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* WeaponOfChoice: While Rain prefers hand-to-hand combat, his go-to sidearm is the H&K Mark 23. Dox prefers a Wilson Combat 1911 and variants of the M40 Sniper Rifle, befitting his status as a former Marine.


** Rain realises something is seriously wrong when NoSocialSkills Harry hitches up with a beautiful hostess at an expensive nightclub. [[spoiler:Harry refuses to listen to Rain's warning, and is murdered when she lures him up onto a roof where his death by suicide can be faked.]]

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** Rain realises something is seriously wrong when NoSocialSkills Harry [[NoSocialSkills Harry]] hitches up with a beautiful hostess at an expensive nightclub. [[spoiler:Harry refuses to listen to Rain's warning, and is murdered when she lures him up onto a roof where his death by suicide can be faked.]]

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* WorldOfBadass: Given that the series focuses on clandestine operations and hired killers, it's no surprise that nearly every major character is some form of highly-trained law enforcement agent or special operations veteran.


* AuthorAppeal: Like John Rain, author Barry Eisler is an accomplished martial artist; likewise, Rain's workout routine (described in depth in the books) is based on Eisler's own.

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Like John Rain, author Barry Eisler is an accomplished martial artist; likewise, Rain's workout routine (described in depth in the books) is based on Eisler's own.



* BadassCrew: In ''The Detachment'', you have John Rain, Dox, Ben Treven and Daniel Larison. Seriously, you would be scared shitless if even ''one'' of them came after you. When all '''four''' come after you, [[OhCrap oh boy.]]

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In ''The Detachment'', you have John Rain, Dox, Ben Treven and Daniel Larison. Seriously, you would be scared shitless if even ''one'' of them came after you. When all '''four''' come after you, [[OhCrap oh boy.]]



* MuggingTheMonster: Happens on occasion, with random thugs often finding out (in the last few seconds of their life) that Rain was ''not'' just another middle-aged salaryman.

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Happens on occasion, with random thugs often finding out (in the last few seconds of their life) that Rain was ''not'' just another middle-aged salaryman.

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Part of Rain's standard operating procedure. After learning what he needs from the target of the day, he'll kill them to avoid any potential backlash.

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* SceneryPorn: Eisler delights in describing the intricacies of whatever city the protagonists find themselves in, with particular interest for Tokyo and Paris.


* OnceAnEpisode: In nearly every book, a significant portion of a chapter will be focused on Rain (or his associates) shopping and picking up a variety of innocuous items. These items will then become a ChekovsArmory for the latest assassination.

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* OnceAnEpisode: In nearly every book, a significant portion of a chapter will be focused on Rain (or his associates) shopping and picking up a variety of innocuous items. These items will then become a ChekovsArmory ChekhovsArmoury for the latest assassination.

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* OnceAnEpisode: In nearly every book, a significant portion of a chapter will be focused on Rain (or his associates) shopping and picking up a variety of innocuous items. These items will then become a ChekovsArmory for the latest assassination.


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* UndyingLoyalty: Despite being a sociopathic killer, Larison believes in this. After being bailed out by Rain, he makes it clear that he will kill anyone Rain askes him to.


* BewareTheNiceOnes: Dox is constantly the friendliest and most chipper person around, while also being a world-class sniper and formidable hand-to-hand combatant.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Dox is constantly the friendliest and most chipper person around, while also being a world-class an extremely skilled sniper and formidable hand-to-hand combatant.


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* ChivalrousPervert: Dox will hit on any attractive woman he meets, but he's generally respectful and doesn't overstep the bounds of decency.

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* MasterOfNone: Ben Treven. While he's a world-class gunfighter in his own right, he lacks a specialty when paired up with the rest of the Detachment. He does not have Rain's martial-arts skills, Dox's sniping, or Larison's pure bloodlust.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Dox is constantly the friendliest and most chipper person around, while also being a world-class sniper and formidable hand-to-hand combatant.


* YouTalkTooMuch: TheStoic Rain is constantly exasperated by Dox's amiable discourse. At one point he even ends up RemovingTheEarpiece so he won't have to listen.

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* YouTalkTooMuch: TheStoic Rain is constantly exasperated by Dox's amiable discourse. At one point he even ends up RemovingTheEarpiece so he won't have to listen.listen.
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* MuggingTheMonster: Happens on occasion, with random thugs often finding out (in the last few seconds of their life) that Rain was ''not'' just another middle-aged salaryman.
** Also done in the Ben Treven novel "Inside Out", with a Florida P.I. being hired to track Larison. It takes a handful of corpses for the P.I. to realize he's outclassed and cut all ties.


* TheAtoner: Tatsu tries to play on this to recruit Rain for his own plans, but Rain is too cynical to really take it on board.

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Tatsu tries to play on this to recruit Rain for his own plans, but Rain is too cynical to really take it on board.board.
** In ''Redemption Games'', Rain hesitates to kill a target on seeing he has a son [[CommonalityConnection the same age as himself when he lost his own father]]. He eventually kills the man, but gives all the money from that contract to their family, pretending the target left it for them in his will.


** Biddle, the CIA station chief in ''Hard Rain'', is running an operation that's been officially shut down, and using Kanezaki as the fall guy by arranging to frame ''him'' as a rogue.

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** Biddle, the CIA station chief in ''Hard Rain'', is running an operation that's been officially shut down, and using Kanezaki as the fall guy FallGuy by arranging to frame ''him'' as a rogue.

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