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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.

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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.


* KnifeNut: Both Dox and Rain in later books, with Eisler providing [[GunPorn loving descriptions of the high-quality blades they use]]. When possible, Rain favors a Benchmade folder, while Dox is particularly fond of a Fred Perrin Le Griffe he picked up a few books in.

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* KnifeNut: Both Dox and Rain in later books, with Eisler providing [[GunPorn loving descriptions of the high-quality blades they use]]. When possible, Rain favors a Benchmade folder, while Dox is particularly fond of a Fred Perrin Le Griffe he picked up a few books in. Rain's interest in knives is largely pragmatic; as a frequent international traveler, knives are easy to obtain when he gets to a new location, easy to conceal, and just as deadly as a firearm in close quarters while being much more quiet and discreet. Also, he's had a couple close calls with knife-wielding opponents when he was unarmed.



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* SlidingDownTheSlipperySlope: A DiscussedTrope in ''Hard Rain'' with various people being deliberately desensitized to killing, espionage or prostitution, in order to draw them into those worlds.


-->'''Hilger:''' People used to say the System was broken if it could only respond to a crisis. Now we've got a System that can't even respond ''to'' a crisis.

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-->'''Hilger:''' People used to say the System was broken if it could think 'broken' meant a system that can only respond to a crisis. Now we've got crisis. But that's not broken. Broken is a System system that can't even respond ''to'' to a crisis.

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** In ''Requiem for an Assassin'', Dox is kidnapped to force Rain to do three hits. Rain doesn't have to be told that one of the hits will be a trap, to ensure he won't survive to take revenge.


** In ''The Killer Ascendant'', Hilger kidnaps Dox and uses him as leverage to force Rain to kill three people. Rain quickly works out that one or two of the three targets is nonexistent. Rain himself is the intended victim, as Hilger has no intention of having [[TheDreaded Rain]] come after him once the job is done.

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** In ''The Killer Ascendant'', Hilger kidnaps Dox and uses him as leverage to force Rain to kill three people. Rain quickly works out that one or two of the three targets last target is nonexistent. Rain himself is the intended victim, as Hilger has no intention of having [[TheDreaded Rain]] come after him once the job is done.


* DisproportionateRetribution: After Rain breaks up with Delilah, he runs across a loud-mouthed JerkAss who annoyed him earlier and shoves the man's mobile phone between his teeth, proving that you can [[LiteralMetaphor fit a square peg in a round hole]] if you shove hard enough.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: After Rain breaks up with Delilah, he runs across a loud-mouthed JerkAss who annoyed him earlier and [[PercussiveTherapy shoves the man's mobile phone between his teeth, teeth]], proving that you can [[LiteralMetaphor fit a square peg in a round hole]] if you shove hard enough.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: After Rain breaks up with Delilah, he runs across a loud-mouthed JerkAss who annoyed him earlier and shoves the man's mobile phone between his teeth, proving that you can [[LiteralMetaphor fit a square peg in a round hole]] if you shove hard enough.

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* ArmouredClosetGay: Larson is prepared to kill the other members of his team rather than have them find out he's homosexual, even though none of them particularly care.

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* InherentInTheSystem: Tatsu, Hilger and Horton find themselves up against this.
-->'''Hilger:''' People used to say the System was broken if it could only respond to a crisis. Now we've got a System that can't even respond ''to'' a crisis.


* PowerOfTrust: Invoked by Rain when he suspects (accurately) that Daniel Larison is planning to kill them and keep all the diamonds for himself. Knowing they are NotSoDifferent and aware of how his own viewpoint changed due to Dox's actions, [[KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand he hands Larison a silenced Glock]] and gives him the option of either leaving with his share of the diamonds, or accompanying them to stop a terrorist atrocity. Larison (who was expecting to get shot on the spot) is too stunned to say much, but does end up going with them.

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* PowerOfTrust: Invoked by Rain when he suspects (accurately) that Daniel Larison is planning to kill them and keep all the diamonds for himself. Knowing they are NotSoDifferent and aware of how his own viewpoint changed due to Dox's actions, [[KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand he hands Larison a silenced Glock]] and gives him the option of either leaving with his share of the diamonds, or accompanying them to stop a terrorist atrocity. Larison (who was expecting to get shot on the spot) is too stunned to say much, but does end up going with them.them, despite having refused earlier.

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* PowerOfTrust: Invoked by Rain when he suspects (accurately) that Daniel Larison is planning to kill them and keep all the diamonds for himself. Knowing they are NotSoDifferent and aware of how his own viewpoint changed due to Dox's actions, [[KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand he hands Larison a silenced Glock]] and gives him the option of either leaving with his share of the diamonds, or accompanying them to stop a terrorist atrocity. Larison (who was expecting to get shot on the spot) is too stunned to say much, but does end up going with them.

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