History Series / Suits

23rd Jul '17 3:58:39 AM tiiger
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** Most of the recurring antagonists fit the bill - Charles Forstman, Sean Cahill and Anita Gibbs, to name a few.
22nd Jul '17 5:07:22 PM tiiger
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** In season 6, Rachel takes on the case of Leonard Bailey, a death row inmate whom she believes didn't get a fair trial. There aren't actually any such cases in New York, as the death penalty was abolished in mid 2004. That's the same year Leonard Bailey was convicted, so depending on the exact date of his conviction, either a death sentence wouldn't have been possible or his sentence would have been commuted to life without parole by 2007.
27th Jun '17 8:32:32 PM NOYB
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* TheBeard: Darby is very protective of Ava Hessington and treats her like his own daughter because she took on this role during his love affair with her father. Neither man could afford to be outed as gay so Ava pretended to by Darby's girlfriend which allowed him to spend time with her father without arousing suspicion.

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* TheBeard: Darby is very protective of Ava Hessington and treats her like his own daughter because she took on this role during his love affair with her father. Neither man could afford to be outed as gay so Ava pretended to by be Darby's girlfriend girlfriend, which allowed him to spend time with her father without arousing suspicion.
10th Jun '17 10:48:15 AM nombretomado
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* CelebrityParadox: Katrina and Mike make references to TheWire, specifically Clay Davis and his catchphrase delivery "SHIIIIIIIT!" despite the fact that Wendell Pierce who played Bunk in the same show portrays Robert Zane in this series.

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* CelebrityParadox: Katrina and Mike make references to TheWire, ''Series/TheWire'', specifically Clay Davis and his catchphrase delivery "SHIIIIIIIT!" despite the fact that Wendell Pierce who played Bunk in the same show portrays Robert Zane in this series.
9th Jun '17 1:26:47 PM stuffedninja
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* OrangeBlueContrast: Used in the intro; Mike's segment is tinted all in orange, and Harvey's is tinted in blue, as well as the ending where the two convene.
19th May '17 11:09:39 PM nombretomado
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* {{Catchphrase}}: Louis is trying to invoke this with "You got Litt up!". The show even ran #littup as a [[{{Twitter}} hashtag]] during one episode.

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* {{Catchphrase}}: Louis is trying to invoke this with "You got Litt up!". The show even ran #littup as a [[{{Twitter}} [[Website/{{Twitter}} hashtag]] during one episode.
19th May '17 9:32:35 AM Rebu
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* IHaveThisFriend: In a flashback Harvey approaches Louis about deciphering some financials. Someone is embezzling at a law firm and "a friend" asked Harvey to find out who. Louis is happy to expose another firm's dirty secrets and does not realize that these are his own firm's financials. [[spoiler: Louis notices right away there's a FallGuy, something Harvey didn't his first time through the same information, but doesn't realize ''he'' is the [[UnusualEuphemism "smuck"]]]].

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* IHaveThisFriend: In a flashback Harvey approaches Louis about deciphering some financials. Someone is embezzling at a law firm and "a friend" asked Harvey to find out who. Louis is happy to expose another firm's dirty secrets and does not realize that these are his own firm's financials. [[spoiler: Louis notices right away there's a FallGuy, something Harvey didn't his first time through the same information, but doesn't realize ''he'' is the [[UnusualEuphemism "smuck"]]]]."shmuck"]].
3rd May '17 11:01:19 PM humanpunk
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* AlmightyJanitor: Donna is an Omniscient Secretary. She's exceptional at her job, partly because she knows her coworkers better than they know themselves.
3rd Apr '17 9:08:35 AM creader
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating:
** Harvey is disliked by all the department heads in the firm. He does not play office politics so it never really bothered him but it causes major problems for Jessica who needs their votes in her fight against Hardman.
** After Mike and Harvey reveal that [[spoiler: Hardman was behind the lawsuit that cost the firm $3 million]] he loses all support from the senior partners and the vote [[spoiler: to fire him]] is unanimous.



** BrokenAce: He has an almost pathological fear of looking weak and will go to great lengths to preserve an image as a win-at-any-cost AmoralAttorney. A former lover points out that this dooms any romantic relationships he has since he cannot open up and show vulnerability.
** Furthermore, Harvey has a far more difficult time trusting women than is healthy, and it takes Donna to even *try* to slap him out of it.



* AlliterativeName: Louis Litt, Travis Tanner, Sheila Sazs.



* AlliterativeName: Louis Litt, Travis Tanner, Sheila Sazs.



* AmbiguouslyBi: Louis Litt, most definitely.
** Not anymore. He outright makes clear he is not attracted to men when he suspects someone is attracted to him.



* AmbiguouslyBi: Louis Litt, most definitely. Not anymore. He outright makes clear he is not attracted to men when he suspects someone is attracted to him.



* AsideGlance: Harvey, in "Normandy".
* Artistic License - Law: New York State allows persons who are "reading the law" to take the bar exam. "Reading the law" means that rather than attending law school, the applicant has instead studied under a judge or practicing attorney for an extended period of time. In-universe, Mike's practical experience at Pearson-Hardman would probably qualify him under the "reading the law" exception. However, New York State requires that such persons have completed at least one year of law school study (Rule 520.4 for the Admission of Attorneys). This would disqualify Mike from being allowed to take the bar exam without being able to provide proof of that year of study. Given this, Mike's assertion in the pilot episode that he had, in fact, already passed the bar is likely a reference to his having taken and passed the bar exam as part of his illegal side-business of taking exams for other people.

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* AsideGlance: Harvey, in "Normandy".
* Artistic License - Law:
ArtisticLicenseLaw: New York State allows persons who are "reading the law" to take the bar exam. "Reading the law" means that rather than attending law school, the applicant has instead studied under a judge or practicing attorney for an extended period of time. In-universe, Mike's practical experience at Pearson-Hardman would probably qualify him under the "reading the law" exception. However, New York State requires that such persons have completed at least one year of law school study (Rule 520.4 for the Admission of Attorneys). This would disqualify Mike from being allowed to take the bar exam without being able to provide proof of that year of study. Given this, Mike's assertion in the pilot episode that he had, in fact, already passed the bar is likely a reference to his having taken and passed the bar exam as part of his illegal side-business of taking exams for other people.



* AsideGlance: Harvey, in "Normandy".



** Harvey again, if you mistreat Donna.



* BrokenAce: He has an almost pathological fear of looking weak and will go to great lengths to preserve an image as a win-at-any-cost AmoralAttorney. A former lover points out that this dooms any romantic relationships he has since he cannot open up and show vulnerability.
Furthermore, Harvey has a far more difficult time trusting women than is healthy, and it takes Donna to even *try* to slap him out of it.



* [[CrazyCatLady Crazy Cat Man]]: Louis, though he only has one cat, gets this with quality not quantity.

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* [[CrazyCatLady Crazy Cat Man]]: CrazyCatLady: Louis, though he only has one cat, gets this with quality not quantity.



* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Amoral Attorneys Have Standards]]: Harvey is quite angry to learn that the district attorney [[spoiler: suppressed evidence and put an innocent man in jail.]] He also frequently makes it clear that there are lines he'd never cross and expects Mike not to cross them either. He's quite offended when Louis accuses him of trying to take all the credit for a win they received together:

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* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Amoral Attorneys Have Standards]]: EvenEvilHasStandards: Harvey is quite angry to learn that the district attorney [[spoiler: suppressed evidence and put an innocent man in jail.]] He also frequently makes it clear that there are lines he'd never cross and expects Mike not to cross them either. He's quite offended when Louis accuses him of trying to take all the credit for a win they received together:



* GenderEqualEnsemble: The 6 main characters are all equal gender wise, Harvey Specter, Mike and Louis for the boys and Rachel Zane, Donna Paulsen and Jessica Pearson for the girls.
** This may be subverted going forward. While we still have the same 3 guys, for the ladies, we now have Donna, Scottie, Rachel, Jessica, and Katrina.



* GenderEqualEnsemble: The 6 main characters are all equal gender wise, Harvey Specter, Mike and Louis for the boys and Rachel Zane, Donna Paulsen and Jessica Pearson for the girls.
** This may be subverted going forward. While we still have the same 3 guys, for the ladies, we now have Donna, Scottie, Rachel, Jessica, and Katrina.



* InVinoVeritas: Louis gets talkative after a few drinks. Unfortunately, when he goes out to a bar with Jeff Malone, Jessica's boyfriend, [[spoiler:he lets it slip that Jessica has been lying to him about the real reason Louis managed to become a name partner. Jeff breaks up with Jessica and tenders his resignation, as he can't be with someone who doesn't trust him and lies to him]].



* InVinoVeritas: Louis gets talkative after a few drinks. Unfortunately, when he goes out to a bar with Jeff Malone, Jessica's boyfriend, [[spoiler:he lets it slip that Jessica has been lying to him about the real reason Louis managed to become a name partner. Jeff breaks up with Jessica and tenders his resignation, as he can't be with someone who doesn't trust him and lies to him]].



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Donna, to Harvey.



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Donna, to Harvey.



* MrFanservice / MsFanservice: Obviously for the men. For the women, Donna, very much so. Granted, everyone else isn't exactly ugly but Donna is quite [[DoubleEntendre bouncy]] and almost always decked out in a low-cut dress or something else suitably revealing. Add to that the fact that she's perfectly willing to invoke MaleGaze to get what she wants.
** RACHEL, AND HOW.
** That said, compared to many shows, the characters are known for far more things than just fanservice. Which in turn, makes when they do some sort of fanservice, it's intentional and it's far more effective because the audience isn't accustomed to it.

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* MrFanservice / MsFanservice: MrFanservice: Obviously for the men. men.
* MsFanservice:
For the women, Donna, very much so. Granted, everyone else isn't exactly ugly but Donna is quite [[DoubleEntendre bouncy]] and almost always decked out in a low-cut dress or something else suitably revealing. Add to that the fact that she's perfectly willing to invoke MaleGaze to get what she wants.
** RACHEL, AND HOW.
** That said, compared to many shows, the characters are known for far more things than just fanservice. Which in turn, makes when they do some sort of fanservice, it's intentional and it's far more effective because the audience isn't accustomed to it.
wants.



* [[NiceGuy Nice Guy / Girl]]: Mike Ross and Zoe Lawford. The latter quits Pearson Hardman because she was tired of the backstabbing.



* NicePerson: Mike Ross and Zoe Lawford. The latter quits Pearson Hardman because she was tired of the backstabbing.



* OddCouple: WideEyedIdealist Mike contrasted with cynical, self-centered AmoralAttorney Harvey.
* OddFriendship: Louis and Rachel team up in one episode to help a dance company, after discovering a shared passion for ballet.



* OhCrap:
** Benjamin in Undefeated. Mike bets him he can list every number on a sheet of paper he looked over for less than a minute or he will give him a check for $10,000. Benjamin says that if Mike gets even one comma wrong he loses. Mike instantly replies that the document doesn't have any commas.
** Harvey finding [[spoiler:[[BigBad Daniel]] [[TheFettered Hardman]]]] giving a speech to [[spoiler:commemorate his return]], showing genuine honesty about what he's done, meaning blackmail won't work on him.
** Donna when she realizes that [[spoiler: there really was an incriminating memo that was misplaced by the firm and that she was the one who allegedly misplaced it.]], and again after her SherlockScan reveals that [[spoiler: Hardman promoted Louis to senior partner]].



* OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: Part of the reason why Harvey Specter rose so quickly through the law firms ranks is because he is proficient in multiple areas of the law. His main specialty is mergers and tax law but he also spent a few years working as a criminal prosecutor specifically to get a solid background in criminal law. This is averted with most of the firm's other partners who specialize exclusively in certain areas of the law and can be very territorial when Harvey gets involved in a case that falls into their area of expertise. On the other hand, as part of their TrainingFromHell, the junior associates are supposed to work any case that is assigned to them no matter what areas of the law it touches on or how proficient they are in the subject matter.
* TheOmniscient: Donna knows pretty much everything that goes on in the office.
-->'''Donna:''' What's wrong? \\
'''Rachel:''' I don't want to talk about it.\\
'''Donna:''' Ah. Mike Ross.\\
'''Rachel:''' How do you know?\\
'''Donna:''' I'm Donna. [[LampshadeHanging ''I know.'']]



* OddCouple: WideEyedIdealist Mike contrasted with cynical, self-centered AmoralAttorney Harvey.
* OddFriendship: Louis and Rachel team up in one episode to help a dance company, after discovering a shared passion for ballet.
* OhCrap:
** Benjamin in Undefeated. Mike bets him he can list every number on a sheet of paper he looked over for less than a minute or he will give him a check for $10,000. Benjamin says that if Mike gets even one comma wrong he loses. Mike instantly replies that the document doesn't have any commas.
** Harvey finding [[spoiler:[[BigBad Daniel]] [[TheFettered Hardman]]]] giving a speech to [[spoiler:commemorate his return]], showing genuine honesty about what he's done, meaning blackmail won't work on him.
** Donna when she realizes that [[spoiler: there really was an incriminating memo that was misplaced by the firm and that she was the one who allegedly misplaced it.]], and again after her SherlockScan reveals that [[spoiler: Hardman promoted Louis to senior partner]].
* OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: Part of the reason why Harvey Specter rose so quickly through the law firms ranks is because he is proficient in multiple areas of the law. His main specialty is mergers and tax law but he also spent a few years working as a criminal prosecutor specifically to get a solid background in criminal law. This is averted with most of the firm's other partners who specialize exclusively in certain areas of the law and can be very territorial when Harvey gets involved in a case that falls into their area of expertise. On the other hand, as part of their TrainingFromHell, the junior associates are supposed to work any case that is assigned to them no matter what areas of the law it touches on or how proficient they are in the subject matter.
* TheOmniscient: Donna knows pretty much everything that goes on in the office.
-->'''Donna:''' What's wrong? \\
'''Rachel:''' I don't want to talk about it.\\
'''Donna:''' Ah. Mike Ross.\\
'''Rachel:''' How do you know?\\
'''Donna:''' I'm Donna. [[LampshadeHanging ''I know.'']]



* [[ProfessionalsDoItOnDesks Paralegals Do It On File Shelves]]: 'Nuff said.

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* [[ProfessionalsDoItOnDesks Paralegals Do It On File Shelves]]: ProfessionalsDoItOnDesks: 'Nuff said.



* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Antagonists]]: Discussed. [[spoiler: As of late Season 2, Harvey has written Louis off and become openly hostile, effectively driving him out of the firm. When Louis is talking to Mike about this, he references Sam sheepdog and Ralph E. Wolf punching in at the meadow and warring with one another all day, only to punch out and go have a drink together, and says that Harvey "stopped punching out." Of course, an earlier episode showed that Louis considered Harvey to be his best friend at Pearson Hardman, so it's clear that his understanding of their relationship is rather different than Harvey's is. In the beginning, at least, Harvey seems to think of him as a WorthyOpponent and an asset to the firm, but this didn't appear to extend to real friendship. All that flew off the rails during Hardman's takeover and its aftermath in season 2.]]

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* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Antagonists]]: PunchClockVillain: Discussed. [[spoiler: As of late Season 2, Harvey has written Louis off and become openly hostile, effectively driving him out of the firm. When Louis is talking to Mike about this, he references Sam sheepdog and Ralph E. Wolf punching in at the meadow and warring with one another all day, only to punch out and go have a drink together, and says that Harvey "stopped punching out." Of course, an earlier episode showed that Louis considered Harvey to be his best friend at Pearson Hardman, so it's clear that his understanding of their relationship is rather different than Harvey's is. In the beginning, at least, Harvey seems to think of him as a WorthyOpponent and an asset to the firm, but this didn't appear to extend to real friendship. All that flew off the rails during Hardman's takeover and its aftermath in season 2.]]



* ZeroPercentApprovalRating:
** Harvey is disliked by all the department heads in the firm. He does not play office politics so it never really bothered him but it causes major problems for Jessica who needs their votes in her fight against Hardman.
** After Mike and Harvey reveal that [[spoiler: Hardman was behind the lawsuit that cost the firm $3 million]] he loses all support from the senior partners and the vote [[spoiler: to fire him]] is unanimous.
13th Mar '17 10:57:49 AM WaterBlap
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* ActOfTrueLoveStalemate: Mike and Harvey argue multiple times over the series about who goes down if/when the secret comes out, both insisting to take the fall themselves to protect the other.
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