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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The show leans more toward spy-fi (espionage science fiction, e.g., {{Alias}}, {{Kim Possible}}, {{James Bond}}, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy-Fi_(subgenre)#Examples etc.]]) than realistic military fiction and subsequently requires a healthy amount of suspension of disbelief.

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The show leans more toward spy-fi (espionage science fiction, e.g., {{Alias}}, {{Kim Possible}}, {{James Bond}}, Series/{{Alias}}, WesternAnimation/KimPossible}}, Franchise/JamesBond, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy-Fi_(subgenre)#Examples etc.]]) than realistic military fiction and subsequently requires a healthy amount of suspension of disbelief.


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* InappropriatelyCloseComrades: Most notably Willard and Holly. Just because it's not supposed to happen doesn't mean that's actually the case.
* MentorShip: Willard/Holly.


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* SecretRelationship: Willard/Holly, although it was only exposed to anyone else months after they ended it.

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* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Everyone is part of a Marine black ops team because {{Rule of Cool}}.


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* GenderIsNoObject: The military itself still has a lot of issues, and military rape/rape culture is a major point of conflict in the story, but Yule Team itself has at least half female members.


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* ReassignedToAntarctica: Holly would probably prefer Antarctica over Alabama, though.

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* OutrankingYourJob: Possibly justified in that Yule Team only engages in covert operations occasionally, and most of its members (Holly excluded) carry out rank-appropriate duties the other days.


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* SemperFi: Every major character. Played with in that every major character (except maybe Evergreen) is incredibly dysfunctional, and Holly frequently describes herself as not very badass (which is somewhat debatable). Especially ironic with Holly and Willard, given the nature of their relationship outside work.


* AgentsDating: Yule Team is an incestuous little team (probably/hopefully not literally). Evergreen and Camellia are married, Holly and Camellia don't seem to mind making out too much, it's implied that [[spoiler: Holly and Willard were having an affair]], and {{Word of God}} says it's valid to interpret Oak and Holly as married if the listener likes.



* AgentsDating: Yule Team is an incestuous little team (probably/hopefully not literally). Evergreen and Camellia are married, Holly and Camellia don't seem to mind making out too much, it's implied that [[spoiler: Holly and Willard were having an affair]], and {{Word of God}} says it's valid to interpret Oak and Holly as married if the listener likes.

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* AgentsDating: Yule Team is an incestuous little ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The show leans more toward spy-fi (espionage science fiction, e.g., {{Alias}}, {{Kim Possible}}, {{James Bond}}, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy-Fi_(subgenre)#Examples etc.]]) than realistic military fiction and subsequently requires a healthy amount of suspension of disbelief.
** Would a colonel in the Marines be overseeing a small elite black ops
team (probably/hopefully comprised of multiple officers? (It's not literally). Evergreen all any of them do, but nonetheless...) Would a small elite black ops team be able to get away with so much drug abuse and Camellia are married, Holly and Camellia don't seem to general dysfunction? Would anyone in their right mind making allow an attempted murderer to go out too much, it's implied that [[spoiler: Holly and Willard were having an affair]], and {{Word of God}} says it's valid to interpret Oak and Holly as married finish a deep cover mission? Probably not, but heck if the listener likes.it isn't [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RuleOfCool cool]].


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* ThatsAnOrder: Willard to Holly, frequently. Usually countered with [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WithDueRespect a huffy "WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, SIR"]] response.

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* MilitaryAlphabet: "That's OSCAR ALPHA KILO PERU OSCAR DELTA CHARLIE ALPHA SIERRA TANGO."


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* RadioSilence: Holly sometimes can't post new transmissions for various mission-related reasons.

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* SpiesInAVan: Holly is trying to take this to extremes by actually living and spying full time in a van (once she finds herself homeless).

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* FemmeFataleSpy: Reconstructed with Camellia, a nondescript middle-aged mother, and Holly, who's mostly asexual and not particularly femme but finds herself using sex to accomplish missions (e.g. survival sex work in Transmission 3). Mostly played straight but potentially Gender Inverted with Oak.

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* PoliteVillainsRudeHeroes: Willard is generally polite, professional, and otherwise a positive representation of the USMC, even when Holly and Oak are cursing him out and lamenting his state of not being dead.

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* CastFullOfGay: Well, bi/pan, but same idea. Holly and Camellia are bi, Oak is pan, and Willard and Evergreen are confirmed to have had occasional previous attraction if not experience with men.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Holly and Oak. Arguably the entire found family comprising Yule Team.


* RapeandRevenge: [[spoiler: The whole reason Oak is missing.]]

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* RapeandRevenge: RapeAndRevenge: [[spoiler: The whole reason Oak is missing.]]

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* FiveManBand: Yule Team plus General Willard.
** TheLeader: Willard.
** TheLancer: Oak
** TheSmartGuy: Holly
** TheBigGuy: Evergreen
** TheChick: Camellia


* EliteFour: Yule Team. They're a {{Five Man Band}} if you count Willard.



* RapeandRevenge: The whole reason Oak is missing.

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* RapeandRevenge: [[spoiler: The whole reason Oak is missing.]]
* SiblingTeam: Regan's primary but completely unofficial relationship between Holly and Oak.

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