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YMMV: The Blacklist
  • Anticlimax Boss: In-Universe: Reddington has been on the FBI's Most Wanted list for decades, yet he surrenders himself without a fight.
    • In "Anslo Garrick", it's revealed that Red is personally this to Ressler, since he spent years unsuccessfully hunting him, even ending a relationship in the process.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The ending theme post-Pilot episodes composed by Dave Porter.
  • Evil Is Cool: Red.
  • Fan Nickname: Tom Bond.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A meta example. In "General Ludd", William Sadler plays a dying man who's confined to a hospital bed. Then, on the Elementary episode "Blood Is Thicker", which was broadcast three days later, Sadler played... a dying man who's confined to a hospital bed.note 
  • Magnificent Bastard: Like him or hate him, Reddington always shows a sense of style and grace, the calm master criminal vs. the often overworked and harassed FBI agents.
    • There's also Madeline Pratt, who's able to play Reddington himself as part of her own schemes though he gets her back.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Cyprus Agency kidnaps young women, keeps them drugged for years, and uses them to produce kids for unsuspecting couples.
  • The Scrappy: Tom and Elizabeth Keen. At times, Ressler is also this. Elizabeth has gotten worse with her botched interrogation of Tom Keen where he delivers a epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech calling her out on how easy it was to manipulate her emotionally and manages to overpower her with a broken thumb and escape.
  • Special Effect Failure: Any time there's Stuff Blowing Up (and since this is an espionage action-drama, that happens quite a lot), the CGI is painfully bad. Case in point: the plane bombing at the start of "General Ludd."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Some people felt like this in relation to Anslo Garrick, who was quite a interesting and fearsome antagonist killed way too early.
    • One episode featured William Sadler as Liz's adoptive father, but he died in that same episode. There is always the possibility of flashback though.

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