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** The book also goes into his backstory a bit, and reveals that he was actually a very skilled journalist who left his legitimate career for the Tattler when he realized that he'd never be given the respect and opportunities he deserved. It's implied that he plans to use the fame from helping catch the Tooth Fairy to give another try at a more prestigious career. He also has a girlfriend, Wendy, who despite being a prostitute has genuine affection for him.


* MythologyGag:
** During the first scene we see Francis Dolarhyde in, he's wearing a mask that covers his eyes. This is a reference to Creator/WilliamPetersen's Red Dragon costume in ''Film/{{Manhunter}}''. Likewise, the suit that he wears [[spoiler:when he goes to eat the original "Red Dragon" painting]] is modeled after his appearance in ''Manhunter''.
** At the end of ''Red Dragon'' Hannibal is informed of [[SequelHook a young female FBI agent who wants to question him]].



* SequelHook: The 2002 film features a scene set an unspecified amount of time after the events of the Tooth Fairy case, with Doctor Frederick Chilton telling Hannibal Lector that he has a visitor looking to investigate what the audience knows is the Buffalo Bill case. Lector then asks for her name, setting up ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' as an ImmediateSequel.

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* SequelHook: The 2002 film features a scene set an unspecified amount of time after the events of the Tooth Fairy case, with Doctor Frederick Chilton telling Hannibal Lector that he has a visitor from the FBI looking to investigate what the audience knows is the Buffalo Bill case. Lector then asks for her name, setting up ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' as an ImmediateSequel.



* ShoutOut
** The suit Francis Dolarhyde wears in ''Red Dragon'' [[spoiler: when he goes to eat the original "Red Dragon" painting]] is an echo of Creator/WilliamPetersen's suit in ''Film/{{Manhunter}}''.
** At the end of ''Red Dragon'' [[spoiler: Hannibal is informed of [[SequelHook a young female FBI agent who wants to question him]].]]


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* SequelHook: The 2002 film features a scene set an unspecified amount of time after the events of the Tooth Fairy case, with Doctor Frederick Chilton telling Hannibal Lector that he has a visitor looking to investigate what the audience knows is the Buffalo Bill case. Lector then asks for her name, setting up ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' as an ImmediateSequel.


In 2002, there was a new film adaptation of ''Red Dragon'', starring Creator/AnthonyHopkins and Creator/EdwardNorton, keeping the original name this time. Like ''Manhunter'', the 2002 film changes the story's setting to the mid-80's, though this time as a means of preserving continuity with the 1991 film adaptation of ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' (itself also given a contemporary setting). It was a moderate success, although some fans of ''Manhunter'' complained that a remake was unnecessary, though others were just happy to see something that didn't suck as bad as the ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'' film adaptation. The film also included the focus on the Red Dragon's psychological torments, which was all but ignored in ''Manhunter'', and features an ending more faithful to the book's.

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In 2002, there was a new film adaptation of ''Red Dragon'', starring Creator/AnthonyHopkins and Creator/EdwardNorton, keeping the original name this time. Like ''Manhunter'', the 2002 film changes the story's setting to the mid-80's, though this time as a means of preserving continuity with the 1991 film adaptation of ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' (itself also given a contemporary setting). It was a moderate success, although some fans of ''Manhunter'' complained that a remake was unnecessary, though others were just happy to see something that didn't suck as bad as but was ultimately far less controversial than the previous year’s ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'' film adaptation. The film also included the focus on the Red Dragon's psychological torments, which was all but ignored in ''Manhunter'', and features an ending more faithful to the book's.


* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Played with Freddy Lounds. Everything that the audience learns about his character displays him as a smug asshole, but the scene right before his death with him humiliated, begging helplessly for his life in fear, disgusted and horrified by Dolarhyde's "slideshow", and dying in a fashion that was extraordinarily painful and protracted, generates at least some sympathy for the poor man. ]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Played with Freddy Lounds. Everything that the audience learns about his character displays him as a smug asshole, but the scene right before his death with him humiliated, begging helplessly for his life in fear, disgusted and horrified by Dolarhyde's "slideshow", and dying in a fashion that was extraordinarily painful and protracted, generates at least some sympathy for the poor man. ]]]]
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Added into the climax of the film, which deviates a bit from the book. [[spoiler:Instead of just attacking straight out, Dolarhyde takes Josh hostage. Graham, having already read Dolarhyde's Big Book of Crazy and knowing his FreudianExcuse, begins to criticize his adoptive son with the same words that Francis's grandmother used to use on him. It's the last nail in the coffin for Dolarhyde, who is not "a freak, but a man with a freak on his back": ''he begins to [[NotSoDifferent sympathize with his own intended victim]],'' and throws Josh free so that he can fight the person he ''really'' hates. [[BatmanGambit Which was Graham's plan all along, of course.]]]]


** Will's stepson is named Willy in the book. Changed to Josh to avoid confusion.

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** Will's stepson is named Willy in the book. Changed to Kevin and/or Josh to avoid confusion.in the films.



* BiggerBad: the (painting of the) Red Dragon. [[CaptainObvious It does not actually speak to Dolarhyde]] and tell him to go commit gruesome murders; however, Dolarhyde sees himself as being the Red Dragon's avatar. Most importantly, he has agency within that role: it might be possible for him to resist the Red Dragon's orders.



* FakingTheDead: The first climax of the story. Dolarhyde has Reba at gunpoint, having attempted to free her from the Red Dragon but still warring for control. He proposes a MurderSuicide with a shotgun, but WouldntHitAGirl and abridges the plan to [[AteHisGun Eating His Gun]] instead. Reba -- who is blind -- puts her hand in what used to be a face and draws the inevitable conclusion. But the corpse belongs to someone else ([[spoiler:RomanticFalseLead Ralph Mandy, whom Dolarhyde had killed while kidnapping Reba]]). The Tooth Fairy is still out there...



* ForensicDrama: [[DownplayedTrop Downplayed]] compared to ''Manhunter''.

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* ForensicDrama: [[DownplayedTrop [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] compared to ''Manhunter''.


* PetTheDog: Dolarhyde and Reba. Characters later suggest that ThePowerOfLove almost convinced him to HeelFaceTurn, sadly the "dragon" took total control, though Dolarhyde does still end up not killing Reba.

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* PetTheDog: Dolarhyde and Reba. Characters later suggest Reba: after he meets her, he's markedly less confrontational for a short time, even leaving live witnesses behind. Graham's analysis is he was attempting to HeelFaceTurn due to that ThePowerOfLove almost convinced him to HeelFaceTurn, sadly the "dragon" took total control, though Dolarhyde does still end up not killing Reba. ThePowerOfLove. (The attempt is unsuccessful.)


* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler:This saves Reba's life.]]

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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler:This This saves Reba's life.]]life. It's also a sign that Dolarhyde is much more complex than you'd expect from a mere SerialKiller; he recognizes that it would be wrong to harm her, even by his own BlueAndOrangeMorality.


* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: Glaser Safety Slugs are nowhere near the invincible manstopper described in the novel. ''Ninety Glasers had been fired at men so far. All ninety were instant one-shot stops. In eighty-nine of the cases immediate death resulted. One man survived, surprising the doctors.''

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* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaser_Safety_Slug Glaser Safety Slugs Slugs]] are nowhere near the invincible manstopper described in the novel. ''Ninety novel.
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Glasers had been fired at men so far. All ninety were instant one-shot stops. In eighty-nine of the cases immediate death resulted. One man survived, surprising the doctors.''



* InbredAndEvil: Graham suggests to sleazy tabloid reporter Freddy Lounds that the [[SerialKiller Tooth Fairy]] is the product of incest, as part of various other insults. This majorly pisses off the Tooth Fairy, [[spoiler:who subsequently murders Lounds.]]

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* InbredAndEvil: Graham suggests to sleazy tabloid reporter Freddy Lounds that the [[SerialKiller Tooth Fairy]] is the product of incest, as part of various other insults. This majorly pisses off the Tooth Fairy, [[spoiler:who subsequently murders Lounds.]]



* MaliciousSlander: employed by the ''good guys''. The FBI use a tabloid, ''The National Tattler'', to print [[InsistentTerminology libelous attacks]] on the Tooth Fairy in the hopes of luring him out.

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* MaliciousSlander: employed by the ''good guys''. The FBI use a tabloid, ''The National Tattler'', to print [[InsistentTerminology libelous attacks]] on the Tooth Fairy in the hopes of luring getting him out.to attack Graham.

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* MaliciousSlander: employed by the ''good guys''. The FBI use a tabloid, ''The National Tattler'', to print [[InsistentTerminology libelous attacks]] on the Tooth Fairy in the hopes of luring him out.

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* TheBookCipher: The Tooth Fairy uses one to communicate with Lecter while the latter is still imprisoned. The FBI catch wind of it, and are able to avert any true crisis, but Lecter still gets his hidden message through: [[spoiler:the address where Graham's family lives]].


* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler:This saves Reba's life.]]



* FreudianExcuse: Dolarhyde; as Will Graham notes, "As a child, my heart goes out to him. As an adult, he's irredeemable." Dolarhyde's grandmother was rather an abusive parent who subjected him to severe physical and emotional abuse. His adoptive family prior to his grandmother was just as cruel and abusive. And the book doesn't even ''touch'' on the AllOfTheReindeer treatment he must have received from his peers and society at large, due to the combination of extreme ugliness and severe speech impediment.

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* FreudianExcuse: Dolarhyde; as Will Graham notes, "As a child, my heart goes out to him. As an adult, he's irredeemable." Dolarhyde's grandmother was rather an abusive parent who subjected him to severe physical and emotional abuse. His abuse; his adoptive family prior to his grandmother was just as cruel and abusive. And the book doesn't abusive; and neither novel nor adaptations even ''touch'' on the AllOfTheReindeer AllOfTheOtherReindeer treatment he must have received from his peers and society at large, due to the combination of extreme ugliness and severe speech impediment.



* ShownTheirWork: The manner in which Graham deals with Lecter is very in line with proper protocol with investigative questioning. When Lecter asks probing questions to Graham, he either ignores him, or provides the smallest amount of information necessary to keep Lecter talking. This is to make sure that Lecter can't get inside Graham's head (though naturally, since its Hannibal Lecter, it still doesn't work).

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* ShownTheirWork: The manner in which Graham deals with the imprisoned Lecter is very in line consistent with proper protocol with for investigative questioning. When Lecter asks probing questions to Graham, he either ignores him, or provides the smallest amount of information necessary to keep Lecter talking. This is to make sure that Lecter can't get inside Graham's head (though naturally, since its Hannibal Lecter, it still doesn't work).


* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the 2002 film, Lecter continues his habit of multi-layered clues during Graham's second visit by quoting: "A Robin Red breast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage." On the surface, this merely reflects Graham's frustrations with the case... but when he has this quote referenced, it's from the poem "[[https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43650/auguries-of-innocence Auguries of Innocence" by Creator/WilliamBlake. The librarian immediately refers Graham to a book of Blake's artwork, where Will sees the story's eponymous painting.
* FreudianExcuse: Dolarhyde; as Will Graham notes, "As a child, my heart goes out to him. As an adult, he's irredeemable." Dolarhyde's grandmother was rather an abusive parent who subjected him to severe physical and emotional abuse. And his adoptive family prior to his grandmother was just as cruel and abusive.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the 2002 film, Lecter continues his habit of multi-layered clues during Graham's second visit by quoting: "A Robin Red breast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage." On the surface, this merely reflects Graham's frustrations with the case... but when he has this quote referenced, it's from the poem "[[https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43650/auguries-of-innocence Auguries of Innocence" Innocence]]" by Creator/WilliamBlake. The librarian immediately refers Graham to a book of Blake's artwork, where Will sees the story's eponymous painting.
* FreudianExcuse: Dolarhyde; as Will Graham notes, "As a child, my heart goes out to him. As an adult, he's irredeemable." Dolarhyde's grandmother was rather an abusive parent who subjected him to severe physical and emotional abuse. And his His adoptive family prior to his grandmother was just as cruel and abusive.abusive. And the book doesn't even ''touch'' on the AllOfTheReindeer treatment he must have received from his peers and society at large, due to the combination of extreme ugliness and severe speech impediment.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the 2002 film, Lecter continues his habit of multi-layered clues during Graham's second visit by quoting: "A Robin Red breast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage." On the surface, this merely reflects Graham's frustrations with the case... but when he has this quote referenced, it's from the poem "[[https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43650/auguries-of-innocence Auguries of Innocence" by Creator/WilliamBlake. The librarian immediately refers Graham to a book of Blake's artwork, where Will sees the story's eponymous painting.


* HandOfDeath: [[Ralph Mandy]].

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* HandOfDeath: [[Ralph [[spoiler:Ralph Mandy]].

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