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* ChronicVillainy: He wants to go straight, but his criminal past comes back to haunt him and drags him into the life again. He asks Verbal Kint to give her his last message:

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* ChronicVillainy: He wants to go straight, but People keep assuming that his attempts to walk the strait and narrow path are simply a smokescreen for some other criminal past comes back to haunt him and drags conspiracy, which ultimately drives him into the life again.arms of the Suspects. His true intentions may never be known, as the only living witness who might have known [[spoiler:is the notably untrustworthy Verbal Kint]]. He asks Verbal Kint to give her his last message:



* CutLexLuthorACheck: In Kint's story, he returns to crime because he couldn't get a legitimate occupation. However, staying out of crime has earned him a beautiful hot-shot attorney for a girlfriend. As long as he's with her, he won't need a profitable career. It's really his vanity that drives him back to crime.



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Kujan reveals to Kint that Keaton had done this sometime before the events of the film.]]

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Kujan reveals He's infamous within the New York underworld for having faked his death to Kint dodge a murder rap. When the cops confront him with this, Keaton claims he did no such thing. He is living in the same city, using the same name and the same face, it has nothing to do with him that the cops messed up and thought he was dead. [[spoiler:Towards the end of the story, Kujan believes that Keaton had has done this sometime before the events of the film.a second time, and Keyser is either him or a smokescreen.]]




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* VillainousBreakdown: When he realizes “[[PunctuatedForEmphasis There is! No!]] [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Coke!]]"



--> '''Cop:''' We place you in Queens on the night of the hijacking.
--> '''Hockney:''' Really? I live in Queens. Did you figure that out yourself, Einstein? What, you got a team of monkeys working around the clock on this?

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--> '''Cop:''' We place ** While he's being interrogated by the police:
-->'''Todd Hockney:''' You guys don't have a fuckin' leg to stand on.\\
'''Interrogation Cop:''' You think so, tough guy? I can put
you in Queens on the night of the hijacking.
--> '''Hockney:'''
hijacking.\\
'''Todd Hockney:'''
Really? I live in Queens. Did you figure put that out together yourself, Einstein? What, you got a team of monkeys working around the clock on this?this?\\
'''Interrogation Cop:''' You know what happens if you do another turn in the joint?\\
'''Todd Hockney:''' ''[shrugs]'' Uhhh, [[PrisonRape fuck your father in the shower]] and then have a snack. Are you gonna charge me, dickhead?\\
'''Interrogation Cop:''' I'll charge you when I'm ready.
** Later:
-->'''Fred Fenster:''' A guy had his finger up my asshole tonight!\\
'''Todd Hockney:''' Is it Friday already?
** And, to Verbal, who has been silent this whole time:
-->'''Verbal Kint:''' ''(about his nickname)'' Roger really. People say I talk too much.\\
'''Todd Hockney:''' Yeah, I was gonna tell you to shut up.



* ConsummateLiar: [[spoiler:Verbal is actually talking about himself when he speaks of Söze!]]

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* ConsummateLiar: [[spoiler:Verbal is actually talking [[spoiler:The Mind Screw really sets in when you realize that everything you think you know about himself when he speaks of Söze!]]Keyser Söze potentially comes from Keyser Söze himself.]]



* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:He may or may not be a cover identity. If it's a cover, it goes back some considerable time, likely years -- Keaton refers to having met Verbal "once or twice" prior to the events of the movie, with the conversation implying that this was not particularly recently. Of course, this is all assuming that Verbal is actually telling the truth about this scene...]]



%%* EvilAllAlong



* IronicNickname: "Verbal" Kint is chatty in the interrogation, but in the flashbacks he's very reticent. He doesn't utter a word before introducing himself, saying, "People say I talk too much." Hockney quips, "Yeah, I was just about to tell you to shut up."

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* IronicNickname: "Verbal" Kint is He's chatty in the interrogation, but in the flashbacks he's very reticent. He doesn't utter a word before introducing himself, saying, "People say I talk too much." Hockney quips, "Yeah, I was just about to tell you to shut up."



* UnreliableNarrator: His version of events is designed to point Kujan's suspicion toward Keaton, whom he already hates.

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* UndercoverWhenAlone:
** [[spoiler:Despite the fact that Verbal and Keyser are the same person, this is actually averted. Verbal is constantly showing facial expressions that contradict what he is saying when he is talking to Kujan, and only when Kujan isn't looking. In addition his first reaction when Keyser is mentioned is anger, which he then pretends is fear. This is also averted in flashbacks as Verbal is never alone and obviously telling the story.]]
** A very subtle version of this: When Verbal is alone (in flashbacks) his manner of holding a cigarette to his lips varies from one culture's to another — the German manner, the Russian, the Turkish. But in the company of the others, it's always American.
* UnreliableExpositor: Detective Kujan suspects that he knows more than he told the grand jury. Boy, is he right.
-->'''Verbal:''' Back when I was in that barbershop quartet in Skokie, IL, the baritone was this guy named Kip Diskin. Big fat guy. I mean like, Orca fat...
* UnreliableNarrator: His version [[spoiler:Kujan constantly accuses him of events is designed to point lying, and ultimately Verbal confirms Kujan's suspicion toward Keaton, whom preconceived notion that Keaton was Keyser Söze. Of course, Verbal wanted him to think that all along.]] Also, [[spoiler:Kint narrates things he already hates.wasn't actually there to see. Unless he was Söze.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: When Kujan tells him [[spoiler:that Edie was killed]].



* DiabolicalMastermind: Söze is a bogeyman in the underworld, but few have ever seen him.

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* DiabolicalMastermind: Söze is a bogeyman An [[ShroudedInMyth almost-legendary]] crime lord who, if he exists at all, works through layers upon layers of proxies. [[spoiler:Except in the underworld, but few have ever seen him.occasional case where hiding in plain sight as one of the supposed "proxies" works to his advantage.]]



%%* TheFaceless



* KarmaHoudini: He's never apprehended for any of his crimes. [[spoiler:At the end, Verbal Kint manages to talk his way out of his prison time. They both turn out to be the same person.]]



* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen: He's never seen during Verbal's account, and he interacts with the characters through an intermediary. This may become an inversion though, when it's revealed [[spoiler:that Verbal is Söze]].



* TheMobBossIsScarier: This seems to be the case when Kujan brings him up and Verbal reacts with stark terror. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end when it's revealed that Verbal ''is'' Keyser Söze.]]



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In the backstory, semi-mythical criminal mastermind he's faced with other gangsters who try to take over his business by threatening to kill his family. Instead, he kills his family himself, then the gangsters, then their wives, children, friends, and anyone else even tangentially associated with them, and then vanishes into legend.



* SexierAlterEgo:: Verbal imagines him as a long-haired adonis. [[spoiler:In reality, he's just short, skinny, balding Kevin Spacey.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: [[spoiler:Unlike most associated with this trope, Söze actually lives up to this reputation.]]

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* SexierAlterEgo:: ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: He's able to manipulate police departments to a truly disturbing extent. [[spoiler:Despite admitting (as Verbal Kint) to a raft of crimes, the most the police can hit him with is a minor weapons charge. Rabin says he's "protected from up on high by the prince of darkness."]] Later on, Kint's story includes Kobayashi saying that Söze arranged the line up to gather up the five crooks whose crimes had interfered with Söze and get them to repay their "debt".
* SexierAlterEgo:
Verbal imagines him as a long-haired adonis. [[spoiler:In reality, he's just short, skinny, balding Kevin Spacey.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: [[spoiler:Unlike most associated with this trope, A larger-than-life criminal mastermind who never appears in public and acts mainly through intermediaries and subcontractors. He's apparently powerful and ruthless enough that his name [[HorrifyingTheHorror scares the hell out of the ruthless Hungarian mob and all sorts of other criminals]]. The last man to know what he looks like dies about midway through the movie, though not before giving a description to a sketch artist. Every other detail we learn about him comes through Verbal Kint, who could only have learned about Söze actually lives up to this reputation.and his reputation second-hand. [[spoiler:Unless, of course, he ''is'' Keyser Söze...]]



* TheSpook: Nothing solid is known about Soze, not even what he looks like. [[spoiler: That is, until the end]].

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* TheSpook: Nothing solid He was something similar to this. The nature of the movie made his shadow-ness even more obscure and vague. But even with the things confirmed by the police interrogators, Söze was someone who has never had a confirmed sighting, regarded as a myth, has [[MultipleChoicePast multiple versions of his backstory]] and you don't know what is known fact or fiction about Soze, not even what he looks like. [[spoiler: That is, until the end]].him.



* GutFeeling: He believes he already knows what happens and tries to get Verbal to confirm his suspicions. Early in the film, Verbal encourages this behavior by sarcastically asserting that, when a cop thinks the brother did it, he's usually going to be right.



* InspectorJavert: Is completely convinced that Keaton is still a criminal, no matter what he says or does. Ironically, it's his humiliation of Keaton at the restaurant that leads to Keaton becoming a criminal again.

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* InspectorJavert: Is completely convinced He's obsessed with arresting cop-turned-criminal Keaton. Trouble is, while there's little doubt that Keaton is still a criminal, no matter what thief and murderer, he says or does. Ironically, it's his humiliation of Keaton seems to be genuinely trying to go legitimate at the restaurant that leads to Keaton becoming a start of the movie. But Kujan's dogged pursuit lets Keaton's potential business partners know about his criminal again.background, torpedoing his career and sending him back to a life of crime. In Kujan's interactions with Verbal, we also see he's willing to break the law himself (including issuing death threats) if it means catching Keaton, and is so focused on that goal that he ignores any explanation that doesn't paint Keaton as the criminal mastermind behind everything.


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* StuffedInAFridge: Her death is revealed as a WhamLine for Verbal, which so devastates him that he finally turns on Keaton. [[spoiler: It’s of course later revealed that he actually ordered her murder]]. She was the only main character killed [[KarmicDeath who was not involved in any criminal activity]], and her death serves no point beyond facilitating Verbal's VillainousBreakdown.


* TheChick: The most quirky and flamboyant of the FiveManBand.


%%* AlliterativeName

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%%* AlliterativeName* AlliterativeName: '''F'''red '''F'''enster.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:How he was killed]].



* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Fenster's an amoral criminal who wears a red shirt with a black suit jacket to the lineup.



* TheSmartGuy: Being a con man, relies more on brains than the others, who are mostly hijackers.

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* TheSmartGuy: Being a con man, relies more on brains than the others, who are mostly hijackers. Redfoot lampshades this when he calls Verbal "the man with the plan".



* BoomHeadshot: What he did to [[spoiler: Fenster.]]

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* BoomHeadshot: What he did to [[spoiler: Fenster.[[spoiler:Fenster.]]



* TheDragon: To Keyser Söze, of TheConsigliere type. He handles the day-to-day business for Söze and occasionally the dirty work, such as [[spoiler: murdering Fenster.]] He must be very valuable to Söze, since Söze usually has henchmen who are no longer useful to be murdered.

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* TheDragon: To Keyser Söze, of TheConsigliere type. He handles the day-to-day business for Söze and occasionally the dirty work, such as [[spoiler: murdering Fenster.]] He must be very valuable to Söze, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness since Söze usually has henchmen who are no longer useful to be murdered.murdered]].



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Gets away with everything he does in the film]].



* SmallRoleBigImpact: [[spoiler: His death is used as blackmail fodder by Kobayashi to force the suspects to comply.]]

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His death is used as blackmail fodder by Kobayashi to force the suspects to comply.]]


* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Inverted, as Verbal spills a lot of the suspects' exploits to Kujan [[spoiler:until you realize he's only telling the story to buy time until his release, and that most of it was a big fat lie.]]7

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* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Inverted, as Verbal spills a lot of the suspects' exploits to Kujan [[spoiler:until you realize he's only telling the story to buy time until his release, and that most of it was a big fat lie.]]7]]


* CardCarryinVillain: [[spoiler: Most of his dialogue is describing what a terrifying, unstoppable monster he is]].

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* CardCarryinVillain: CardCarryingVillain: [[spoiler: Most of his dialogue is describing what a terrifying, unstoppable monster he is]].

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* NonActionGuy: Not that he's averse to using guns but Verbal's disability means he's unable to be as physical as the other guys. [[spoiler: At least this what he appears to be]].


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* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: He's an average, unassuming guy who you'd almost forget about if you were in a room with. [[spoiler: He's also the main villain of the film]].


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* CardCarryinVillain: [[spoiler: Most of his dialogue is describing what a terrifying, unstoppable monster he is]].


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* FromNobodyToNightmare: He went from being a small-time dope dealer to a legend of the criminal underworld.


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* OneManArmy: He's described as having murdered dozens of people in revenge for his family, presumably single-handed.


* ActuallyIAmHim: [[spoiler: Possibly the most famous example in film history, if not pop culture in general]].



* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Inverted, as Verbal spills a lot of the suspects' exploits to Kujan [[spoiler:until you realize he's only telling the story to buy time until his release, and that most of it was a big fat lie.]]

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* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Inverted, as Verbal spills a lot of the suspects' exploits to Kujan [[spoiler:until you realize he's only telling the story to buy time until his release, and that most of it was a big fat lie.]]]]7
* BitchInSheepsClothing: While a criminal, Verbal comes across as a fairly, mild-mannered and ultimately harmless person. [[spoiler: In reality, he is Keyzer Söze]].



* DeadpanSnarker: An inevitable side effect of being played by Kevin Spacey.




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* WalkingSpoiler: As you've probably figured from all the white spaces, it's difficult to talk about Verbal without giving away the ending.


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* BarbarianLonghair: In flashbacks, he's got long flowing hair all the way down his back.


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* OffingTheOffspring: He murdered his wife and children.


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* TheSpook: Nothing solid is known about Soze, not even what he looks like. [[spoiler: That is, until the end]].


* BackStab: [[spoiler: Killed with a knife to the back of his neck.]]

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* BackStab: [[spoiler: Killed [[spoiler:Killed with a knife to the back of his neck.]]



* BadassBoast: “Well I believe in God, and the only thing I fear... is Keyser Söze”.



* PapaWolf: Subverted. He has a beautiful wife, three adoring children, and he's big and hairy and aggressive- then his family is taken hostage. [[spoiler:He killed his wife and both surviving kids himself rather than allow his enemies to do it. That way, he explains to the surviving enemy mook, they won't have to live with the humiliation.]]



* PapaWolf: Subverted. He has a beautiful wife, three adoring children, and he's big and hairy and aggressive- then his family is taken hostage. [[spoiler:He killed his wife and both surviving kids himself rather than allow his enemies to do it. That way, he explains to the surviving enemy mook, they won't have to live with the humiliation.]]


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!!Edie Finneran (Suzay Amis)

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!!Edie Finneran (Suzay (Suzy Amis)

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!!Edie Finneran (Suzay Amis)


* DetectivePatsy: Played with. [[He was picked partly to draw attention from LE and recruited to vouch for Kint. He was Kint's ultimate sucker no matter what interpretation you have of the film; even if you believe 95% is lies told by Kint.]]

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* DetectivePatsy: Played with. [[He [[spoiler:He was picked partly to draw attention from LE and recruited to vouch for Kint. He was Kint's ultimate sucker no matter what interpretation you have of the film; even if you believe 95% is lies told by Kint.]]

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* DetectivePatsy: Played with. [[He was picked partly to draw attention from LE and recruited to vouch for Kint. He was Kint's ultimate sucker no matter what interpretation you have of the film; even if you believe 95% is lies told by Kint.]]


* [[spoiler:ObfuscatingDisability: His limp is just an act to make him seem more harmless; in the film's final scene, it disappears in a single stride.]]

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* [[spoiler:ObfuscatingDisability: His ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler:His limp and crippled arm is just an act to make him seem more harmless; in the film's final scene, it both disappears in a single stride.]]



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* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: Kevin Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the role of Verbal Kint.


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* [[spoiler:ObfuscatingDisability: His limp is just an act to make him seem more harmless; in the film's final scene, it disappears in a single stride.]]

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