!!Tropes:

* AwesomeMcCoolname: Frank Burst is one, according to Pusher.
* CompellingVoice: Pusher's key element in forcing his victims to do what he wants.
* ContinuityNod: See the cover of the magazine in the teaser? It's the Flukeman!
* CriminalMindGames: Modell plays with several policemen and FBI agents. Mulder becomes his prime target.
* GunmanWithThreeNames: Robert Patrick Modell
* GratuitousJapanese: Modell certainly loves Japanese culture.
* HoldingHands: Mulder and Scully. Twice.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Robert Nodell's CompellingVoice derives from a brain tumor that's killing him. He refuses to treat it because his powers would dissipate.
* ManipulativeBastard: Pusher
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Very memorable one.
* PayPhone: Used very effectively. Modell used them to preserve anonymity.
* PhoneTraceRace:
* PlotHole: A minor one: Why didn't the FBI send Skinner to the hospital with the SWAT team? He already demonstrated his resistance to Pusher's mind control. [[spoiler:But then, of course, we wouldn't have had that awesome showdown between Mulder and Pusher.]]
* ProfessionalKiller: Modell's ad reads "I solve problems".
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Modell's MO.
* PsychicPowers: Modell's suggestive ability is a form of psychokinesis brought on by the brain tumour which he doesn't want to treat.
* {{Ronin}}: Modell sees himself as ronin, a samurai without a master who does not fear death.
* RussianRoulette: In the climax of the episode, Pusher made Mulder play with him [[spoiler: and nearly kill Scully.]]
* SelfImmolation: Modell forced Agent Collins to set himself on fire.
* SerialKiller: At first he was a hired hitman and then he targeted law enforcement.
* ShoutOut: ''Yojimbo'' and ''Svengali''.
* SleepCute: Scully falls asleep on Mulder's shoulder during a stakeout.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Mulder and Scully think Pusher is "a small man", and that he welcomes the idea of going down as an epic killer.
* TheSociopath: Modell has no regard for the feelings of others and perceives people as objects.
* SuicideByCop: Modell wants to go down as a big badass. Playing Russian roulette with Mulder definitely counts.
* SWATTeam: They are used at the end of the episode during the climax in the hospital.
* TheWorfEffect: DoubleSubverted in Skinner's case: Skinner is the only one who wasn't influenced by Modell's compelling suggestions. However, we all get to know what Modell is up to when he gets Skinner beaten up anyway, and by petite Holly on top of that. In the final showdown, even though Mulder proved great force of will, at the end he couldn't actually resist him either. [[spoiler: They would have lost if Scully hadn't pulled a fire alarm to break the spell of his voice]].
* WorthyOpponent: Modell was looking for one, and found exactly who he wanted in Mulder.
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