* ActorSharedBackground:
** Jeffrey Donovan comes from an impoverished family and has twenty years of martial arts experience (including a black belt in karate).
** Also, in "Fast Friends," Sam mentions that he once got to the "Michigan State Quarterfinals" with his arm (shot put? football?); Bruce Campbell is originally from Michigan (the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, to be exact).
* ActorAllusion:
** Sam and Fiona approach a group of con artists while under the guise of federal agents who had been monitoring them. Sam introduces himself and Fi as detectives Series/CagneyAndLacey, alluding to costar Sharon Gless.
** Additionally, in the second season Fiona starts dating a man named Campbell. In one episode, a conversation between Fiona and Sam takes place, with Fiona commenting on how good-looking a particular man is, to which Sam (played by Creator/BruceCampbell) replies, "Well, he's no Campbell."
** Michael also makes contact with a Libyan operative named Anwar in one episode. (Gabrielle Anwar plays Fiona.)
** Inverted in a "Signals and Codes" where the client of the week was played by an actor named Michael Weston.
** In one episode, Sam and Barry are discussing people who only use one name, and Sam says "Spider-Man" as an example. Bruce Campbell has a cameo in all three of the Sam Raimi {{Spider-Man}} movies.
** In "Identity" Sam and Fiona use Detectives "Cagney and Lacey" as aliases.
** And in the winter premiere of season 3, [[Series/CagneyAndLacey Tyne Daly]] guest stars.
** WordOfGod mentions that as a general rule, they write characters with a specific actor in mind. This is in part due to the need to quickly establish characters and chemistry (see the above Tyne Daly instance) as it is just having fun.
** There was also "False Flag", where Fi said Sam's bulletproof vest smells like Old Spice and bourbon. Bruce Campbell is a spokesperson for Old Spice.
** In one episode, Sam is doing surveillance on Carla, who takes time to swim. Commenting on her ability, Sam says: "The woman is a machine." Carla's actress, Creator/TriciaHelfer, played several robots on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''.
** In 5x6, Sam compliments Mike on his chin. Mike instantly turns to face Sam, seemingly very surprised, and notes that it means a lot coming from Sam. Bruce Campbell (Sam) really is known for [[LanternJawOfJustice his chin]] among other things -- he even titled the book he authored after his chin.
** A recent episode showed Gabrielle Anwar once again getting to [[Film/ScentOfAWoman tango]].
** John C. [=McGinley=] plays Michael's former CIA mentor Tom Card. References to [=McGinley=]'s role as Dr. Cox on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' abound: among other things, Card displays expasperation and impatience with his young protege, he does a ton of {{Deadpan Snark|er}}ing, and he even does Dr. Cox's frustrated whistle in one scene.
** Barry the money launderer refers to Sam's shotgun as his [[Franchise/EvilDead "boomstick."]]
* FakeNationality: Fiona is a rare triple Fake Nationality: her actress is British, but the character is Irish, faking an American accent. In one episode, the character faked a British accent, but it still wasn't Gabrielle Anwar's actual accent.
* FakeRussian: The Russian Sonya is played by the Israeli Alona Tal.
* TropeNamer:
** AndSomeOtherStuff: In "Lesser Evil." Michael's explosive recipes contain just enough to tantalize ''Series/MythBusters'' and brush over the rest to avoid liabilities. Usually. Sometimes it's just to handwave that an explosion is a bit larger than should be expected.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: {{Word of God}} mentions that originally, ''Burn Notice'' would have been a lot darker and taken place in Newark, New Jersey.
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