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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[TortureTechnician The Inquisitor]] [[spoiler: Also known as the 'Dress Lady']]
12th Jun '17 11:49:47 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[AwesomeMcCoolname Awesome McNickname]] Birkhoff's handle from back in his hacker days was "Shadow Walker".
* BadBoss: Averted, actually, with Percy, as part of his overall [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]]. He takes the time to explain his decisions to his subordinates, and tries to keep them happy. [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Doesn't make him a good person]].

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* [[AwesomeMcCoolname Awesome McNickname]] AwesomeMcCoolname: Birkhoff's handle from back in his hacker days was "Shadow Walker".
* BadBoss: Averted, actually, with Percy, as part of his overall [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]].Percy. He takes the time to explain his decisions to his subordinates, and tries to keep them happy. [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Doesn't make him a good person]].



* EnemyMine: [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Gogol]] keeps trying to carry out this trope with Nikita, but she's GenreSavvy enough to know that that would be a bad idea:

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* EnemyMine: [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Gogol]] keeps trying to carry out this trope with Nikita, but she's GenreSavvy enough to know she knows that that would be a bad idea:



** Percy ''[[UnreliableNarrator claims]]'' Operation Pale Fire [[note]]The mission where Division killed Alex's father[[/note]] was this for Division, though Ryan Fletcher [[GenreSavvy doesn't buy it]].

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** Percy ''[[UnreliableNarrator claims]]'' Operation Pale Fire [[note]]The mission where Division killed Alex's father[[/note]] was this for Division, though Ryan Fletcher [[GenreSavvy doesn't buy it]].it.
29th May '17 11:36:55 AM nombretomado
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''Nikita'' is an action-drama TV Series based on the [[{{Film/Nikita}} 1990 French film of the same name]]. Premiering in 2010 on TheCW Network, the series stars Creator/MaggieQ, and is produced by WarnerBros. The series ran for four seasons, with its fourth season comprising six episodes. The final episode aired on December 27, 2013.

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''Nikita'' is an action-drama TV Series based on the [[{{Film/Nikita}} 1990 French film of the same name]]. Premiering in 2010 on TheCW Network, the series stars Creator/MaggieQ, and is produced by WarnerBros.Creator/WarnerBros. The series ran for four seasons, with its fourth season comprising six episodes. The final episode aired on December 27, 2013.
23rd Apr '17 2:36:43 PM nombretomado
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** Season 2 ''is'' this trope in a nutshell. Percy, Amanda, Oversight, Nikita's group, everyone has their own agenda. Over on TelevisionWithoutPity, a forum user found ''eight possible matchups''[[note]]Team Nikita vs. Division, Alex vs. Gogol/Zetrov, Amanda vs. Oversight vs. Nikita, Oversight vs. Nikita, Division vs. Gogol, Sean vs. Team Nikita, Alex vs. Division (sort of), Percy vs. everybody[[/note]]...and the list was outdated in under a month.

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** Season 2 ''is'' this trope in a nutshell. Percy, Amanda, Oversight, Nikita's group, everyone has their own agenda. Over on TelevisionWithoutPity, Website/TelevisionWithoutPity, a forum user found ''eight possible matchups''[[note]]Team Nikita vs. Division, Alex vs. Gogol/Zetrov, Amanda vs. Oversight vs. Nikita, Oversight vs. Nikita, Division vs. Gogol, Sean vs. Team Nikita, Alex vs. Division (sort of), Percy vs. everybody[[/note]]...and the list was outdated in under a month.
16th Apr '17 1:38:10 PM flambeau
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[[MagnificentBastard which is exactly what he wanted]].

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which is [[MagnificentBastard which is exactly exactly]] what he wanted]].intended.



* KillSat: At the end of season 2, Percy gains control of an old Strategic Defense Initiative laser satellite, and uses the threat of it to make the President his puppet.
** [[spoiler: Turns out, the SDI satellite was a dud, and was just a cover for Percy's real method of destroying targets.]]

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* KillSat: At the end of season 2, Percy gains control of an old Strategic Defense Initiative laser satellite, and uses the threat of it to make the President his puppet.
**
puppet. Although, [[spoiler: Turns out, it turns out that the SDI satellite was a dud, and was just a cover for Percy's real method of destroying targets.]]



* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: In the Season 2 episode "Knightfall", Nikita and Michael raid a Division safehouse. The defenders manage to separate the duo and corner Michael...in the safe room.

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* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: In the Season 2 episode "Knightfall", Nikita and Michael raid a Division safehouse. The defenders manage to separate the duo and corner Michael...in the safe room.



** And episode 1x12 shows that Alex(andra) is apparently of Russian descent, as flashbacks to her childhood show her father speaking with a Russian accent.
*** A later episode shows that Alex's father was a very successful Russian businessman (possibly Russian mafia).
* MacGuffin: The Black Boxes, Percy's failsafe to prevent an assassination from the U.S. government. Nikita [[spoiler: wants to destroy them so she can kill Percy without endangering the U.S.]]
** Though one of them ends up [[spoiler: being used by Percy as an attempt to assassinate the head of the CIA]].

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** And episode 1x12 shows that Alex(andra) is apparently of Russian descent, as flashbacks to her childhood show her father speaking with a Russian accent.
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accent. A later episode shows that Alex's father was a very successful Russian businessman (possibly Russian mafia).
businessman.
* MacGuffin: The Black Boxes, Percy's failsafe fail-safe to prevent an assassination from the U.S. government. Nikita [[spoiler: wants to destroy them so she can kill Percy without endangering the U.S.]]
** Though one
]] One of them ends up [[spoiler: being used by Percy as an attempt to assassinate the head of the CIA]].CIA]], and the hunt for the remaining five carries on all the way until the end of season three.



* TheManBehindTheMan: Oversight, the organization that oversees Division. Although, Percy's made it quite clear that he doesn't like taking orders from anyone, and has already had at least one member of Oversight killed to cover Division's tracks. And the season finale shows that they don't even like him - he's long since broken free of their control, and is blackmailing them with the information on the Black Boxes.
** Speaking of the finale, Percy reveals that his huge plan is to [[spoiler: essentially become this for the CIA after replacing the director with a puppet]].

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Oversight, the organization that oversees Division. Although, Division although Percy's made it quite clear that he doesn't like taking orders from anyone, and has already had at least one member of Oversight killed to cover Division's tracks. And the The season one finale shows that they don't even like him - him, as he's long since broken free of their control, control and is blackmailing them with the information on the Black Boxes.
** Speaking of In the season 1 finale, Percy reveals that his huge plan is to [[spoiler: essentially become this for the CIA after replacing the director with a puppet]].



** Late Season 2 reveals a mysterious ''somebody'' who heads some group of bad guys that Percy wants to join.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Literally, in the case of Daniel [[spoiler:and Emily.]]

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** Late Season 2 reveals marks the first appearance of the Group, a mysterious ''somebody'' shadowy private council who heads some group of bad guys that Percy wants to join.
join. They continue to pop up here and there throughout season 3, and finally get brought to light in season 4.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Literally, in the case of Nikita's fiance Daniel [[spoiler:and Emily.and [[spoiler: Emily, Owen's girlfriend.]]



* MookFaceTurn: When Sara, an underperforming Division candidate, is sent on a suicide mission, Nikita intervenes and kidnaps her. When she finally gets Sara to accept that Division planned to have her killed, she is able to convince Sara to go into hiding after delivering one final blow to her former employers.
** [[spoiler: Birkhoff]] may or may not have pulled one in "Pandora" due to his friendship with [[spoiler: Michael]]. It wasn't very clear if it was permanent or a one time thing.
*** 16 episodes into Season Two, his turn is permanant.
* MrFanservice: Seeing as the show is on The CW, no wonder it has a few. Michael and Owen stand out the most, probably, but Thom also has quite a few fans.
** Also, now Nathan and Ryan both qualify.

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* MookFaceTurn: When Sara, an underperforming under-performing Division candidate, is sent on a suicide mission, Nikita intervenes and kidnaps her. When she finally gets Sara to accept that Division planned to have her killed, she is able to convince Sara to go into hiding after delivering one final blow to her former employers.
** [[spoiler: Birkhoff]] may or may not have pulled one in "Pandora" due to his friendship with [[spoiler: Michael]]. It wasn't very clear if it was permanent or a one time thing.
*** 16 episodes into Season Two, his turn is permanant.
* MrFanservice: Seeing as the show is on The CW, no wonder it has a few. Michael and Owen stand out the most, probably, but Thom also has quite most in season 1. Season 2 brings in Sean, who gets to spend more than a few fans.
** Also, now Nathan and Ryan both qualify.
scene shirtless.



* NeckSnap

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* NeckSnapNeckSnap: The most popular way of offing someone if there are no weapons on hand.



* NobleDemon: Michael in Season 1, Sean in Season 2
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Birkhoff trying to blame his breaking-into Percy's office on a random recruit.
* NoSell: In Season 4 [[spoiler: Alex]] is captured by the CIA and tortured...with loud music. Predictably, [[spoiler: she's]] ''utterly'' unimpressed, after everything [[spoiler: she's]] survived and tells the interrogator to turn the music up louder.

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* NobleDemon: Michael in Season 1, Sean in Season 2
2.
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Birkhoff trying to blame his breaking-into breaking into Percy's office on a random recruit.
* NoSell: In Season 4 [[spoiler: Alex]] Alex is captured by the CIA and tortured...with loud music. Predictably, [[spoiler: she's]] she's ''utterly'' unimpressed, unimpressed after everything [[spoiler: she's]] she's survived and tells the interrogator to turn the music up louder.



** In the Season 2 premiere, semi-innocent Non Action Guy Birkhoff unleashes a pair of ''attack drones'' on a Division strike team to save Michael and Nikita. And then when [[spoiler: Carla]] attempts to betray Nikita and Michael, it's Birkhoff who shoots her.

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** In the Season 2 premiere, semi-innocent Non Action Guy NonActionGuy Birkhoff unleashes a pair of ''attack drones'' on a Division strike team to save Michael and Nikita. And then when [[spoiler: Carla]] attempts to betray Nikita and Michael, it's Birkhoff who shoots her.



* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Percy seems to be this, but he likely has deeper motives.
** Tasarov, the head of Division's Russian counterpart Gogol, seems to fit this trope better.
** And the first season finale implies that Percy really is only in it for the money. One of the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Oversight]] members suggests that the whole motivation for his plan to [[spoiler: kill and replace the head of the CIA]] is for access to the CIA's enormous black budget.
** "Origins" reveals that Ari and Amanda are working together to seize Zetrov from Semak, using Alex as their pawn.
*** [[spoiler: And when that plan was in danger of failing, Ari suggested killing Alex, framing Semak, and stealing Gogol's operating budget - 300 million US Dollars isn't the same as a MegaCorp, but it's a tremendous amount of money for two people.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: How Percy realises that Michael is allied with Nikita]].

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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Percy seems appears to be this, but he likely has deeper motives.
** Tasarov, the head of Division's Russian counterpart Gogol, seems to fit this trope better.
** And the first season finale implies that Percy really is only in it for the money.
this. One of the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Oversight]] members suggests that the whole motivation for his plan to [[spoiler: kill and replace the head of the CIA]] is for access to the CIA's enormous black budget.
budget. His real motives are more complex.
** Ari Tasarov, the head of Division's Russian counterpart Gogol, fits this trope better. "Origins" reveals that Ari he and Amanda are working together to seize Zetrov from Semak, using Alex as their pawn.
***
pawn. [[spoiler: And when that plan was in danger of failing, Ari suggested killing Alex, framing Semak, and stealing Gogol's operating budget - 300 million US Dollars isn't the same as a MegaCorp, but it's a tremendous amount of money for two people.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: How Percy realises realizes that Michael is allied with Nikita]].
16th Apr '17 1:18:03 PM flambeau
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* FalseReassurance: In "Into the Dark", Alex uses this to beat an MRI LieDetector.

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* FalseReassurance: In "Into the Dark", Alex uses this to beat an MRI FMRI LieDetector.



* FourEyesZeroSoul: Roan, Division's "Cleaner," appears to completely lack a moral conscience, and rarely expresses himself. His glasses, which are [[ScaryShinyGlasses often illuminated and obscured]], serve as an emotional barrier between himself and the viewer, making him seem more mechanical and ruthless as a result.

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* FourEyesZeroSoul: Roan, Division's "Cleaner," appears to completely lack a moral conscience, conscience and rarely expresses himself. His glasses, which are [[ScaryShinyGlasses often illuminated and obscured]], serve as an emotional barrier between himself and the viewer, making him seem more mechanical and ruthless as a result.



* GambitPileup: In 2x16, aptly named "Doublecross", Team Nikita, Percy, Amanda/Division, and Carla all try to out-gambit each other, with several allegiances briefly forming. The resulting mess [[spoiler: costs Percy his sole remaining Guardian (though Roan ''might'' have Guardian augmentation), Division several agents, Carla her life, and Team Nikita manages comes out on top, rescuing Ryan from Division.]]
** Season 2 ''is'' this trope in a nutshell. Percy, Amanda, Oversight, Nikita's group, everyone has their own agenda.
*** Over on TelevisionWithoutPity, a forum user found ''eight possible matchups''[[note]]Team Nikita vs. Division, Alex vs. Gogol/Zetrov, Amanda vs. Oversight vs. Nikita, Oversight vs. Nikita, Division vs. Gogol, Sean vs. Team Nikita, Alex vs. Division (sort of), Percy vs. everybody[[/note]]...and the list was outdated in under a month.

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* GambitPileup: In 2x16, aptly named "Doublecross", Team Nikita, Percy, Amanda/Division, and Carla all try to out-gambit each other, with several allegiances briefly forming. The resulting mess [[spoiler: costs Percy his sole remaining Guardian (though Roan ''might'' have Guardian augmentation), Division several agents, Carla her life, and ends with Team Nikita manages comes out on top, rescuing Ryan from Division.]]
** Season 2 ''is'' this trope in a nutshell. Percy, Amanda, Oversight, Nikita's group, everyone has their own agenda. \n*** Over on TelevisionWithoutPity, a forum user found ''eight possible matchups''[[note]]Team Nikita vs. Division, Alex vs. Gogol/Zetrov, Amanda vs. Oversight vs. Nikita, Oversight vs. Nikita, Division vs. Gogol, Sean vs. Team Nikita, Alex vs. Division (sort of), Percy vs. everybody[[/note]]...and the list was outdated in under a month.



* GildedCage: [[spoiler: Percy]]'s prison in Season 2 is rapidly becoming one.
* GirlsWithGuns: Nikita herself, Alex, Jaden, and at least half of the female recruits at Division.
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: What Season 2 is shaping up to, with Nikita and company as the Good, Division/Oversight as the Bad, and Gogol/Zetrov as the Evil (though the latter two are pretty interchangeable), [[spoiler: especially now that Percy has recaptured Division from Amanda]].
** As of the latter end of Season 2, [[spoiler: Zetrov is no longer antagonistic, with Amanda and Ari on the run, making them the Bad, and Percy the Evil, due to him being the bigger threat now.]]
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: Division started as this, though at this point it's more of a mercenary outfit than anything else.

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* GildedCage: [[spoiler: Percy]]'s prison in Season 2 is rapidly becoming one.
becomes one over the course of his incarceration.
* GirlsWithGuns: Nikita herself, Alex, Jaden, and at least half of the female recruits at Division.
Division, and really basically just about any female who's ever been on the show.
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: What Season 2 is shaping up to, becomes, with Nikita and company as the Good, Division/Oversight as the Bad, and Gogol/Zetrov as the Evil (though the Evil. The latter two are pretty interchangeable), interchangeable [[spoiler: especially now that after Percy has recaptured recaptures Division from Amanda]].
** As
Amanda]], and as of the latter end of Season 2, 2 [[spoiler: Zetrov is no longer ceases to be antagonistic, with Amanda and Ari on the run, making them the Bad, and Percy the Evil, due to him being the bigger threat now.]]
now]].
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: Division started as this, though at this point by the time the series begins it's more of a mercenary outfit than anything else.



*** As revealed in "Shadow Walker" and then "Crossbow", apparently there is [[spoiler: bigger, more powerful version of Oversight out there and Percy wants to join it]]

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*** As revealed in "Shadow Walker" and then "Crossbow", ** The Group is a secret council of eight members who are apparently there is [[spoiler: bigger, more powerful version in control of Oversight out there and Percy wants to join it]]everything.



* GutturalGrowler: Michael. Alex does a hilarious impression of it in "Echoes".
** When Nathan answers Alex's phone, he says that Michael [[Creator/ChristianBale sounds like Batman.]]

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* GutturalGrowler: Michael. Alex does a hilarious impression of it in "Echoes".
**
"Echoes". When Nathan answers Alex's phone, he says that Michael [[Creator/ChristianBale sounds like Batman.]]



* HeelFaceTurn:
** First, Owen.
** As of "Covenant", it looks like [[spoiler: Michael]] has pulled one as well.
** And in "Pandora", [[spoiler: Birkhoff]] pulls one.
** Nikita herself, pre-series.
** Sean joins up with Team Nikita as of Season 2, Episode 13.
* HiddenWire:
** Nikita in "Phoenix".

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* HeelFaceTurn:
** First, Owen.
** As of "Covenant", it looks like [[spoiler: Michael]] has pulled one as well.
** And in "Pandora", [[spoiler: Birkhoff]] pulls one.
**
HeelFaceTurn: So many. Nikita herself, pre-series.
**
pre-series, but following that Owen was the first the turn his back on Division and join her crusade. As of "Covenant" Michael becomes the second. Birkhoff pulls one in "Pandora". Sean joins up with the fully fleshed out Team Nikita as of Season 2, Episode 13.
in mid-season 2.
* HiddenWire:
**
HiddenWire: Nikita in "Phoenix".



* HiredToHuntYourself: Michael wanted a team to keep an eye on Fletcher. This was scrubbed but one of the people Michael chose for this team was Alex, who works with Nikita, who is working with Fletcher.

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* HiredToHuntYourself: Michael wanted a team to keep an eye on Ryan Fletcher. This was The mission ended up being scrubbed before it started, but one of the people Michael chose for this team was Alex, who works with Nikita, who is working with Fletcher.Ryan.



* {{Homage}}: The scene in episode 16 of season one, [[spoiler: where Alex, in her drug-induced haze, "escapes" Division and uses a ceiling hatch to go aboveground only to find herself in Russia in the snow]] is eerily similar to a scene in the Dollhouse episode "The Attic".

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* {{Homage}}: The scene in episode 16 of season one, [[spoiler: where Alex, in her drug-induced haze, "escapes" Division and uses a ceiling hatch to go aboveground above ground only to find herself in Russia in the snow]] is eerily similar to a scene in the Dollhouse episode "The Attic".



** All the regulars fall victim to this when the plot calls for it, but it's generally averted with Cleaners like Roan, who calmly takes down attacking soldiers with precisely one bullet each.
*** [[PlotImmunity Except when shooting at Nikita or her associates]], of course.
* InTheBlood: Alex's father told her she would be like him because its "in her blood".
** And her JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind shows that the thing she fears most is this coming true.

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** All the regulars fall victim to this when the plot calls for it, but it's generally averted with Cleaners like Roan, who calmly takes down attacking soldiers with precisely one bullet each.
***
each. [[PlotImmunity Except when shooting at Nikita or her associates]], of course.
* InTheBlood: Alex's father told her she would be like him because its it's "in her blood".
** And
blood", and her JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind shows that the thing she fears most is this coming true.



* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: The entire thing in ''Falling Ash''.

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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: The entire thing confrontation between Nikita and Alex in ''Falling Ash''.



* IRegretNothing: Percy says this very sincerely over the intercom to everyone at Division. They don't take it well... [[MagnificentBastard which was his intention]].
* IronicEcho: Amanda told Nikita: "Deception is more important than brute force." [[spoiler:This apparently is the plot point for the series finale, "Canceled," as Nikita seemingly went over the MoralEventHorizon as means of RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Group and their doubles. Turns out that the members of the Group and the doubles she supposedly killed turned out to be alive and incarcerated and used the the RoaringRampageOfRevenge incentive (as well the information about Chappell’s Marine commander being a double from Ryan's deathbed) as means of luring Amanda to the trap]].
* ItGetsEasier: Invoked in Season 1 when Nikita is concerned that Alex's test for promotion to field agent - which requires Alex to kill a target in cold blood - will result in her heading down the same bloody path Nikita followed. Although the test is avoided [[spoiler: because Alex accidentally kills a fellow Division cadet who she frames as a mole]], by season 2 Nikita's efforts are for naught as Alex starts killing fairly frequently during her missions with Nikita, and [[spoiler: in Season 2, completes an assigned assassination despite Division ordering her to stand down, albeit the target was someone Alex has a personal vendetta against]].

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* IRegretNothing: Percy says this very sincerely over the intercom to everyone at Division. They don't take it well... well,
[[MagnificentBastard which was his intention]].
is exactly what he wanted]].
* IronicEcho: Amanda once told Nikita: Nikita that "Deception is more important than brute force." [[spoiler:This apparently [[spoiler: This is the plot point for the series finale, "Canceled," as Nikita seemingly went appears to go over the MoralEventHorizon as means in the process of taking down the Group and their doubles during her RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Group and their doubles. Turns out over Ryan's death. She later reveals that the members of the Group and the doubles everyone she supposedly killed turned out to be is still alive and incarcerated incarcerated, and used the the RoaringRampageOfRevenge incentive (as well the information about Chappell’s Marine commander being that it was all a double from Ryan's deathbed) as means of luring ruse to lure Amanda to the into a trap]].
* ItGetsEasier: Invoked in Season 1 when Nikita is concerned that Alex's test for promotion to field agent - -- which requires Alex to kill a target in cold blood - -- will result in her heading down the same bloody path Nikita followed. Although the test is avoided [[spoiler: because Alex accidentally kills a fellow Division cadet who she frames as a mole]], by season 2 Nikita's efforts are for naught as Alex starts killing fairly frequently during her missions with Nikita, and [[spoiler: in Season 2, completes an assigned assassination despite Division ordering her to stand down, albeit the target was someone Alex has a personal vendetta against]].
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* CuttingtheKnot: In [=S04E04=], the team needs to find out where MDK's holding cells are in a building.

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* CuttingtheKnot: In [=S04E04=], ''Pay-Off'', the team needs to find out where MDK's holding cells are in a building.



** [[spoiler: Ryan]] takes this option permanently via DestinationDefenestration to [[HeroicSacrifice avoid becoming Amanda's slave and to let ensure that Nikita knows that the fight isn't over]].

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** [[spoiler: Ryan]] takes this option permanently via DestinationDefenestration a [[DestinationDefenestration hotel window]] to [[HeroicSacrifice avoid becoming Amanda's slave and to let ensure that Nikita knows that the fight isn't over]].



** Alex also frames [[spoiler: Jaden for her own death]]; she tells Division that her jealously attacked her and Alex was only defending herself. The truth is that [[spoiler: Nathan shot Jaden.]]
* DeepCoverAgent: Owen, Nikita at one point, and Sara [[spoiler:''thinks'' she's going to be this.]]
* DieHardOnAnX: That season 1 episode where Division is sent to kill a Georgian prince and turns into a hostage situation.

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** Alex also frames [[spoiler: Jaden for her own death]]; she tells Division that her jealously Jaden attacked her and Alex was only defending herself. The truth is that [[spoiler: Nathan shot Jaden.]]
* DeepCoverAgent: Owen, Nikita at one point, and Sara from season one [[spoiler:''thinks'' she's going to be this.]]
* DieHardOnAnX: That season 1 episode where In ''Coup de Grace'', when Division is sent to kill a Georgian prince and it turns into a hostage situation.



* DirtyHarriet: In "Fair Trade", Alex goes undercover at a strip club known to hire illegals, then calls ICE in order to get to Russia covertly.

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* DirtyHarriet: In "Fair Trade", Alex goes undercover at a strip club known to hire illegals, then calls ICE in order to get to deported so she can enter Russia covertly.



* TheDragon:
** Michael to Percy [[spoiler: until his HeelFaceTurn.]]
*** In Season 2, Roan seems to have taken on the role [[spoiler: handling things for Percy while he's locked up]]

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* TheDragon:
** Nikita, oh so much. There's literally nothing that will stop her from completing a mission once she's decided it needs to be done.
* TheDragon:
Michael to Percy [[spoiler: until his HeelFaceTurn.]]
*** In Season 2, ** Roan seems to have taken on the role in season 2, [[spoiler: handling things for Percy while he's locked up]]up]].



* DysfunctionJunction: Nikita was a drug addict and delinquent, abused by her foster father, then got into Division which made her a killer and murdered her fiance. Alex's parents were killed by Division, she was sold into sex slavery and kept there for several years. Michael's family [[spoiler: was killed by an Arab terrorist.]] And that's the only backstories we know.
** And Jaden was apparently [[spoiler: raped at one point, followed by her killing the rapist in his sleep. She stuck a knife in his neck; Division thought she showed "initiative".]] This show ''runs'' on this trope.
** This is justified in that Division recruits convicts and criminals to work for them. If there's not something seriously wrong with you, you don't belong there.
* {{Eagleland}}: Nikita and Michael bluffed their way past an MI6 team by pretending to be arrogant, high-handed CIA agents. It worked perfectly.

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* DysfunctionJunction: Nikita was a drug addict and delinquent, abused by her foster father, then got recruited into Division which made her a killer and murdered resulted in the murder of her fiance. Alex's parents were killed by Division, she was sold into sex slavery and kept there for several years.years, finally emerging as a drug addict and living on the streets until Nikita found her. Michael's family [[spoiler: was killed by an Arab terrorist.]] And that's just the only backstories we know.
three main characters.
** And Jaden was apparently [[spoiler: raped at one point, followed by her killing the rapist in his sleep. She stuck a knife in his neck; Division thought she showed "initiative".]] ]]
**
This show ''runs'' on this trope.
** This is
trope, and it's justified in due to the fact that Division recruits convicts and criminals to work for them. If there's not something seriously wrong with you, you don't belong there.
* {{Eagleland}}: Nikita and Michael bluffed their way past an MI6 team by pretending to be arrogant, high-handed CIA agents. It worked works perfectly.



** Nikita and Michael have pulled this off a few times, but it usually falls apart before the episode's even over.
*** [[spoiler: Though now that Michael knows that Percy was the one responsible for his family's death, he seems willing to go all the way with this trope.]]
** And in "Girl's Best Friend", Alex and Jaden truly put aside their differences for the first time, with intriguing results.
** The end of "Falling Ash" reveals that [[spoiler: Owen]] has apparently taken up Tasarov's offer.
** Owen Elliot ''tried'' to do this with Gogol, but Ari wised up and doublecrossed him first.

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** Owen ''attempts'' to do this with Gogol in season 2, but Ari wised up and doublecrossed him first.
** Nikita and Michael have pulled try to pull this off a few times, times in season one (before [[spoiler: his HeelFaceTurn]], but it usually falls apart before the episode's even over.
*** [[spoiler: Though now that Michael knows that Percy was the one responsible for his family's death, he seems willing to go all the way with this trope.]]
** And in In "Girl's Best Friend", Alex and Jaden truly put aside their differences for the first time, with intriguing results.
** The end of "Falling Ash" reveals that [[spoiler: Owen]] has apparently taken up Tasarov's offer.
** Owen Elliot ''tried'' to do this with Gogol, but Ari wised up and doublecrossed him first.
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** It's a weekly event in Season 2, with all the different factions.

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** It's pretty much a weekly event in Season 2, with all the different factions.



* EvilPlan: Operations Sparrow from season 1.

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* EvilPlan: Operations Operation Sparrow from season 1.



* FalseReassurance: In "Into the Dark", Alex uses this to beat an fMRI LieDetector.

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* FalseReassurance: In "Into the Dark", Alex uses this to beat an fMRI MRI LieDetector.



* FelonyMisdemeanor: Birkoff starts complaning to Alex after she uses his computer. His complaint: She ''changed the font''.

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* FelonyMisdemeanor: Birkoff starts complaning complaining to Alex after she uses his computer. His complaint: She ''changed the font''.



* FiveManBand: Team Nikita Season 2 onwards

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* FiveManBand: Team Nikita Season 2 onwardsonward.
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** Michael takes a few rounds of rifle gun fire to his chest in [[spoiler:a (second) last bid attempt to kill Kasim Tariq]]
* ButforMeItWasTuesday: In Season 3's episode ''High-Value target'', Nikita is confronted by the brother of a drug cartel that she killed in her days in Division. She dispatches him quickly.

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** Michael takes a few rounds of rifle gun fire to his chest in [[spoiler:a [[spoiler: a (second) last bid attempt to kill Kasim Tariq]]
* ButforMeItWasTuesday: ButForMeItWasTuesday: In Season 3's episode ''High-Value target'', Nikita is confronted by the brother of a drug cartel that she killed in her days in Division. She dispatches him quickly.



* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: In "Pilot", Nikita uses a chair a shield to block the bullets fired y the bodyguard of her targets, and then to knock the man down.

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* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: In "Pilot", Nikita uses a chair a shield to block the bullets fired y by the bodyguard of her targets, and then to knock the man down.



** We find out that [[spoiler: Percy deduced Nikita and Michael's partnership when Kasim was killed ]].

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** We find out that [[spoiler: Percy deduced Nikita and Michael's partnership when Kasim was killed ]].killed]].



* TheChessmaster: Percy, as of the penultimate first season finale turns out to be this. [[spoiler:He [[TheReveal reveals]] to Alex that he's known about Alex's true identity and her Michael, and Nikita's alliance against him since Kasim was killed, and shows her that Nikita was the one to [[YouKilledMyFather kill her father]], turns back on her kill chip and forces her to kill Nikita, letting her know she's been monitored the entire time]]

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* TheChessmaster: Percy, as of the penultimate first season finale turns out to be this. [[spoiler:He [[TheReveal reveals]] to Alex that he's known about Alex's he knows her true identity and identity, her Michael, and Nikita's ''and'' Michael's alliance against him since Kasim was killed, with Nikita, and shows her that Nikita was the one to [[YouKilledMyFather kill her father]], turns back on her kill chip back on and forces instructs her to kill Nikita, letting her know she's been being monitored the entire time]]time]].



* {{Cliffhanger}}: The episode "Echoes" (1x16) ends with a doozy of a cliffhanger - [[spoiler: while Percy and Amanda are discussing whether or not to "cancel" Alex, and Alex is thinking that it may be time to escape Division, the last scene shows Michael awaiting Nikita in her loft. With a shotgun.]]
** As does "Glass Houses" (1x20). [[spoiler: Nathan kills Jaden, Alex sells the lie to Division and thinks she's gotten away with it . . . until Amanda reveals that Jaden's cochlear implant had recorded Alex calling Nikita for help afterward and knocks Alex out cold.]]

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: The episode This show ''loves'' ending on cliffhangers. There's too many to list all of them, so here's a couple examples from just the first two seasons.
**
"Echoes" (1x16) ends with a doozy of a cliffhanger - [[spoiler: while Percy and Amanda are discussing whether or not to "cancel" Alex, and Alex is thinking that it may be time to escape Division, the last scene shows Michael awaiting Nikita in her loft. With a shotgun.]]
** As does "Glass Houses" (1x20). [[spoiler: Nathan kills Jaden, Alex sells the lie to Division and thinks she's gotten away with it . . .it... until Amanda reveals that Jaden's cochlear implant had recorded Alex calling Nikita for help afterward and knocks Alex out cold.]]



* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Nikita uses this a fair bit when foiling assassinations. Her mole in Division is not able to find out about these operations until the last minute so Nikita gets there just barely ahead of the assassins (sometimes she is late).

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* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Nikita uses this a fair bit when foiling assassinations. Her mole in Division is not able to find out about these operations until the last minute so Nikita gets there just barely ahead of the assassins (sometimes she is (and sometimes she's late).



** The continuity overall for the show is pretty top notch and the numerous nods reflect that.



* CovertGroup: A secretive United States government agency known as "Division" has for years been recruiting young adult convicts by faking their deaths and forcing them to train as spies and assassins is a main plot point.

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* CovertGroup: A The fact that a secretive United States government agency known as "Division" has for years been recruiting young adult convicts by faking their deaths and forcing them to train as spies and assassins is a main plot point.



* CuttingtheKnot: In [=S03E04=], the team needs to find out where MDK's holding cells are in a building

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* CuttingtheKnot: In [=S03E04=], [=S04E04=], the team needs to find out where MDK's holding cells are in a buildingbuilding.



* DarkActionGirl: Jaden

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* DarkActionGirl: JadenJaden.



* DatingCatwoman: Michael and Nikita's relationship borders on this - and ''everyone'' realizes it.
** Lampshaded in "Echoes", when Alex imagines the two kissing in her drug-induced state, even imitating Michael [[GutturalGrowler in a voice like his own]].
-->'''Alex''': I knew there was something between those two. Michael's all "Nikita's like a cancer", that's personal baggage.

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* DatingCatwoman: Michael and Nikita's relationship borders on this - and ''everyone'' realizes it.
**
it. Lampshaded in "Echoes", when Alex imagines the two kissing in her drug-induced state, even imitating Michael [[GutturalGrowler in a voice like his own]].
-->'''Alex''': I knew there was something between those two. Michael's all "Nikita's like a cancer", that's cancer". That's personal baggage.



* DeadpanSnarker: Michael, Nikita, Alex, Birkhoff, even Percy sometimes... it's very nearly WorldOfSnark.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Michael, Nikita, Alex, Birkhoff, even Percy sometimes... it's very nearly a WorldOfSnark.



** Later happens to Sean. Framed for murder and in FBI custody, the only way to save him is to poison and kill him, then snatch the body in the morgue and inject him with an antidote.
** Ryan takes this option permanently via DestinationDefenestration to avoid becoming Amandas slave and to let Nikita know that all is not well.

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** Later happens to Sean. Framed for murder and in FBI custody, the [[DeathFakedForYou only way to save him is to poison and kill him, him]], then snatch the body in the morgue and inject him with an antidote.
** Ryan [[spoiler: Ryan]] takes this option permanently via DestinationDefenestration to [[HeroicSacrifice avoid becoming Amandas Amanda's slave and to let ensure that Nikita know knows that all is not well.the fight isn't over]].
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** After a lackluster first season, Alex goes [[TookALevelInBadass totally badass]] in Season 2 and remains this trope for the rest of the series. How badass does she become? She ends up being the one to cause [[spoiler: ''Roan's'']] death. [[spoiler: ''ROAN'']].

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** After a lackluster first season, Alex goes [[TookALevelInBadass totally badass]] in Season 2 and remains this trope for the rest of the series. How badass does she become? She ends up being the one to cause [[spoiler: ''Roan's'']] Roan's]] death. [[spoiler: ''ROAN'']].



* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Thom loves Alex, Jaden loves Thom.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: In season one Thom loves Alex, Jaden loves Thom.



* AStormIsComing: Not said, but invoked in imagery à la Sarah Connor at the end of ''Film/TheTerminator'' -- the last scene of the first season is of [[spoiler: Nikita and Michael]] discussing the potential future as they drive away, towards a gathering storm.

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* AStormIsComing: Not said, but invoked in imagery à la Sarah Connor at the end of ''Film/TheTerminator'' -- imagery; the last scene of the first season is of [[spoiler: Nikita and Michael]] discussing the potential future as they drive away, towards a gathering storm.



** Amanda plays this far straighter, a fact that [[spoiler:Percy uses to take Division back]]
* BadassBoast: Ryan delivers one in ''High-Value Target''

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** Amanda plays this far straighter, a fact that [[spoiler:Percy uses to take Division back]]
back]].
* BadassBoast: Ryan delivers one in ''High-Value Target''Target'', summing up his own [[TookALevelInBadass character development]] to boot.



-->'''Ryan:''' Low-level analyst. Right. A low-level analyst who was killed, resurrected in a hole filled with criminals and murderers. A low-level analyst who's gone up against the MSS, FBI, CIA, ordered heads of state executed, even kidnapped the President of Uzbekistan from inside the White House... All while living under the threat that someone like you would come in here and put a bullet in my head. So believe me when I tell you, Vazquez: That file you read is in desperate need of a revision.
** Alex later delivers her own after being captured by the CIA in Season 4

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-->'''Ryan:''' Low-level analyst. Right. A low-level analyst who was killed, resurrected in a hole filled with criminals and murderers. A low-level analyst who's gone up against the MSS, FBI, CIA, ordered heads of state executed, even kidnapped the President of Uzbekistan from inside the White House... All while living under the threat that someone like you would come in here and put a bullet in my head. So believe me when I tell you, Vazquez: That that file you read is in desperate need of a revision.
** Alex later delivers her own after being captured by the CIA in Season 44.



-->'''Alex:''' My father was gunned down in front of me when I was 13 years old. I was sold into slavery, but I lived. I came out a drug addict, but I got clean. I've killed dangrous men, and I've watched people I love die in my arms. Who want to know what I am? I'm a survivor. So do me a favor and turn up the music on the way out.

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-->'''Alex:''' My father was gunned down in front of me when I was 13 years old. I was sold into slavery, but I lived. I came out a drug addict, but I got clean. I've killed dangrous dangerous men, and I've watched people I love die in my arms. Who You want to know what I am? I'm a survivor. So do me a favor and turn up the music on the way out.



** Amanda seems to have taken on the role in Season 3, running a campaign of revenge against Nikita and trying to turn the Division against her again.

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** Amanda seems to have taken takes on the role in Season 3, running a campaign of revenge against Nikita and trying to turn the Division against her again.again. She continues this role into season 4 with help from The Shop and The Group.



** Birkhoff was this to Division until he got out; he used to be a renowned hacker who stole millions of dollars, until Division caught up to him, and erased his past and crimes, with the condition he work for them.

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** Birkhoff was this to Division until he got out; he used to be a renowned hacker who stole millions of dollars, until Division caught up to him, him and erased his past and crimes, with the condition he work for them.



* BulletholeDoor: Niktia creates one in "Consequences" while trying to save Owen. Realistically, she borrows a dead Mook's [=RPD=] belt-fed machinegun and uses the entire belt, allowing her to kick part of the wall down.

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* BulletholeDoor: Niktia creates one in "Consequences" while trying to save Owen. Realistically, she borrows a dead Mook's [=RPD=] belt-fed machinegun machine gun and uses the entire belt, allowing her to kick part of the wall down.


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* ComingAndGoing: The scene where [[spoiler: Ryan]] dies in 'Bubble' is bookended by scenes of Alex and [[spoiler: Owen/Sam]] having sex for the first time and Nikita and Michael coming back together as a couple and finally getting to enjoy the freedom that comes from no longer being on the run.


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* LatexPerfection: As revealed in season three, Division has access to tech that can perfectly recreate a subject's face and allow another operative (Michael, in this case) to assume their identity.


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* OffTheWagon: Alex relapses in season three and starts using again while recovering from a shoulder injury and dealing with relationship stress.
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Nikita was one of the best of Division's operatives, who became the first to ever successfully escape the program three years ago after the agency had her fiance killed. After spending the last three years planning her revenge, Nikita declares war against the agency by thwarting a crucial assassination. Unwilling to remain hidden in the shadows any longer, Nikita delivers a message directly to Division's director... she is going to bring the agency down, one mission at a time if she has to, and she vows to ensure that no one else will have their lives stolen in the way that Division took hers.

''Nikita'' is an action-drama TV Series based on the [[{{Film/Nikita}} 1990 French film of the same name]]. Premiering in 2010 on TheCW Network, the series stars Creator/MaggieQ, and is produced by WarnerBros. This series ran for four seasons, with its fourth season comprising six episodes. The final episode aired on December 27, 2013.

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Nikita was once one of the best of Division's best operatives, who became but she escaped prior to the first to ever successfully escape start of the program three years ago series and went rogue after [[{{Backstory}} the agency had her fiance killed. killed]]. After spending the last three years spent planning her revenge, Nikita declares war against the agency by thwarting a crucial assassination. Unwilling to remain hidden in the shadows any longer, Nikita delivers a message directly to Division's director... she is going to bring the agency down, one mission at a time if she has to, and she vows to ensure that no one else will have their lives stolen in the way that Division took hers.

''Nikita'' is an action-drama TV Series based on the [[{{Film/Nikita}} 1990 French film of the same name]]. Premiering in 2010 on TheCW Network, the series stars Creator/MaggieQ, and is produced by WarnerBros. This The series ran for four seasons, with its fourth season comprising six episodes. The final episode aired on December 27, 2013.



** The current female recruits of Division also qualify.
** Alex, after a lackluster first season, goes totally badass in Season 2 and, in the season finale, [[spoiler: ''kills Roan.'']]

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** The After a lackluster first season, Alex goes [[TookALevelInBadass totally badass]] in Season 2 and remains this trope for the rest of the series. How badass does she become? She ends up being the one to cause [[spoiler: ''Roan's'']] death. [[spoiler: ''ROAN'']].
** Any
current female recruits of Division also qualify.
** Alex, after a lackluster first season, goes totally
qualify, as do any of the female operatives the main characters encounter throughout the series. This show loves badass in Season 2 and, in the season finale, [[spoiler: ''kills Roan.'']]women.



* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Three times Nikita's safehouse has been compromised and three times it's been blown up.

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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Three times Nikita's safehouse has been safehouse/base gets compromised and three times it's been blown up.up a ''lot''. Season two probably contains the most examples.


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* AndStarring: With Melinda Clark. And Xander Berkley.


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* LifeOrLimbDecision: In 'Intersection', [[spoiler: Michael's]] right hand gets trapped under a burning car after a wreck and Nikita is forced to cut it off before the vehicle explodes.


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* SayMyName: Happens quite often, but the two most famous examples are undoubtedly [[spoiler: Percy and Amanda]] saying Nikita's name when she finally takes them down.
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