History Series / Dexter

31st Oct '17 8:28:01 AM XFllo
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* SuicideDare: In the first season, one of the title character's targets was a SerialKiller that used this as his modus operandi; he was a psychologist who would encourage his vulnerable, mentally ill patients to kill themselves by taking an overdose.
* SuicideIsShameful: Debra, thinking [[spoiler:the Skinner]] jumped to his death to avoid arrest, says he 'took the chickeny way out'.

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* SuicideDare: In the first season, one of the title character's targets was a SerialKiller that used this as his modus operandi; he was a psychologist who would encourage his vulnerable, mentally ill patients to kill themselves by themselves. He was advising them also about the method.
-->'''Dr. Emmett Meridian:''' Look at me. I understand the appeal of death, okay? No more pain. All the career pressure, the hopelessness, gone. In many cultures, there's no stigma attached to
taking an overdose.
one's life. Suicide's respected, even revered as a matter of personal conscience.
-->'''Patient:''' How do most people do it?
-->'''Doctor:''' Well, painkillers are the most common. But they're entirely unreliable. The truly courageous of heart... use guns.
* SuicideIsShameful: SuicideIsShameful:
** People think Dexter's foster father and legendary cop Harry Morgan died of a heart disease, but it was later revealed he had killed himself (overdose of medication). Harry's superior and friend Captain Matthews felt that suicide would be a serious blow to Harry's reputation and that it would taint his immaculate service record.
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Debra, thinking [[spoiler:the Skinner]] jumped to his death to avoid arrest, says he 'took the chickeny way out'.
17th Sep '17 9:07:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* KillerCop:
** Of course, Dexter is one of these, although he's a forensic examiner rather than a detective. He was also trained by his adoptive father, who was already a cop but couldn't bring himself to actually kill criminals who escaped justice. In season 2 Dexter is the subject of an ongoing investigation when the corpses of his victims are discovered, which he manages to avoid by making it look like another cop within the department had turned to serial killing.
** Dexter also went after one in season four, a cop who'd killed her own husband and daughter and made it look like a robbery gone foul. She was a particularly hard target because her experience allowed her to suspect Dexter was up to something pretty early on.
17th Sep '17 9:01:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* MustStateIfYoureACop: In one of the last seasons, Hector Estrada, the last guy left from the group who killed Dexter's mother, gets paroled from prison and Dexter pretends to be a criminal and approaches Estrada so he can get close enough to kill Estrada. Estrada agrees to talk business at a later date, but first requires Dexter to loudly and clearly state that Dexter isn't a cop. Dexter, who really isn't a cop but a forensic examiner, does so without hesitation.

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* MustStateIfYoureACop: In one of the last seasons, Hector Estrada, the last guy left from the group who killed Dexter's mother, gets paroled from prison and Dexter pretends to be a criminal and approaches Estrada so he can get close enough to kill Estrada. Estrada agrees to talk business at a later date, but first requires Dexter to loudly and clearly state that Dexter isn't a cop. Dexter, who really isn't a cop but a forensic examiner, does so without hesitation. Even if he were, it wouldn't count for much, since Dexter's intent isn't to arrest him.
16th Sep '17 11:42:51 AM stuffedninja
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?:

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?:DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
16th Sep '17 11:42:19 AM stuffedninja
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* ThousandYardStare: [[spoiler:The series ends with Dexter giving one directly to the camera.]]
23rd Aug '17 2:35:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* YouKilledMyFather: It takes several decades, but Dexter ultimately manages to track down and kill all the criminals who were responsible for his mother's murder by chainsaw (and, indirectly, Dexter's own obsession with murder), including the guy who wielded the weapon and the boss who ordered the hit.
18th Aug '17 3:41:30 PM XFllo
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* RescueRomance: Kind of with Dexter and Rita, since he's her refuge after her abusive relationship with Paul. Played straight with Dexter and Lumen.

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* RescueRomance: Kind of with RescueRomance:
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Dexter and Rita, since he's her refuge after her abusive relationship with Paul. Played straight with Paul.
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Dexter falls in love in Lumen, a girl broken by being repeatedly raped and Lumen.tortured.


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* RobbingTheDead: Dexter kills a paedophile who was stalking his girlfriend's daughter in his home. While he was dragging his corpse out, he remembers a phone call from his girlfriend who asked him to pick up some milk for the kids. So he steals a carton of milk from his victim's fridge.
10th Aug '17 11:04:46 PM creader
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** Season 2: Lila West, Frank Lundy, and James Doakes (although Doakes and Lundy are HeroAntagonists).

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** Season 2: Lila West, Frank Lundy, and James Doakes (although Doakes and Lundy are HeroAntagonists).{{Hero Antagonist}}s).



* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerize]]: The CBS version of Season 1, aired during the 2007-08 writer's strike, which removed much of the sex, violence and bad language, and replaced it with advertisements.

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* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerize]]: BothSidesHaveAPoint: [[spoiler:After discovering Dexter is a serial killer, Debra gets into a morality debate in whether or not what Dexter does is wrong, and both argue good points. Debra is right that no matter how horrible his victims were they were still victims and had a right to be prosecuted legally; Dexter is right that his victims were dangerous criminals and committed ''horrifying'' acts, and as seen during season two, the victims of Dexter's {{Asshole Victim}}s were seen better off.]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}:
The CBS version of Season 1, aired during the 2007-08 writer's strike, which removed much of the sex, violence and bad language, and replaced it with advertisements.
3rd Aug '17 5:24:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Cosplay}}: Rita Bennett dresses up as [[VideoGame/TombRaider Lara Croft]] as a Valentine's day gift for her boyfriend (later husband) Dexter, though he has a bit of trouble placing it at first.
30th Jul '17 4:26:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* SnuffFilm: The Barrel Girl Gang recorded their own rapes/murders of young women for their own viewing pleasure. Of course, this leads to a mountain of incriminating evidence for the police to sort through once their crimes are exposed.
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