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* ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger'', the novel by Tom Clancy

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22nd Nov '12 9:00:59 PM PaulA
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->''"You see this? That's your new target, unless it's not big enough."''
-->--John Clark

Literature/JackRyan must investigate the murder of a life-long friend of the POTUS in relation to what appears to be a drug cartel in Columbia, only to be pulled into a war illegally started by the US government.

Written by TomClancy with film adaptation starring Creator/HarrisonFord.

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'''This film contains examples of:'''

* ActionDuo
* ActionSurvivor
* AdaptationDyeJob: Cathy Ryan, described as a classic blond, blue-eyed beauty, is now reddish-brunette
* ArmchairMilitary: When the operation starts to unravel and people not cleared start to figure it out, one person states rather bluntly that if the CIA had actually bothered to include the organizations they were suborning, the operation would have run smoother, would not have been discovered, and would've been a hell of a lot more deniable, basically a screed against the ArmchairMilitary that set up the operation in the first place.
* {{Badass}}: John Clark
* CallingTheOldManOut: "How dare ''you'', sir!"
* TheCartel
* TheCavalry: after everything goes to hell, [[spoiler:Ryan and Clark help organize a rescue for the troops left behind on the ground.]] The book goes into much further detail, with the Pave Low, their MC-130 support, Larson's King Beech, and the ''Panache'' all playing big roles.
* CoastGuard: USCGC ''Panache'', a definite CoolBoat, plays a very prominent role in the book. In the film it's an unnamed Coast Guard cutter.
* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: In the movie, the President threatens to do this to Admiral Greer. In the book, John Clark does this successfully to Admiral Cutter.
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: This exact line is said by Clark when the pilot Larson walks up behind him without warning first. Actually [[IdiotBall incredibly stupid of Larson]], since Clark just ''killed'' four heavily armed mercenaries.
* DrugsAreBad
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Averted. In the book John Clark recruits his soldiers from regular U.S. Army light infantry units and then gives them additional training in guerrilla warfare. The reason he doesn't recruit from Special Forces is that the Special Forces community is small enough that people would notice the missing soldiers and start asking questions.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Cortez has the mindset of a professional intelligence officer, so while he mostly has a lot of PragmaticVillainy moments, he does show genuine disgust with the methods used by the Cartel to intimidate their rivals (even paraphrasing RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil at one point in the book).
* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey: Justified in the film by RuleOfSymbolism.
* EverythingIsOnline: Mocked. After Cortez and Ryan both start to suspect that a car bombing was actually caused by a missile, they research the issue. Ryan, the Deputy Director of the largest intelligence organization in the world, has to pull an all-nighter alone looking through ''Jane's Armaments.'' Cortez just searches a slick, high-tech database.
** Inverted in the original novel, where the cardboard cover of the book is how Cortez figures out how the bomb didn't leave any traces.
* FakeKillScare: The Coasties get a pirate to talk by blindfolding him and pretending to shoot the other one. In the book, they hang one man from the lanyard with a hood over his head. [[spoiler:A pad of gauze soaked in ether, hidden inside the hood, knocks him out.]] His pal falls for it and blabs.
* FalseFlagOperation
* FriendlySniper: Domingo "Ding" Chavez, who becomes a major recurring character in later Clancy books.
* GetOutofJailFreeCard: Which is interpreted differently in each version. In the movie, it exists to protect Ritter from the consequences of his actions. In the book, it's to protect the CIA as a whole.
* GilliganCut: Jack Ryan knocking on the cartel boss's door.
* HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee
* HollywoodHacking: Averted.
* HomeFieldAdvantage: The American Special Operations team initially slaughters the cartel soldiers sent to kill them. However, the cartel soldiers wise up and start using the familiar terrain to their advantage and turn the tide.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Admiral Greer, we hardly knew ye.
* IronicEchoCut: "What the hell is this..."
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: The Alabama police use some wildly illegal and creative means to get two black felons to [[spoiler: murder Ramon and Jesus, the pirates, after their lawyer gets them off.]]
* LeaveBehindAPistol
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_and_present_danger the "Clear and present danger"]] clause in law. {{Title Drop}}ped in the book. Interestingly, it is related to the First Amendment freedom of speech provision and has little, if any, relevance to the plot.
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:Moira]], in the film.
* OddFriendship: Alan Trent, a gay Democrat from Massachusetts and Sam Fellows, a Mormon Republican from Arizona.
* PuppetGun
* RescuedFromPurgatory: ...sort of
* RevisedEnding: Or, in the movie's case, reversed ending. [[spoiler:The book ends with Ryan agreeing to keep the whole operation secret in exchange for [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty the President deliberately losing his re-election]] and Cutter [[DrivenToSuicide committing suicide]] to protect the Administration. It all comes out years later, causing Ryan a great deal of trouble. The movie ends with Ryan angrily telling off the President, then spilling everything to a Senate committee.]]
* RightManInTheWrongPlace
* RunningGag: "Plus change."
* RuthlessModernPirates
* ShootOutTheLock: Played straight for once, when Larson [[spoiler:shoots out the lock at an airplane strip where Colonel Johns's chopper lands to refuel before heading out to ''Panache''.]] Though it ''is'' slightly {{justified|Trope}} in that he uses five rounds to do so and specifically aims to separate the lock mechanism from the door.
* SmugSnake
* SpySpeak
-->'''Commando''': "The chicken is in the pot."
-->'''Clark''': "Cook it."
-->'''[[StuffBlowingUp BOOM]]'''
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Col. Cortez]]
** In the book, Bob Ritter, who ditches Cutter as soon as is practicable.
* TitleDrop
* WesternTerrorists
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The drug cartel intelligence officer Felix Cortez [[NeckSnap snaps Moira Wolfe's neck]] after getting from her the information his employer desired.
** This is in contrast to the book, where she's left alive, but made unavailable due to Escobedo using the information that Cortez had collected for an attack on a US delegation visiting Colombia. After the US discovers the source of the leak and gets her cooperation in capturing him, his returning to the US would have resulted in being arrested.

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/capd.jpg]]

->''"You see this? That's your new target, unless it's not big enough."''
-->--John Clark

Literature/JackRyan must investigate
''Clear and Present Danger'' may refer to:

* ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger'',
the murder of a life-long friend of novel by Tom Clancy
* ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'',
the POTUS in relation to what appears to be a drug cartel in Columbia, only to be pulled into a war illegally started by the US government.

Written by TomClancy with
1994 film adaptation starring Creator/HarrisonFord.

----
'''This film contains examples of:'''

* ActionDuo
* ActionSurvivor
* AdaptationDyeJob: Cathy Ryan, described as a classic blond, blue-eyed beauty, is now reddish-brunette
* ArmchairMilitary: When the operation starts to unravel and people not cleared start to figure it out, one person states rather bluntly that if the CIA had actually bothered to include the organizations they were suborning, the operation would have run smoother, would not have been discovered, and would've been a hell of a lot more deniable, basically a screed against the ArmchairMilitary that set up the operation in the first place.
* {{Badass}}: John Clark
* CallingTheOldManOut: "How dare ''you'', sir!"
* TheCartel
* TheCavalry: after everything goes to hell, [[spoiler:Ryan and Clark help organize a rescue for the troops left behind on the ground.]] The book goes into much further detail, with the Pave Low, their MC-130 support, Larson's King Beech, and the ''Panache'' all playing big roles.
* CoastGuard: USCGC ''Panache'', a definite CoolBoat, plays a very prominent role in the book. In the film it's an unnamed Coast Guard cutter.
* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: In the movie, the President threatens to do this to Admiral Greer. In the book, John Clark does this successfully to Admiral Cutter.
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: This exact line is said by Clark when the pilot Larson walks up behind him without warning first. Actually [[IdiotBall incredibly stupid of Larson]], since Clark just ''killed'' four heavily armed mercenaries.
* DrugsAreBad
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Averted. In the book John Clark recruits his soldiers from regular U.S. Army light infantry units and then gives them additional training in guerrilla warfare. The reason he doesn't recruit from Special Forces is that the Special Forces community is small enough that people would notice the missing soldiers and start asking questions.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Cortez has the mindset of a professional intelligence officer, so while he mostly has a lot of PragmaticVillainy moments, he does show genuine disgust with the methods used by the Cartel to intimidate their rivals (even paraphrasing RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil at one point in the book).
* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey: Justified in the film by RuleOfSymbolism.
* EverythingIsOnline: Mocked. After Cortez and Ryan both start to suspect that a car bombing was actually caused by a missile, they research the issue. Ryan, the Deputy Director of the largest intelligence organization in the world, has to pull an all-nighter alone looking through ''Jane's Armaments.'' Cortez just searches a slick, high-tech database.
** Inverted in the original novel, where the cardboard cover of the book is how Cortez figures out how the bomb didn't leave any traces.
* FakeKillScare: The Coasties get a pirate to talk by blindfolding him and pretending to shoot the other one. In the book, they hang one man from the lanyard with a hood over his head. [[spoiler:A pad of gauze soaked in ether, hidden inside the hood, knocks him out.]] His pal falls for it and blabs.
* FalseFlagOperation
* FriendlySniper: Domingo "Ding" Chavez, who becomes a major recurring character in later Clancy books.
* GetOutofJailFreeCard: Which is interpreted differently in each version. In the movie, it exists to protect Ritter from the consequences of his actions. In the book, it's to protect the CIA as a whole.
* GilliganCut: Jack Ryan knocking on the cartel boss's door.
* HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee
* HollywoodHacking: Averted.
* HomeFieldAdvantage: The American Special Operations team initially slaughters the cartel soldiers sent to kill them. However, the cartel soldiers wise up and start using the familiar terrain to their advantage and turn the tide.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Admiral Greer, we hardly knew ye.
* IronicEchoCut: "What the hell is this..."
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: The Alabama police use some wildly illegal and creative means to get two black felons to [[spoiler: murder Ramon and Jesus, the pirates, after their lawyer gets them off.]]
* LeaveBehindAPistol
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_and_present_danger the "Clear and present danger"]] clause in law. {{Title Drop}}ped in the book. Interestingly, it is related to the First Amendment freedom of speech provision and has little, if any, relevance to the plot.
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:Moira]], in the film.
* OddFriendship: Alan Trent, a gay Democrat from Massachusetts and Sam Fellows, a Mormon Republican from Arizona.
* PuppetGun
* RescuedFromPurgatory: ...sort of
* RevisedEnding: Or, in the movie's case, reversed ending. [[spoiler:The book ends with Ryan agreeing to keep the whole operation secret in exchange for [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty the President deliberately losing his re-election]] and Cutter [[DrivenToSuicide committing suicide]] to protect the Administration. It all comes out years later, causing Ryan a great deal of trouble. The movie ends with Ryan angrily telling off the President, then spilling everything to a Senate committee.]]
* RightManInTheWrongPlace
* RunningGag: "Plus change."
* RuthlessModernPirates
* ShootOutTheLock: Played straight for once, when Larson [[spoiler:shoots out the lock at an airplane strip where Colonel Johns's chopper lands to refuel before heading out to ''Panache''.]] Though it ''is'' slightly {{justified|Trope}} in that he uses five rounds to do so and specifically aims to separate the lock mechanism from the door.
* SmugSnake
* SpySpeak
-->'''Commando''': "The chicken is in the pot."
-->'''Clark''': "Cook it."
-->'''[[StuffBlowingUp BOOM]]'''
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Col. Cortez]]
** In the book, Bob Ritter, who ditches Cutter as soon as is practicable.
* TitleDrop
* WesternTerrorists
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The drug cartel intelligence officer Felix Cortez [[NeckSnap snaps Moira Wolfe's neck]] after getting from her the information his employer desired.
** This is in contrast to the book, where she's left alive, but made unavailable due to Escobedo using the information that Cortez had collected for an attack on a US delegation visiting Colombia. After the US discovers the source of the leak and gets her cooperation in capturing him, his returning to the US would have resulted in being arrested.
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19th Nov '12 12:24:50 AM darkjezter
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* ElitesAreMorGlamorous: Averted. In the book John Clark recruits his soldiers from regular U.S. Army light infantry units and then gives them additional training in guerrilla warfare. The reason he doesn't recruit from Special Forces is that the Special Forces community is small enough that people would notice the missing soldiers and start asking questions.

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* ElitesAreMorGlamorous: ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Averted. In the book John Clark recruits his soldiers from regular U.S. Army light infantry units and then gives them additional training in guerrilla warfare. The reason he doesn't recruit from Special Forces is that the Special Forces community is small enough that people would notice the missing soldiers and start asking questions.
19th Nov '12 12:24:28 AM darkjezter
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* ElitesAreMorGlamorous: Averted. In the book John Clark recruits his soldiers from regular U.S. Army light infantry units and then gives them additional training in guerrilla warfare. The reason he doesn't recruit from Special Forces is that the Special Forces community is small enough that people would notice the missing soldiers and start asking questions.
10th Nov '12 8:56:45 PM Achaemenid
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* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: The Alabama police use some wildly illegal and creative means to get two black felons to [[spoiler: murder Ramon and Jesus, the pirates, after their lawyer gets them off.]]


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** In the book, Bob Ritter, who ditches Cutter as soon as is practicable.
6th Nov '12 8:47:15 PM StAraqiel
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* EvenEvilHasStandards - Cortez has the mindset of a professional intelligence officer, so while he mostly has a lot of PragmaticVillainy moments, he does show genuine disgust with the methods used by the Cartel to intimidate their rivals (even paraphrasing RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil at one point in the book).

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* EvenEvilHasStandards - EvenEvilHasStandards: Cortez has the mindset of a professional intelligence officer, so while he mostly has a lot of PragmaticVillainy moments, he does show genuine disgust with the methods used by the Cartel to intimidate their rivals (even paraphrasing RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil at one point in the book).



* FakeKillScare: The Coasties get a pirate to talk by blindfolding him and pretending to shoot the other one. In the book, they hang one man from the lanyard with a hood over his head. [[spoiler:A pad of gauze soaked in ether, hidden inside the hood, knocks him out.]] His pal falls for it and blabs.



* FriendlySniper: "Ding" Chavez, who becomes a major recurring character in later Clancy books.

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* FriendlySniper: Domingo "Ding" Chavez, who becomes a major recurring character in later Clancy books.
13th Oct '12 7:46:07 PM Aiguille
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* ShootOutTheLock: Played straight for once, when Larson [[spoiler:shoots out the lock at an airplane strip where Colonel Johns's chopper lands to refuel before heading out to ''Panache''.]] Though it ''is'' slightly {{justified}} in that he uses five rounds to do so and specifically aims to separate the lock mechanism from the door.

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* ShootOutTheLock: Played straight for once, when Larson [[spoiler:shoots out the lock at an airplane strip where Colonel Johns's chopper lands to refuel before heading out to ''Panache''.]] Though it ''is'' slightly {{justified}} {{justified|Trope}} in that he uses five rounds to do so and specifically aims to separate the lock mechanism from the door.
30th Jul '12 11:06:14 AM surgoshan
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* HomeFieldAdvantage: The American Special Operations team initially slaughters the cartel soldiers sent to kill them. However, the cartel soldiers wise up and start using the familiar terrain to their advantage and turn the tide.
17th Jul '12 12:52:56 PM surgoshan
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* FriendlySniper: "Ding" Chavez, who becomes a major recurring character.
** Only in the movie. In the book, he's a reconnaissance specialist.

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* FriendlySniper: "Ding" Chavez, who becomes a major recurring character.
** Only
character in the movie. In the book, he's a reconnaissance specialist.later Clancy books.
17th Jul '12 4:17:57 AM FELH2
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Written by TomClancy with film adaptation starring HarrisonFord.

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Written by TomClancy with film adaptation starring HarrisonFord.
Creator/HarrisonFord.



* TheCartel
* TheCavalry: after everything goes to hell, [[spoiler:Ryan and Clark help organize a rescue for the troops left behind on the ground.]] The book goes into much further detail, with the Pave Low, their MC-130 support, Larson's King Beech, and the ''Panache'' all playing big roles.



* [[GetOutofJailFreeCard Get Out of Jail Free Card]]: Which is interpreted differently in each version. In the movie, it exists to protect Ritter from the consequences of his actions. In the book, it's to protect the CIA as a whole.

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* [[GetOutofJailFreeCard Get Out of Jail Free Card]]: GetOutofJailFreeCard: Which is interpreted differently in each version. In the movie, it exists to protect Ritter from the consequences of his actions. In the book, it's to protect the CIA as a whole.



* RightManInTheWrongPlace



* RightManInTheWrongPlace



* TheCartel
* TheCavalry: after everything goes to hell, [[spoiler:Ryan and Clark help organize a rescue for the troops left behind on the ground.]] The book goes into much further detail, with the Pave Low, their MC-130 support, Larson's King Beech, and the ''Panache'' all playing big roles.
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