History Main / TheProfiler

21st Apr '18 11:07:27 PM nombretomado
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** Hannibal Lecter offers his services as a profiler in exchange for a LuxuryPrisonSuite in ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. However, Lecter subverts the trope: He is able to offer an extremely accurate profile of Buffalo Bill because he'd met him and knew his personal history, not because of his own insight.

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** Hannibal Lecter offers his services as a profiler in exchange for a LuxuryPrisonSuite in ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. However, Lecter subverts the trope: He is able to offer an extremely accurate profile of Buffalo Bill because he'd met him and knew his personal history, not because of his own insight.
20th Mar '18 3:35:15 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Monk}}'', where a group of investigators use advanced technology to profile a killer and come up with a completely incorrect solution (the killer knew their methods and was playing them).

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Monk}}'', where a group of investigators use advanced technology to profile a killer and come up with a completely incorrect solution (the killer knew their methods and was playing them). Another episode had a criminal profile come in and Captain Stottlemeyer rattled the whole thing off from memory without looking at it; they give the same profile for every case.
-->"Let me guess. The killer is: between thirty and forty-five years old, white, male, does not work in an office, probably spent time in the military, and definitely hates his mother."
9th Nov '17 12:57:10 PM MikeW
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** One episode has the rare case of noting how profiling can be wrong. When a TV producer is stalked, she argues about a suspect and is told he doesn't "fit the profile." She fires back by noting how the Washington State Snipers were supposed to be one middle-aged angry white man when it was a pair of young black men or how the BTK Killer was a quiet, reserved loner when he was actually a happily married family man.

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** One episode has the rare case of noting how profiling can be wrong. When a TV producer is stalked, she argues about a suspect and is told he doesn't "fit the profile." She fires back by noting how the Washington State Snipers were supposed to be one middle-aged angry white man when it was a pair of young black men or how the BTK Killer was a "a quiet, reserved loner loner" when he was actually a happily married family man.
9th Nov '17 12:55:23 PM MikeW
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** One episode has the rare case of noting how profiling can be wrong. When a TV producer is stalked, she argues about a suspect and is told he doesn't "fit the profile." She fires back by noting how the Washington State Snipers were supposed to be one middle-aged angry white man when it was a pair of young black men or how the BTK Killer was a quiet, reserved loner when he was actually a happily married family man.
24th Oct '17 3:02:37 PM crmdgn
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* Paul Giamatti's character in ''Film/ShootEmUp'' is a Profiler. Criminal retired pussy with a gun profiler, but still a profiler.

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* Paul Giamatti's character in ''Film/ShootEmUp'' is a Profiler. Criminal retired pussy coward with a gun profiler, but still a profiler.
14th Oct '17 9:05:38 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Variant from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse: the ever-popular [[TheStrategist Grand Admiral Thrawn]] is able to profile a [[PlanetOfHats given species']] psychological makeup (and from there, [[AwesomenessByAnalysis their tactical vulnerabilities]]) by looking at, of all things, their ''[[WickedCultured art]]''. He's also seen using the technique on individuals, including his rival Garm bel Iblis, from time to time. While not infallible (he once referred to a NoodleIncident where he was unable to read a particular species, and had to [[CuttingTheKnot wipe them out by brute force]]), it was highly reliable and absolutely unique; no other character, past or present, Chiss or otherwise, not even Jedi, has displayed such a knack for understanding their enemies from so little.

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* Variant from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse: the ever-popular [[TheStrategist Grand Admiral Thrawn]] is able to profile a [[PlanetOfHats given species']] psychological makeup (and from there, [[AwesomenessByAnalysis their tactical vulnerabilities]]) by looking at, of all things, their ''[[WickedCultured art]]''. He's also seen using the technique on individuals, including his rival Garm bel Iblis, from time to time. While not infallible (he once referred to a NoodleIncident where he was unable to read a particular species, and had to [[CuttingTheKnot wipe them out by brute force]]), it was highly reliable and absolutely unique; no other character, past or present, Chiss or otherwise, not even Jedi, has displayed such a knack for understanding their enemies from so little. It's actually treated fairly realistically; race x is so orderly an unstructured attack makes them react stupidly, race y panics when seeing something "impossible" which makes them great targets for a trickery aided bluff, that kind of thing.
26th Sep '17 6:14:33 AM StarTropes
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* [[SmugSnake Weyoun]] from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' claims to be this - except he sucks at it, especially when it comes to [[TheCaptain the Sisko]]. Highlights include failing to pick up on Sisko's hatred for him and his AffablyEvil act and acting like Sisko would accept an offer to be installed as absolute ruler of TheFederation, even though this is the same man who months earlier saved President Jaresh-Inyo from a coup-d'état by an InsaneAdmiral.

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* [[SmugSnake Weyoun]] from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' claims to be this - except he sucks at it, especially when it comes to [[TheCaptain the The Sisko]]. Highlights include failing to pick up on Sisko's hatred for him and his AffablyEvil act and acting like Sisko would accept an offer to be installed as absolute ruler of TheFederation, even though this is the same man who months earlier saved President Jaresh-Inyo from a coup-d'état by an InsaneAdmiral. And it's not just Sisko that he screws up with - he also fails to predict that Cardassia's PuppetKing Damar would get fed up with the Dominion and form LaResistance.
25th Sep '17 10:48:28 AM StarTropes
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* [[SmugSnake Weyoun]] from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine]] claims to be this - except he sucks at it, especially when it comes to [[TheCaptain the Sisko]]. Highlights include failing to pick up on Sisko's hatred for him and his AffablyEvil act and acting like Sisko would accept an offer to be installed as absolute ruler of TheFederation, even though this is the same man who months earlier saved President Jaresh-Inyo from a coup-d'état by an InsaneAdmiral.

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* [[SmugSnake Weyoun]] from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine]] ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' claims to be this - except he sucks at it, especially when it comes to [[TheCaptain the Sisko]]. Highlights include failing to pick up on Sisko's hatred for him and his AffablyEvil act and acting like Sisko would accept an offer to be installed as absolute ruler of TheFederation, even though this is the same man who months earlier saved President Jaresh-Inyo from a coup-d'état by an InsaneAdmiral.
25th Sep '17 10:48:07 AM StarTropes
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* [[SmugSnake Weyoun]] from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine]] claims to be this - except he sucks at it, especially when it comes to [[TheCaptain the Sisko]]. Highlights include failing to pick up on Sisko's hatred for him and his AffablyEvil act and acting like Sisko would accept an offer to be installed as absolute ruler of TheFederation, even though this is the same man who months earlier saved President Jaresh-Inyo from a coup-d'état by an InsaneAdmiral.
9th Jul '17 11:49:27 AM LongTallShorty64
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* Although ''Film/WhileTheCitySleeps'' was made in the late-fifties when profiling was just in its infancy, it has a former cop perfectly estimate the age, habits, and attitudes of a killer through the evidence left behind by the killer.
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