actually a gift for Ryan's long and meritorious service since, after serving as vice president and having no ambition to run for the presidency, Jack could never be recalled to government service. [[spoiler: Neither of the them expected a Japanese pilot to kamikaze the Capitol Building during the confirmation ceremony, killing Durling and elevating Jack to the Oval Office.]]
* WesternTerrorists:
** Alex Dobbins' group in ''Patriot Games'' and the PIRA offshoot they assist in their strike in the US.
** Marvin Russell and his brother are part of the American Indian Movement, an organization that uses dealing drugs to fund their terrorism.
** The Mountain Men in ''Executive Orders'' are particularly virulent RightWingMilitiaFanatics who distrust anything other than the military that's even remotely connected to the federal government.
** Sean Grady and fellow IRA idealists in ''Rainbow Six''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Arnie van Damm tears into [[spoiler:Jack Ryan]] after the latter's complaints about having become president veers into {{Wangst}} territory. He points out that [[spoiler:Ryan]] knew full well the risks involved if he agreed to become Roger Durling's vice president and that it was extremely disrespectful to the Secret Service agents who died protecting his daughter to say the job isn't worth the trouble. To his credit, [[spoiler:Ryan]] realizes he was wrong and apologizes.
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: It's discussed in ''Debt of Honor'' (and regretted by Bart Mancuso) that due to the demise of the Soviet Union, the United States Navy was greatly downsized and is incapable of most of the things it was able to do in the past, despite still being able to take on every other navy in the world single-handedly [[spoiler:or at least until ''Stennis'' and ''Enterprise'' are crippled by torpedo attacks]].
* WishFulfillment: When [[spoiler:almost all of Congress is killed at the end of ''Debt of Honor'']], they are replaced by ordinary Americans who just want to get things done. In a bit of a subversion, this fails ''spectacularly'' by the time of ''The Bear and the Dragon'', when Arnie Van Damm notes that all the ordinary people started off with noble intentions, but the nature of Washington politics eventually turned them into politicians, just like those they replaced.
* YellowPeril: Tom Clancy loves this:
** ''Debt Of Honor'': Sinister Japanese cabal with Chinese backing, schemes to cripple the world economy, and launch a new war of aggression.
** ''Executive Orders'': Chinese government, [[OddCouple allies with India]], to back radical Islam in terrorism and territorial aggression.
** ''The Bear and the Dragon'': China invades Russia.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
** Played straight in ''Dead or Alive'' by the terrorist group, who kills all but two people who worked with them while they were setting up for their attacks. The two exceptions are the prostitute hired to provide sex for the group's leader and the woman who was extracting the information from the Yucca Flats employee.
** Subverted in the opposite direction in ''Rainbow Six''. Failing to use this trope with respect to Popov is what gets Horizon Corp's schemes busted.
** Also subverted in ''Debt of Honor''; the villain hires a programmer to create a computer virus for him to carry out part of the villain's attack [[spoiler:against the United States]]. Once the programmer finishes the job the villain considers killing him, but ultimately decides against it because the hacker may have a contingency plan to expose the plot if he's killed.
** Several people helping the terrorists in ''The Sum of All Fears'' are killed as soon as their usefulness is believed to be at an end. In one case, however, the lead engineer assembling the [[spoiler:nuclear]] bomb hadn't ''quite'' finished installing one critical part, and so when the bomb goes off, it's just a small fraction of its intended power, [[spoiler:a 15 kiloton bomb instead of the 500 kiloton bomb the terrorists were planning.]]


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* VicePresidentWho: Discussed in ''The Sum of All Fears''. Roger Durling, after delivering the state of California during the election, is relegated to backwater assignments away from the limelight. The sad part is Durling is a much nicer and more reasonable man than President Bob Fowler. [[spoiler: It's what makes him a pretty good successor when Fowler resigns.]]
** Becomes an invoked trope in ''Debt of Honor''. President Durling wants to appoint Jack as his new vice president until the next election. This is actually a gift for Ryan's long and meritorious service since, after serving as vice president and having no ambition to run for the presidency, Jack could never be recalled to government service. [[spoiler: Neither of the them expected a Japanese pilot to kamikaze the Capitol Building during the confirmation ceremony, killing Durling and elevating Jack to the Oval Office.]]
* WesternTerrorists:
** Alex Dobbins' group in ''Patriot Games'' and the PIRA offshoot they assist in their strike in the US.
** Marvin Russell and his brother are part of the American Indian Movement, an organization that uses dealing drugs to fund their terrorism.
** The Mountain Men in ''Executive Orders'' are particularly virulent RightWingMilitiaFanatics who distrust anything other than the military that's even remotely connected to the federal government.
** Sean Grady and fellow IRA idealists in ''Rainbow Six''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Arnie van Damm tears into [[spoiler:Jack Ryan]] after the latter's complaints about having become president veers into {{Wangst}} territory. He points out that [[spoiler:Ryan]] knew full well the risks involved if he agreed to become Roger Durling's vice president and that it was extremely disrespectful to the Secret Service agents who died protecting his daughter to say the job isn't worth the trouble. To his credit, [[spoiler:Ryan]] realizes he was wrong and apologizes.
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: It's discussed in ''Debt of Honor'' (and regretted by Bart Mancuso) that due to the demise of the Soviet Union, the United States Navy was greatly downsized and is incapable of most of the things it was able to do in the past, despite still being able to take on every other navy in the world single-handedly [[spoiler:or at least until ''Stennis'' and ''Enterprise'' are crippled by torpedo attacks]].
* WishFulfillment: When [[spoiler:almost all of Congress is killed at the end of ''Debt of Honor'']], they are replaced by ordinary Americans who just want to get things done.
YellowPeril: In a bit of a subversion, this fails ''spectacularly'' by the time of ''The Bear and the Dragon'', when Arnie Van Damm notes that all the ordinary people started off with noble intentions, but the nature of Washington politics eventually turned them into politicians, just like those they replaced.
* YellowPeril: Tom Clancy loves this:
** ''Debt Of Honor'': Sinister Japanese cabal with Chinese backing, schemes to cripple the world economy, and launch a new war of aggression.
** ''Executive Orders'': Chinese government, [[OddCouple allies with India]], to back radical Islam in terrorism and territorial aggression.
** ''The Bear and the Dragon'':
China invades Russia.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
** Played straight in ''Dead or Alive'' by the terrorist group, who kills all but two people who worked with them while they were setting up for their attacks. The two exceptions are the prostitute hired to provide sex for the group's leader and the woman who was extracting the information from the Yucca Flats employee.
** Subverted in the opposite direction in ''Rainbow Six''. Failing to use this trope with respect to Popov is what gets Horizon Corp's schemes busted.
** Also subverted in ''Debt of Honor''; the villain hires a programmer to create a computer virus for him to carry out part of the villain's attack [[spoiler:against the United States]]. Once the programmer finishes the job the villain considers killing him, but ultimately decides against it because the hacker may have a contingency plan to expose the plot if he's killed.
** Several people helping the terrorists in ''The Sum of All Fears'' are killed as soon as their usefulness is believed to be at an end. In one case, however, the lead engineer assembling the [[spoiler:nuclear]] bomb hadn't ''quite'' finished installing one critical part, and so when the bomb goes off, it's just a small fraction of its intended power, [[spoiler:a 15 kiloton bomb instead of the 500 kiloton bomb the terrorists were planning.]]

Russia.

30th Apr '16 7:08:31 PM BlackJAC
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books Cathy Ryan is a classical blue-eyed, blonde-haired beauty. But every film version of the character has been either a brunette or a redhead.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books Cathy Ryan is a classical blue-eyed, blonde-haired beauty. But every film version of blue-eyed blonde, while nearly all the character has actresses who've played her have been either a brunette or a redhead.brunettes.
24th Jan '16 9:50:19 PM Nohbody
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* ''Literature/CommanderInChief'' — Written by Mark Greaney, who authored ''Literature/SupportAndDefend'' and ''Literature/FullForceAndEffect'', this will focus on Jack Senior as he finds himself isolated from the international community through the machinations of Russian President Volodin.

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* ''Literature/CommanderInChief'' — Written by Mark Greaney, who authored ''Literature/SupportAndDefend'' and ''Literature/FullForceAndEffect'', this will focus focuses on Jack Senior as he finds himself isolated from the international community through the machinations of Russian President Volodin.
24th Jan '16 5:33:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* MnogoNukes: In the main crisis of ''The Sum of All Fears'', the Soviet's nuclear arsenal becomes a major issue, given unconfirmed rumors that some of their warheads have gone missing.
* MoscowCentre: A majority of Clancy's fictional works involve the KGB or its successors. Until the last few Ryanverse novels, people of MoscowCentre were always cast as the antagonists, though infrequently as outright villains.



* TheNewRussia: From ''The Bear and the Dragon'' onward, Russia is friendly with the US, even being brought into NATO.
3rd Jan '16 3:55:47 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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* AmericaSavesTheDay: A fairly standard plot, especially in later novels, although very explicitly averted in ''Clear and Present Danger'' and ''The Sum of all Fears''.

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* AmericaSavesTheDay: A fairly standard plot, especially in later novels, although very explicitly averted in ''Clear and Present Danger'' and Danger'', ''The Sum of all Fears''.Fears'', and '' Rainbow Six''.
15th Dec '15 9:45:20 PM Nohbody
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* ''Literature/CommanderInChief'' — To be published on December 1, 2015. Written by Mark Greaney, who authored ''Literature/SupportAndDefend'' and ''Literature/FullForceAndEffect'', this will focus on Jack Senior as he finds himself isolated from the international community through the machinations of Russian President Volodin.

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* ''Literature/CommanderInChief'' — To be published on December 1, 2015. Written by Mark Greaney, who authored ''Literature/SupportAndDefend'' and ''Literature/FullForceAndEffect'', this will focus on Jack Senior as he finds himself isolated from the international community through the machinations of Russian President Volodin.
15th Dec '15 9:39:53 PM Nohbody
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* HostageMacGuffin: In ''[[Literature/JackRyan Executive Orders]]'', the President's daughter is kidnapped briefly by terrorists as part of a bid to demoralize him and draw the Secret Service closer around him so that the final BodyguardBetrayal will be successful. [[spoiler:It isn't.]]

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* HostageMacGuffin: In ''[[Literature/JackRyan Executive Orders]]'', ''Executive Orders'', the President's daughter is kidnapped briefly by terrorists as part of a bid to demoralize him and draw the Secret Service closer around him so that the final BodyguardBetrayal will be successful. [[spoiler:It isn't.]]
14th Dec '15 2:37:41 PM Discar
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* ThePresidentsDaughter: [[spoiler:Katie Ryan]] is captured, albeit briefly, by terrorists in ''Executive Orders''.
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