History Literature / MikeHammer

9th Jan '16 11:51:29 AM StFan
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* GeniusBruiser: Mike is pretty strong and tough, and quite intelligent. He's reasonably literate, too--enough to quote ''Theater/{{Hamlet}}'', at least.

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* GeniusBruiser: Mike is pretty strong and tough, and quite intelligent. He's reasonably literate, too--enough too -- enough to quote ''Theater/{{Hamlet}}'', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', at least.
31st Aug '15 6:51:50 AM SilverDragon
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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Once, unbeknownst to Velda, Mike compares her to Circe in his internal monologue. Less than a minute later, Velda compares him to Ulysses.
30th Aug '15 5:54:42 AM SilverDragon
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* DirtyCommunists: "One Lonely Night" lays this on good and thick.

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* DirtyCommunists: "One ''One Lonely Night" Night'' lays this on good and thick.



* EvilVersusEvil: In "One Lonely Night" Mike Hammer finally accepts that this is his role in life, just before he blows away a bunch of DirtyCommunists who are [[MoralityChain torturing Velda]].

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* EvilVersusEvil: In "One ''One Lonely Night" Night'' Mike Hammer finally accepts that this is his role in life, just before he blows away a bunch of DirtyCommunists who are [[MoralityChain torturing Velda]].



* IncrediblyLamePun: In "Kiss Me, Deadly" Hammer kills two Mafia hoods who try taking him for a ride, leaving them under a sign saying DEAD END.

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* IncrediblyLamePun: In "Kiss ''Kiss Me, Deadly" Deadly'' Hammer kills two Mafia hoods who try taking him for a ride, leaving them under a sign saying DEAD END.



* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: "The Twisted Thing". The initial plan was to kill the victim (a wealthy scientist) via a heart attack caused by the stress of his son being kidnapped. When Hammer successfully recovers the boy, the killer simply murders the scientist with a cleaver, knowing his death will lead to other [[GambitPileup murders and countless possible motives]] being revealed, as his BigScrewedUpFamily scramble for his fortune.

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* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: "The ''The Twisted Thing".Thing''. The initial plan was to kill the victim (a wealthy scientist) via a heart attack caused by the stress of his son being kidnapped. When Hammer successfully recovers the boy, the killer simply murders the scientist with a cleaver, knowing his death will lead to other [[GambitPileup murders and countless possible motives]] being revealed, as his BigScrewedUpFamily scramble for his fortune.



* PoliceAreUseless: Averted. Mike Hammer is generally supportive of the police, regarding them as simply hamstrung by the law. Dilwick in "The Twisted Thing" is a notable exception, though he's no InspectorLestrade, merely a DirtyCop.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted. Mike Hammer is generally supportive of the police, regarding them as simply hamstrung by the law. Dilwick in "The ''The Twisted Thing" Thing'' is a notable exception, though he's no InspectorLestrade, merely a DirtyCop.



* VaporWear: "Kiss Me, Deadly" opens with Hammer picking up a female hitchhiker in a belted trenchcoat. He doesn't realise she's got nothing else on until she slips his hand underneath it to encourage him to get her past a police roadblock.

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* VaporWear: "Kiss ''Kiss Me, Deadly" Deadly'' opens with Hammer picking up a female hitchhiker in a belted trenchcoat. He doesn't realise she's got nothing else on until she slips his hand underneath it to encourage him to get her past a police roadblock.


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* WhatTheHellHero: One very effective and harsh one right before the beginning of ''One Lonely Night'', courtesy of a judge. Mike is deeply shaken by that, and by the end of the novel starts viewing his struggle against the villains of the piece as EvilVersusEvil.
25th May '15 5:01:52 PM SilverDragon
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* FriendOnTheForce: Captain Pat Chambers

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* FriendOnTheForce: Captain Pat ChambersChambers.
* GeniusBruiser: Mike is pretty strong and tough, and quite intelligent. He's reasonably literate, too--enough to quote ''Theater/{{Hamlet}}'', at least.
13th May '15 8:21:34 AM unclejack
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* {{Fanservice}}: Every episode of the 1980's series contained the "Hammer-ettes", busty women in low tops and push-up bras emphasizing their ample cleavage, who'd exchange a DoubleEntendre or two with Stacy Keach.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Every episode of the 1980's series contained the "Hammer-ettes", busty women in low tops and push-up bras emphasizing their ample cleavage, who'd exchange a DoubleEntendre or two with Stacy Keach.Creator/StacyKeach.
2nd May '15 1:59:00 PM Patachou
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Music/JohnZorn devoted a ConceptAlbum to Spillanes' "Mike Hammer" novels, simply called ''Music/{{Spillane}} (1987)''.



* BigApplesauce

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* BigApplesauceBigApplesauce: The stories are usually set in crime infested New York City.



* SettingUpdate: Happens with every screen adaptation. ''KissMeDeadly'' (1955) was set in Los Angeles and had stolen nuclear AppliedPhlebotinum as a McGuffin. The 1982 remake of ''I, the Jury'' (starring Creator/ArmandAssante) had Hammer as a Vietnam veteran instead of a Pacific Theater World War II veteran, with a plot involving CIA mind control experiments. Stacy Keach's Hammer lived in 1980's New York, though he contined to dress [[OutdatedOutfit anachronistically in a fedora and trench coat]].

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* SettingUpdate: Happens with every screen adaptation. ''KissMeDeadly'' ''Film/KissMeDeadly'' (1955) was set in Los Angeles and had stolen nuclear AppliedPhlebotinum as a McGuffin. The 1982 remake of ''I, the Jury'' (starring Creator/ArmandAssante) had Hammer as a Vietnam veteran instead of a Pacific Theater World War II veteran, with a plot involving CIA mind control experiments. Stacy Keach's Hammer lived in 1980's New York, though he contined to dress [[OutdatedOutfit anachronistically in a fedora and trench coat]].
1st Oct '14 7:34:58 AM nelec
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* SettingUpdate: Happens with every screen adaptation. ''KissMeDeadly'' (1955) was set in Los Angeles and had stolen nuclear AppliedPhlebotinum as a McGuffin. The 1982 remake of ''I, the Jury'' (starring Armand Assante) had Hammer as a Vietnam veteran instead of a Pacific Theater World War II veteran, with a plot involving CIA mind control experiments. Stacy Keach's Hammer lived in 1980's New York, though he contined to dress [[OutdatedOutfit anachronistically in a fedora and trench coat]].

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* SettingUpdate: Happens with every screen adaptation. ''KissMeDeadly'' (1955) was set in Los Angeles and had stolen nuclear AppliedPhlebotinum as a McGuffin. The 1982 remake of ''I, the Jury'' (starring Armand Assante) Creator/ArmandAssante) had Hammer as a Vietnam veteran instead of a Pacific Theater World War II veteran, with a plot involving CIA mind control experiments. Stacy Keach's Hammer lived in 1980's New York, though he contined to dress [[OutdatedOutfit anachronistically in a fedora and trench coat]].
2nd Jun '14 1:07:11 AM RushLimborg
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* DeadpanSnarker: Both Hammer and [[SassySecretary Velda.]] But then, in [[HardboiledDetective their business]], it's farely inevitable.



** The books, of course, are famous for being heavily charged with this trope.



* HardboiledDetective: helped turn the character type into a parody of itself.

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* HardboiledDetective: helped Helped turn the character type into a parody of itself.


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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Surprisingly [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]], as Mike usually just has to ''threaten'' to do this, and the villain cracks. Still, that tends to be because said villain "knows", from looking Hammer in the eye, that he's serious.


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* SassySecretary + SexySecretary: Velda
2nd Jun '14 1:00:31 AM RushLimborg
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--> [[spoiler: "Juno was a queen, all right. A real live queen. You know the kind. ''Juno was a man!'']]

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--> [[spoiler: "Juno was a queen, all right. A real live queen. You know the kind. ''Juno was a man!'']]man!''"]]
2nd Jun '14 12:59:20 AM RushLimborg
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* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Hammer refers to his car as his "heap", but in one book it's mentioned there's a Cadillac engine hidden under the hood.


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* WhamLine / WhamShot: As a rule, a Mike Hammer novel will tend to have at least one of these as it reaches its end. Most famously in ''Vengeance Is Mine!'', in which a certain fact is revealed in the ''very last word'':
--> [[spoiler: "Juno was a queen, all right. A real live queen. You know the kind. ''Juno was a man!'']]
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Hammer refers to his car as his "heap", but in one book it's mentioned there's a Cadillac engine hidden under the hood.
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