History YMMV / Damages

4th Oct '17 5:23:30 PM marcoasalazarm
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The whole series is about a bunch of jerks doing their damnedest to tear each other apart because they want to win the lawsuit and nothing else matters, trampling over people, tossing them to the wolves and ''killing them'' if needed. The series really has no heroes (and as a demonstration, Ellen Parsons (the NaiveNewcomer WideEyedIdealist protagonist) is a stone-faced sociopath from approximately the middle of Season One onwards--a straightforward example of BreakTheCutie).
30th Jun '17 4:29:46 PM Eagal
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ray Fiske. Tom Shayes as well.

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* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Subverted in the season 5 premiere: [[spoiler: Ellen is this season's victim]].
** [[spoiler: Double subverted, she's not.]]



* TheWoobie: [[spoiler:Ray Fiske]] by the end of his character arc.

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* TheWoobie: [[spoiler:Ray Fiske]] by the end of his character arc.


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6th Nov '16 10:43:03 PM Jake18
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* MoralEventHorizon: In Season 3, the Tobin's start out as a reasonably sympathetic family, but they get progressively worse as the story progresses. You lose all sympathy with them when they [[spoiler: arrange the murder Tessa, a schoolgirl who hadn't been given a choice about getting involved in the first place, and Marilyn Tobin knew to be her granddaughter]].

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* MoralEventHorizon: In Season 3, the Tobin's start out as a reasonably sympathetic family, but they get progressively worse as the story progresses. You lose all sympathy with them when they [[spoiler: arrange the murder of Tessa, a schoolgirl who hadn't been given a choice about getting involved in the first place, and Marilyn Tobin knew to be her granddaughter]].
14th May '16 10:44:24 PM nombretomado
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* AwardSnub: Averted in many regards, as the show became (along with ''MadMen'') the first ever basic cable program to be nominated for Best Drama Series at the Emmys, with both Glenn Close and long-time character actor Zeljko Ivanek winning Emmys for their performances. However, Rose Byrne, wisely seen as a standout of the program for impressively holding her own off of Close, wasn't able to win. Similarly, Campbell Scott failed to attain much recognition for his work in Season 3, with most of the attention going to Martin Short for his subdued PlayingAgainstType character.

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* AwardSnub: Averted in many regards, as the show became (along with ''MadMen'') ''Series/MadMen'') the first ever basic cable program to be nominated for Best Drama Series at the Emmys, with both Glenn Close and long-time character actor Zeljko Ivanek winning Emmys for their performances. However, Rose Byrne, wisely seen as a standout of the program for impressively holding her own off of Close, wasn't able to win. Similarly, Campbell Scott failed to attain much recognition for his work in Season 3, with most of the attention going to Martin Short for his subdued PlayingAgainstType character.
7th May '15 6:49:22 PM tyouker
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**Lenny Winstone proves to be one as well, given that he [[spoiler: successfully impersonated a lawyer for decades, brought down the Tobins, and pulled a KarmaHoudini with a duffle bag full of stolen money,]] all while remaining genuinely AffablyEvil.
2nd May '15 11:46:58 PM haloinsider
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* AwardSnub: Averted in many regards, as the show became (along with ''MadMen'') the first ever basic cable program to be nominated for Best Drama Series at the Emmys, with both Glenn Close and long-time character actor Zeljko Ivanek winning Emmys for their performances. However, Rose Byrne, wisely seen as a standout of the program for impressively holding her own off of Close, wasn't able to win. Similarly, Campbell Scott failed to attain much recognition for his work in Season 3, with most of the attention going to Martin Short for his subdued PlayingAgainstType character.
2nd May '15 11:41:07 PM haloinsider
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** Tom becomes this in Season 3, as he finds out that he and his in-laws lost an incredible amount of money in the Tobin's pyramid scheme. Additionally, in the finale, [[spoiler: he's killed by Joe Tobin via drowning]].
20th Apr '15 7:40:57 PM wceagle4life
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* JerkassWoobie: Joe Tobin might have been completely irredeemable by the end of his story arc, but his parents' role in corrupting him and driving him back to the bottle removes all the satisfaction from [[spoiler:seeing him locked away for Tom's murder.]]
31st Dec '14 1:42:55 PM LondonKdS
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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Jerry Boorman]] from season 4 is a complete {{sociopath}} of a CIA agent and [[PsychoForHire mercenary]] who will ruin lives for the purpose of saving his ass from being punished for the vile things he has done as part of the "War On Terror". His most notable moment of cruelty comes when he is torturing an innocent Muslim-American into taking the fall for a murder attempt he carried out, at which point he admits to the man he is torturing, that he doesn't give a damn about America and [[ItsAllAboutMe only cares about himself]].
12th Dec '14 1:51:19 PM creader
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* FridgeHorror: At the end of season 5, the audience finds out that [[spoiler: Rutger is the one who killed Naomi.]] However, [[DramaticIrony none of the characters discover the truth.]] [[spoiler:Everyone, including her daughter, live on thinking she was an unstable woman who took her life.]]



* NightmareFuel: ''[[WhamEpisode There Is No "We" Anymore]]'', particularly the scene depicting [[spoiler:David's murder]].
** [[spoiler: Naomi]]'s murder in ''You Want To End This Once And For All?''



* TearJerker: Poor [[spoiler:Ray Fiske's]] final scenes.
** Chris's scenes at the end of the season four episode "Add That Little Hopper to Your Stew"; his friends, who betrayed him and tortured him, have abandoned him in a metal holding trailer, leaving Chris (who's sanity is already slipping due to the PTSD he has) to start to go full-on insane in the perpetually lit holding cell. By the end of his madness montage, Chris willfully pulls over his head a black hood that his traitorous friends had left in the cell, just to block out the light of the perpetually lit cell, while beginning to pray in a frantic tone as the realization that he is going to die overwhelms him.
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