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''La Femme Nikita'' (''Nikita'' in Canada) is a Canadian television spy drama based upon the [[Film/{{Nikita}} original French film]] directed by Luc Besson, co-produced by Jay Firestone (Firestone Entertainment) and WarnerBros., and created for television by Joel Surnow, who later co-created ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' with Robert Cochran, his fellow ''La Femme Nikita'' executive consultant. This television series debuted in the United States on USANetwork in January 1997 and ran for five seasons, until March 2001. ''La Femme Nikita'' was the highest-rated drama on American basic cable during its first two seasons; also distributed on television in Canada (as ''Nikita'') and, ultimately, internationally, it continues to have a strong cult following, according to the definitive book on the series written by Christopher Heyn in 2006. And hey ''someone'' had to make this page

The premise of the story is that Nikita (Peta Wilson) is a homeless street urchin who finds herself wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to die. Recruited by a mysterious organization known as Section One, she is trained as an assassin and paired with an operative known as Michael. Each episode would take Nikita up against various criminals and terrorists or her own employers. A frequent theme of a season would be Nikita attempting to escape Section One.

The show is notable for its remarkably dark and unforgiving story lines, especially for the time it was run. La Femme Nikita's employers were utterly ruthless and often treated their operatives as less than tools. Likewise, Nikita's own morality was not always justified against the kind of monsters she routinely faced.

The series was also known for its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_La_Femme_Nikita soundtrack]] and the easy way to determine what season an episode was in: [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118379/trivia the number of words in a title was the season number.]] A season 2 episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_La_Femme_Nikita_episodes always had a 2 word title]].

A remake, ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', was launched for the 2010-2011 season on the CW. In this series, Nikita, played by Maggie Q, is already rogue and is trying to take down her former employers. At the same time, the series also features a new recruit and tells the story of how a nobody gets turned into an assassin, although [[spoiler: there is, naturally, a twist to this.]]

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!!Tropes in this series:
* ActionGirl: Oh, yes, very much.
* ActionSeries
* AerosolFlamethrower
* AffablyEvil: Madeline
* AliensMadeThemDoIt: [[spoiler: Nikita and Michael, forced to have sex as part of a mission.]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension Not that they weren't headed in that direction anyway]].
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-universe: is Operations a power-hungry MagnificentBastard bent on ruling the world or a WellIntentionedExtremist who truly wants to keep the world safe by any means neccessary?
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Nikita towards Michael. Nikita fandom towards Michael.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Let's see:
** Mr. Jones [[spoiler: Real name Phillip. Codename: Flavius]]
** Michael Samuelle. Codename: Jacques.
** Operations a.k.a.: [[spoiler: Paul Wolfe]]
** And don't get me started on Section's enemies: Red Cell, Glass Curtain,
* BadassLongcoat: Michael.
* BadBoss: Operations makes a habit of killing his employees. Theoretically, this is justified since they're supposedly all former inmates facing life imprisonment. In practice, we find out plenty aren't.
** In fact, S1 spends so much time backstabbing, plotting and counterplotting, etc, that it begins to strain credulity that the organization can function at all.
* BattleCouple: Michael and Nikita
* BigBad: Operations and Madeline are the real enemy of Nikita.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: Anyone who works for Section One.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Nikita ultimately becomes the head of Section One, while Michael leaves to raise his son.]]
* BoxedCrook
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: Nikita's father, wonderful man, runs the Sections and arranged for his daughter to be framed, "executed", enslaved, and run through hell, so she could replace him. She doesn't approve.]]
* CanadianSeries
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Madeline's relationship with her lovers.
* CleanupCrew: Section 1's "Housekeeping".
* ClearMyName: Sorta. It would fit well under the old name of the trope (Wrongly Accused), but Nikita spends very little time trying to clear her name, though the wrongful accusation forms a key element of the series. Regardless, once she's been exposed to Section 1, her fate was sealed.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Madeline.
* ColdWar
* ContractOnTheHitman: Several times.
* CoolOldGuy: Walter, man. Walter.
* CoolShades: Nikita and Michael.
* CloakAndDagger
* CrazyPrepared: Standard operating procedure for Section One, including [[spoiler: having Michael seduce, marry, live with for several years and father a child by a woman in case her terrorist father decided to contact her]].
* CreepyChild: A few of these show up.
* DangerousWorkplace: Just how many secret experiments are being run downstairs, anyway?
* DarkLord: Adrian attempts to portray Operations like this. [[spoiler: Ironically, had Adrian not oversold her point then it's quite likely Nikita would have just cooperated with her against Section. Instead, Adrian's wild accusations made Nikita interested in determining their veracity.]]
* DarkActionGirl: A few show up.
* DeadlyEuphemism: "Canceled". "[[TheUriahGambit Abeyance operatives]]". For such a cold and calculated organization they do like euphemisms, and they don't seem to even try to hide their meanings.
* DeathFakedForYou: Against her will, but they can always make it real.
* DirtyCommunists: Red Cell
* TheDogShotFirst
* DramaticHourLong
* TheDragon: Michael used to be Operations' Dragon. It may explain why he takes his later betrayals so personally.
** Davenport later becomes Operations' Dragon.
** In the Season 4 finale [[spoiler: Nikita is revealed to be the Dragon for Mr. Jones, though this Mr. Jones is actually an imposter]]
* DressingAsTheEnemy
* EnemyMine: Played straight when Section One and Red Cell join forces to stop a common enemy. Subverted in that the two organizations also plan on destroying the other from within.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The reason for WWE wrestlers showing up portraying terrorists.
* ExplosiveLeash: Oddly enough, Section ''doesn't'' use them, but some of their opponents do! Nikita gets to wear one at least twice in the series.
* FakeDefector: Several times.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Nobody gets out of Section. Nobody. [[spoiler: Except for season ending cliffhangers, but you know they'll be back.]]
* FanService: Nikita loves being out of her clothes. Michael has a lot of these moments as well.
* ForcedPrizeFight: At least once.
* GenderBlenderName: Nikita is actually a male name, depending on the language.
* GirlsBehindBars: A disturbingly popular trope in the series.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Section One IS a government conspiracy; in the remake [[spoiler:this is one of the reasons for Nikita's vendetta]]
* TheHandler: Michael.
* HeroicBSOD: Michael has this after being forced to abandon his wife.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Birkoff]]
** also [[spoiler: Mr. Jones]]
* HollywoodHacking: Subverted in the remake - Birkoff shouts at his students "I do all the hacker stuff ... I even make it look like a videogame so your twee minds can understand it"
* HollywoodNerd: Birkoff.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Nikita, of course.
* IdenticalStranger: In addition to several duplicates infiltrating Section under the guise of a main character, there was also [[spoiler: Birkoff being replaced by his own twin brother after his HeroicSacrifice.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Season one episodes have one word titles, season two episodes have two word titles, etc.
* IronicHell: Nikita actually manages to turn Operations and Madeline from favorably disposed to her to actively hating her due to her constant attempts to undermine them. Nikita also arguably makes Madeline and Operations worse people than they are at the start of Season One (a tremendous accomplishment)
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes
* KlingonPromotion: Operation's strategy to get out of Section is this.
* KickTheDog: Both Operations and Madeline have numerous moments to remind us that, while they may act like Michael and Nikita they most certainly are ''NOT'' Michael and Nikita. Often used with villains to show why Section One is the lesser of two evils.
* KnightTemplar: Averted, oddly enough. No one in Section One is remotely overzealous. Instead, they're just soullessly practical.
* LaResistance: As friends or foes.
** Adrian's organization.
** Michael was a radical French student prior to joining Section
* LatexPerfection
* LoveHurts: So very much.
* {{Lzherusskie}}: Nigel Bennett of all people. A great actor but his attempts at being Russian are...interesting to say the least.
* TheManBehindTheMan: After two seasons of seeming to be independent, George is introduced as Operations' boss. Behind George was revealed another mysterious "Mister Jones," who turned out to be [[spoiler: Nikita's friend Mick]]. Except he was the a fake "Mister Jones", the real Mister Jones was [[spoiler: Nikita's father]].
** Section One is controlled by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Femme_Nikita_(TV_series) 'Oversight' and the 'Center']]. Also, Section One must answer to or maintain stable relations with agencies such as the CIA.
* ManipulativeBastard: Operations and Madeline. [[spoiler: Adrian]] is a manipulative non-bastard, we think.
* MnogoNukes
* MoralityTropes: ShadesOfConflict
** Almost all of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Femme_Nikita#Style_and_presentation black and gray/grey]] ShadesOfConflict sub-tropes apply. Section One uses immoral methods to stop terrorism. At the same time, Nikita's actions of upholding moral standards sometimes end in Section One losing the advantage.
** BlackAndGrayMorality: Though, more like black and extremely dark gray bordering on black morality.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: Red Cell ''AND'' Section One/Division.
* OddlySmallOrganization: Section - Judging by its worldwide reach, and endless intelligence, would probably have hundreds or at least tens of thousands of employees, yet it always seems like a few dozens or so. (Most of which we already know) As a result, the big boss appears to be micro-managing everything they do. (One might suspect a man in charge of such an organization would have better things to do with his time).
** Possibly averted. There was the occasional hint that Section One is just a blacker than usual black ops division of the CIA.
* OnlyOneName: Few regular characters even get last names.
** The tropes of FirstNameBasis and LastNameBasis both apply. Most of the regular characters are known only by their first names. Several are known only by their last names.
** EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Apparently by official policy, the head of Section 1 is referred to as Operations and addressed as "Sir", except sometimes by Madeleine and George.
** NoNameGiven: Operations is not named until the later seasons.
** The people Section One opposes are always given full names when introduced in the mission briefings.
* OpeningNarration
* PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower: The show's premise is an anti-terrorist organization that employs, well, terroristic methods.
* PetTheDog: Operations gets these on occasion. Yes, ''Operations''. Such as the time, after Walter endured torture on behalf of Section, he gave him a token of sentimental value and told him to take a month off.
* PostScriptSeason: Season 5.
* PrettyInMink: Since a lot of her missions required her to pretend to be rich.
* [[ARealManIsAKiller A Real Woman Is A Killer]]: Nikita's induction into Section is secured when she proves she can kill.
* RecycledTheSeries
* TheRemnant: "The Collective", formed by the Remnants of Red Cell, Glass Curtain, the Freedom League and several other organizations defeated by Section One.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Self-lampshaded by Errol Sparks, leader of Glass Curtain, who sees himself as a crazed revolutionary.
* RightHandCat: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]].
* {{Room101}}: The White Room
* SaveTheVillain: Nikita must often save Operations from being overthrown.
* SecretPolice: Everywhere
* SexyBacklessOutfit
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The entire point of the series is Nikita and Section 1 occupying different places on the scale.
* ShootTheDog: This entire series is an exercise in dog shooting.
* SpyCouple: Nikita and Michael.
* SpyFiction
* SpyVersusSpy
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Used to chilling effect in Season Two's Finale "End Game" by Operations and Adrian, especially due to the HarsherInHindsight nature of the discussion. Operations justifies his support of [[spoiler: Saddam Hussein]] by describing the chaos that would follow if the dictator suddenly fell from power. In a unique take on the trope, Adrian provides her own take on the situation, stating that Operations will use [[spoiler: Hussein]] as an attack dog to seize control of the Middle East.
* TheStoic: Michael, and, to some extent, nearly everyone at Section 1/Division.
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: [[spoiler:Michael's]] recruitment.
* TimeBomb: Once or twice.
* TomboyishName: Nikita, depending on the language. Also, [[spoiler: section founder Adrian]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Birkoff as the series progresses
* TragicHero
* TwistEnding: All the time, and the tradition continues with the CW remake.
* UnCancelled
* UndercoverAsLovers
* TheUriahGambit: Operations strategy for dealing with incompetent officers. Does it to Nikita several times.
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: Although this is mostly the case in the remake, Nikita's computer actually looks like it's running GTK+ 1.0 under an X11 window manager.
* VirtualGhost: [[spoiler: One is made of Madeline after she kills herself]], but it doesn't last long.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Section One, according to some. Some of their enemies as well. Nikita appears to fall into this category in the 2010 remake.
* WhyAmITicking
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: the location of Section One's command center is only revealed to be in [[spoiler: Paris]] when the center is destroyed to prevent the enemy from gaining control. The other command centers and Section One sub-centers are never revealed unless they are destroyed or are temporary installations.
** The locations of the missions are constantly shown with on-screen text such as "Berlin, Germany, 20:00 hours". Other times the agents say "terrorist Smith was located in London" or "agent Greg is in Venice and will return by dawn". [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Femme_Nikita]]
** There are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GBp_qRk9GA several]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX5admHkzsA episodes]] where the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEgARMSVrCU location]] is given as "Building X, Eastern Europe" or "this information came from Northern Europe", but generally the viewer knows where the operation is taking place.
** Yet, mysteriously, all the locations look an awful lot like Toronto, even Sierra Leone (barring some inserted stock footage for an establishing shot).
* YankTheDogsChain: Nikita's attempts to escape Section One seem to always end in bitter failure.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Abeyance is literally where you send incompetent agents to die in suicide missions.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness

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''La Femme Nikita'' (''Nikita'' in Canada) is a Canadian television spy drama based upon the [[Film/{{Nikita}} original French film]] directed by Luc Besson, co-produced by Jay Firestone (Firestone Entertainment) and WarnerBros., and created for television by Joel Surnow, who later co-created ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' with Robert Cochran, his fellow ''La Femme Nikita'' executive consultant. This television series debuted in the United States on USANetwork in January 1997 and ran for five seasons, until March 2001. ''La Femme Nikita'' was the highest-rated drama on American basic cable during its first two seasons; also distributed on television in Canada (as ''Nikita'') and, ultimately, internationally, it continues to have a strong cult following, according to the definitive book on the series written by Christopher Heyn in 2006. And hey ''someone'' had to make this page

The premise of the story is that Nikita (Peta Wilson) is a homeless street urchin who finds herself wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to die. Recruited by a mysterious organization known as Section One, she is trained as an assassin and paired with an operative known as Michael. Each episode would take Nikita up against various criminals and terrorists or her own employers. A frequent theme of a season would be Nikita attempting to escape Section One.

The show is notable for its remarkably dark and unforgiving story lines, especially for the time it was run. La Femme Nikita's employers were utterly ruthless and often treated their operatives as less than tools. Likewise, Nikita's own morality was not always justified against the kind of monsters she routinely faced.

The series was also known for its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_La_Femme_Nikita soundtrack]] and the easy way to determine what season an episode was in: [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118379/trivia the number of words in a title was the season number.]] A season 2 episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_La_Femme_Nikita_episodes always had a 2 word title]].

A remake, ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', was launched for the 2010-2011 season on the CW. In this series, Nikita, played by Maggie Q, is already rogue and is trying to take down her former employers. At the same time, the series also features a new recruit and tells the story of how a nobody gets turned into an assassin, although [[spoiler: there is, naturally, a twist to this.]]

----
!!Tropes in this series:
* ActionGirl: Oh, yes, very much.
* ActionSeries
* AerosolFlamethrower
* AffablyEvil: Madeline
* AliensMadeThemDoIt: [[spoiler: Nikita and Michael, forced to have sex as part of a mission.]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension Not that they weren't headed in that direction anyway]].
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-universe: is Operations a power-hungry MagnificentBastard bent on ruling the world or a WellIntentionedExtremist who truly wants to keep the world safe by any means neccessary?
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Nikita towards Michael. Nikita fandom towards Michael.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Let's see:
** Mr. Jones [[spoiler: Real name Phillip. Codename: Flavius]]
** Michael Samuelle. Codename: Jacques.
** Operations a.k.a.: [[spoiler: Paul Wolfe]]
** And don't get me started on Section's enemies: Red Cell, Glass Curtain,
* BadassLongcoat: Michael.
* BadBoss: Operations makes a habit of killing his employees. Theoretically, this is justified since they're supposedly all former inmates facing life imprisonment. In practice, we find out plenty aren't.
** In fact, S1 spends so much time backstabbing, plotting and counterplotting, etc, that it begins to strain credulity that the organization can function at all.
* BattleCouple: Michael and Nikita
* BigBad: Operations and Madeline are the real enemy of Nikita.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: Anyone who works for Section One.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Nikita ultimately becomes the head of Section One, while Michael leaves to raise his son.]]
* BoxedCrook
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: Nikita's father, wonderful man, runs the Sections and arranged for his daughter to be framed, "executed", enslaved, and run through hell, so she could replace him. She doesn't approve.]]
* CanadianSeries
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Madeline's relationship with her lovers.
* CleanupCrew: Section 1's "Housekeeping".
* ClearMyName: Sorta. It would fit well under the old name of the trope (Wrongly Accused), but Nikita spends very little time trying to clear her name, though the wrongful accusation forms a key element of the series. Regardless, once she's been exposed to Section 1, her fate was sealed.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Madeline.
* ColdWar
* ContractOnTheHitman: Several times.
* CoolOldGuy: Walter, man. Walter.
* CoolShades: Nikita and Michael.
* CloakAndDagger
* CrazyPrepared: Standard operating procedure for Section One, including [[spoiler: having Michael seduce, marry, live with for several years and father a child by a woman in case her terrorist father decided to contact her]].
* CreepyChild: A few of these show up.
* DangerousWorkplace: Just how many secret experiments are being run downstairs, anyway?
* DarkLord: Adrian attempts to portray Operations like this. [[spoiler: Ironically, had Adrian not oversold her point then it's quite likely Nikita would have just cooperated with her against Section. Instead, Adrian's wild accusations made Nikita interested in determining their veracity.]]
* DarkActionGirl: A few show up.
* DeadlyEuphemism: "Canceled". "[[TheUriahGambit Abeyance operatives]]". For such a cold and calculated organization they do like euphemisms, and they don't seem to even try to hide their meanings.
* DeathFakedForYou: Against her will, but they can always make it real.
* DirtyCommunists: Red Cell
* TheDogShotFirst
* DramaticHourLong
* TheDragon: Michael used to be Operations' Dragon. It may explain why he takes his later betrayals so personally.
** Davenport later becomes Operations' Dragon.
** In the Season 4 finale [[spoiler: Nikita is revealed to be the Dragon for Mr. Jones, though this Mr. Jones is actually an imposter]]
* DressingAsTheEnemy
* EnemyMine: Played straight when Section One and Red Cell join forces to stop a common enemy. Subverted in that the two organizations also plan on destroying the other from within.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The reason for WWE wrestlers showing up portraying terrorists.
* ExplosiveLeash: Oddly enough, Section ''doesn't'' use them, but some of their opponents do! Nikita gets to wear one at least twice in the series.
* FakeDefector: Several times.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Nobody gets out of Section. Nobody. [[spoiler: Except for season ending cliffhangers, but you know they'll be back.]]
* FanService: Nikita loves being out of her clothes. Michael has a lot of these moments as well.
* ForcedPrizeFight: At least once.
* GenderBlenderName: Nikita is actually a male name, depending on the language.
* GirlsBehindBars: A disturbingly popular trope in the series.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Section One IS a government conspiracy; in the remake [[spoiler:this is one of the reasons for Nikita's vendetta]]
* TheHandler: Michael.
* HeroicBSOD: Michael has this after being forced to abandon his wife.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Birkoff]]
** also [[spoiler: Mr. Jones]]
* HollywoodHacking: Subverted in the remake - Birkoff shouts at his students "I do all the hacker stuff ... I even make it look like a videogame so your twee minds can understand it"
* HollywoodNerd: Birkoff.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Nikita, of course.
* IdenticalStranger: In addition to several duplicates infiltrating Section under the guise of a main character, there was also [[spoiler: Birkoff being replaced by his own twin brother after his HeroicSacrifice.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Season one episodes have one word titles, season two episodes have two word titles, etc.
* IronicHell: Nikita actually manages to turn Operations and Madeline from favorably disposed to her to actively hating her due to her constant attempts to undermine them. Nikita also arguably makes Madeline and Operations worse people than they are at the start of Season One (a tremendous accomplishment)
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes
* KlingonPromotion: Operation's strategy to get out of Section is this.
* KickTheDog: Both Operations and Madeline have numerous moments to remind us that, while they may act like Michael and Nikita they most certainly are ''NOT'' Michael and Nikita. Often used with villains to show why Section One is the lesser of two evils.
* KnightTemplar: Averted, oddly enough. No one in Section One is remotely overzealous. Instead, they're just soullessly practical.
* LaResistance: As friends or foes.
** Adrian's organization.
** Michael was a radical French student prior to joining Section
* LatexPerfection
* LoveHurts: So very much.
* {{Lzherusskie}}: Nigel Bennett of all people. A great actor but his attempts at being Russian are...interesting to say the least.
* TheManBehindTheMan: After two seasons of seeming to be independent, George is introduced as Operations' boss. Behind George was revealed another mysterious "Mister Jones," who turned out to be [[spoiler: Nikita's friend Mick]]. Except he was the a fake "Mister Jones", the real Mister Jones was [[spoiler: Nikita's father]].
** Section One is controlled by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Femme_Nikita_(TV_series) 'Oversight' and the 'Center']]. Also, Section One must answer to or maintain stable relations with agencies such as the CIA.
* ManipulativeBastard: Operations and Madeline. [[spoiler: Adrian]] is a manipulative non-bastard, we think.
* MnogoNukes
* MoralityTropes: ShadesOfConflict
** Almost all of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Femme_Nikita#Style_and_presentation black and gray/grey]] ShadesOfConflict sub-tropes apply. Section One uses immoral methods to stop terrorism. At the same time, Nikita's actions of upholding moral standards sometimes end in Section One losing the advantage.
** BlackAndGrayMorality: Though, more like black and extremely dark gray bordering on black morality.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: Red Cell ''AND'' Section One/Division.
* OddlySmallOrganization: Section - Judging by its worldwide reach, and endless intelligence, would probably have hundreds or at least tens of thousands of employees, yet it always seems like a few dozens or so. (Most of which we already know) As a result, the big boss appears to be micro-managing everything they do. (One might suspect a man in charge of such an organization would have better things to do with his time).
** Possibly averted. There was the occasional hint that Section One is just a blacker than usual black ops division of the CIA.
* OnlyOneName: Few regular characters even get last names.
** The tropes of FirstNameBasis and LastNameBasis both apply. Most of the regular characters are known only by their first names. Several are known only by their last names.
** EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Apparently by official policy, the head of Section 1 is referred to as Operations and addressed as "Sir", except sometimes by Madeleine and George.
** NoNameGiven: Operations is not named until the later seasons.
** The people Section One opposes are always given full names when introduced in the mission briefings.
* OpeningNarration
* PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower: The show's premise is an anti-terrorist organization that employs, well, terroristic methods.
* PetTheDog: Operations gets these on occasion. Yes, ''Operations''. Such as the time, after Walter endured torture on behalf of Section, he gave him a token of sentimental value and told him to take a month off.
* PostScriptSeason: Season 5.
* PrettyInMink: Since a lot of her missions required her to pretend to be rich.
* [[ARealManIsAKiller A Real Woman Is A Killer]]: Nikita's induction into Section is secured when she proves she can kill.
* RecycledTheSeries
* TheRemnant: "The Collective", formed by the Remnants of Red Cell, Glass Curtain, the Freedom League and several other organizations defeated by Section One.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Self-lampshaded by Errol Sparks, leader of Glass Curtain, who sees himself as a crazed revolutionary.
* RightHandCat: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]].
* {{Room101}}: The White Room
* SaveTheVillain: Nikita must often save Operations from being overthrown.
* SecretPolice: Everywhere
* SexyBacklessOutfit
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The entire point of the series is Nikita and Section 1 occupying different places on the scale.
* ShootTheDog: This entire series is an exercise in dog shooting.
* SpyCouple: Nikita and Michael.
* SpyFiction
* SpyVersusSpy
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Used to chilling effect in Season Two's Finale "End Game" by Operations and Adrian, especially due to the HarsherInHindsight nature of the discussion. Operations justifies his support of [[spoiler: Saddam Hussein]] by describing the chaos that would follow if the dictator suddenly fell from power. In a unique take on the trope, Adrian provides her own take on the situation, stating that Operations will use [[spoiler: Hussein]] as an attack dog to seize control of the Middle East.
* TheStoic: Michael, and, to some extent, nearly everyone at Section 1/Division.
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: [[spoiler:Michael's]] recruitment.
* TimeBomb: Once or twice.
* TomboyishName: Nikita, depending on the language. Also, [[spoiler: section founder Adrian]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Birkoff as the series progresses
* TragicHero
* TwistEnding: All the time, and the tradition continues with the CW remake.
* UnCancelled
* UndercoverAsLovers
* TheUriahGambit: Operations strategy for dealing with incompetent officers. Does it to Nikita several times.
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: Although this is mostly the case in the remake, Nikita's computer actually looks like it's running GTK+ 1.0 under an X11 window manager.
* VirtualGhost: [[spoiler: One is made of Madeline after she kills herself]], but it doesn't last long.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Section One, according to some. Some of their enemies as well. Nikita appears to fall into this category in the 2010 remake.
* WhyAmITicking
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: the location of Section One's command center is only revealed to be in [[spoiler: Paris]] when the center is destroyed to prevent the enemy from gaining control. The other command centers and Section One sub-centers are never revealed unless they are destroyed or are temporary installations.
** The locations of the missions are constantly shown with on-screen text such as "Berlin, Germany, 20:00 hours". Other times the agents say "terrorist Smith was located in London" or "agent Greg is in Venice and will return by dawn". [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Femme_Nikita]]
** There are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GBp_qRk9GA several]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX5admHkzsA episodes]] where the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEgARMSVrCU location]] is given as "Building X, Eastern Europe" or "this information came from Northern Europe", but generally the viewer knows where the operation is taking place.
** Yet, mysteriously, all the locations look an awful lot like Toronto, even Sierra Leone (barring some inserted stock footage for an establishing shot).
* YankTheDogsChain: Nikita's attempts to escape Section One seem to always end in bitter failure.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Abeyance is literally where you send incompetent agents to die in suicide missions.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness

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7th Jan '13 12:52:29 PM gallium
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* [[ARealManIsAKiller A Real Woman Is A Killer]]: Nikita's induction into Section is secured when she proves she can kill.



* HeyItsThatGuy: Both [[Series/{{Angel}} Jasmine]] and [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Drusilla]] show up. Also [[JoanOfArcadia Cute Boy God]] as Greg Hillinger and [[Series/TwentyFour Ramon Salazar]] as a terrorist.
** MichaelCera as a brain-melting psychic. Yes, really.



* [[ARealManIsAKiller A Real Woman Is A Killer]]: Nikita's induction into Section is secured when she proves she can kill.



* SympatheticMurderer: Can be applied to Nikita in the 2010 revival series, given an incident in the first episode [[spoiler:in which she shoots an innocent bystander dead during an otherwise staged robbery]], yet the audience is expected to sympathize with her as the show's hero.
** Averted. It's revealed in 'All the Way' that the [[spoiler: 'innocent' bystander is really a drug smuggler and killing him was the whole point of the robbery]].
3rd Jul '12 4:22:59 AM FELH2
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''La Femme Nikita'' (''Nikita'' in Canada) is a Canadian television spy drama based upon the [[{{Film/Nikita}} original French film]] directed by Luc Besson, co-produced by Jay Firestone (Firestone Entertainment) and WarnerBros., and created for television by Joel Surnow, who later co-created ''[[TwentyFour 24]]'' with Robert Cochran, his fellow ''La Femme Nikita'' executive consultant. This television series debuted in the United States on USANetwork in January 1997 and ran for five seasons, until March 2001. ''La Femme Nikita'' was the highest-rated drama on American basic cable during its first two seasons; also distributed on television in Canada (as ''Nikita'') and, ultimately, internationally, it continues to have a strong cult following, according to the definitive book on the series written by Christopher Heyn in 2006. And hey ''someone'' had to make this page

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''La Femme Nikita'' (''Nikita'' in Canada) is a Canadian television spy drama based upon the [[{{Film/Nikita}} [[Film/{{Nikita}} original French film]] directed by Luc Besson, co-produced by Jay Firestone (Firestone Entertainment) and WarnerBros., and created for television by Joel Surnow, who later co-created ''[[TwentyFour ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' with Robert Cochran, his fellow ''La Femme Nikita'' executive consultant. This television series debuted in the United States on USANetwork in January 1997 and ran for five seasons, until March 2001. ''La Femme Nikita'' was the highest-rated drama on American basic cable during its first two seasons; also distributed on television in Canada (as ''Nikita'') and, ultimately, internationally, it continues to have a strong cult following, according to the definitive book on the series written by Christopher Heyn in 2006. And hey ''someone'' had to make this page



* AffablyEvil: Madeline

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* AffablyEvil: Madeline Madeline



** And don't get me started on Section's enemies: Red Cell, Glass Curtain,

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** And don't get me started on Section's enemies: Red Cell, Glass Curtain, Curtain,



* HeyItsThatGuy: Both [[Series/{{Angel}} Jasmine]] and [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Drusilla]] show up. Also [[JoanOfArcadia Cute Boy God]] as Greg Hillinger and [[TwentyFour Ramon Salazar]] as a terrorist.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Both [[Series/{{Angel}} Jasmine]] and [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Drusilla]] show up. Also [[JoanOfArcadia Cute Boy God]] as Greg Hillinger and [[TwentyFour [[Series/TwentyFour Ramon Salazar]] as a terrorist.



** Almost all of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Femme_Nikita#Style_and_presentation black and gray/grey]] ShadesOfConflict sub-tropes apply. Section One uses immoral methods to stop terrorism. At the same time, Nikita's actions of upholding moral standards sometimes end in Section One losing the advantage.

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** Almost all of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Femme_Nikita#Style_and_presentation black and gray/grey]] ShadesOfConflict sub-tropes apply. Section One uses immoral methods to stop terrorism. At the same time, Nikita's actions of upholding moral standards sometimes end in Section One losing the advantage.



** Possibly averted. There was the occasional hint that Section One is just a blacker than usual black ops division of the CIA.

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** Possibly averted. There was the occasional hint that Section One is just a blacker than usual black ops division of the CIA.



* TheRemnant: "The Collective", formed by the Remnants of Red Cell, Glass Curtain, the Freedom League and several other organizations defeated by Section One.

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* TheRemnant: "The Collective", formed by the Remnants of Red Cell, Glass Curtain, the Freedom League and several other organizations defeated by Section One.



* ShootTheDog: This entire series is an exercise in dog shooting.

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* ShootTheDog: This entire series is an exercise in dog shooting.



* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Used to chilling effect in Season Two's Finale "End Game" by Operations and Adrian, especially due to the HarsherInHindsight nature of the discussion. Operations justifies his support of [[spoiler: Saddam Hussein]] by describing the chaos that would follow if the dictator suddenly fell from power. In a unique take on the trope, Adrian provides her own take on the situation, stating that Operations will use [[spoiler: Hussein]] as an attack dog to seize control of the Middle East.

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* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Used to chilling effect in Season Two's Finale "End Game" by Operations and Adrian, especially due to the HarsherInHindsight nature of the discussion. Operations justifies his support of [[spoiler: Saddam Hussein]] by describing the chaos that would follow if the dictator suddenly fell from power. In a unique take on the trope, Adrian provides her own take on the situation, stating that Operations will use [[spoiler: Hussein]] as an attack dog to seize control of the Middle East.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: the location of Section One's command center is only revealed to be in [[spoiler: Paris]] when the center is destroyed to prevent the enemy from gaining control. The other command centers and Section One sub-centers are never revealed unless they are destroyed or are temporary installations.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: the location of Section One's command center is only revealed to be in [[spoiler: Paris]] when the center is destroyed to prevent the enemy from gaining control. The other command centers and Section One sub-centers are never revealed unless they are destroyed or are temporary installations.



** There are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GBp_qRk9GA several]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX5admHkzsA episodes]] where the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEgARMSVrCU location]] is given as "Building X, Eastern Europe" or "this information came from Northern Europe", but generally the viewer knows where the operation is taking place.

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** There are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GBp_qRk9GA several]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX5admHkzsA episodes]] where the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEgARMSVrCU location]] is given as "Building X, Eastern Europe" or "this information came from Northern Europe", but generally the viewer knows where the operation is taking place.



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3rd Jun '12 9:38:37 AM MalS
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** Yet, mysteriously, all the locations look an awful lot like Toronto, even Sierra Leone (barring some inserted stock footage for an establishing shot).
8th May '12 12:43:48 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* CrazyPrepared: Standard operating procedure for Section One, including [[spoiler: having Michael seduce, marry, live with for several years and father a child by a woman in case her terrorist father decided to contact her]].



* XanatosGambit: Standard operating procedure for Section One, including [[spoiler: having Michael seduce, marry, live with for several years and father a child by a woman in case her terrorist father decided to contact her]].
24th Apr '12 11:40:45 PM CharlesPhipps
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** Possibly averted. There was the occasional hint that Section One is just a blacker than usual black ops division of the CIA.
22nd Apr '12 1:26:57 PM nombretomado
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Both [[{{Angel}} Jasmine]] and [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer Drusilla]] show up. Also [[JoanOfArcadia Cute Boy God]] as Greg Hillinger and [[TwentyFour Ramon Salazar]] as a terrorist.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Both [[{{Angel}} [[Series/{{Angel}} Jasmine]] and [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Drusilla]] show up. Also [[JoanOfArcadia Cute Boy God]] as Greg Hillinger and [[TwentyFour Ramon Salazar]] as a terrorist.
27th Mar '12 5:17:58 PM MightyFavog
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** MichaelCera as a brain-melting psychic. Yes, really.
16th Mar '12 2:09:37 PM Earnest
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* TimeBomb: Once or twice.

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*TheyWereHoldingYouBack: [[spoiler:Michael's]] recruitment.
* TimeBomb: Once or twice.
16th Mar '12 12:34:18 PM lebrel
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* SexyBack

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* SexyBackSexyBacklessOutfit
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