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* CompleteMonster: The Purple Man, real name Zebediah Killgrave. See YMMV/{{Daredevil}}
* NamesTheSame: A sub-plot of the first volume involves a woman hiring Jessica to find her missing boyfriend, Rick Jones. Rick Jones was a MarvelUniverse {{Muggle}} tied to various points in the company's history: he was the teenager rescued from the gamma bomb test range by Bruce Banner during the incident which turned him into the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, and he spent most of TheSeventies palling around with CaptainAmerica and the rest of Comicbook/TheAvengers. When she finds him, he turns out to be a StarvingArtist musician who pretends to be the superhero hanger-on with whom he shares a name; he thinks it makes him popular with women, but only his CloudCuckooLander girlfriend actually believes him.
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* AlasPoorScrappy: The shot of [[spoiler: the dead Francie, after the double takes over]] is heartbreaking.
* CriticalResearchFailure: The characters keep calling Irina a "traitor," never considering that it's impossible to be a traitor to a country you never had loyalty to in the first place.
* AntiClimaxBoss: Elena Derevko. [[spoiler:Irina takes her down with one punch, then unceremoniously shoots her in the head.]]
* DracoInLeatherPants[=/=]EvilIsSexy: Many fangirls consider Julian Sark to be the sexiest male character on the show.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Sark was supposed to be a one-off character, a gofer for K-Directorate or Irina or the Alliance. Fan reaction to David Anders was so great that he became more and more high-profile, eventually taking over the BigBad mantle [[spoiler: in the series finale flash-forward]].
* EvilIsCool: Sark is the epitome of this trope. He's young and attractive, he frequently wears expensive, elegant suits, and his dry sense of humour produces numerous amusing quips. Julian even sports stylish sunglasses to enhance his villainous awesomeness.
* FanonDisContinuity / TheChrisCarterEffect: Depending on when you think the show JumpedTheShark, you could argue that this set in after season two, season three, or season four.
* FanNickname: Fans nicknamed the nameless recurring scientist and torturer "Suit and Glasses" or TelevisionWithoutPity's name for him "The Sadistic Dentist of Asian Persuasion".
** "Suit and Glasses" was the character's official name until his real name was given a few seasons later.
** Jack Bristow is also often referred to as "Spy Daddy" by fans.
** Ditto Irina Derevko as 'Spy Mommy', Syd as 'Spy Baby'/'Spy Barbie', and Nadia as "Spy Skipper".
** Once [[spoiler: Francie]] was killed, and her identity assumed by an identical imposter, she went by the name [[spoiler: Evil!Francie]] or [[spoiler:[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} The Francinator]]]].
* HoYay: Between Vaughn and Sark mostly. Though Sark also managed to get his yay on with Marshall at one point.
** Weiss and Vaughn were also a very popular pairing. Check out the below exchange for proof:
--->'''Weiss''': Okay, whenever you want to have that talk...
--->'''Vaughn''': What talk?
--->'''Weiss''': About the cologne or whatever the hell you're wearing.
--->'''Vaughn''': I'm not wearing cologne.
--->'''Weiss''': Well, something's going on. No man naturally smells as good as you do right now.
*** And Jack and Weiss. And Jack and Will. And Jack and Vaughn. And Vaughn and Will. And Will and Sark. It really got ridiculous.
** Dr. Brezzel's assistant, Kaya, looked at Sydney (and everybody else for that matter) like she wanted to tear her clothes off.
* JumpingTheShark: Most everyone agrees that the show did this at ''some point''. No one agrees exactly when, with opinions ranging anywhere from the middle of season five all the way back to the big TimeSkip in the last scene of season two.
* MagnificentBastard: Sloane. And to a slightly lesser extent, ''every other character''.
** Jack Bristow's {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}} from the finale qualifies him.
* MoralEventHorizon: Sloan crosses it in the first episode by ordering the murder of Sydney's fiance, but keeps going. [[spoiler: Killing Dixon's family in retaliation for Dixon accidentally killing Emily]] is another. [[spoiler: Accidentally throwing Nadia through a glass table and killing her]] is a third.
* {{Narm}}: Vaughn trapped in the compound in Taipei, during "Almost Thirty Years", complete with slo-mo drowning, and yelling at Sydney to leave.
** Sydney going the full WigDressAccent route in the season 3 premiere for ''absolutely no reason''. She develops a full alternate persona just to walk up and shoot a guy.
* OneSceneWonder: The show had many, many memorable guest stars. Creator/QuentinTarantino, visibly enjoying himself as [=McKenas=] Cole. In Season 1, he's more of a Two-Episode Wonder, but when he pops up again in Season 3, he fits the trope perfectly.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** You may know Kendall better as [[{{Lost}} John Locke]].
** Ron Rifkin is now known for playing [[BrothersAndSisters Saul Holden]].
** David Anders went on to play [[Series/{{Heroes}} Adam Monroe]], [[Series/TheVampireDiaries John Gilbert]] and [[Series/OnceUponATime Dr. James Whale]].
** Bradley Cooper is much more well-known now as [[Film/TheHangover Phil Wenneck]], [[Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook Pat Solitano]] and [[Film/AmericanHustle Richie DiMaso]].
* TheScrappy:
** Lauren.
** Marshall can be very funny and an integral part of the show, but his constant awkward yammering and Sloane/Jack/Dixon/Sydney/Vaughn/etc yelling "Marshall, get on with it!" got very, very annoying.
** Not that ''everyone'' hated Francie, but she was easily the most boring character on a show full of badasses and {{Badass Normal}}s.
* SeasonalRot: Some say this of Season 3, 4 and/or 5.
* {{Shipping}}: Sydney/Vaughn was extremely prominent, followed closely by Sydney/Sark, Vaughn/Sark, and Jack/Irina.
* TearJerker: Has its own [[TearJerker/{{Alias}} sub-page]].
* VillainSue: Kelly Peyton
* WTHCastingAgency: Wait, is that ''[[Series/TheOfficeUK Ricky Gervais]]'' playing an Irish terrorist?!
** Wait... Sonia Braga is supposed to be [[spoiler:''Russian'']]?
*** So was Isabella Rossellini.
** This troper didn't even realize Lauren was supposed to be American until he came to this site and noticed [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent the actress didn't care about her accent]].
* TheWoobie: Sydney and Nadia. Especially Nadia.
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