A brilliant young FBI agent. An unpredictable international art thief. What happens next is quite possibly not what you'd expect.

''Shadow of the Templar'' is a 4-novel webseries about Simon Drake, an esteemed FBI agent, and his special ops [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits team of]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer highly talented but semi-crazy people]]. Together, they fight crime. When they're not pulling pranks on each other or spewing {{Double Entendre}}s left and right, that is.

It is also about what happens after one particular case causes Simon's path to intersect with that of Jeremy Archer, a professional thief wanted on almost every continent for hundreds of thefts. No one has managed to catch him yet, and Simon is determined to be the one who does.

Things get a tad more complicated when Simon and Jeremy discover that they'd like to know each other better in ''that'' way. With some cooperation and luck, the FBI agent and the thief might just be able to form something approaching a semi-functional relationship. If the avenging criminals hounding them and their incompetence at anything resembling emotional intimacy don't do them in, that is.

Half caper story, half unlikely romance, the series does a fine job of balancing both elements and making them come together in unexpected ways. [[http://mooncalf.org/sott/ Follow this link]] to read the novels in all their glory.

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[-For the computer game with this subtitle, see ''VideoGame/BrokenSword''.-]
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!'''The series contains the following tropes:'''
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Dave, when he [[spoiler:finally breaks into Rich's computers]]. It was a task originally given to him to [[spoiler:get him out of the way while Team Templar tracked down Farraday]], and nobody bothered to tell him either that was it was considered impossible ''or'' to stop.
* ActionGirl: Sandra.
* AddictionDisplacement: The reason for Johnny's toothpicks.
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Jeremy admiring Nate's explosive skills on several occasions.
* AffablyEvil: Jeremy falls here due to his line of work.
* AllAPartOfTheJob: Both Team Templar and Jeremy alike.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Jeremy to Bran.
* AmbiguousDisorder: It seems that Nate's mom (and Nate too to a degree) has a mild case of OCD.
* AnnoyingPatient: In ''With A Bullet'', a severely injured Simon is rude and obnoxious to Sandra and Jeremy when they try to help him, insisting that he [[DontYouDarePityMe doesn't need to be treated like an invalid]] even when he can barely stand up. After breaking his leg while chasing down Farraday before the novels begin, Simon also nearly concussed Johnny by throwing a mug at his head. [[NeverLiveItDown The team has never let him forget it]].
* ApologisesALot: Nate. Oh Nate.
* {{Backstory}}: All characters have them. Some are given to us in the main story, some through short side-stories and some by WordOfGod.
** Simon [[spoiler:lost his mother and has terrible relationship with his father.]]
** Jeremy [[spoiler:was a child prostitute until he was taken in by Ethan.]]
** Sandra [[spoiler:comes from a very rich family. She tried to appease them by doing traditionally feminine things but snapped in college and went to do her own thing.]]
** Mike [[spoiler:comes from a Japanese/Hispanic family with many sisters, a strict father and a passionate loving mother.]]
** Johnny [[spoiler:was a cop, until he helped capture criminals in his own ranks and then left for the FBI.]]
** Nate [[spoiler:designed computer hardware for the firm he worked at, but they didn't pay him and he had to sue them and after that got recruited by Simon.]]
** Rich [[spoiler:was part of a hacker group in his college. The group got caught by FBI, but Rich miraculously was neither caught nor implicated. Then he decided to join FBI for more opportunities to do vaguely-legal computer tricks and befriended Simon in the academy.]]
** Dave [[spoiler:went into law enforcement because when he was 14, his sister was murdered and he swore to keep other people from having to go through that.]]
* BackstoryOfTheDay: [[spoiler: Jeremy telling the team about his connection to Bran in ''Double Down''.]]
* BadassBoast: "I ''am'' a thief. In fact, I'm the best thief in the world."
* BadDreams: Nate [[spoiler: in the side-story [[http://mchandler.org/sott/stories/frantic.html Frantic]]. And what terrible dreams they are]].
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: [[spoiler:At the climax of the third book, Simon has lost his gun and the unstable criminal Farraday has a gun aimed right at his head. There's a gunshot and Simon believes he's a dead man. Then he notices that Farraday has just had his brains blown out. And that Jeremy is holding Simon's gun...]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Just because Simon and Jeremy have sex doesn't mean that they're any good at acknowledging that there's more between them than sexual attraction. Jeremy, accustomed to concealing his emotions due to his line of work, has trouble expressing his feelings for Simon in any way other than his typical [[TheTease Tease]] routine. Even then, he's better than Simon who remains in utter denial about caring for Jeremy in the slightest or the hints Jeremy manages to show about his feelings [[spoiler:until his epiphany near the end]].
* BerserkButton: If you are not part of Simon's team, then you had best not insult anyone on Simon's team. Don't hurt anyone on Simon's team. [[spoiler:Don't accuse anyone on Simon's team of being a traitor. Not even if you are correct]]. You know what, why don't you just leave Simon's team the hell alone.
** For Bran, Jeremy's ''presence'' is enough to make him fly into a rage. And ''don't'' call him Jeremy's brother.
** Jeremy is also Rich's BerserkButton. [[spoiler:And for more than just being a criminal who outsmarted them]].
* BetaCouple: [[spoiler:Mike and Sandra]] are this to the main OfficialCouple Simon and Jeremy, although [[SlapSlapKiss things didn't exactly go more smoothly for them]].
* BiTheWay: WordOfGod says that Simon discovered his attraction to both sexes in high school and accepted it as just another part of his overall manliness. Jeremy is also bisexual, with a preference toward men.
* BigApplesauce: The setting for the climax of ''Double Down''.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Bran. In addition to his disturbing relationship with Jeremy, he's an unrepentant murderer.
** Farraday may or may not be a natural blond, but he ''does'' bleach his hair.
* BoisterousBruiser: Mike, one of the team's big lifters and the loudest by a mile, especially when compared to the equally strong but more reserved Johnny.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Farraday's attack on Nate. Three years later and Nate is still terrified.]]
* BritishStuffiness: Jeremy has a bit of this going on, though it isn't his main trait.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Everyone on Team Templar, full stop.
* CainAndAbel: Bran, Jeremy's foster brother, ''hates'' him for being a better thief than him and "stealing" his (perceived) rightful place as his father's favorite. Unlike Jeremy, Bran is perfectly willing to kill if his plans go wrong and comes across as dangerously unstable at times. It's also strongly implied that they were in a quasi-incestuous relationship at one point.
** WordOfGod confirms this.
* CardCarryingVillain: Rupp can be seen as one.
* CannotSpitItOut: Simon and Jeremy, despite spending years in an exclusive SecretRelationship and risking their lives for each other multiple times, are apparently incapable of expressing their feelings for each other. Jeremy just acts like a [[TheTease tease]], and Simon hesitates to even think of Jeremy as his ''friend''.
** To be fair, Jeremy ''does'' pretty much outright tell Simon that he's quite fond of him and, on one occasion, that he was actually pretty worried about him. Simon just scoffs at it and tells Jeremy that that's bullshit. So Jeremy just smiles.
* CharacterDevelopment: It takes time, but Simon becomes able to realize his feelings. [[spoiler: And while he doesn't change much, Bran is able to help Jeremy in ''High Fidelity''.]]
* CharacterTics: Jeremy has several: his little smile, the twitch in his right eyelid, the way he splays his hand on Simon's chest and when he sits down, he brings his knee up to his chest and hugs it. Rich tends to furiously clean his glasses when infuriated and Nate blushes at everything and cleans his tool closet. Johnny always munches on a toothpick and Simon puts his hand over his eyes when aggravated. Sandra ruins her manicure or "dry-washes" her hands when she needs something to do with her hands.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: ''Morning Star'' suffers from this slightly. It gets ironed out by the end of the first section.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: [[spoiler: In ''Double Down'', a fed-up Simon asks Jeremy, "What do you want from me?" Jeremy asks him if he really wants the answer for it, because he'll give it if he does. Simon answers with "not now, but maybe one day when this is all finished." Then it gets forgotten, until the last moment of the last book, where it becomes CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The fake bullets and Zip drive from the second book]].
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:Simon teaching Jeremy how to handle a gun in the third book]].
* CIAEvilFBIGood: Averted. While there's a metric ton of [[JurisdictionFriction friction and resentment]], neither side is portrayed as being any better or worse than the other.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Dave and his unbelievably fugly vintage Hawaiian shirts.
* CommonalityConnection: Simon and Jeremy: "Because we're both very good at what we do."
* ComplimentFishing: Simon undergoes such a fishing expedition at the end of Book 4. It doesn't go exactly as planned.
* ConMenHateGuns: Jeremy. Bran...not so much.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Simon shows ''serious'' shades of this in Chapter 10.5 of ''Double Down'' when he takes out his jealousy of Jeremy's ex-boyfriend on Jeremy. It's not played for laughs.
* CulturalRebel: Despite being British, Jeremy's never watched Monty Python.
* DatingCatwoman
* DissonantSerenity: Jeremy slips into this at times.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Injured Simon does not take the needed care from others well.
* DoubleCaper: The main plot of the first book, ''The Morning Star''.
* DramaQueen: Simon often accuses Jeremy of this.
* DrinkOrder: Simon always has coffee or beer, Jeremy gets club soda, and Sandy Diet Coke.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: '''''Mike'''''. Nate, too, though he's of the CaptainCrash variety.
* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding: After all the shit that Jeremy and Simon go through, in the end, they ''do'' stay together in a monogamous, mutually-satisfying relationship with their own quirky brand of love for the rest of their lives, according to WordOfGod]].
* EmbarrassingFirstName: [[spoiler:Jeremy's real name Jeremiah Harbottle is so well hidden that when Simon jokingly calls him Jeremiah, it wields some interesting results. Although it may not be embarrassment as much as the unpleasant memories of his childhood]].
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Simon's middle name is "Fordwith", but he'll never admit to it.
* FakingTheDead: This is [[spoiler:Jeremy's plan to get Karpol off of Bran's back. And his own, too, though he neglects to tell Team Templar this, leading to him inadvertently faking ''Simon'' out, too]].
* FellOffTheBackOfATruck: Invoked word-for-word in ''High Fidelity'', after [[spoiler:Jeremy steals enough explosives that the Italian government thinks the culprits were ''terrorists'']].
-->'''Simon:''' Gosh, Specs, those wouldn't be ''illegal'' explosives, would they?
-->'''Nate:''' Oh, no, never in a million years. I hear they fell off the back of a truck.
-->'''Simon:''' Which is truly the hallmark of legality.
* FemmeFatale: Diana Fontaine to Mike.
* FiveManBand: Team Templar:
** TheHero: Simon.
** TheLancer: Sandra.
** TheBigGuy: Mike and Johnny.
** TheSmartGuy: Rich [[spoiler: and later, Dave]].
** TheChick: Nate.
** SixthRanger: Jeremy.
* FlawExploitation: [[spoiler: Used by Simon on Farraday in their final confrontation. At least he tried to..]]
* ForgetsToEat: Daaaaaave.
* ForgivenButNotForgotten: [[spoiler: Simon beating the shit out of Jeremy and then having a highly dub-con sex with him.]] Also, the team never passes up an opportunity to remind everyone of Simon throwing a mug at Johnny and nearly giving him a concussion.
* FriendlyEnemy: The basic premise of the books.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Rich can be seen as one.
* GentlemanThief: Jeremy steals because "nothing is more fun than doing that at which you excel" and he's a decent and likable guy otherwise. He even works as a freelance advisor to Simon's team when they need to stop more dangerous criminals.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Jeremy's goggles are a marvel of technology.
* GreenEyedMonster: For someone who claims that his relationship with Jeremy is just sex and that there's no emotional attachment at all, Simon gets ''mightily'' pissed off and bitter when he figures out that the thief they're chasing in ''Double Down'' is Jeremy's ex-boyfriend [[spoiler:and brother and rival]], and he takes Jeremy's proclamation to Bran ([[spoiler:"I loved you."]]) like a punch to the gut. Even after the second novel, Bran remains a sore spot with him in general. Simon is also temporarily jealous of [[spoiler:Annabelle]], though that's shut down before it has much of a chance to go anywhere when Jeremy assures him that there was never anything between them. [[BlatantLies Not that Simon cared]].
** Sandra shows shades of this with [[spoiler:Mike and Diana Fontaine]].
* GracefulInTheirElement: Both Dave and Nate are awkward in normal life, but once they get behind computers, they're amazing. Nate's also incredible when it comes to explosives, which tends to make Simon a bit nervous.
* GrewASpine: Dave was given this advice by Jeremy. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He took it.]]
* GrudgingThankYou: Jeremy gets one from Simon in ''With a Bullet'' [[spoiler: after he rightfully explodes at him for being a jerk]].
* HandsomeLech: Mike continually makes perverted jokes, hits on Sandra, and cracks many a gay joke with Simon (blissfully unaware of Simon's [[BiTheWay true leanings]]).
* HairTriggerTemper: Bran, dear God. If nothing else, he can be trusted to find ''something'' to get angry over within five sentences of a conversation.
* HandsOnApproach: Jeremy doesn't mind at all when Simon adjusts his posture for him during gun training.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Variant: Jeremy only calls Simon his 'friend' in the third book, but even that's too much for Simon:
-->"Okay, let's get this straight: you? Are not my friend. You're just ''this guy''."
** [[spoiler: Later on, Simon does give a vague "maybe" instead of a flat-out "no" when Farraday asks him if Jeremy is his boyfriend, but he insists to Jeremy afterwards that he only said it to rile him up. Jeremy just smiles.]]
** [[spoiler: ''Later'' later on, Ethan asks Simon exactly what Jeremy means to him. The most he can come up with is an awkward admission that he likes the man. But some of his real feelings show through, enough for Ethan to send him to Jeremy, anyway.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Jeremy gets one after [[spoiler:he's forced to kill for the first time to save Simon's life.]] Fortunately, Simon's able to talk him out of it.
** Simon himself gets one when [[spoiler: he shoots and kills Rich]]. It leads to Jeremy taking him on a road trip to New York City.
* HeroicSafeMode: Once he has time to process it, this is essentially Simon's reaction to [[spoiler:Jeremy's (apparent) death]], and he starts slipping into a full-on HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:while driving back to confirm that Jeremy is dead]]. Luckily, it switches off once he [[spoiler:discovers that Jeremy is, in fact, alive. Jeremy, on the other hand, is ''still'' in this mode when Simon finds him]].
* TheHilariousTable: Given the fact the books are heavily banter-based, it happens most of the time, most notably at the table in the Templar saferoom.
* HotBlooded: Simon and Mike can both be quite terrible.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: It is said Simon used to be one.
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt: In ''High Fidelity'', after spying on Jeremy[[spoiler:'s deal with Bran]], Simon asks Jeremy how Jeremy had been sure that [[spoiler:Bran]] had been bluffing about [[spoiler:demanding a blowjob ''at gunpoint'']].
-->'''Simon:''' How'd you know he wasn't serious about it?
-->'''Jeremy:''' About what?
-->'''Simon:''' About [[spoiler:blowing him]]. How'd you know he didn't mean it?
--->[''after a short pause'']
-->'''Simon:''' You didn't know, did you.
-->'''Jeremy:''' [...] I suppose you could say that I didn't know for certain--but I hoped.
* ICanStillFight: Simon in ''[=WaB=]'' insists on this, thus infuriating everyone around him, since he clearly '''can't'''.
* IKissYourHand: Jeremy does to Sandra.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Claude, the owner of the restaurant Jeremy takes Sandy to in ''[=WaB=]'' is actually an old friend of his mentor's. It seems like Jeremy did a job for him at some point, as well, but we haven't heard the story behind that.
* InsistsOnPaying: Jeremy always insists on paying every time and the others usually let him.
* InsufferableGenius: Rich. Simon lampshades it.
-->'''Simon:''' [Rich is] a fucking genius, too, and if I hadn't told you he'd have found a way to let you know.
* InHarmsWay: Most of the characters feel this way.
* ImpliedAnswer: [[spoiler: Sandra gets some from Jeremy at in their conversation about Simon in the beginning of Book 3.]]
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: As far as Simon is concerned, Jeremy is.
* IronicEcho: Simon's insistence that Jeremy is "just this guy" to him [[spoiler:is thrown back in his face by Jeremy when he gets fed up with Simon's appearance of apathy after a very harrowing and dangerous mission, and walks away]].
* [[IThinkYouBrokeHim I Think I Broke Him]]: Nate's reaction to [[spoiler:Dave's antics with the chair that Nate glued to the floor and partially unscrewed]].
* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: Jeremy has done this from time to time. He also theorizes that Bran did it to infiltrate one of his most recent marks.
* {{Jerkass}}: Rich again.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Simon cares very much for his teammates and Jeremy; he just lacks the tact and sensitivity that would be useful for apologizing properly and knowing when he's only making people even madder. It doesn't help that, at least when it comes to Jeremy, he's kind of [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend ridiculously]] {{Tsundere}}.
* JewishAndNerdy: Nate, oh Nate.
* JurisdictionFriction: Oh, hell yes, between the FBI and the CIA.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Rich, after his undercover work for Karpol is exposed.]]
* KingpinInHisGym: Ethan has a very impressive gym at his mansion and still works out even at his age. Jeremy is shown to bring training equipment with him during travels.
* KnuckleCracking: Mike does one in ''Morning Star'' to show Jeremy how "invited" he in in the saferoom.
* LastKiss: [[spoiler:Jeremy]] gives one to an oblivious [[spoiler:Simon]] in ''High Fidelity'' [[spoiler:just before putting the master plan into motion; Jeremy was very aware of the fact that his chances of surviving the night were 50/50. Ultimately, this trope is averted, though [[FakingTheDead it doesn't appear that way at first]]]].
* LovableNerd: Nate and Dave.
* LoveEpiphany: [[spoiler:Well, if not ''love'', Simon at least finally figures out that Jeremy is, in fact, more than "just ''this guy''" to him after watching Jeremy (apparently) die, spending a few hours genuinely believing that Jeremy was dead, and then having Jeremy get fed up with [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend his bullshit]] and actually walk away]].
* MarriedToTheJob: Simon repeatedly tells Jeremy that his job is more important than him. In the end, [[spoiler:his job is still important to him, but he seems to have finally accepted Jeremy as an integral part of his life too]].
* MathematiciansAnswer: Simon asks about the copy-cat thief in ''Double Down'', paraphrased, "What is this guy, your rival? Your brother? Your ex?" Jeremy is at first reluctant, but later answers, to an unspecified one of the three, "Yes." Simon is understandably irritated. [[spoiler: Ultimately, the answer is 'all three']].
* [[spoiler:TheMole: Rich, revealed to have been sending (or forced to send) sensitive information about the rest of the team to Karpol.]]
* MomentKiller: [[spoiler: Mike interrupts an intimate moment between Simon and Jeremy in the fourth book, just when it looks like Jeremy is about to say something heartfelt.]]
* MustHaveCaffeine: The coffee machine at Simon's workplace is labeled "Mrs. Simon Drake (<3)."
* MustMakeAmends: [[spoiler: Both Simon and Johnny feel this way about what Faraday did to Nate, although he keeps telling them it wasn't their fault.]]
* NerdGlasses: Both Nate and Rich wear a pair. Bonus points for Rich's OpaqueNerdGlasses.
* NoBisexuals: Completely averted. Although it's still a belief in-universe.
* NotBloodSiblings: Bran and Jeremy are foster brothers--well, Jeremy calls Bran his brother; Bran [[BerserkButton denies it vehemently]]--and [[spoiler:they were in a sexual relationship at one point]].
* NotMeThisTime: At the beginning of ''Double Down'', Team Templar's trying to track a thief whose style is very similar to Jeremy. Though he's initially a suspect, they eventually come to this conclusion when they realize he was stealing something else at the time of one of the robberies. The fact that a man was murdered at the scene is what initially makes them doubt it as well.
* OneHeadTaller: Simon is five inches taller than Jeremy, though they don't accurately fit the {{Seme}}/{{Uke}} mold.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Agent]]: Sandra. Simon, too, although he's not immune to occasionally going off the rails himself.
* OnlySaneEmployee: As the leader of a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits team of]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer lunatics]], this is essentially Simon's job description.
* PerpetualSmiler: Jeremy, to the point that Simon even notes that Jeremy having a slight smile is basically the same as having no expression at all.
* PreemptiveShutUp: Mike gets this from pretty much everyone, but usually Sandra, because [[DoubleEntendre they know]] [[IncrediblyLamePun what's coming.]]
* PrisonRape: Simon taunts Faraday with this threat in ''With A Bullet''.
** He also essentially threatens Jeremy with it in ''The Morning Star'' when Jeremy is caught red-handed with the titular diamond. Jeremy responds by telling Simon that he's been there, done that, and really, it's not ''that'' bad.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: In ''High Fidelity'', Simon and Sandra--but ''especially'' Sandra--seem to find nothing wrong with [[spoiler:spelling out to Jeremy just how much he'll regret it if anything happens to the team. [[SarcasmMode Because it's totally understandable and rational]] to threaten someone with death and/or arrest when the only reason anyone is there at all is because ''they chose to be''. Jeremy certainly didn't ask for them to put themselves in harm's way to help him until each and every one of them showed up and essentially forced themselves on him, and he made it very clear that he didn't want them there at all. But no, despite all of this, despite the fact that the only reason Jeremy is in this position is because of ''Rich and Simon'', and despite the fact that Jeremy gives them multiple chances to back out with no hard feelings, despite the fact that Jeremy laid out the entire plan and they all ''agreed to it'', it will totally be Jeremy's fault if they get hurt. For someone who was so hellbent on taking responsibility for his actions, Simon doesn't seem willing to accept the fact that if his team gets hurt, it would be because of his own refusal to put their safety above his own desires and leave. The logic essentially boils down to, "We're all going to help whether you like it or not, and we're not going to take you up on any offers to leave, so you might as well put us to use -- oh, and if any of us get hurt, we'll kill you."]]
* PungeonMaster: There is some [[DoubleEntendre stiff]] [[HurricaneOfPuns competition]] in Team Templar, but this title would have to go to Mike - if there is a potential DoubleEntendre to be found in anything said by ''anyone ever'', he will see it, find it, and leap on it with [[strike: his dick]] glee.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: With the exception of Sandra, Simon's team members are people who either have personality quirks that would have them killed or fired in any capacity other than working for the FBI or used to deal in less-than-scrupulous matters thanks to their talents, or both.
* RecruitingTheCriminal: Jeremy in ''The Morning Star'' and ''Double Down''. It's inverted in ''High Fidelity'', wherein the criminal recruits the good guys.
* ReplacementScrappy: In-universe example. Dave is caught in the unenviable position of trying to fill the shoes of a longtime member and being the perfect target for a slew of pranks. [[spoiler:He [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescues himself from the team's Scrappy heap]] when he grows a backbone and pulls a revenge prank on the other team members, earning him an official codename.]]
* SecretRelationship: [[spoiler:Although it's not so secret anymore by the end of ''High Fidelity'']].
* ShoutOut: Simon's codename is a [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] reference to the Saint. "Jeremy Archer" is, according to WordOfGod, a reference to author Jeffrey Archer.
* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler:Mike and Sandra]] in the third book, with a heavy dose of GreenEyedEpiphany for the latter.
* SnipeHunt: Dave is sent on one of these when he's first placed on the team. Team Templar wants him as out of the way as possible, so they order him to [[spoiler:break into Rich's computers]]. Of course, nobody bothers to ''tell'' him it's a SnipeHunt.
* StepfordSmiler: Jeremy, mostly when Bran's in the picture or Simon's being particularly vicious.
* TeamChef: Mike, who weakly insists that he only learned to cook because he lives alone.
* TeamDad: Simon. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]!
* TheFaceless: Upstairs. Subverted in ''High Fidelity'' where he finaly appears [[spoiler: and we even find out his name is Carstairs]].
* TrackingDevice: Simon loves sticking these on Jeremy at every opportunity. [[spoiler:And once uses it to his advantage by...well, not ''directly'' putting Jeremy in danger, but [[MagnificentBastard making sure he could take advantage of it if something happened]]]].
* TranquilFury: Sandra, a lot of the time, and most of the team is wary of it. And as it turns out, when [[NotSoStoic he finally loses his temper]], [[spoiler:Jeremy]] is just as scary (if not more so) and perfectly capable of matching her glare-for-glare without backing down an inch. [[FearIsTheAppropriateResponse Everyone else is smart enough to stay quiet and make no sudden movements]].
* TrueCompanions: Team Templar. Simon does it a lot, too, most notably near the end of ''With a Bullet''.
* {{Tsundere}}: ''Simon'', a textbook Type A. "Hot and cold" doesn't begin to cover it.
* TwitchyEye: Jeremy gets this when he lies or becomes very agitated, which, naturally, Simon uses to his advantage when he figures it out.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: All of Simon and Jeremy's plans are outlined to some extent in the text, but the two most thoroughly detailed ones (the plan to [[spoiler:trap Bran]] and the one to [[spoiler:get Karpol off Jeremy's back]] inevitably have ''one'' overlooked detail that screws up, or almost screws them up.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Sandra and Simon used to be an item, though that's long since over and water under the bridge by the time the novels begin. In ''High Fidelity'', there's [[spoiler:Jeremy and Bran, though their "working relationship" isn't quite as stable]].
* YouJustToldMe: Sandra develops a strong suspicion about Simon and Jeremy, and finally confirms it when [[spoiler:she accuses Simon of "thinking with [his] dick" in wanting to help Jeremy and Simon asks her how long she's known about them in response.]]
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