History YMMV / WhiteCollar

18th Jan '16 12:54:52 AM bombadil211
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* BaseBreaker: The show tried out a new opening sequence for Season 3 to reflect the changing cast. Fans were so angry and vocal that a slightly extended version of the original opening was quickly implemented.
21st Dec '15 1:36:39 PM creader
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Moving to its own page.
* TearJerker: Everything involving Peter and Elizabeth's marriage in "Veiled Threat". Sure, they make up, but watching a normally HappilyMarried pair have their relationship disintegrate through no fault of their own is heartbreaking. ** Anytime Neal looks like he's about to break down and cry, which has happened twice now.
3rd Dec '15 7:42:18 PM tyouker
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**It's painfully obvious that the shot of [[spoiler: the Eiffel Tower]] in the final episode is fake.
3rd Dec '14 2:47:24 PM Silverblade2
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He is a canon character.
* CanonSue: Neal often gives off an aura of being perfect and for this reason some fans prefer Peter to him. This is Lampshaded in "On Guard" when Peter keeps Neal's severed tie as a memento of, as Peter puts it, a rare moment of imperfection.

* MarySue: Neal often gives off an aura of being perfect and for this reason some fans prefer Peter to him. This is Lampshaded in "On Guard" when Peter keeps Neal's severed tie as a memento of, as Peter puts it, a rare moment of imperfection.

* TheyJustDidntCare: They mention Cape Verde was settled by the Portuguese, but still make it basically a Central American Island expy, complete with Spanish speaking populace, and a very conspicuous absence of people of African heritage (the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde actual island]] is off the African coast and the demographics reflect this).
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* TheyJustDidntCare: They mention Cape Verde was settled by the Portuguese, but still make it basically a Central American Island expy, complete with Spanish speaking populace, and a very conspicuous absence of people of African heritage (the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde actual island]] is off the African coast and the demographics reflect this).
19th Jul '14 2:08:17 PM MagBas
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critical research failure are errors that someone with cursory knowledge in the subject is able to note, unfortunate implications need citations.
* CriticalResearchFailure: In "All In," there is an [[InterpolSpecialAgent Interpol agent]]. Except that Interpol doesn't have agents. ** Also, the OPR only investigates Department of Justice ''attorneys'' for misconduct.

* UnfortunateImplications: "For the next four years, you belong to me."
12th May '14 12:30:39 PM ChaoticNovelist
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same
** Planning to profit from [[NaziGold Nazi loot]] is okay if it's a LoveableRogue doing it, apparently. Rather than, you know, trying to find the legitimate owners or their descendants. Eastin tried to ameliorate it by mentioning in his Twitter that the art came from museums. Because it's not like a good chunk of the art in the Reich's museums was appropriated/outright stolen from undesirables after the Nazi party came to power in 1933. Oh wait... *** Mozzie mentioned that the art was from Russian museums. ** Well, the show has been portraying the sale of the Nazi treasure as an ultimately morally bad thing, though not for the exact reasons stated above.
12th May '14 12:29:11 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Mary Sue descended into threadmode so I trimmed it.
* MarySue: A lot of people find Peter more interesting than Neal simply because Neal seems to have no significant faults. As an example, being a crack shot with a gun he's never handled before, despite being, quote, "not much of a gun guy." ** Neal never specifically said that he hadn't handled the gun before, just that he didn't like it. ** If you think Neal doesn't have faults after [[spoiler: pretty much everything he does in the second half of "Point Blank"...]] *** Forget "Point Blank", the entire second season shows how messed up Neal is. Then again, who wouldn't be after [[spoiler: watching your girlfriend [[KillItWithFire die in a fire]]]]. ** Alongside plenty of the rest of season 2 after "Point Blank" has shown just how flawed and complex Neal really is, such as his wish to get away from crime and desires life more like Peter's. So, at this point, the trope has been subverted. ** Alex seems like a Mary Sue as well: she's a gorgeous criminal with ties to Neal--the type of original character one would find in a fanfic. *** OTOH, given that this is a cops-and-criminals show with the entirety of the female cast (and most of the male) being highly attractive, it seems to be par for the course. ** Lampshaded slightly in "On Guard" when Peter keeps Neal's severed tie as a memento of, as Peter puts it, a rare moment of imperfection. ** Justified because Neal is a ConMan. It's second nature for him to always try to come off as perfect. Whenever a case involves hacking, tracking, or any other sort of skill he isn't a prodigy at he smoothly takes a step back and waits for when his strengths are needed instead of giving it a shot and grinding away like Jones. So he always looks competent.
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* MarySue: A lot Neal often gives off an aura of people find being perfect and for this reason some fans prefer Peter more interesting than Neal simply because Neal seems to have no significant faults. As an example, being a crack shot with a gun he's never handled before, despite being, quote, "not much of a gun guy." ** Neal never specifically said that he hadn't handled the gun before, just that he didn't like it. ** If you think Neal doesn't have faults after [[spoiler: pretty much everything he does in the second half of "Point Blank"...]] *** Forget "Point Blank", the entire second season shows how messed up Neal is. Then again, who wouldn't be after [[spoiler: watching your girlfriend [[KillItWithFire die in a fire]]]]. ** Alongside plenty of the rest of season 2 after "Point Blank" has shown just how flawed and complex Neal really is, such as his wish to get away from crime and desires life more like Peter's. So, at this point, the trope has been subverted. ** Alex seems like a Mary Sue as well: she's a gorgeous criminal with ties to Neal--the type of original character one would find in a fanfic. *** OTOH, given that this him. This is a cops-and-criminals show with the entirety of the female cast (and most of the male) being highly attractive, it seems to be par for the course. ** Lampshaded slightly in "On Guard" when Peter keeps Neal's severed tie as a memento of, as Peter puts it, a rare moment of imperfection. ** Justified because Neal is a ConMan. It's second nature for him to always try to come off as perfect. Whenever a case involves hacking, tracking, or any other sort of skill he isn't a prodigy at he smoothly takes a step back and waits for when his strengths are needed instead of giving it a shot and grinding away like Jones. So he always looks competent.imperfection.

* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Most of the later Season 3 episodes have not been subtle in stating that despite the whole ankle bracelet thing, Neal's currently living the good life. He's no longer running from the FBI, has a job, a permanent home, and lots of new friends. And yet he's still willing to throw it all away for what he thinks he wants. ** In his own words, Neal describes the con as an addiction or a rush. Only hitting rock bottom has a chance of changing someone from that life... and he (again in his own words) hasn't even hit rock bottom.
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Most of the later Season 3 episodes have not been subtle in stating that despite the whole ankle bracelet thing, Neal's currently living the good life. He's no longer running from the FBI, has a job, a permanent home, and lots of new friends. And yet Yet he's still willing to throw it all away for what he thinks he wants. ** wants. In his own words, Neal describes the con as an addiction or a rush. Only hitting rock bottom has a chance of changing someone from that life... and he (again in his own words) hasn't even hit rock bottom.
26th Feb '14 12:55:16 AM surgoshan
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Did Rachel Turner really love Neal, or was that all part of the con? Was she really preparing to cut him in, or was she just playing to the cameras? How much of her later darkness is who she really is, and how much is it the venom of a woman scorned?
14th Jan '14 6:16:38 PM JTS
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** Justified because Neal is a ConMan. It's second nature for him to always try to come off as perfect. Whenever a case involves hacking, tracking, or any other sort of skill he isn't a prodigy at he smoothly takes a step back and waits for when his strengths are needed instead of giving it a shot and grinding away like Jones. So he always looks competent.
11th Jan '14 3:48:29 AM Silverblade2
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not ymmv
* StalkingIsLove: Peter uses his position to look at his wife's browsing history and states the Patriot Act gives him the right to do so. Neal correctly labels this as stalking. Later, it's revealed Peter had Elizabeth followed before he asked her out to see if she was dating anyone. Apparently, she quickly figured it out and held up a sign suggesting they go for Italian. The show trying to present them as an adorable, well-functioning couple and Peter as a largely by-the-book officer makes the [[UnfortunateImplications the implications unfortunate.]]
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