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5th Mar '17 7:02:08 AM PaulA
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* DoubleMeaningTitle: "Keys" is set on an island in the Florida Keys, and also has a theme about people finding keys to their pasts.
2nd Mar '17 7:16:08 PM Pastykake
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** Seems to be the main way of infiltrating and escaping the Centre, especially during the first season finale. The air vents were probably made for this very purpose seeing as how big they were.
** Air vents also come in handing for getting around the insane asylum in "Crazy".
* AllInTheEyes: Jacob, during the TwinTelepathy scene in "Jarod's Honor".
* AlmostDeadGuy: Fenigor in "Bloodlines"

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** Seems This seems to be the main way of infiltrating and escaping the Centre, especially during the first season finale. The air vents were probably may have been made for this very purpose seeing as purpose, considering how big they were.
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** Air vents also come in handing handy for getting around the insane asylum in "Crazy".
* AllInTheEyes: Jacob, Jacob is put in this light during the TwinTelepathy scene in "Jarod's Honor".
* AlmostDeadGuy: Fenigor Fenigor, in "Bloodlines""Bloodlines."



* AmnesiaDanger: Jarod in "Amnesia"

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* AmnesiaDanger: Jarod in "Amnesia""Amnesia."



* AndIMustScream: A drunk doctor hits a bum. She injects him with something that paralyzes him, making him indistinguishable from dead, and when the bum is bought in for autopsy, kills him on the table. Jarod does the same thing, deliberately, except he makes sure the doctor is awake and can see what's going on. [[spoiler:He was just screwing with her, and the hospital staff were in on it. The evidence was given to the police.]]

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* AndIMustScream: A drunk doctor hits a bum. She injects him with something that paralyzes him, making him indistinguishable from dead, and when the bum is bought brought in for autopsy, kills him on the table. Jarod does the same thing, deliberately, except he makes sure the doctor is awake and can see what's going on. [[spoiler:He was just screwing with her, and the hospital staff were in on it. The evidence was given to the police.]]



* BaldOfEvil: Mr Raines
* BaldWomen: Several episodes have included bald women among the randomly surreal background characters in scenes at the Centre.

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* BaldOfEvil: Mr Raines
Raines is evil and bald.
* BaldWomen: Several episodes have included include bald women among the randomly surreal background characters in scenes at the Centre.



** Jarod really does not like it when someone's misery is caused by the misuse of his own Simulations. In "Past Sim", Jarod's hostage rescue Simulation is used by Mr. Lyle to abduct a murder witness (which also leads to the death of a federal agent) - prompting Jarod to declare war. In "Betrayal", Jarod's work is corrupted for terrorist operations. [[spoiler:Damien, the man behind it, also murdered one of Jarod's friends at the Centre just to break him. When Damien threatened to kill Broots in a final confrontation, Jarod shot him dead.]]

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** Jarod really does not like it when someone's misery is caused by the misuse of his own Simulations. In "Past Sim", Jarod's hostage rescue Simulation is used by Mr. Lyle to abduct a murder witness (which also leads to the death of a federal agent) - prompting Jarod to declare war. In "Betrayal", Jarod's work is corrupted for terrorist operations. [[spoiler:Damien, the man behind it, also murdered one of Jarod's friends at the Centre just to break him. When Damien threatened threatens to kill Broots in a final confrontation, Jarod shot shoots him dead.]]
2nd Mar '17 7:02:14 PM Pastykake
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Jarod has a relatively mild case of NoSocialSkills. Although he functions normally in social situations, his secluded upbringing meant that popular culture largely passed him by. In early seasons, every episode contained a sequence where Jarod discovered and gleefully explored something -- slinkies, Twinkies, Mr Potato Head, Curious George -- that everyone around him takes for granted. This thing would then be incorporated into Jarod's plan for teaching the Villain of the Week a lesson, or used to send a taunting message to the Centre agents trying to track him down and take him 'home'.

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Jarod has a relatively mild case of NoSocialSkills. Although he functions normally in social situations, his secluded upbringing meant means that popular culture largely passed him by. In early seasons, every episode contained contains a sequence where Jarod discovered discovers and gleefully explored explores something -- slinkies, Twinkies, Mr Potato Head, Curious George -- that everyone around him takes for granted. This thing would is then be incorporated into Jarod's plan for teaching the Villain of the Week a lesson, or used to send a taunting message to the Centre agents trying to track him down and take him 'home'.



The remaining regular characters are the team [[SternChase trying to track Jarod down]]. They themselves come across as relatively sympathetic characters; the recurring villains of the series are their superiors and colleagues, who threaten them as much as they do Jarod.

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The remaining regular characters are the team [[SternChase trying to track Jarod down]]. They themselves come across as relatively sympathetic characters; characters, themselves; the recurring villains of the series are their superiors and colleagues, who threaten them as much as they do Jarod.



* Snarky team leader Miss Parker, whose issues with her own parents (her emotionally-distant father is the head of the Centre; her mother's murder when she was a girl was never solved) form an ongoing part of the series.

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* Snarky team leader Miss Parker, whose issues with her own parents (her emotionally-distant emotionally distant father is the head of the Centre; her mother's murder when she was a girl was never solved) form an ongoing part of the series.



* Broots, TheLabRat and PunchClockVillain. A basically ordinary guy who somehow wound up working in this insane asylum, Broots is the audience's surrogate in reacting to the Centre's oddities; perhaps for this reason, he managed to remain normal to the end, the only regular character with no MysteriousPast and no previously-unknown relatives suddenly appearing from the woodwork.

Miss Parker gets her own nemesis in the second season, as her team's lack of success in catching Jarod prompts the creation of a rival team under the charming sociopath Mr Lyle. (Renewed menace to Jarod also, since Mr Lyle has considerably fewer scruples than Miss Parker.) In addition to being her professional rival, Mr Lyle's presence eventually squishes Miss Parker's personal hopes as it's revealed that he is, literally if fraternally, her EvilTwin, and therefore the son her father has always wanted, rendering moot Miss Parker's attempts to fill that gap which had shaped her adult life.

Family was a CentralTheme of the series. Many episodes explored fatherhood in various ways. Also that whole thing with the unexpected relatives.

Early seasons of ''The Pretender'' were marked by a real sense of playfulness. Later seasons, when the series lost its humour and became increasingly more like ''Series/TheXFiles'', were weirder but not as fun.

The series is being continued by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle with a series of novels and graphic novels, the first of which came out October of 2013.

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* Broots, TheLabRat and PunchClockVillain. A basically ordinary guy who somehow wound up working in this insane asylum, Broots is the audience's surrogate in reacting to the Centre's oddities; perhaps for this reason, he managed manages to remain normal to the end, the only regular character with no MysteriousPast and no previously-unknown previously unknown relatives suddenly appearing from the woodwork.

Miss Parker gets her own nemesis in the second season, as her team's lack of success in catching Jarod prompts the creation of a rival team under the charming sociopath Mr Lyle. (Renewed menace to Jarod also, since Mr Lyle has considerably fewer scruples than Miss Parker.) In addition to being her professional rival, Mr Lyle's presence eventually squishes Miss Parker's personal hopes as it's revealed that he is, literally if fraternally, her EvilTwin, and therefore the son her father has always wanted, rendering moot Miss Parker's attempts to fill that gap which had shaped her adult life.

Family was is a CentralTheme of the series. Many episodes explored explore fatherhood in various ways. Also Also, that whole thing with the unexpected relatives.

Early seasons of ''The Pretender'' were are marked by a real sense of playfulness. Later seasons, when the series lost loses its humour and became becomes increasingly more like ''Series/TheXFiles'', were are weirder but not as fun.

The series canon is being continued by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle with a series of novels and graphic novels, the first of which came out in October of 2013.
22nd Feb '17 8:49:44 PM PaulA
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* ObstructiveBureacrat: A subplot in "Under the Reds" involves a paperwork-obsessed bureaucrat who causes Jarod trouble by actually following up on the fake paper trail Jarod created to get his current job as a paramedic. He's initially played for laughs as an example of this trope, but is afforded a moment of humanity near the end in which he explains that he's motivated by the thought that their organization holds people's lives in their hands, and he's doing his best to ensure they're the best hands possible.

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* ObstructiveBureacrat: ObstructiveBureaucrat: A subplot in "Under the Reds" involves a paperwork-obsessed bureaucrat who causes Jarod trouble by actually following up on the fake paper trail Jarod created to get his current job as a paramedic. He's initially played for laughs as an example of this trope, but is afforded a moment of humanity near the end in which he explains that he's motivated by the thought that their organization holds people's lives in their hands, and he's doing his best to ensure they're the best hands possible.
22nd Feb '17 8:45:38 PM PaulA
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* DeathFakedForYou: In "Under the Reds", Sydney and Miss Parker fake the death of Sydney's comatose brother Jacob after Mr Raines decides Jacob needs to be killed to prevent the risk of Jacob recovering and spilling the Centre's secrets.



* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: In TheTeaser of "A Stand-Up Guy", Jarod, in the role of a gangster, is called on to show his stuff by shooting an inconvenient witness. This kind of thing was a fairly frequent occurrence for Jarod, who would always TakeAThirdOption by coming up with pragmatic reasons not to do the evil deed just yet.

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* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten:
** In "Under the Reds", Miss Parker is ordered to demonstrate her loyalty to the Centre by personally murdering someone the Centre wants disposed of. [[spoiler:She fakes it with Sydney's collusion, but the audience is not shown this until after she's apparently gone through with it.]]
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In TheTeaser of "A Stand-Up Guy", Jarod, in the role of a gangster, is called on to show his stuff by shooting an inconvenient witness. This kind of thing was a fairly frequent occurrence for Jarod, who would always TakeAThirdOption by coming up with pragmatic reasons not to do the evil deed just yet.yet -- but in this case they're not taking "later" for an answer. [[spoiler:It turns out later that the apparent victim was an undercover cop and he and Jarod had arranged matters in advance.]]



* MatchCut: The A and B-plots of "Under the Reds" each revolve around a comatose patient. At one point in the episode, there's a match cut from one to the other.



* {{Nerd}}: Broots -- he's good with computers, bad with social interaction and dress sense. In "FX" he identifies one of the lesser ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'' sequels from a single line of dialogue. In "Once in a Blue Moon" he voluntarily admits to having wanted to be Aquaman when he was a kid.

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* {{Nerd}}: Broots -- he's good with computers, bad with social interaction and dress sense. In "FX" he identifies one of the lesser ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'' ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' sequels from a single line of dialogue. In "Once in a Blue Moon" he voluntarily admits to having wanted to be Aquaman when he was a kid.


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* ObstructiveBureacrat: A subplot in "Under the Reds" involves a paperwork-obsessed bureaucrat who causes Jarod trouble by actually following up on the fake paper trail Jarod created to get his current job as a paramedic. He's initially played for laughs as an example of this trope, but is afforded a moment of humanity near the end in which he explains that he's motivated by the thought that their organization holds people's lives in their hands, and he's doing his best to ensure they're the best hands possible.


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* VorpalPillow: The weapon of choice in "Under the Reds" to dispose of a nursing home inmate who knows too much for the Centre's good.
17th Feb '17 9:01:08 AM Aggron9988
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* OnlyALighter: In the episode "Scott Free" Nick threatens to shoot Jarod with a gun, but when he pulls the trigger it's revealed to be a lighter.
6th Feb '17 6:37:27 PM PaulA
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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: The character in "Amnesia" who tries to sell Jarod to the Centre tries this, complaining "That's cold" when Jarod refers to himself as a prisoner. When Jarod challenges him to say what he'd call it instead, though, he can't think of anything, and changes the subject.



* ByNoIMeanYes: The character in "Amnesia" who tries to sell Jarod to the Centre tries this, complaining "That's cold" when Jarod refers to himself as a prisoner. When Jarod challenges him to say what he'd call it instead, though, he can't think of anything, and changes the subject.
6th Feb '17 1:23:52 PM Gosicrystal
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* ByNoIMeanYes: The character in "Amnesia" who tries to sell Jarod to the Centre tries this, complaining "That's cold" when Jarod refers to himself as a prisoner. When Jarod challenges him to say what he'd call it instead, though, he can't think of anything, and changes the subject.



* NoExceptYes: The character in "Amnesia" who tries to sell Jarod to the Centre tries this, complaining "That's cold" when Jarod refers to himself as a prisoner. When Jarod challenges him to say what he'd call it instead, though, he can't think of anything, and changes the subject.
17th Jan '17 6:04:56 PM PaulA
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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Flashbacks to earlier times in the Centre are in monochrome, just like the Centre's surveillance footage. (Many of them actually are surveillance footage, distinguished with a timecode in the bottom corner.) Relatedly, Miss Parker's flashbacks to happier days in her home life are in color, but kind of washed-out, like an old home movie.


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* MonochromePast:
** Flashbacks to earlier times in the Centre are in monochrome, just like the Centre's surveillance footage. (Some of them actually are surveillance footage, distinguished with a timecode in the bottom corner.)
** Miss Parker's flashbacks to happier days in her home life are in color, but kind of washed-out, like an old home movie.
* MonochromeApparition: In "Indy Show", Sydney dreams he's having a conversation with his twin brother Jacob, who has been in a coma for decades following a car accident. Jacob appears as he did before the accident, as seen in MonochromePast flashbacks in earlier episodes -- ''exactly'' as seen in the flashbacks, meaning he's monochrome in the midst of a scene that's otherwise in full color.
21st Oct '16 4:33:35 AM Kalaong
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** If anybody asks Jarod how he learned some impressive skill, he will tell them; since he usually learned it by [[ButIReadABookAboutIt reading books]] and {{MacGyvering}} training aids, his reply is always taken as a joke. It gets better when he is called on a skill in a later episode; when one of his "[[WeHelpTheHelpless projects]]" asks him how he leaned to drive so well, he honestly answers, "Indianapolis!" (It turns out he learned how to race at [[IKnowMortalKombat an ARCADE]] in Indianapolis...)

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** If anybody asks Jarod how he learned some impressive skill, he will tell them; since he usually learned it by [[ButIReadABookAboutIt reading books]] and {{MacGyvering}} training aids, his reply is always taken as a joke. It gets better when he is called on a skill in a later episode; when one of his "[[WeHelpTheHelpless projects]]" asks him how he leaned to drive so well, he honestly answers, "Indianapolis!" "[[UsefulNotes/IndyCar Indianapolis!]]" (It turns out he learned how to race at [[IKnowMortalKombat an ARCADE]] in Indianapolis...)
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