History Literature / RainbowSix

21st Sep '16 3:08:28 PM Kadorhal
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* AKA47: In a rare lapse, "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=]"; it's 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=].

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* AKA47: In a rare lapse, "the new version of the venerable MP-5, chambered instead for the 10-mm Smith & Wesson cartridge" is erroneously referred to after this line as the "[=MP-10=]"; it's 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=].



* ArtisticLicense: The chronology of this story doesn't line up with a plot point from the previous novels. ''Debt of Honor'' and ''Executive Orders'' both explicitly take place during a Presidential election year, and this book mentions that they happened at about a year before. But the Summer Olympics are a key event in this novel, and those are on the same four year cycle as the US Presidential Elections. Which means that either all three must have happened in the same year despite explicit statements that they didn't, or this takes place a full election cycle later, which contradicts statements about the chronology in later novels.

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* ArtisticLicense: The chronology of this story doesn't line up with a plot point from the previous novels. ''Debt of Honor'' and ''Executive Orders'' both explicitly take place during a Presidential election year, and this book mentions that they happened at about a year before. But the Summer Olympics are a key event in this novel, and those are on the same four year cycle as the US Presidential Elections. elections. Which means that either all three must have happened in the same year despite explicit statements that they didn't, to the contrary, or this takes place a full election cycle later, which contradicts statements about the chronology in later novels.



* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: To a degree. Dieter Weber shoots the machine pistol a terrorist is holding, which doesn't knock it out of the terrorist's hands, but renders it unusable. It's noted that it's not to non-lethally knock it away (it hurts the terrorist), but it's to line him up for a gut shot in revenge for [[spoiler:executing a small child.]]
** Earlier in the book, it is noted that this is ''explicitly'' against Rainbow policy as it is assumed that Terrorists carry back ups (often a grenade). And indeed, Ding chews both snipers out on this later, even if he understands why Dieter and Homer did it.

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* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: To a degree. Dieter Weber shoots the machine pistol a terrorist is holding, which doesn't knock it out of the terrorist's hands, but renders it unusable. blows the gun in half. It's noted that it's not to non-lethally knock it away (it hurts the terrorist), but it's to let Homer Johnston line him up for a gut shot in revenge for [[spoiler:executing a small child.]]
** Earlier in the book, it is noted that this is ''explicitly'' against Rainbow policy as it is assumed that Terrorists terrorists carry back ups (often ups, which is often a grenade). [[TakingYouWithMe grenade]]. And indeed, Ding chews both snipers out on this later, even if he understands why Dieter and Homer did it.it and lets them off with just a warning this one time.



* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Rainbow is made up of Special Forces commandos from around the world (Navy [=SEALs=], Army Rangers, Green Berets, Mossad, Special Air Service, GSG-9, and Delta Force)

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* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Rainbow is made up of Special Forces commandos from around the world (Navy [=SEALs=], Army Rangers, Green Berets, Mossad, Special Air Service, GSG-9, and Delta Force)Force).



** Clark says, in the wake of the [[spoiler:IRA ambush on the Rainbow compound]], all the Irish investigators involved who were sympathetic to Irish independence ''weren't'' as sympathetic when they found out this [[spoiler:this branch of the IRA]] ran drugs.

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** Clark says, in the wake of the [[spoiler:IRA ambush on the Rainbow compound]], all the Irish investigators involved who were sympathetic to Irish independence their cause ''weren't'' as sympathetic when they found out this [[spoiler:this branch of the IRA]] ran drugs.



** After the Bern Mission, Dr. Below explains to Chavez the difference between "Bad Terrorists" - like the one they just faced, and "Good Terrorists". The good ones believe in their ideology in much the same way an adult at church does, and are far more careful about how they approach a task, but devoted to what they do and go all in. The very next group of Terrorists Rainbow faces, of course, matches that exact definition.

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** After the Bern Mission, mission, Dr. Below explains to Chavez the difference between "Bad Terrorists" - like the one they just faced, and "Good Terrorists". The good ones believe in their ideology in much the same way an adult at church does, and are far more careful about how they approach a task, but devoted to what they do and go all in. The very next group of Terrorists terrorists Rainbow faces, of course, matches that exact definition.



** And, of course, the Irish Terrorists claim to be anti-drug, but they deal cocaine as a way of funding their operations.

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** And, of course, the Irish Terrorists terrorists claim to be anti-drug, but they deal cocaine as a way of funding their operations.



* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The Terrorists faced through the book fit the trope to a tee. Each subsequent terrorist raises the bar in terms of skill, danger posed, and even in terms of "Evil".
** The first group of Terrorists in the prologue are so inept their plan had no chance of success (The person they were trying to kidnap wasn't even on the plane), and were thwarted by equally unprepared people of superior skills.

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* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The Terrorists terrorists faced through the book fit the trope to a tee. Each subsequent terrorist raises the bar in terms of skill, danger posed, and even in terms of "Evil".
** The first group of Terrorists terrorists in the prologue are so inept their plan had no chance of success (The person they were trying to kidnap wasn't even on the plane), and were thwarted by equally unprepared people of superior skills.



** The couple later fit Dr. Below's earlier description of "Good Terrorists"; they are the first whom, ignoring their goals which they were tricked into by Popov, don't commit obvious tactical blunders and for the first time pose a challenge to Rainbow as they realize they forgot to acquire an helicopter, forcing them to improvise. While less kill crazy than Ernst, they have far more ideological dedication and thus will not even consider backing out. While Ernst killed when he lost his cool, these are ready to kill anything and anyone between them and their goal.
** The Terrorists at the Amusement Park are again a step up, being the largest group encountered so far, and tied to a RealLife terrorist of known danger and skill (The Jackal). They show there are no lines they will not cross to accomplish their goals when they take sick children hostage and then ''execute one''. They also pick the most complex locale for Rainbow to assault. For the first time both teams deploy.

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** The couple later fit Dr. Below's earlier description of "Good Terrorists"; they are the first whom, ignoring their goals which they were tricked into by Popov, don't commit obvious tactical blunders and for the first time pose a challenge to Rainbow as they realize they forgot to acquire an a helicopter, forcing them to improvise. While less kill crazy than Ernst, they have far more ideological dedication and thus will not even consider backing out. While Ernst killed when he lost his cool, these are ready to kill anything and anyone between them and their goal.
** The Terrorists terrorists at the Amusement Park are again a step up, being the largest group encountered so far, and tied to a RealLife terrorist of known danger and skill (The Jackal). They show there are no lines they will not cross to accomplish their goals when they take sick children hostage and then ''execute one''. They also pick the most complex locale for Rainbow to assault. For the first time both teams deploy.



* XanatosGambit: Regardless of whether the [[spoiler: eco-terrorist corporation backed]] terrorists succeeded or failed in their goals [[spoiler: Horizon Corporation]] would still benefit [[spoiler: (the real goal was to increase awareness of terrorism so Horizon would get the security contract for the Olympic Games where they planned to unleash the [[DepopulationBomb Shiva Virus]])]]

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* XanatosGambit: Regardless of whether the [[spoiler: eco-terrorist corporation backed]] terrorists succeeded or failed in their goals [[spoiler: Horizon Corporation]] would still benefit [[spoiler: (the real goal was to increase awareness of terrorism so Horizon would get the security contract for the Olympic Games where they planned to unleash the [[DepopulationBomb Shiva Virus]])]]Virus]]).]]
9th Jun '16 8:18:39 PM PaulA
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* AKA47: In a rare lapse, "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=]"; it's 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=].



* ApocalypseHow: A genetically engineered strain of the Ebola virus is designed intentionally to wipe out 99% of humanity, save for a [[AnimalWrongsGroup "chosen few"]].



* {{Badass}}
** BadassBookworm: Tim Noonan, the tech expert, who shoots as well as the shooters of both Rainbow team and kills three terrorists during the PIRA attack.
** BadassCrew: The whole point of Rainbow
** ColonelBadass: Ding and Covington fit the spot, though not the ranks.
*** MajorlyAwesome: Ding's simulated rank (simulated because Rainbow is technically not military) is Major.
** FourStarBadass: John Clark

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* {{Badass}}
**
BadassBookworm: Tim Noonan, the tech expert, who shoots as well as the shooters of both Rainbow team and kills three terrorists during the PIRA attack.
** * BadassBystander: 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.
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BadassCrew: The whole point of Rainbow
** ColonelBadass: Ding and Covington fit the spot,
Rainbow, formed from parts of various [[BadassArmy Badass Armies]], though not the ranks.
*** MajorlyAwesome: Ding's simulated rank (simulated because Rainbow is technically not military) is Major.
** FourStarBadass:
they are portrayed as realistically badass and very, very mortal.
* BadassGrandpa:
John ClarkClark, who is already approaching sixty, isn't quite what he used to be in ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'', but he's still on everybody's "don't-fuck-with list."


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* CanadaEh: Puts in a brief appearance 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.


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* ColonelBadass: Ding and Covington fit the spot, though not the ranks.


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** [[spoiler:Popov spilling the beans entirely to Clark about Horizon's goals, and Team-2 just happening to be at the Sydney Olympics at the time]], is pretty convenient.


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* FourStarBadass: John Clark has effectively earned the military rank of a Major General.


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* HelicopterBlender: {{Lampshaded}} and averted, in a scene where a terrorist leader is escaping down the freeway in a Jaguar, and Rainbow's unarmed transport helicopter is the only unit available at the moment to pursue him.


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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Ding Chavez employs this style, threatening to chop off the penis of an IRA member. In this instance, John Clark talks him down.


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* MajorlyAwesome: Ding's simulated rank (simulated because Rainbow is technically not military) is Major.


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* PinkMist: Clancy, for all your realistically gory headshot descriptions. This is especially prevalent in ''Rainbow Six'', because counter-terrorists are always trained to go for the head.


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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Subverted. Failing to use this trope with respect to Popov is what gets Horizon Corp's schemes busted.
18th May '16 1:50:29 PM ThraggLootrippa
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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Popov is entirely motivated by getting enough money to live like a king for the rest of his life. He goes along with his new employer's requests since Popov can take both his high consultant salary ''and'' the money he was supposed to pay the terrorist teams with, once they inevitably fail.
18th May '16 1:45:11 PM ThraggLootrippa
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Recognizing that something goes against the grain is how Rainbow and Popov figure out there's an organized enemy gunning for them.
** Terrorist incidents occurring within weeks or a month of each other was unheard of by Rainbow, which sets them looking for someone who could coax terrorists out of hiding.
** Even though each country is claiming their special forces cleaned up the incidents, Popov notices that there's always a soldier with a very specific way of smoking a pipe in the footage. He starts considering an international team in his deliberations.



** One can handwave it in that their plan just fell apart at the very last minute, and they had no contingencies to both being found out, and the plan failing, so late in the game, so they figure taking some distance to build their legal defense. They also likely never figured RAINBOW would immediately muster against them - prior to this RAINBOW had only responded to incident in progress. They are in fact sort of right in their expectation - Clark is told the military won't move right away, but RAINBOW can. It's an idiotic decision made on wrong assumptions by people out of their elements who are panicking.

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** One can handwave it in that their plan just fell apart at the very last minute, and they had no contingencies to both either being found out, out and the plan failing, so late in the game, so they figure taking some distance to build their legal defense. They also likely never figured RAINBOW would immediately muster against them - prior to this RAINBOW had only responded to incident in progress. They are in fact sort of right in their expectation - Clark is told the military won't move right away, but RAINBOW can. It's an idiotic decision made on wrong assumptions by people out of their elements who are panicking.


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* SerialEscalation: As explained in the below entry.
8th Apr '16 4:20:58 PM BobTanaka
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* GoodGuyBar: Team Rainbow celebrates each successful mission at a local pub.
26th Feb '16 6:09:08 PM Ghilz
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* ManipulativeBastard: Popov's greatest talent is arguably this - he knows exactly what to say to people to get them to do what he wants. He tailors a story to every one of the terrorist teams he sends out based on their personality to make sure they will take the mission. And he even does this on his own bosses (despite, by his own words, having trouble understanding their motivations and actions, originally because he assumes they come from a capitalist culture). He manages to say the right things to weasel his way into their plans and eventually get one of them to spill the entire scheme. Even after revealing all the stuff he's done to Clark, the man comes out the other side free and rich.
26th Feb '16 5:36:17 PM Ghilz
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** One can handwave it in that their plan just fell apart at the very last minute, and they had no contingencies to both being found out, and the plan failing, so late in the game, so they figure taking some distance to build their legal defense. They also likely never figured RAINBOW would immediately muster against them - prior to this RAINBOW had only responded to incident in progress. They are in fact sort of right in their expectation - Clark is told the military won't move right away, but RAINBOW can. It's an idiotic decision made on wrong assumptions by people out of their elements who are panicking.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A subplot that goes nowhere involves NYPD detectives investigating the kidnapping of one of the girls who became a test subject of the villains, eventually dying of their engineered plague. That investigation leads them to finding a probable culprit... but with nothing but circumstantial evidence the plot just sort of ends there. All that plot ever brings up is later in the book when Popov gives out the entire scheme to Clark, one of the detectives recognizes one of the names Popov mentions as being the suspected kidnapper, which has no real effect on the plot since at that point no one knows of the human trial tests the villains did.
26th Feb '16 12:17:33 PM Viper16
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* TheManBehindTheMan: Invoked by Popov when recruiting terrorists from left-wing radical, formerly Soviet-backed groups to convince them that by carrying out the raids he's recruiting them for, they'd be front line soldiers of a much larger cause. Technically, Popov never lies to them - yes, they ''would'' be serving a much larger purpose by signing up with him, yes, he ''is'' only the front man for much more powerful backers, and no, he will ''not'' tell them who these backers are. He does, however, heavily imply that they are hard-liners working to restore communism in the former Soviet Union, rather than wealthy capitalists pursuing a genocidal eco-terrorist agenda.
21st Feb '16 11:06:40 AM Bissek
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* ArtisticLicense: The chronology of this story doesn't line up with a plot point from the previous novels. ''Debt of Honor'' and ''Executive Orders'' both explicitly take place during a Presidential election year, and this book mentions that they happened at about a year before. But the Summer Olympics are a key event in this novel, and those are on the same four year cycle as the US Presidential Elections. Which means that either all three must have happened in the same year despite explicit statements that they didn't, or this takes place a full election cycle later, which contradicts statements about the chronology in later novels.
8th Jan '16 6:18:45 PM tsstevens
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* AnimalWrongsGroup: Horizon is a world threatening terrorist version of this trope: utilizing a BatmanGambit in setting off attacks to gain attention, then getting their own soldiers as security to unleash a virus to wipe out the human race, then spreading said virus masked as a vaccine after the initial outbreak.
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