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-->'''Pauling''': But you can't get no satisfaction?



'''Pauling''': But you can't get no satisfaction?

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* WeaponOfChoice: While he generally prefers fighting with his hands, Reacher's go-to sidearms are the Beretta 92, and the rarer Steyr GB.

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* SociallyAwkwardHero: While he's quite charismatic, Reacher is often perplexed by non-military social norms and cultural customs.

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* StrongAndSkilled: Reacher is extremely strong, highly trained, and has decades of experience in hand-to-hand combat. This is especially notable in the times when he goes up against someone his size or larger, frequently winning due to superior fighting skill.


* [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]: [[TemptingFate There's no way]] a MartyStu could result in an enjoyable read for any reason besides SoBadItsGood. Right?

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* NewPowersAtThePlotDemands: Reacher has a habit of gaining new skills or abilities as needed. Notably, in the first book he wears a watch, yet in the second it's revealed that he always knows what time it is. Other aspects of his character, such as his ability to wake himself up on command, his love of math, and his near-superhuman sniping skills appear in later books as needed.

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* BadassBystander: Unusually for a protagonist, Reacher is essentially this. He normally doesn't have any specific involvement with the case at hand, getting involved purely out of circumstance and coincidence.


**The main plot of [[spoiler: Past Tense]]. They're Bow Hunting People.



** After killing [[spoiler: Paulie]], Reacher has a DEA agent man a makeshift machine gun turret while he and the two other DEA agents find out where [[spoiler: the guns and a missing agent the BigBad intend to sell are]]. Unfortunately, when they get back, [[spoiler: the agent has been killed and the bad guys are having their meeting as planned]]. Reacher finds out the gun he set up [[spoiler: (a Soviet NSV belonging to the late [[spoiler: [[BigGuy roided-up]], henchman Paulie]] hadn't being used for years, as it had been peacefully swing on a chain a giant "don't mess with me sign". It not being used for decades [[spoiler: caused it to jam after one shot and the agent gets taken out.

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** After killing [[spoiler: Paulie]], Reacher has a DEA agent man a makeshift machine gun turret while he and the two other DEA agents find out where [[spoiler: the guns and a missing agent the BigBad intend to sell are]]. Unfortunately, when they get back, [[spoiler: the agent has been killed and the bad guys are having their meeting as planned]]. Reacher finds out the gun he set up [[spoiler: (a Soviet NSV belonging to the late [[spoiler: [[BigGuy roided-up]], henchman Paulie]] hadn't being used for years, as it had been peacefully swing on a chain a giant "don't mess with me sign". It not being used for decades [[spoiler: caused it to jam after one shot and the agent gets taken out.out]].


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** [[spoiler: Mark Reacher, a distance cousin of Jack Reacher,]] from ''Past Tense'' seems like this, trying to make every decision dispassionately. He had no qualms [[spoiler: killing his own teammates]].

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Child announced that the books will see a TV adaptation and has led efforts to help find an actor who can match Reacher's height as mentioned in the novels.

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* PetTheDog: In both a figurative and a literal sense. Reacher is gruff and can be a bit of a JerkAss, but he tends to be somewhat softer when talking to children, the elderly, or the disabled. In the more literal sense, it's noted repeatedly that Reacher loves dogs and has considered adopting one at times. Tellingly, his reaction to [[spoiler: a dog's slow death in ''Bad Luck and Trouble'']] shows considerably more concern than he does for most human death.


* HollywoodSilencer: Defied,

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* HollywoodSilencer: Defied,Defied, any time a silenced weapon it appears the author or Reacher is quick to point out how they don't sound like they do in the movies. One book describes a suppressed [[RareGuns Steyr GB]] as sounding like a book being thrown on the floor.



* RealityEnsues:
** Reacher settles in with a love interest at the end of one book, but by the next one he's so accustomed to his roaming ways, he goes back to traveling
** After killing [[spoiler: Paulie]], Reacher has a DEA agent man a makeshift machine gun turret while he and the two other DEA agents find out where [[spoiler: the guns and a missing agent the BigBad intend to sell are]]. Unfortunately, when they get back, [[spoiler: the agent has been killed and the bad guys are having their meeting as planned]]. Reacher finds out the gun he set up [[spoiler: (a Soviet NSV belonging to the late [[spoiler: [[BigGuy roided-up]], henchman Paulie]] hadn't being used for years, as it had been peacefully swing on a chain a giant "don't mess with me sign". It not being used for decades [[spoiler: caused it to jam after one shot and the agent gets taken out.



* RiddleForTheAges: In ''Killing Floor'', Reacher figures out that both sides are trying to retrieve a missing photograph. The US government wants it because the photo's release would be disastrous for an up-and-coming senator... while an Afghan terrorist cell wants it because the photo's release would be ''even more'' disastrous for their cause. No one (outside the terrorists) can even guess why this photo would hurt the terrorists that much. [[spoiler:And the photo gets destroyed before anyone can see it, anyway.]]

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* RiddleForTheAges: In ''Killing Floor'', Reacher figures out that both sides are trying to retrieve a missing photograph. The US government wants it because the photo's release would be disastrous for an up-and-coming senator... while an Afghan terrorist cell wants it because the photo's release would be ''even more'' disastrous for their cause. No one (outside the terrorists) can even guess why this photo would hurt the terrorists that much. [[spoiler:And [[spoiler: And the photo gets destroyed before anyone can see it, anyway.]]


* {{Flanderization}}: Reacher grew more and more invulnerable since his first appearance in ''Killing Floor'', shedding away his fears and feelings in lieu of superhuman competence. This process has been dialed back, however, starting in ''61 Hours'', where [[spoiler:he fails to save a witness he's supposed to protect and a cop he's grown to like.]]

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* {{Flanderization}}: Reacher grew more and more invulnerable since his first appearance in ''Killing Floor'', shedding away his fears and feelings in lieu of superhuman competence. This process has been dialed back, however, starting in ''61 Hours'', where [[spoiler:he fails to save a witness he's supposed to protect and a cop he's grown to like. After this, he had to be talked out of suicide.]]


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* HollywoodSilencer: Defied,


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* NeckSnap: Whenever Reacher wants a stealthy or quick kill, he does this with ease die to his strength. Sometimes after the act, he twists and turns the head to make sure the spinal cord is fully severed.


* DisabilitySuperpower: James Barr, a former Army sniper, is accused of the sniper murders, but Jack doesn't believe it. The shoots were from a rather awkward position when a better one was available, and the only miss conveniently preserved the bullet. This suggests that Barr simply isn't a good enough marksman to have pulled off the killings: they had to have been performed by one of the finest shooters in the world, and Barr was merely ''decent''. [[spoiler: It turns out that not only was James Barr framed, but the shooter choose the position not to kill random people but a [[SerialKillingsSpecificTarget specific person to hide among a random spree]]]].

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* DisabilitySuperpower: DisabilityAlibi: James Barr, a former Army sniper, is accused of the sniper murders, but Jack doesn't believe it. The shoots were from a rather awkward position when a better one was available, and the only miss conveniently preserved the bullet. This suggests that Barr simply isn't a good enough marksman to have pulled off the killings: they had to have been performed by one of the finest shooters in the world, and Barr was merely ''decent''. [[spoiler: It turns out that not only was James Barr framed, but the shooter choose the position not to kill random people but a [[SerialKillingsSpecificTarget specific person to hide among a random spree]]]].

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*** Subverted in a heartwarming moment during 'Echo Burning' when Reacher is left alone with the heroine's daughter, a six-year-old girl named Ellie. She comments on how big the ocean is (after Reacher is saying he grew up all over the world), and he replies with 'That's for sure'. Considering how utterly cold, blunt, brutal and ruthless Reacher has been in every single book ('Echo Burning' included), it's touching to see him actually watching his language around a child

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