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* BigHeroicRun: Ethan does this in every movie.


* ''Mission: Impossible 7'' (2021) [[note]]Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie returns to direct and write the script. Creator/HayleyAtwell and Creator/NicholasHoult join the cast while Henry Czerny reprises his role as former IMF director Eugene Kittridge for the first time on film in 25 years.[[/note]]

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* ''Mission: Impossible 7'' (2021) [[note]]Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie returns to direct and write the script. Creator/HayleyAtwell and Creator/NicholasHoult join joins the cast while Henry Czerny reprises his role as former IMF director Eugene Kittridge for the first time on film in 25 years.[[/note]]


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* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: The IMF is always expelling Ethan and forcing him to go rogue, with only the second and the sixth movies as exceptions so far.


** Even with the absence of [[Film/MissionImpossibleII Nyah]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII Zhang Lei]], and [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol Jane]], it was the result of their actresses being unavailable, rather than a conscious decision to nix the character.

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** Even with the absence of [[Film/MissionImpossibleII Nyah]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII Zhang Lei]], and [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol Jane]], it was the result of their actresses being unavailable, rather than a conscious decision to nix the character. Creator/RebeccaFerguson was the first actress in the franchise who was available to be a member of the main cast for more than one film.


* ''Mission: Impossible 7'' (2021) [[note]]Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie returns to direct and write the script. Creator/HayleyAtwell has joined the cast.[[/note]]

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* ''Mission: Impossible 7'' (2021) [[note]]Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie returns to direct and write the script. Creator/HayleyAtwell has joined and Creator/NicholasHoult join the cast.cast while Henry Czerny reprises his role as former IMF director Eugene Kittridge for the first time on film in 25 years.[[/note]]



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* LongRunner: By the time the eighth film is released, the film series will have spanned eight films over 26 years, all with Tom Cruise in the lead role. For comparison sake, in 26 years, the ''Bond'' franchise, albeit with double the amount of films, had churned through the runs of Sean Connery and Roger Moore, and was a year away from Timothy Dalton's last entry.


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* BadassCrew: All of them are the very best at what they do & are also trained for tactical & close-quarters combat in case the mission goes to hell (which, of course, often happens).

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* BadassCrew: All of them the IMF agents are the very best at what they do & are also trained for tactical & close-quarters combat in case the mission goes to hell (which, of course, often happens).

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* JokerImmunity: Of all the villains, [[spoiler: Solomon Lane is the only one to survive more than one movie, as ''Rogue Nation'' and ''Fallout'' end with him getting captured.]]


* ''Mission: Impossible 7'' (2021)

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* ''Mission: Impossible 7'' (2021)(2021) [[note]]Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie returns to direct and write the script. Creator/HayleyAtwell has joined the cast.[[/note]]


** In the first film, [[spoiler:the team leader Jim Phelps. Claire and Krueger as well]].
** Shawn Ambrose in the second, though IMF are on to him early on.

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** In the first film, [[spoiler:the team leader Jim Phelps. Claire and Krueger Krieger as well]].
** Shawn Sean Ambrose in the second, though IMF are on to him early on.


* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Every woman who has been part of Ethan's team in one film is absent in the next, with no explanation. [[note]] The actresses haven't been available. [[/note]]



* GirlOfTheWeek: Subverted. Despite a different woman being on Ethan's team in each movie and disappearing by the next film, (a) With the exception of Nyah and Julia, he doesn't get together with any of them, (b), The character's absence has been due to their actresses being unavailable, rather than a conscious decision to drop them, and (c) Julia has stuck around--a cameo in the fourth film, a return in the sixth.



* TheNotLoveInterest: A beautiful woman has been a member of Ethan's team in every movie, and despite a palpable attraction (possibly even love in the first movie), with the exception of the second and third films, he doesn't hook up with any of them.



* TwoPartTrilogy: In a surprising aversion, each film stands completely alone with only a bare connective thread between them. They have distinctive plots and have different directors, giving each film it's own "flavor" of sorts. As well each movie has a 4-6 year gap between them, which is very unusual with the common practice of 2-3 year ''maximum'' gaps for sequels.


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* ''Mission: Impossible 7'' (2021)
* ''Mission: Impossible 8'' (2022)


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* ''Mission: Impossible 7'' (2021)
* ''Mission: Impossible 8'' (2022)


** Just like the series, every movie has a mission briefing that ends with the device giving them their orders self-destructing. Jokingly played with in the fourth, where one device fails to detonate and Ethan has to [[PercussiveMaintenance slam it to get it to work.]]
*** Also {{Foreshadowing}} since from that point on, pretty much anything that can go wrong with the mission, does.

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** Just like the series, every movie has a mission briefing that ends with the device giving them their orders self-destructing. Jokingly played with in the fourth, where one device fails to detonate and Ethan has to [[PercussiveMaintenance slam it to get it to work.]]
*** Also {{Foreshadowing}}
work]]. It also acts as {{Foreshadowing}}, since from that point on, pretty much anything that can go wrong with the mission, does.


*** Also {{Foreshadowing}} since from that point on, pretty much anything than can go wrong with the mission, does.

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*** Also {{Foreshadowing}} since from that point on, pretty much anything than that can go wrong with the mission, does.


* RevolvingDoorCasting: Each film pretty much jettisons the previous one's entire surviving supporting cast ([[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome sometimes without even mentioning them]]) with the exception of Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames who have appeared in every film in the franchise. This fits with the original concept from the TV series in which [=IMF=] teams were supposed to be assembled on a per-mission basis from a pool of available operatives.
** Extends to behind the camera when you throw in the fact the first five films have different directors using completely different styles. But then the sixth has the same guy at the helm... using a whole different crew to ensure the film still felt different from the predecessor.
** The transition from ''III'' to ''Ghost Protocol'' is a little less jarring, as there is less turn-over in characters (Benji stays), and plot and staff (Creator/JJAbrams). The fifth film averts it completely, as the entire IMF team from ''Ghost Protocol'' returns, with the exception of Luther subbing in for Jane.
** ''Fallout'' keeps up the continuity, losing only Brandt but Ilsa Faust returns, although still working on her own.
** And the absence of Nyah, Zhang Lei, and Jane is the result of their actresses being unavailable, rather than a conscious decision to nix the character.

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* RevolvingDoorCasting: Each film RevolvingDoorCasting:
** The first three films
pretty much jettisons jettison the previous one's entire surviving supporting cast ([[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome sometimes without cast, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome not even mentioning them]]) them]], with the exception of Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames who have appeared in every film in the franchise. This fits with the original concept from the TV series in which [=IMF=] teams were supposed to be assembled on a per-mission basis from a pool of available operatives.
operatives.
** Extends to behind the camera when you throw in the fact the first five films have different directors using completely different styles. But then Even the sixth has film, the same guy at the helm... using first one to have a recurring director (Christopher [=McQuarrie=]), uses a whole different crew to ensure the film still felt feels different from the its predecessor.
** The transition from ''III'' to ''Ghost Protocol'' is a little less jarring, as there is less turn-over in characters (Benji stays), and plot and staff (Creator/JJAbrams). The fifth film ''Rogue Nation'' averts it completely, as the entire IMF team from ''Ghost Protocol'' returns, with the exception of Luther subbing in for Jane.
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Jane. ''Fallout'' keeps up the continuity, losing only Brandt Brandt, but Ilsa Faust returns, although still working on her own.
** And Even with the absence of Nyah, [[Film/MissionImpossibleII Nyah]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII Zhang Lei, Lei]], and Jane is [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol Jane]], it was the result of their actresses being unavailable, rather than a conscious decision to nix the character.


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