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* TooDumbToLive: It becomes painfully clear over the course of the film, that Mr. Smith never stood a chance against Mr. Brooks, [[spoiler:and in fact signed his death warrant the moment he went to Brooks with the photos instead of the police]].

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** Brooks does tell Smith that he doesn't want his family humiliated by his arrest and trial.


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* AssholeVictim: Most of the victims of Earl are either unsympathetic characters or outright [[Trope/JerkAss jerkasses]]. [[spoiler: Especially, Mr. "Smith", who is not only a voyeur, but does not also report Earl to the police after having discovered that he is the Thumbprint Killer because he wants to blackmail Earl into help him to set up a random murder, just for the thrill]].

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* AssholeVictim: Most of the victims of Earl are either unsympathetic characters or outright [[Trope/JerkAss [[JerkAss jerkasses]]. [[spoiler: Especially, Mr. "Smith", who is not only a voyeur, but does not also report Earl to the police after having discovered that he is the Thumbprint Killer because he wants to blackmail Earl into help him to set up a random murder, just for the thrill]].


* Hypocrite: If Earl is really desperately trying to stop killing, why doesn't he take the most obvious way out and just turn himself in? Also, he is shown to enjoy killing people to the point of having an ecstatic rapture when he does it and he is clearly proud that he is so good at throwing the police off his scent. Marshall often calls him out on his BS.

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* Hypocrite: {{Hypocrite}}: If Earl is really desperately trying to stop killing, why doesn't he take the most obvious way out and just turn himself in? Also, he is shown to enjoy killing people to the point of having an ecstatic rapture when he does it and he is clearly proud that he is so good at throwing the police off his scent. Marshall often calls him out on his BS.


%%* AssholeVictim: Several, but likely not all, of Mr. Brooks' victims.

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%%* * AssholeVictim: Several, Most of the victims of Earl are either unsympathetic characters or outright [[Trope/JerkAss jerkasses]]. [[spoiler: Especially, Mr. "Smith", who is not only a voyeur, but likely does not all, of Mr. Brooks' victims.also report Earl to the police after having discovered that he is the Thumbprint Killer because he wants to blackmail Earl into help him to set up a random murder, just for the thrill]].


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* Hypocrite: If Earl is really desperately trying to stop killing, why doesn't he take the most obvious way out and just turn himself in? Also, he is shown to enjoy killing people to the point of having an ecstatic rapture when he does it and he is clearly proud that he is so good at throwing the police off his scent. Marshall often calls him out on his BS.

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* SplitPersonality: Deconstrued. Earl and Marshall are played by two different actors, so the old trope "two different minds inhabiting the same body" is not at work here. Many of the dialogues between Earl and Marshall are carried out in front of other characters, who do not hear Marshall's words, nor react with amazement at Earl talking to himself. So, it is clear that all of them actually happen in Earl's head. Finally, Earl is clearly conscious that Marshall is merely the projection of his own killer instincts and he never pretends that Marshall actually exists.

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* TheGlassesComeOff: When he's wearing his eyeglasses, he's Earl Brooks, a nice, friendly, generous businessman. When he's not wearing them, he's the very, very dangerous Thumbprint Killer.


''Mr. Brooks'' is a coolly cerebral thriller filled with style and highly detailed substance, focusing on the skeletons we all have in our closets and what we might do if they ever got out.

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''Mr. Brooks'' is a 2007 coolly cerebral thriller filled with style and highly detailed substance, focusing on the skeletons we all have in our closets and what we might do if they ever got out.

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* SlashedThroat: Resulting from the ShovelStrike.


* IfIWantedYouDead: Brooks surprises Smith in the night to tell him when and where to meet him to kill someone. Brooks states this word for word.

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* IfIWantedYouDead: Brooks surprises Smith in the night to tell him when and where to meet him to kill someone. Brooks states this word for word."If I was here to kill you, you'd already be dead".



* LastNameBasis: "Mr. Smith"/Mr. Baffert is only referred to as such during the film. Towards the end, if you [[FreezeFrameBonus pause the DVD and look at]] [[spoiler: the newspaper in the coffee shop scene, you can see his first name is, amusingly, [[MeaningfulName Graves]].]]

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* LastNameBasis: "Mr. Smith"/Mr. Baffert is only referred to as such during the film. Towards the end, if you [[FreezeFrameBonus pause the DVD and look at]] at [[spoiler: the newspaper in the coffee shop scene, you can see his first name is, amusingly, [[MeaningfulName Graves]].]]


* AssholeVictim: Several, but likely not all, of Mr. Brooks' victims.

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* %%* AssholeVictim: Several, but likely not all, of Mr. Brooks' victims.


%%* PsychoticSmirk

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%%* PsychoticSmirk* PsychoticSmirk: Mr. Brooks gives Mr. Smith a smile which comes off as this [[spoiler: before killing him]].



* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.

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* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.


* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Strangely enough considering that he's a serial killer, Mr. Brooks objects when his pregnant daughter says she may have an abortion, although he backs down she fires back that it's her decision, softening it to how a grandchild would be a great gift to her mother and him. We don't learn what she decided before the film ends.



* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.

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* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.


%%* CriminalMindGames

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%%* * CriminalMindGames



%%* DoubleConsciousness
%%* EvilTastesGood: "The hunger"
%%* FlawExploitation: And "Smith" has so many flaws indeed....

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%%* DoubleConsciousness
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* DoubleConsciousness: Mr. Brooks and his evil alter ego, Marshall.
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EvilTastesGood: "The hunger"
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hunger" for murder, which Mr. Brooks finds addictive even though he knows that it's wrong and tries to quit.
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FlawExploitation: And "Smith" has so many flaws indeed....flaws, but Mr. Brooks particularly uses his [[{{Pride}} arrogance]] to bring him down.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Subverted and Played straight with the ''same bit of foreshadowing'', as Earl is correct to assume his daughter is a murderer, but the scene where she murders him as well turns out to be AllJustADream]]
%%* GollumMadeMeDoIt
* HollywoodSilencer: Averted. Brooks distinctive handgun sounds quite realistic.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Subverted {{Subverted}} and Played straight {{played straight}} with the ''same bit of foreshadowing'', as Earl is correct to assume his daughter is a murderer, but the scene where she murders him as well turns out to be AllJustADream]]
%%* GollumMadeMeDoIt
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Marshall constantly goads Mr. Brooks into committing murder again, in spite of his best efforts to stop.
* HollywoodSilencer: Averted.{{Averted}}. Brooks distinctive handgun sounds quite realistic.



%%* ImaginaryFriend: Marshall.

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%%* * ImaginaryFriend: Marshall.Marshall, who's basically Mr. Brooks evil side.



* JackTheRipoff: Mr. Brooks goes out his way and commits a very similar murder to the one [[spoiler: his daughter commits]] in order to confuse the authorities.

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* JackTheRipoff: Mr. Brooks goes out of his way and commits to commit a very similar murder to the one [[spoiler: his daughter commits]] in order to confuse the authorities.



* MrSmith: Played straight with Baffert, alias "Mr. Smith".
%%* MrViceGuy: Mr. Earl Brooks.

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* MrSmith: Played straight {{Played straight}} with Baffert, alias "Mr. Smith".
%%* * MrViceGuy: Mr. Earl Brooks.Brooks, who is not just a nice guy, but a noted philanthropist. If only he weren't addicted to murder...



%%* SympatheticMurderer: Earl Brooks, heartbreakingly so.
%%* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example.
%%* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Basically the concept of the film.

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%%* * SympatheticMurderer: Earl Mr. Brooks, heartbreakingly so.
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a kind, philanthropic loving family man who futily struggles with his desire to kill.
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TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example.
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example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.
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ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Basically Mr. Brooks uses Alcoholics Anonymous mantras to try to resist the concept of the film.urge to murder. It doesn't work.

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