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'''''Love/Hate''''' is an Irish drama series broadcast on Creator/{{RTE}}. It centres on a criminal gang in {{UsefulNotes/Dublin}} and their various dealings.

Darren Treacy returns to Dublin after a spell in Spain in hiding to meet up with his brother, Robbie, as he's released from prison. Unfortunately, Robbie catches a fatal dose of 9mm rounds and Darren is determined to find his killer. At the wake, he meets up with his ex-girlfriend, Rosie, and rekindles his relationship with her, despite her being in a relationship with Stumpy and pregnant with his baby. During this time, [[TheDragon Nidge]] proposes to his girlfriend, Trish, and marries her in the series finale, though the wedding reception is nowhere near as smooth as hoped. Darren does eventually discover that [[BigBad John Boy's]] brother, [[AxeCrazy Hughie]] did it to save face, Though he [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace accidentally]] [[TooDumbToLive shoots himself]] before Darren can confront him. Darren himself is shot, ending the series on a cliffhanger.

Series two shows that Darren has physically recovered, but is haunted by nightmares brought on by PTSD, and is now working for a low level loan shark and bootlegger by the name of Fran until he takes pity on one of Fran's debtors and [[ShootTheDog beats one of his attack dogs to death]] to protect him. Meanwhile, John Boy is becoming increasingly paranoid with the Criminal Assets Bureau on his case constantly, seizing his assets left, right and centre. Desperate to avoid Fran's wrath, Darren seeks help from John Boy to clear his debt, on the condition that Darren does any job he sees fit. Suspecting [[TheMole a rat in his gang]], he sends Darren to kill [[spoiler: Stumpy]], which Darren does willingly. Tired of seeing John Boy abuse his niece (and Tommy's girlfriend) Siobhan being forced to carry packages on flights, Nidge enlists Darren's help to off John Boy and take over his criminal empire. However, Rosie suspects the truth and leaves Darren, knowing that he is nothing but a stone killer.

Series three involves conflict between the gang and the IRA, with Tommy and Darren killing a high-level IRA man after he rapes Siobhan.

The fallout of the events of series 3 lead to Nidge in hiding at the beginning of series 4, spending very little time at home with the IRA still on his trail. Tommy is implied to be suffering brain damage and ends up being a liability on a [[IHaveYourWife Tiger kidnapping]]. Dano and Lizzie are searching for Nidge in revenge, with Lizzie developing into a DarkActionGirl. Meanwhile, the gardai are becoming [[InspectorJavert more]] [[HeroAntagonist prominent]] in the series as they investigate.

Series 5 follows on [[ImmediateSequel soon after series 4]] with Nidge taking on a loan from an Irish expat mobster living in Spain and a falling out with a gang of IrishTravellers.

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!!''Love/Hate'' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Lizzie, as a member of the IRA.
** DarkActionGirl
* AffablyEvil: Nidge. You see him interacting with his family quite a lot and he deeply cares about them. But, man oh man, does he ever have a nasty streak.
** LaughablyEvil: He also gets some of the funniest lines.
** Fran was the comic relief for most of series three, but when the time came to threaten a witness he was so funny saying a line like "your hair will grow back but your face won't". Bonus points for having had sex with her a few episodes beforehand.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Luke. While widely recognised as TheWoobie and living in squalour, he has a tendency towards [[StalkerWithACrush hanging around outside people's houses]]. [[spoiler: Darren and Nidge kill him when his stalking of Mary has become too much.]]
* AmoralAttorney: John Boy keeps ones in his employ. Dave continues to work for Nidge when he takes over.
* AnyoneCanDie: For a show four seasons long with only six episodes per series ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness four in series one]]), there's a high body count. Also, ''nobody'' is safe.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Hughie [[spoiler: manages to [[TooDumbToLive shoot himself]] when he removes the magazine from his pistol, but neglects to clear the round from the chamber.]]
** Not to mention the [[MemeticMutation infamous cat killing]] in series 4.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: According to Nidge, the U.S. Air Force uses the Glock 17 as its sidearm as part of his BadassBoast for the Glock.
* AxCrazy: Hughie. Justified in that he's a heavy cocaine user.
* TheBadGuyWins: Series one ends with Darren being left for dead by Stumpy, series two has [[spoiler: Nidge take over the gang after having John Boy killed]], series three ends with [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies Darren's death]]]] and series four ends with Nidge [[KarmaHoudini getting off on the robbery charge]], yet getting himself arrested intentionally by literally pissing off the gardai. Then again, since there are very few virtuous characters on this show, it's to be expected.
* BastardBoyfriend: Stumpy. Darren could also be this, despite being [[DesignatedHero technically]] being TheHero.
* BatmanGambit: When Elmo refuses to cooperate with gardai after being arrested for his part in a cash in transit robbery, they release him without charge, much to his exasperation, leading to Nidge suspect that he has ratted them out. To hammer the point home, a team of plainclothes officers spraypaint "ELMO IS A RAT" across the block of flats where Elmo lives, thus creating tension within the gang.
* BingeMontage: Nidge's stag do in Prague.
* BodyHorror: When Nidge tosses a pipe bomb into Fran's house, Linda is physically (and mentally) scarred. [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide As a result, she slashes her wrists in the bath.]]]]
* BookEnds: Series 1 begins with Bobby being killed in the middle of a phone call with Darren. [[spoiler: Series 3 ends with Darren being killed mid phone call with Nidge.]]
* BoomHeadshot: Darren is rather fond of dishing these out on hits. [[spoiler: [[KarmicDeath It's also how he ends up dying]].]]
* BringMyBrownPants: When John Boy beats Debbie, she wets herself. John Boy tells her that it won't save her.
** Nidge's young son, Warren, is prone to this also.
* BrokenBird: Debbie.
* ButtMonkey: Aido.
* TheCameo: Keith Duffy as a gym trainer.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Whenever Dano gets into the whiskey, he generally has to be carried home.
* CliffHanger: The first series finale.
* ColdOpening
* CoolCar: JP's dad has one in the garage. Hughie keeps asking to be allowed to drive it.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler: Darren when he is killed.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Series 2 and 3 have escalated this trope.
** The whole show is this for Irish television in general.
* DeadBabyComedy:
** Episode 2.6 *BLAM**BLAM*, "Yep, he's dead."
** Episode 3.1 Nidge's reaction to Darren killing Git.
** A very bleak example that was more a joke made by every single person who watched the episode. Episode 3.1 ran a voiceover on the credits saying "if you've been affected by any of the issues presented in this episode, please call this number...". They were probably talking about the rape scene, but it quickly became a minor meme to say "If you've been affected by being beaten to death with a beer keg, please call this number".
** Not to mention that poor cat.
* DepravedDentist: Andrew is down on his luck and essentially attempts to fleece his customers by recommending they need expensive crowns when not really necessary. He ends up working for Nidge, as he's looking to make a massive profit by smuggling in class A drugs with painkillers.
* DomesticAbuser: John Boy and Stumpy.
* DownerEnding: The end of series 2. Rosie leaves Darren because of what he's become. Also, Debbie, [[spoiler: without John Boy]] to fund her heroin habit resorts to prostitution.
** [[spoiler: Darren's death in series 3.]]
** Tommy winding up in a coma for a second time in series 4.
* DrivenToSuicide: Linda, after [[spoiler: Nidge]] pipe bombs her house. [[VillainousBreakdown Fran doesn't take it well]].
* EightiesHair: Fran.
** Trish's hair gets bigger each series.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: A major tenet of the series.
* ExcrementStatement: Fran pisses on the grave of Noelie Hughes' mother, in order to insult Noelie.
** Nidge does this to a slab of milk cartons ''outside a garda station'' [[ForTheEvulz just to piss the gardai off]] when they have nothing on him on a drug smuggling operation.
* EyeScream: Pottsie, last seen being arrested after the gardai raid the hotel room John Boy had his {{Mook}}s packing drugs in, is ordered by Nidge to kill Fran in prison. After enlisting a bit of backup, he enters Fran's cell. Unfortunately for him, Fran was well aware that someone would try to kill him and had made [[ImprovisedWeapon a shank out of a toothbrush and a couple of razorblades]]. In the ensuing fight, Fran stabs Pottsie in the eye.
* {{Fanservice}}: There's a bit of it around, most notably Darren and Rosie's sex scene.
* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Considering that the main male characters are all thugs, drug dealers, criminals and terrorists and that the majority of female characters are their wives, girlfriends and daughters, this goes without saying. [[spoiler: Of course, Lizzie is a subversion.]]
* GainaxEnding: Nidge's antics in the cell at the end of series 4.
* GoldTooth: Subverted with Fran.
--> '''Fran''': Had you going. What do you think I want to look like? A bleedin' rapper?! Bleedin' fuckin' [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Jaws]]?!
* GenreSavvy: Lizzie. [[spoiler: Having seen first hand that everyone who goes after Darren has a tendency to [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy miss wide of the mark]], she gets up really close before shooting Darren twice in the back of the head.]]
* GiantMook: Nidge hires a Latvian bodyguard who happens to be a hulking brute of a man, who he uses to intimidate Fran. After the travellers attack him with a machete, Paulie gets him an ex-soldier of believable stature instead.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: At best. At worst it's EvilVersusEvil.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Nidge attempts to take out the man who supplied a pipe bomb for the attack on Linda, as he fears that the information will get back to Fran.
* HeroAntagonist: Mick Moynihan and the task force he forms.
* TheHeroDies: Double subverted with Darren at the end of series 3. Elmo comes after him on orders from Nidge, but only manages to wound him before his gun jams. Darren grabs his gun to go after Nidge, only to be shot in the back of the head twice by Lizzie.
* HollywoodHealing: Averted. Series 2 establishes Darren to still have scarring from his gunshot wound at the end of series 1. Aido gets knee-capped at the start of series 3 and spends the rest of the series in a cast. He even notes that he has applied for a disabled parking permit for his car.
** Elmo gets shot in the abdomen by Darren in series 1. He is let out of the hospital, but is told that he needs to get his wound cleaned regularly and may need a colostomy bag.
* HookersAndBlow: The party favours when John Boy throws a bash tend to be this.
* HowWeGotHere: The opening episode of series three starts with Nidge, Tommy and Darren standing over [[spoiler: a dying Git Loughman]]. It then cuts back to the events leading up to this.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: When Hughie shows his gun off to Potsy, he removes the magazine, but neglects to remove the round from the chamber [[TooDumbToLive when he points it to his own head and pulls the trigger]].
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Nobody in Dublin, barring Darren, Stumpy [[spoiler: or possibly Lizzie]], can shoot straight. Of particular note is when the IRA kidnap Nidge, armed with Kalashnikovs and are fought off by Darren, [[ImprobableAimingSkills only armed with a pistol]]. Darren doesn't take a scratch and manages a BoomHeadshot on [[spoiler: Lizzie's brother]]. [[LaserGuidedKarma This comes back to bite him in the ass.]]
* ImportantHaircut: Lizzie shaves her head [[spoiler: before she shoots Darren.]]
* InfantImmortality: While children are fairly safe ([[AnyoneCanDie so far]]), [[spoiler: [[TeensAreMonsters Wayne]] winds up getting blown away by his one time friend.]]
* InstantDeathBullet: Averted with [[spoiler: Hughie]]. Even though he manages to [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace shoot himself when failing to clear the chamber of his pistol]] at point blank range, it takes him about five minutes to die. Played straight with [[spoiler: Darren]], though that was two bullets.
* InTheHood: Several characters wear hoodies to hide their identities.
* IrishTravellers: Nidge's attempt to kill Patrick incurs the wrath of a group of these and they make an attempt on his life.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: When Nidge's home is invaded in series 4, he carries one as a defensive weapon. Downplayed in that he's hiding the whole time, as it'd be pretty useless against Lizzie's MP5.
* KickTheDog: Despite his letting Hughie die rather than call an ambulance, you might have felt sorry for Elmo. So he broke a bottle over a barman's head when the Barman tried to get him to leave at closing time.
** Happens a lot. [[DisproportionateRetribution Darren's assaulting of a man who did nothing more heinous than dumping his bin bag in his sister's bin]] is a good example.
** Lizzie beating a man with a tyre iron for calling the gardai.
* KneeCapping: Happens to Aido at the start of series 3, kicking off the storyline. Nidge does this with a SawedOffShotgun to one of John Boy's debtors when he can't/won't pay up.
** Happens twice in series 4; Once to one of the guys who comes after Fran and is [[UnfriendlyFire accidentally shot by his buddy]] and to [[spoiler: Dano, who does not survive the encounter.]]
* LeaveNoWitnesses: When Darren performs a hit with a silenced pistol, the target's girlfriend comes to the door after the hit is done. [[BoomHeadshot Darren simply shoots her in the head.]]
* LockAndLoad: The opening scene consists of Nidge learning how to field strip a Glock 17.
* MaleGaze: Aido's price for a bit of heroin when Debbie is short on cash? A good long look at her ass.
* MeleeATrois: While the earliest seasons concentrate purely on the gang itself, seasons 3 and 4 aim for the conflict between the gang, the IRA and the gardai (though they have only a small role in series 3, not getting any major characters until series 4). Series 5 seems to be going with Nidge's gang vs the gardai vs the travellers and with a rift between Nidge and Fran as well.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Darren takes out Stumpy in the second series, though it's on the orders of John Boy, who suspects that Stumpy is a rat. [[spoiler: Comes back to bite Darren in the ass, as Rosie leaves him at the end of the second series.]]
* MissKitty: Janet.
* MolotovCocktail: A popular weapon among the gangs when it comes to intimidation, usually to someone's car or house.
* MrSeahorse: Discussed and defied. Ado has been using other people's urine samples to cheat drug tests. When caught for time, Nadine gives him hers to help him. So, it's a shock to Ado when the doctor tells him that he's pregnant. [[SeenItAll The doctor, knowing full well what he's done]] [[DeadpanSnarker simply snarks at him for it.]]
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Subverted. Darren just scares Tommy when he finds out about his relationship with Mary.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Any time there's any kind of fistfight, it ends up like this. Notably, Darren beats a man for [[DisproportionateRetribution dumping a rubbish bag in his sister's wheelie bin]], Tommy beats Git to the point where he breaks his neck, Nidge beats Tommy into a coma with a golf club and John Boy beats a uniformed CorruptCop in ''[[RefugeInAudacity broad daylight]]''.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: At first Wayne seems like a loyal IRA member, if a little too young for it, by assisting Lizzie in her pursuit of Nidge. Turns out, though, he's OnlyInItForTheMoney and will work for the highest bidder.
* OhCrap: Nidge's reaction to seeing Lizzie and Wayne making a beeline for his house.
* PantsPositiveSafety
* PeekABooCorpse: Fran planned to dig up Noelie Hughes' mother's corpse (three months dead) and put her sitting in Noelie's home, waiting for him when he came out of prison. Thankfully, the smell from the coffin puts them off and they abandon this plan.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted. While it seems that the gang can get away with a lot, there are occasions when the gardai swoop in effectively and efficiently. The gang do tend to get OffOnATechnicality most of the time. Inspector Moynihan is an archetypal good cop and weeds out the DirtyCop very soon after his introduction.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Git rapes Siobhan, causing Tommy to beat him to a pulp. [[spoiler: Darren [[MercyKill finishes him off]] [[ImprobableWeaponUser with a beer keg]].]]
* RefugeInAudacity: Debbie manages to bluff her way through a customs inspection by placing a massive dildo in her luggage, ensuring that they're too embarrassed to frisk her for the drugs that she has taped to her body.
* RightThroughHisPants: When Nidge and Janet have sex in series 4, they both appear to be mostly fully clothed. Janet is obviously still wearing her underwear as the deed is done.
* ShootingGallery: On Nidge's stag do, the gang go to one of these and fire off pretty much every weapon on the CoolGuns page.
* ShootTheDog: A young boy, who is holding an ''[=MP5=]'' for Lizzie [[MoreDakka opens fire]] [[ATeamFiring to scare another kid]] and ends up hitting a cat.
* ShoutOut: Nidge and Trish's wedding entrance is one to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0 dance entrance]] complete with ''[[ChrisBrown Forever]]'' as the music.
* ShurFineGuns: Guns have an alarming tendency to jam at inappropriate moments on this show. Of course, many of the people using them (barring, maybe Nidge) are likely unfamiliar with basic firearm maintenance. Though, it's subverted in series 3, when one guy attempts to kill Darren and his weapon jams. Darren disarms him and keeps the gun, using it to defend himself the next time he gets attacked.
** Darren is concerned that the IRA are going to provide him with "some piece of shit" before doing a hit for them as a favour. Nidge assures him that the weapon provided is a tested, but never fired Beretta.
** When Nidge goes after the [[ChekhovsGunman arms dealer who supplied the pipe bomb]] used on Fran's house, his Glock is knocked from his hand, hitting the magazine release off a wall. When the weapon fails to fire, Nidge frantically searches for the magazine, clears the misfire, reloads and gets back firing. Of course, his quarry uses this opportunity to escape.
* StalkerWithACrush: Luke to Mary.
* TheStarscream / [[spoiler: DragonAscendant]]: [[spoiler: Nidge]].
* StartOfDarkness: Rosie leaving Darren.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: On two occasions, songs by NickiMinaj are played in the background. Both of those occasions occur in a brothel. Make of that what you will.
* TeensAreMonsters: The lowest level {{Mook}}s are teenagers and sometimes younger.
* TerroristsWithoutACause: Presumably, the dissident Republicans in series 3, since they're based in Dublin and not the north. They come across as little more than another gang.
* ThrowAwayGuns: Darren dumps a pistol in the canal after he makes a hit. Lizzie calls him out on it, as the weapon was belonged to the IRA and was meant to be returned. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realise that pistols are something the IRA has always had a shortage of.
* VillainousBreakdown: John Boy's takes most of series 2.
** Fran has one that causes him to go AxeCrazy and stab someone with a broken bottle.
** Nidge seems to be going through one in series 3 from the stress of dealing with Git's [[RapeAsDrama rape of Siobhan]], Darren and Tommy's subsequent killing of Git and the gang's disposal of the body, his own NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Tommy, the guards and the IRA onto them for Git's disappearance, Darren's killing of an innocent witness and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking going bald]].
* VillainProtagonist: Darren develops into this after Series 2. Nidge is being built up as one also.
* WouldHitAGirl: John Boy and Stumpy.
** Darren [[WouldHitAGirl Would Shoot A Girl]] so as to leave no witnesses to a murder.
* YouKilledMyFather: A rare example where the protagonists are responsible. Darren kills Git at the start of series 3, with Dano looking for revenge.
** [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother]]: Darren's brother is killed in the first episode of the first series, with Darren spending the first series trying to find out who did it. Darren himself ends up shooting [[spoiler: Lizzie's]] brother in self defence, [[spoiler: for which Lizzie later kills him]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Nidge and Tommy have a habit of leaving their wives/girfriends at home while they go out and bang hookers. Tommy, especially, as he's got Debbie on the side as a regular thing.