History YMMV / Dexter

14th Sep '17 7:48:40 AM annette12
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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Lumen. The fans that can't stand her believe she's a [[FlatCharacter flat]] ReplacementGoldfish for Rita who is [[{{Wangst}} annoying and whiny]], constantly shouting about getting revenge on her rapists at all costs, and for doing things without thinking them through. The fans that love her however find her a sympathetic WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and see her as the ideal woman for Dexter who relates to him and actually understands and accepts him in a way that Rita definitely would not have.

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** Debra teeters back and forth for some. On the one hand she really does love Dexter, but on the other she can be a completely unapologetic bitch, and she has apparently no common sense when it comes to [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter who she chooses to date]] (her track record so far: a serial killer, an FBI agent who's old enough to be her father and who will obviously have to leave Miami once the case is over, a drug dealing/using CI, and a dirty cop).
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Lumen. The fans that can't stand her believe she's a [[FlatCharacter flat]] ReplacementGoldfish for Rita who is [[{{Wangst}} annoying and whiny]], constantly shouting about getting revenge on her rapists at all costs, and for doing things without thinking them through. The fans that love her however find her a sympathetic WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and see her as the ideal woman for Dexter who relates to him and actually understands and accepts him in a way that Rita definitely would not have.have.
** Some fans love Rita for being a NiceGirl and they think she has good chemistry with Dexter. Others don't like her because (after the first season) she goes from TheWoobie and a BrokenBird to a clingy and annoying girlfriend to Dexter, especially in season 4 where she acts like the typical nagging wife.



** Quinn. Although some consider Quinn RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap somewhat by his [[spoiler:relationship with Deb]].

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** Quinn. Although some consider Quinn RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap somewhat by his [[spoiler:relationship with Deb]].[=LaGuerta=] is easily the most hated character in the main cast, and it's hard to find fans who actually like her. She has little to no redeeming qualities and only gets worse over the years, even losing her few likable traits from the early seasons. Even if she's portrayed as a HeroAntagonist in her last season and Debra killing her is considered Debra's MoralEventHorizon, many see [=LaGuerta=]'s death as a TakeThatScrappy.



** Debra teeters back and forth for some. On the one hand she really does love Dexter, but on the other she can be a completely unapologetic bitch, and she has apparently no common sense when it comes to [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter who she chooses to date]] (her track record so far: a serial killer, an FBI agent who's old enough to be her father and who will obviously have to leave Miami once the case is over, a drug dealing/using CI, and a dirty cop).
13th Sep '17 9:22:18 AM KizunaTallis
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* CreatorsPet: Hannah [=McKay=]. Many find her flat, uninteresting, and unlikable, but the writers can't get enough of her. Dexter keeps [[CharacterShilling narrating about how perfect she is]]; Harrison loves her despite sharing almost no screentime with her; she comes close to prison and death near the end of Season 7, but escapes both; [[spoiler:she returns in Season 8 for [[CharacterFocus another major (and largely reviled) storyline]]; Deb warms up to her despite the events of Season 7; Dexter's love for her helps him ''let go of his homicidal urges''; and in the end she escapes to her dream paradise Argentina. And now Scott Buck is talking about giving her a spin-off]].

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* CreatorsPet: Hannah [=McKay=]. Many find her flat, uninteresting, and unlikable, but the writers can't get enough of her. Dexter keeps [[CharacterShilling narrating about how perfect she is]]; Harrison loves her despite sharing almost no screentime with her; she comes close to prison and death near the end of Season 7, but escapes both; [[spoiler:she returns in Season 8 for [[CharacterFocus another major (and largely reviled) storyline]]; Deb warms up to her despite the events of Season 7; Dexter's love for her helps him ''let go of his homicidal urges''; and in the end she escapes to her dream paradise Argentina. And now Scott Buck is talking about even considered giving her a spin-off]].



** The various women Dexter has been involved with since [[spoiler:Rita was killed]]. [[BrokenBird Lumen Pierce]] and [[BlackWidow [=Hannah McKay=]]] are both beautiful blondes who are as affectionate toward him as Rita, yet have the added convenience of knowing about and accepting his dark secret (something he feels Rita never would have been able to). A few of his brief flings have also been with attractive blondes. None of these women have been as well-received as Rita.

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** The various women Dexter has been involved with since [[spoiler:Rita was killed]]. [[BrokenBird Lumen Pierce]] and [[BlackWidow [=Hannah McKay=]]] Hannah McKay]] are both beautiful blondes who are as affectionate toward him as Rita, yet have the added convenience of knowing about and accepting his dark secret (something he feels Rita never would have been able to). A few of his brief flings have also been with attractive blondes. None of these women have been as well-received as Rita.



** Season 7 had Dexter and Hannah [=McKay=]. They have little chemistry and hook up ''very'' suddenly, and about the only thing they have in common is they're both serial killers. It's obviously meant to set up an emotional moment when Deb is forced to arrest Hannah; after all, she was "the only person who'd ever accepted Dexter"...except that the writers apparently forgot about Lila West and Lumen Pierce, both of whom had been perfectly willing to accept Dexter's killing, the latter even helping him out in the exact same way that Hannah did. The whole thing just felt rather forced. It's back in full swing in Season 8. Hannah shows up again out of nowhere, and she and Dexter are back together within two episodes. Even Dr. Vogel, an expert on psychology and human behavior, can't stop gushing about how utterly perfect they are for each other.

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** Season 7 had Dexter and Hannah [=McKay=]. They have little some chemistry and then hook up ''very'' suddenly, (right as Dexter was a about to kill her no less), and about the only thing they have in common is they're both serial killers. It's obviously meant to set up an emotional moment when Deb is forced to arrest Hannah; after all, she was "the only person who'd ever accepted Dexter"...except that the writers apparently forgot about Lila West and Lumen Pierce, both of whom had been perfectly willing to accept Dexter's killing, the latter even helping him out in the exact same way that Hannah did. The whole thing just felt rather forced. It's back in full swing in Season 8. 8 when Hannah shows up again out of nowhere, and she and Dexter are back together within two episodes. Even Dr. Vogel, an expert on psychology and human behavior, [[CharacterShilling can't stop gushing about how utterly perfect they are for each other.other]].
25th Aug '17 5:56:11 AM Morgenthaler
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** After Deb runs into a nude Lila in Dexter's apartment, she calls his [[TheVamp vamp-y]] girlfriend "a gross, English titty vampire". Lila's actress Creator/JaimeMurray actually did end up playing one in the DirectToVideo ''Film/FrightNight2NewBlood'' (though her character was Romanian, not English).

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** After Deb runs into a nude Lila in Dexter's apartment, she calls his [[TheVamp vamp-y]] girlfriend "a gross, English titty vampire". Lila's actress Creator/JaimeMurray actually did end up playing one in the DirectToVideo ''Film/FrightNight2NewBlood'' (though her (her character was actually Romanian, not English).but she didn't lose the accent).
25th Aug '17 5:54:49 AM Morgenthaler
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** After Deb runs into a nude Lila in Dexter's apartment, she calls his [[TheVamp vamp-y]] girlfriend "a gross, English titty vampire". Lila's actress Creator/JaimeMurray actually did end up playing one in the DirectToVideo ''Fright Night 2: New Blood'' (though her character was Romanian, not English).

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** After Deb runs into a nude Lila in Dexter's apartment, she calls his [[TheVamp vamp-y]] girlfriend "a gross, English titty vampire". Lila's actress Creator/JaimeMurray actually did end up playing one in the DirectToVideo ''Fright Night 2: New Blood'' ''Film/FrightNight2NewBlood'' (though her character was Romanian, not English).
15th Aug '17 1:25:49 PM KizunaTallis
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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Lumen. The fans that can't stand her believe she's a [[FlatChaaracter flat]] ReplacementGoldfish for Rita who is [[{{Wangst}} annoying and whiny]], constantly shouting about getting revenge on her rapists at all costs, and for doing things without thinking them through. The fans that love her however find her a sympathetic WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and see her as the ideal woman for Dexter who relates to him and actually understands and accepts him in a way that Rita definitely would not have.

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Lumen. The fans that can't stand her believe she's a [[FlatChaaracter [[FlatCharacter flat]] ReplacementGoldfish for Rita who is [[{{Wangst}} annoying and whiny]], constantly shouting about getting revenge on her rapists at all costs, and for doing things without thinking them through. The fans that love her however find her a sympathetic WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and see her as the ideal woman for Dexter who relates to him and actually understands and accepts him in a way that Rita definitely would not have.
15th Aug '17 11:53:24 AM KizunaTallis
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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Half of the fanbase can't stand Lumen, believing she's a flat ReplacementGoldfish who is annoying and whiny. They view her as constantly shouting about getting revenge on her rapists, and for doing things without thinking. On the other hand, the other half love her and find her to be an ideal woman for Dexter that relates to him in so many ways, is a great match for his personality, and actually understands him and accepts him in a way that Rita definitely would not have.
* BigNameFan: J. Michael Straczynski praised the show for being the only one he'd seen able to create the same sense of "a freight train slowing coming toward the characters over week, months, or even years" that he was constantly trying to achieve on ''BabylonFive''. Though mind you, he said this when only two seasons had aired, and there's no word on what he thought of the less popular ones.
* BrokenBase: In the Season 7 finale, [[spoiler:Deb kills [=LaGuerta=] instead of bringing Dexter to justice]]. For some viewers, [[spoiler:Deb crossed the MoralEventHorizon as [=LaGuerta=], despite her flaws, was ultimately a good cop doing the right thing much like Doakes]]. For others, [[spoiler:[=LaGuerta=]]] was such a {{Jerkass}} MagnificentBastard that they saw [[spoiler:her final fate as a KarmicDeath for all the morally questionable things she'd done over the years, painting her as an AssholeVictim and Deb as a SympatheticMurderer.]] A rare case where BOTH characters can justifiably be said to be getting a degree of DracoInLeatherPants treatment.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Although the show takes place in Miami, the majority of filming took place in Southern California. The primary filming locations were located throughout Long Beach, while also using San Pedro, Wilmington, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Sun Valley, Marina Del Rey, and Los Angeles proper in various points of the series.
** Long Beach has been commonly used as a doubling location for Florida for years, as it has areas that bear a passing resemblance to parts of Florida; specifically, the Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach, where Rita's, Angel's, the house Dexter inherits as well as his childhood home, and other various minor characters' homes are all located. The other filming locations are a bit more obvious (mostly famous or easily recognizable places and landmarks like the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Shoreline Village, Marine Stadium and Santa's Village in Long Beach, the Hermosa Beach Strand, the Fun Factory and adjacent parking garage at the Redondo Beach Pier, etc.) Viewers from Southern California and Florida were prone to pointing out the glaring examples of doubling during the series' initial run.

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Half of the fanbase Lumen. The fans that can't stand Lumen, believing her believe she's a flat [[FlatChaaracter flat]] ReplacementGoldfish for Rita who is [[{{Wangst}} annoying and whiny. They view her as whiny]], constantly shouting about getting revenge on her rapists, rapists at all costs, and for doing things without thinking. On the other hand, the other half thinking them through. The fans that love her and however find her to be an a sympathetic WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and see her as the ideal woman for Dexter that who relates to him in so many ways, is a great match for his personality, and actually understands him and accepts him in a way that Rita definitely would not have.
* BigNameFan: J. Michael Straczynski praised the show for being the only one he'd seen able to create the same sense of "a freight train slowing coming toward the characters over week, months, or even years" that he was constantly trying to achieve on ''BabylonFive''.''Series/BabylonFive''. Though mind you, he said this when only two seasons had aired, and there's no word on what he thought of the less popular ones.
* BrokenBase: In the Season 7 finale, [[spoiler:Deb kills [=LaGuerta=] instead of bringing Dexter to justice]]. For some viewers, [[spoiler:Deb crossed the MoralEventHorizon as [=LaGuerta=], despite her flaws, was ultimately a good cop doing the right thing much like Doakes]]. For others, [[spoiler:[=LaGuerta=]]] was such a {{Jerkass}} MagnificentBastard that they saw [[spoiler:her final fate as a KarmicDeath for all the morally questionable things she'd done over the years, painting her as an AssholeVictim and Deb as a SympatheticMurderer.]] SympatheticMurderer]]. A rare case where BOTH ''both'' characters can justifiably be said to be getting a degree of DracoInLeatherPants treatment.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Although the show takes place in Miami, the majority of filming took place in Southern California. The primary filming locations were located throughout Long Beach, while also using San Pedro, Wilmington, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Sun Valley, Marina Del Rey, and Los Angeles proper in various points of the series.
** Long Beach has been commonly used as a doubling location for Florida for years, as it has areas that bear a passing resemblance to parts of Florida; specifically, the Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach, where Rita's, Angel's, the house Dexter inherits as well as his childhood home, and other various minor characters' homes are all located. The other filming locations are a bit more obvious (mostly famous or easily recognizable places and landmarks like the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Shoreline Village, Marine Stadium and Santa's Village in Long Beach, the Hermosa Beach Strand, the Fun Factory and adjacent parking garage at the Redondo Beach Pier, etc.) Viewers from Southern California and Florida were prone to pointing out the glaring examples of doubling during the series' initial run.
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** Season 5's BigBad, [[ManipulativeBastard Jordan Chase]] (born Eugene Greer), directs a group of men to capture women to torture and rape for months before disposing of them in barrels. All the while, Jordan looks on, occasionally holding his watch to the women's ears and whispering, "Tick tick tick. That's the sound of your life running out." Watching the video footage they took of what they did to the women was enough to make [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Debra]] root for the people who were tracking them down and killing them (despite it being her job to catch the killers); Dexter himself admits that they sicken him. The tapes themselves, which the viewers listen to, are pure horror. When Dexter and Lumen (the last victim who managed to get away) finally have Jordan at their mercy, he taunts Lumen about what he did to her, mocking her for being so "pathetic" and "helpless".

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** Season 5's BigBad, [[ManipulativeBastard Jordan Chase]] (born Eugene Greer), has the front of a handsome motivational speaker but in truth is a depraved ControlFreak who directs a group of men his friends to capture young women to torture and rape for months on end before disposing of them in barrels.barrels full of formaldehyde. All the while, Jordan looks on, occasionally holding his watch to the women's ears and whispering, "Tick tick tick. That's the sound of your life running out." out," to taunt them. Watching the video footage they took of what they did to the women was enough to make [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Debra]] root for the people who were tracking them down and killing them (despite it being her job to catch the killers); killers) and Dexter himself admits that they sicken him. The tapes themselves, which the viewers listen to, aren't shown but are heard, are pure horror. When Dexter and Lumen (the last victim who managed to get away) finally have Jordan at their mercy, he taunts can't resist but get one last taunt out on Lumen about what he did to her, mocking her for being so "pathetic" and "helpless".



* CreatorsPet: Hannah [=McKay=]. Many find her flat, uninteresting, and unlikeable, but the writers can't get enough of her. Dexter keeps [[CharacterShilling narrating about how perfect she is]]; Harrison loves her despite sharing almost no screentime with her; she comes close to prison and death near the end of Season 7, but escapes both; [[spoiler:she returns in Season 8 for [[CharacterFocus another major (and largely reviled) storyline]]; Deb warms up to her despite the events of Season 7; Dexter's love for her helps him ''let go of his homicidal urges''; and in the end she escapes to her dream paradise Argentina. And now Scott Buck is talking about giving her a spin-off]].

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* CreatorsPet: Hannah [=McKay=]. Many find her flat, uninteresting, and unlikeable, unlikable, but the writers can't get enough of her. Dexter keeps [[CharacterShilling narrating about how perfect she is]]; Harrison loves her despite sharing almost no screentime with her; she comes close to prison and death near the end of Season 7, but escapes both; [[spoiler:she returns in Season 8 for [[CharacterFocus another major (and largely reviled) storyline]]; Deb warms up to her despite the events of Season 7; Dexter's love for her helps him ''let go of his homicidal urges''; and in the end she escapes to her dream paradise Argentina. And now Scott Buck is talking about giving her a spin-off]].



* DesignatedHero: Dexter in the later seasons, especially 6 and 8. While the earlier seasons portray him as a morally ambiguous AntiHero, the newer ones practically make Dexter a paladin by rationalizing and justifying his every action, no matter how [[MoralDissonance immoral]] or [[IdiotBall stupid]].

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* DesignatedHero: Dexter in the later seasons, especially 6 and 8. While the earlier seasons portray him as a morally ambiguous dark-grey AntiHero, the newer later ones practically make Dexter a paladin by rationalizing and justifying his every action, no matter how [[MoralDissonance immoral]] or [[IdiotBall stupid]].



** Arthur Mitchell was one of the most popular villains in the series. Of course being played by JohnLithgow probably had something to do with it.
** Brother Sam, who is often noted as one of the best characters in season six (if not [[SeasonalRot the best part of the whole season]], being able to relate to Dexter since they both have darkness inside them. He is also a good representation of how people can change. Reviewers often said that Mos's performance as him stole every scene he was in. [[spoiler: When he [[DroppedABridgeOnHim died]], some thought this was enough to forego watching the rest of Season 6 altogether]].

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** Arthur Mitchell was one of the most popular villains in the series. Of course being played by JohnLithgow Creator/JohnLithgow probably had something to do with it.
** Brother Sam, who is often noted as one of the best characters in season six (if not [[SeasonalRot the best part of the whole season]], season]]), being able to relate to Dexter since they both have darkness inside them. He is also a good representation of how people can change. Reviewers often said that Mos's performance as him stole every scene he was in. [[spoiler: When he [[DroppedABridgeOnHim died]], some thought this was enough to forego watching the rest of Season 6 altogether]].



* {{Fanon}}: Ask just about any fan of the show about the scene in the finale right after [[spoiler: Dexter killed Saxon]], and they'll tell you that [[spoiler: Quinn figured out that Dexter was a serial killer, and possibly Angel did too. It's a nearly unanimous consensus that they let him go anyway because his actions avenged Debra's death, even though none of this is spelled out in the scene itself.]]

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* {{Fanon}}: Ask just about any fan of the show about the scene in the finale right after [[spoiler: Dexter [[spoiler:Dexter killed Saxon]], and they'll tell you that [[spoiler: Quinn [[spoiler:Quinn figured out that Dexter was a serial killer, and possibly Angel did too. It's a nearly unanimous consensus that they let him go anyway because his actions avenged Debra's death, even though none of this is spelled out in the scene itself.]]



** Some fans prefer to believe that Deb actually shot Dexter at the end of Season 7, and that [[spoiler:[=LaGuerta=]'s death]] and all of [[SeasonalRot Season 8]] were just his dying dream.

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** Some fans prefer to believe that Deb actually shot Dexter at the end of Season 7, and that [[spoiler:[=LaGuerta=]'s death]] and all of [[SeasonalRot Season 8]] were just his dying dream.{{dying dream}}.



* FoeYay: Dexter gets this a lot. He seems to have a disconcerting habit of getting really close to his victims once they're on his table, physically. Entirely deliberate, as killing was Dexter's equivalent of sexual release. (Back before he managed to have sexual release during... y'know... sex.)

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* FoeYay: Dexter gets this a lot. He seems to have a disconcerting habit of getting really close to his victims once they're on his table, physically. Entirely deliberate, as killing was Dexter's equivalent of sexual release. (Back before he managed to have sexual release during... y'know... during actual sex.)



** In Season 7, when he has Hannah [=McKay=] on his table, he raises the knife...and cuts her free, then proceeds to have sex with her.

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** In Season 7, when he has Hannah [=McKay=] on his table, he raises the knife... and cuts her free, then proceeds to have sex with her.



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The Season 8 finale has pretty much ruined Dexter's [[spoiler:"I will not kill my sister" MadnessMantra]] in Season 2.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The Season 8 finale has pretty much ruined Dexter's [[spoiler:"I will not kill my sister" MadnessMantra]] in Season 2.



** In-universe, Doakes's statement foreshadows how Dexter's life would affect his friends and loved ones. [[spoiler: This leads to Doakes' death; Rita's murder by the Trinity Killer; Rita's children being PutOnABus; Deb discovering Dexter is a serial killer, killing [=LaGuerta=] for learning the same, reaching the DespairEventHorizon]], and later dying; and Harrison being raised by Hannah after Dexter fakes his death. It's also revealed that [[spoiler:Harry killed himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone out of shame]] when he saw what Dexter would become]]. It's pretty clear that Dexter's inability to control his murderous addiction ravages his personal life.

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** In-universe, Doakes's Doakes' statement foreshadows how Dexter's life would affect his friends and loved ones. [[spoiler: This leads to Doakes' death; Rita's murder by the Trinity Killer; Rita's children being PutOnABus; Deb discovering Dexter is a serial killer, killing [=LaGuerta=] for learning the same, reaching the DespairEventHorizon]], and later dying; and Harrison being raised by Hannah after Dexter fakes his death. It's also revealed that [[spoiler:Harry killed himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone out of shame]] when he saw what Dexter would become]]. It's pretty clear that Dexter's inability to control his murderous addiction ravages his personal life.



** Shortly after playing Dexter's love interest, Yvonne Strahovski starred in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24: Live Another Day]]'', playing a character named Kate '''Morgan'''.

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** Shortly after playing Dexter's love interest, Yvonne Strahovski Creator/YvonneStrahovski starred in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24: Live Another Day]]'', playing a character named Kate '''Morgan'''.



** Brian's interest in Dexter seemed go to a bit past [[spoiler:brotherly love.]] He kinda crossed the StalkerWithACrush line.

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** Brian's interest in Dexter seemed go to a bit past [[spoiler:brotherly love.]] love, combining this with some IncestSubtext]]. He kinda crossed the StalkerWithACrush line.



* MoralEventHorizon: Deb in the Season 7 finale: [[spoiler: when placed in a SadisticChoice predicament between killing/arresting Dexter or killing [=LaGuerta=], she guns down [=LaGuerta=] to protect her brother]].
** Lila in an attempt to get Dexter back, roofies herself and frames Batista for date rape after they had rough sex. When Lila is asked why, all she has to say is "Because I am your soulmate, not Rita, ME."

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* MoralEventHorizon: Deb in the Season 7 finale: [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when placed in a SadisticChoice predicament between killing/arresting Dexter or killing [=LaGuerta=], she guns down [=LaGuerta=] to protect her brother]].
** Lila Lila, in an attempt to get Dexter back, roofies herself and frames Batista for date rape after they had rough sex. When Lila is asked why, all she has to say is "Because I am your soulmate, not Rita, ME."



** And there's [=Hannah McKay=], whose relationship with Dexter in Seasons 7 '''and''' 8 took focus away from more interesting characters like Isaak Sirko and Evelyn Vogel. It eventually grew to the point that it became Dexter's main arc, while his killing hobby and his fight with the antagonist felt more like the B-plot.

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** And there's [=Hannah McKay=], Hannah [=McKay=], whose relationship with Dexter in Seasons 7 '''and''' 8 took focus away from more interesting characters like Isaak Sirko and Evelyn Vogel. It eventually grew to the point that it became Dexter's main arc, while his killing hobby and his fight with the antagonist felt more like the B-plot.



** Despite a promising start, Season 8 pretty much killed the goodwill Season 7 built up, thanks to its unfocused RandomEventsPlot, a multitude of B-plots that fans cared little about, the return of Season 7's [[TheScrappy scrappy love interest]], and an overall lack of urgency or finality. The fact that it also aired alongside ''Series/BreakingBad'''s universally beloved final season only made all of the aforementioned flaws and others that much more glaring by comparison. To the point that the ''Dexter'' [[Website/{{Reddit}} subreddit]] posted a ''Breaking Bad'' discussion thread post alongside the season finale discussion thread. It subsequently became more popular than the finale thread and had a domino effect of converting /r/Dexter into a ''Breaking Bad'' subreddit. That post is still, to this day, the second-highest upvoted post on /r/Dexter.

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** Despite a promising start, Season 8 pretty much 8 killed the goodwill Season 7 built up, thanks to its unfocused RandomEventsPlot, a multitude of B-plots that fans cared little about, the return of Season 7's [[TheScrappy scrappy love interest]], and an overall lack of urgency or finality. The fact that it also aired alongside ''Series/BreakingBad'''s universally beloved final season only made all of the aforementioned flaws and others that much more glaring by comparison. To It got to the point that the ''Dexter'' [[Website/{{Reddit}} subreddit]] posted a ''Breaking Bad'' discussion thread post alongside the season finale discussion thread. It subsequently became more popular than the finale thread and had a domino effect of converting /r/Dexter into a ''Breaking Bad'' subreddit. That post is still, to this day, the second-highest upvoted post on /r/Dexter.



* SpoiledByTheFormat: This has majorly affected season two, years after its original airing. [[spoiler: The season's main conflict has Dexter dealing with the aftermath of his dead body stash being discovered by local scuba divers, which brings an FBI manhunt to figure out the Bay Harbor Butcher's identity. The obvious conclusion newer viewers will guess is that Dexter somehow gets away with his crimes, since there are six more seasons that come afterward.]]

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* SpoiledByTheFormat: This has majorly affected season two, years after its original airing. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The season's main conflict has Dexter dealing with the aftermath of his dead body stash being discovered by local scuba divers, which brings an FBI manhunt to figure out the Bay Harbor Butcher's identity. The obvious conclusion newer viewers will guess is that Dexter somehow gets away with his crimes, since there are six more seasons that come afterward.]]



** Right off the bat, the Ice Truck Killer's M.O. (that is, slicing and dicing exsanguinated hookers into equally portioned pieces) was pretty squick-tastic. Even more so when he chopped off Tony Tucci's hand and lower leg, [[spoiler:then proceeded to fit him for prosthetics for the very body parts he cut off]]. (That one is more re-watch squick, as the viewer doesn't know [[spoiler:Rudy Cooper is the Ice Truck Killer]] at the time.) Finally, his delightful rendition of ''Deck the Halls'' as he wraps a hooker's limbs in bows and wrapping paper.
** An unlimited supply related to the Trinity Killer. Most notably, [[spoiler:Becca--Arthur/Trinity's 15 year old daughter--essentially offers to move in with Dexter and be his willing sex slave if he'll take her away from her dad. Dexter is [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrified]] at the prospect, and promptly says no. Sally, Becca's mother and Trinity's wife, overhears the conversation and begs Dexter not to tell Arthur about anything he has done or will do with Becca. Dexter promptly tries to explain that he would never take advantage of an underage girl, but Sally understands it to mean that Dexter won't tell Arthur and is visibly relieved. In other words, Sally can handle her only daughter being sexually abused, but not Arthur's temper.]]
** In Season 6, a lot of people found [[spoiler:Deb realizing she has romantic feelings for Dexter]] more than a little off-putting, [[spoiler:even if they aren't biological brother and sister]].

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** Right off the bat, the Ice Truck Killer's M.O. (that is, slicing bleeding out his victims dry and dicing exsanguinated hookers cutting up their bodies into equally portioned mannequin like pieces) was pretty squick-tastic. Even more so when he chopped off Tony Tucci's hand and lower leg, [[spoiler:then proceeded to fit him for prosthetics for the very body parts he cut off]]. (That one is more [[RewatchBonus re-watch squick, squick]], as the viewer doesn't know [[spoiler:Rudy Cooper is the Ice Truck Killer]] at the time.) Finally, his delightful rendition of ''Deck the Halls'' as he wraps a hooker's limbs in bows and wrapping paper.
** An unlimited supply related to the Trinity Killer. Most notably, [[spoiler:Becca--Arthur/Trinity's [[spoiler:Becca (Arthur/Trinity's 15 year old daughter--essentially daughter) essentially offers to move in with Dexter and be his willing sex slave if he'll take her away from her dad. Dexter is [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrified]] at the prospect, and promptly says no. Sally, Becca's mother and Trinity's wife, overhears the conversation and begs Dexter not to tell Arthur about anything he has done or will do with Becca. Dexter promptly tries to explain that he would never take advantage of an underage girl, but Sally understands it to mean that Dexter won't tell Arthur and is visibly relieved. In other words, Sally can handle her only daughter being sexually abused, but not Arthur's temper.]]
** In Season 6, a lot of people found [[spoiler:Deb realizing she has romantic feelings for Dexter]] more than a little off-putting, [[spoiler:even if they aren't biological biologically brother and sister]].



** Season 7 had Dexter and Hannah [=McKay=]. They have little chemistry and hook up ''very'' suddenly, and pretty much the only thing they have in common is they're both serial killers. It's obviously meant to set up an emotional moment when Deb is forced to arrest Hannah; after all, she was "the only person who'd ever accepted Dexter"...except that the writers apparently forgot about Lila West and Lumen Pierce, both of whom had been perfectly willing to accept Dexter's killing, the latter even helping him out in the exact same way that Hannah did. The whole thing just felt rather forced. It's back in full swing in Season 8. Hannah shows up again out of nowhere, and she and Dexter are back together within two episodes. Even Dr. Vogel, an expert on psychology and human behavior, can't stop gushing about how utterly perfect they are for each other.

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** Season 7 had Dexter and Hannah [=McKay=]. They have little chemistry and hook up ''very'' suddenly, and pretty much about the only thing they have in common is they're both serial killers. It's obviously meant to set up an emotional moment when Deb is forced to arrest Hannah; after all, she was "the only person who'd ever accepted Dexter"...except that the writers apparently forgot about Lila West and Lumen Pierce, both of whom had been perfectly willing to accept Dexter's killing, the latter even helping him out in the exact same way that Hannah did. The whole thing just felt rather forced. It's back in full swing in Season 8. Hannah shows up again out of nowhere, and she and Dexter are back together within two episodes. Even Dr. Vogel, an expert on psychology and human behavior, can't stop gushing about how utterly perfect they are for each other.



* AuthorsSavingThrow: Literal example. Book! Dexter [[spoiler: dies]] bringing closure to the character in a way the TV Series.....well, see above.
* AlasPoorScrappy: Poor [[spoiler:Deke]], we hardly knew yee. As well as [[spoiler:Deb's old partner, Samantha...]]
* AngstWhatAngst: Debra concerning Dexter and what he does [[spoiler:until the fourth book, and even then it's restrained.]] Justified in that she is a badass and we don't see how she deals with her life by herself.

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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Literal example. Book! Dexter [[spoiler: dies]] Book!Dexter [[spoiler:dies (maybe; WordOfGod states it's up to the reader to decide if he does or not)]], bringing closure to the character in a way the TV Series.....well, see above.Series didn't.
* AlasPoorScrappy: Poor [[spoiler:Deke]], we hardly knew yee.ye. As well as [[spoiler:Deb's old partner, Samantha...]]
* AngstWhatAngst: Debra Deb, concerning Dexter and what he does [[spoiler:until the fourth book, and even then it's restrained.]] restrained]]. Justified in that she is a badass and we don't see how she deals with her life by herself.



* FranchiseOriginalSin: Many fans were [[BrokenBase displeased]] over the GenreShift in the third book, but in the first book there is mention of how [[EvilDetectingDog animals don't like Dexter]], which is hardly scientific. There's also Dexter's ability to "sense" other killers, described as both of their "Dark Passengers" snarling and snapping at each other. A lot like the [[ScrappyMechanic "Predator's Taint"]] rule in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem''.
* JerkassWoobie: Deborah, despite her tendency to push Dexter around and make him do whatever she wants, she's handling the fact that Dexter is a serial killer after years of thinking he's always dependable and normal, she nearly dies a few times throughout the series, her boyfriend Chutsky who she's with for several years ends up abandoning her and she ends up alone.
* {{Squick}}: "Jennifer's Leg", fourth book. [[spoiler:A modern artist hacks off chunks of her own leg, videotaping it the entire time, before cutting it off entirely.]] The fun part? It's also {{Foreshadowing}}.

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* FranchiseOriginalSin: Many fans were [[BrokenBase displeased]] over the GenreShift in the third book, but in the first book there is mention of how [[EvilDetectingDog animals don't like Dexter]], which is hardly scientific. There's also Dexter's ability to "sense" other killers, described as both of their "Dark Passengers" snarling and snapping at each other. A lot other, much like the [[ScrappyMechanic "Predator's Taint"]] rule in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem''.
* JerkassWoobie: Deborah, despite her tendency to push Dexter around and make him do whatever she wants, she's is handling the fact that Dexter is a serial killer after years of thinking he's always dependable and normal, she nearly dies a few times throughout the series, and her boyfriend Chutsky Chutsky, who she's with for several years years, ends up abandoning her and she ends up alone.
* {{Squick}}: "Jennifer's Leg", the fourth book. [[spoiler:A modern artist hacks off chunks of her own leg, videotaping it the entire time, before cutting it off entirely.]] The fun part? It's also {{Foreshadowing}}.
29th Jun '17 8:23:45 PM Blacknuz
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* CaptainObviousReveal: During Season 6, many viewers guessed that [[spoiler:Professor Gellar was DeadAllAlong]] almost immediately. The writers were simply too obvious with [[spoiler:nobody but Travis ever seen talking to him]] but still treated it like a shocking turn of events when the "reveal" came.

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* CaptainObviousReveal: During Season 6, many viewers guessed that [[spoiler:Professor Gellar was DeadAllAlong]] almost immediately. The writers were simply too obvious with [[spoiler:nobody but Travis is ever seen talking to him]] but still treated it like a shocking turn of events when the "reveal" came.



** Before he became an actor, David Zayas was an NYPD officer for over fifteen years.

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** Before he became an actor, David Zayas was an a NYPD officer for over fifteen years.



** Despite a promising start, Season 8 pretty much killed the goodwill Season 7 built up, thanks to its unfocused RandomEventsPlot, a multitude of B-plots that fans cared little about, the return of Season 7's [[TheScrappy scrappy love interest]], and an overall lack of urgency or finality. The fact that it also aired alongside ''Series/BreakingBad'''s universally beloved final season only made all of the aforementioned flaws and others that much more glaring by comparison. To the point that the ''Dexter'' [[Website/{{Reddit}} subreddit]] posted a ''Breaking Bad'' discussion thread post alongside the season finale discussion thread. It subsequently became popular than the finale thread and had a domino effect of converting /r/Dexter into a ''Breaking Bad'' subreddit. That post is still, to this day, the second-highest upvoted post on /r/Dexter.

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** Despite a promising start, Season 8 pretty much killed the goodwill Season 7 built up, thanks to its unfocused RandomEventsPlot, a multitude of B-plots that fans cared little about, the return of Season 7's [[TheScrappy scrappy love interest]], and an overall lack of urgency or finality. The fact that it also aired alongside ''Series/BreakingBad'''s universally beloved final season only made all of the aforementioned flaws and others that much more glaring by comparison. To the point that the ''Dexter'' [[Website/{{Reddit}} subreddit]] posted a ''Breaking Bad'' discussion thread post alongside the season finale discussion thread. It subsequently became more popular than the finale thread and had a domino effect of converting /r/Dexter into a ''Breaking Bad'' subreddit. That post is still, to this day, the second-highest upvoted post on /r/Dexter.



* JerkassWoobie: Deborah, despite her tendency to push Dexter around and make him do whatever she wants, she's handling the fact that Dexter is a serial killer after years of thinking he's always dependable and normal, she nearly dies a few things throughout the series, her boyfriend Chutsky who she's with for several years ends up abandoning her and she ends up alone.

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* JerkassWoobie: Deborah, despite her tendency to push Dexter around and make him do whatever she wants, she's handling the fact that Dexter is a serial killer after years of thinking he's always dependable and normal, she nearly dies a few things times throughout the series, her boyfriend Chutsky who she's with for several years ends up abandoning her and she ends up alone.
15th Mar '17 11:19:24 AM sydhighwind
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** Long Beach has been commonly used as a doubling location for Florida for years, as it has areas that bear a passing resemblance to parts of Florida; specifically, the Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach, where Rita's, Angel's, the house Dexter inherits as well as his childhood home, and other various minor characters' homes are all located. The other filming locations are a bit more obvious (mostly famous or easily recognizable places and landmarks like the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Shoreline Village, Marine Stadium and Santa's Village in Long Beach, the Hermosa Beach Strand, the Fun Factory and adjacent parking garage at the Redondo Beach Pier, etc.)

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** Long Beach has been commonly used as a doubling location for Florida for years, as it has areas that bear a passing resemblance to parts of Florida; specifically, the Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach, where Rita's, Angel's, the house Dexter inherits as well as his childhood home, and other various minor characters' homes are all located. The other filming locations are a bit more obvious (mostly famous or easily recognizable places and landmarks like the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Shoreline Village, Marine Stadium and Santa's Village in Long Beach, the Hermosa Beach Strand, the Fun Factory and adjacent parking garage at the Redondo Beach Pier, etc.) Viewers from Southern California and Florida were prone to pointing out the glaring examples of doubling during the series' initial run.
15th Mar '17 11:16:37 AM sydhighwind
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** Long Beach has been commonly used as a doubling location for Florida for years, as it has areas that bear a passing resemblance to parts of Florida; specifically, the Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach, where Rita's, Angel's, the house Dexter inherits as well as his childhood home, and other various minor characters' homes are all located. The other filming locations are a bit more obvious (mostly famous or easily recognizable places and landmarks like the cargo terminal at the Port of Los Angeles on Terminal Island in San Pedro, Shoreline Village in Long Beach, the Hermosa Strand, the Fun Factory and adjacent parking garage at the Redondo Beach Pier, etc.)

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** Long Beach has been commonly used as a doubling location for Florida for years, as it has areas that bear a passing resemblance to parts of Florida; specifically, the Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach, where Rita's, Angel's, the house Dexter inherits as well as his childhood home, and other various minor characters' homes are all located. The other filming locations are a bit more obvious (mostly famous or easily recognizable places and landmarks like the cargo terminal at the Port of Los Angeles on Terminal Island in San Pedro, Shoreline Village, Marine Stadium and Santa's Village in Long Beach, the Hermosa Beach Strand, the Fun Factory and adjacent parking garage at the Redondo Beach Pier, etc.))
15th Mar '17 11:13:49 AM sydhighwind
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Although the show takes place in Miami, the majority of filming took place in Southern California. The primary filming locations were located throughout Long Beach, while also using San Pedro, Wilmington, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach (most glaringly the Redondo Beach Pier in Season Four) Sun Valley, Marina Del Rey, and Los Angeles proper in various points of the series.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Although the show takes place in Miami, the majority of filming took place in Southern California. The primary filming locations were located throughout Long Beach, while also using San Pedro, Wilmington, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach (most glaringly the Redondo Beach Pier in Season Four) Beach, Sun Valley, Marina Del Rey, and Los Angeles proper in various points of the series.series.
** Long Beach has been commonly used as a doubling location for Florida for years, as it has areas that bear a passing resemblance to parts of Florida; specifically, the Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach, where Rita's, Angel's, the house Dexter inherits as well as his childhood home, and other various minor characters' homes are all located. The other filming locations are a bit more obvious (mostly famous or easily recognizable places and landmarks like the cargo terminal at the Port of Los Angeles on Terminal Island in San Pedro, Shoreline Village in Long Beach, the Hermosa Strand, the Fun Factory and adjacent parking garage at the Redondo Beach Pier, etc.)
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