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** Two regarding Deeks and Kensi; Deeks' embarrassing cover name for Kensi when they're undercover is "Fern" and he continually refers to any kids she'd have as "ninja-assassins."


* SilkHidingSteel: In a subversion, Emma Mastin is at first presented as a ProperLady but she proves that [[MamaBear when her son is threatened]], [[BewareTheNiceOnes she has other qualities]]. It turns out that she had once been one of the [[LadyOfWar best operatives]] among Chechyan rebels but had {{retired|Badass}} on her husband's supposed death.
** Maybe it's not a subversion. Maybe Emma had just seen so much of [[WarIsHell her old life]] that becoming a housewife was a ''very'' attractive thought.

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* SilkHidingSteel: In a subversion, Emma Mastin is at first presented as a ProperLady proper housewife but she proves that [[MamaBear when her son is threatened]], [[BewareTheNiceOnes she has other qualities]]. It turns out that she had once been one of the [[LadyOfWar best operatives]] operatives among Chechyan rebels but had {{retired|Badass}} on her husband's supposed death.
** Maybe it's not a subversion. Maybe
death. Emma had just seen so much of [[WarIsHell her old life]] that becoming a housewife was a ''very'' attractive thought.


* ThemeNaming: If an episode is named after a character ("Callen, G", "Lange, H" and "Blye, K", to be specific), you know what's coming up will be both illuminating and heartwrenching, with a huge side helping of HolyShitQuotient.

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* ThemeNaming: If an episode is named after a character ("Callen, G", "Lange, H" and "Blye, K", to be specific), you know what's coming up will be both illuminating and heartwrenching, with a huge side helping of HolyShitQuotient.ShockingMoments.


* UndercoverAsLover: Kensi and Deeks pose as a married couple in a neighborhood in "Neighborhood Watch" to flush out an Russian sleeper agent.
* UnderTheMistletoe: Nell pulls this off to Eric in "Free Ride".
* UnusualEuphemism: Deeks shouts "Series/FraggleRock!" after Kensi punches him in "Kill House."



* UndercoverAsLover: Kensi and Deeks pose as a married couple in a neighborhood in "Neighborhood Watch" to flush out an Russian sleeper agent.
* UnderTheMistletoe: Nell pulls this off to Eric in "Free Ride".
* UnusualEuphemism: Deeks shouts "Series/FraggleRock!" after Kensi punches him in "Kill House."

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* UnseenNoMore: After years of being mentioned, we finally get to meet Kensi's civilian girlfriends Mindy, Mandy, Tiffany, Tiffany and Cat during her wedding to Marty Deeks in the latter half of Season 10.


* CaptainObvious: In "Greed" in a conversation between Eric and Nell regarding [[spoiler: the flowers she got.]]


*** RequiredSpinoffCrossOver: [[Series/{{NCIS}} Abby, Vance, and DiNozzo]] have put in appearances.

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*** RequiredSpinoffCrossOver: [[Series/{{NCIS}} Abby, Vance, and DiNozzo]] have put in appearances. As of Season 10 so have [[Series/{{JAG}} Harm, Mac, and Chegwiden]]


** [[Series/{{JAG}} Harmon Rabb]] makes an appearance 14 years after his previous appearance having given up his legal career and path to becoming JAG in favor of a career in surface warfare as the XO of a ship and said to be working his way up to his own captaincy and, possibly, to the admiralty. In real life, this would be an impossibility due to the amount of training and time it takes to work one's way up the ranks in the surface warfare community and Harm already be so very far along in his own career when he was last seen. In fact, this was a plot point in ''JAG'', as Harm is forced to accept that he will never get to pursue a career in naval aviation due to his age and how his career was interrupted due to vision problems.

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** [[Series/{{JAG}} Harmon Rabb]] makes an appearance 14 years after his previous appearance having given up his legal career and path to becoming JAG in favor of a career in surface warfare as the XO of a ship and said to be working his way up to his own captaincy and, possibly, to the admiralty. In real life, this would be an impossibility due to the amount of training and time it takes to work one's way up the ranks in the surface warfare community and Harm already be being so very far along in his own career when he was last seen. In fact, this was a plot point in ''JAG'', as Harm is forced to accept that he will never get to pursue a career in naval aviation due to his age and how his career was interrupted due to vision problems.


* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The setup for an early-season episode has US Marines on patrol in a desert when they're attacked. Then the camera passes a sign that shows they're in southern California, rather than Iraq or Afghanistan. It's then explained that rather than being on a training exercise, they've been posted to the border to supplement the Border Patrol. This is a violation of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act Posse Comitatus Act]], which sharply restricts the US military from being used in domestic law enforcement such as border security operations. (The National Guard ''could'' be used that way, since each state's Guard technically answers to the governor rather than the President, but the National Guard would also not be under NCIS jurisdiction.)

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: ArtisticLicenseMilitary:
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The setup for an early-season episode has US Marines on patrol in a desert when they're attacked. Then the camera passes a sign that shows they're in southern California, rather than Iraq or Afghanistan. It's then explained that rather than being on a training exercise, they've been posted to the border to supplement the Border Patrol. This is a violation of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act Posse Comitatus Act]], which sharply restricts the US military from being used in domestic law enforcement such as border security operations. (The National Guard ''could'' be used that way, since each state's Guard technically answers to the governor rather than the President, but the National Guard would also not be under NCIS jurisdiction.))
** [[Series/{{JAG}} Harmon Rabb]] makes an appearance 14 years after his previous appearance having given up his legal career and path to becoming JAG in favor of a career in surface warfare as the XO of a ship and said to be working his way up to his own captaincy and, possibly, to the admiralty. In real life, this would be an impossibility due to the amount of training and time it takes to work one's way up the ranks in the surface warfare community and Harm already be so very far along in his own career when he was last seen. In fact, this was a plot point in ''JAG'', as Harm is forced to accept that he will never get to pursue a career in naval aviation due to his age and how his career was interrupted due to vision problems.


** Played with, regarding [[spoiler: ''Series/{{JAG}}'' protagonists Mac and Harm]] in the tenth season finale.]] They are quite cordial together, but their deep pain is obvious.

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** Played with, regarding [[spoiler: ''Series/{{JAG}}'' protagonists Mac and Harm]] Harm in the tenth season finale.]] They are quite cordial together, but their deep pain is obvious.


** Played with, regarding [[spoiler: [[Characters/JAG Sarah MacKenzie and Harm Rabb]]]] in the tenth season finale. They are quite cordial together, but their deep pain is obvious.

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** Played with, regarding [[spoiler: [[Characters/JAG Sarah MacKenzie ''Series/{{JAG}}'' protagonists Mac and Harm Rabb]]]] Harm]] in the tenth season finale. finale.]] They are quite cordial together, but their deep pain is obvious.



** In season 8,Kensi's Archie to Deeks' Betty and Sullivan's Veronica. [[spoiler:Until Sullivan was revealed to be Ferris,one of the CIA moles]]

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** In season 8,Kensi's Archie to Deeks' Betty and Sullivan's Veronica. [[spoiler:Until Sullivan was revealed to be Ferris,one Ferris, one of the CIA moles]]

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** Played with, regarding [[spoiler: [[Characters/JAG Sarah MacKenzie and Harm Rabb]]]] in the tenth season finale. They are quite cordial together, but their deep pain is obvious.


* {{Expy}}: In "Leipei", the Greek leftist terrorist group ''Polites tin Katapolemisi tis'' (or Citizens Combat) is one for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_Struggle Revolutionary Struggle]], to the point of being responsible for the RPG attack on the American embassy. [[http://postimg.org/image/dklqw330x/ Although its profile suggests that the current membership is based]] on members from defunct leftist terrorist groups.

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* {{Expy}}: In "Leipei", the Greek leftist terrorist group ''Polites tin Katapolemisi tis'' (or Citizens Combat) is one for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_Struggle Revolutionary Struggle]], to the point of being responsible for the RPG attack on the American embassy. [[http://postimg.org/image/dklqw330x/ [[https://postimg.cc/Whk9nvyY Although its profile suggests that the current membership is based]] on members from defunct leftist terrorist groups.


* FamilyExtermination: G's backstory when he remembers that the Comescu crime family wiped out his entire family as retribution for his OSS agent father assassinating the Comescu patriarch due to his Axis sympathies. It traumatized him so much that he had the memory of his mother assassinated in front of him as a child was suppressed for a long time even before he joined NCIS.



* FeudingFamilies: A feud going all the way back to World War 2 is the reason why all of Callen's family are dead and people are trying to kill him even though he knows nothing of his family history. Part of Hetty's MysteriousPast is her involvement in the feud and the debt she feels she owes Callen over it.

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* FeudingFamilies: A feud going all the way back to World War 2 is the reason why [[FamilyExtermination all of Callen's family are dead dead]] and people are trying to kill him even though he knows nothing of his family history. Part of Hetty's MysteriousPast is her involvement in the feud and the debt she feels she owes Callen over it.


The LA team is headed up by Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, a diminutive woman with a penchant for fashion and more connections than most people could dream up. G. Callen (O'Donnell) and Sam Hanna are both field agents and best friends. Hanna is an ex-Navy Seal while Callen carries some emotional baggage over his childhood spent in foster care and not actually knowing what the "G" in his name stands for. Rounding out the team are agent Kensi Blye and LAPD Liason Detective Marty Deeks, who after getting close over several seasons are now engaged to be married. Deeks replaced NCIS SpecialAgent Dominic Vail, who lasted one season and left, and was eventually brought back to be killed off. The LA branch also boasts its own tech wizard in Eric Beale, who was joined in Season 2 by fellow techie/hacker goddess Nell Jones. Dr. Nate Getz, whose job was to evaluate the team's mental stability as team shrink, lasted the first season and has sporadically reappeared every so often since. In Season 9 Hetty was replaced as the chief of the LA division by director Shay Moseley, but after ending season 9 with an unsanctioned OP to rescue her kidnapped son that got season 9's other new team member Harley Hidoko killed in Mexico, Mosley left NCIS shortly into season 10 and, assuming anyone can find her to tell her so, the position has been returned to Hetty. Rounding out the main longterm cast was Deputy Director Owen Granger, who was a recurring character starting in season 3 then full time from Seasons 5 to 8, co-leading the team with Hetty. Granger was written out and later killed off due to [[ActorExistenceFailure Miguel Ferrer's death]] in January of 2017. As Ferrer knew he had little time left due to mouth cancer, Granger too was diagnosed with cancer so he could be written out in exactly that situation. After the actor's death, Hetty went to see the character in hospital to find a note saying he had to go take care of unfinished business with what time he had left. The following season finally revealed his ultimate fate.

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The LA team is headed up by Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, a diminutive woman with a penchant for fashion and more connections than most people could dream up. G. Callen (O'Donnell) and Sam Hanna are both field agents and best friends. Hanna is an ex-Navy Seal while Callen carries some emotional baggage over his childhood spent in foster care and not actually knowing what the "G" in his name stands for. Rounding out the team are agent Kensi Blye and LAPD Liason Detective Marty Deeks, who after getting close over several seasons are now engaged to be married. Deeks replaced NCIS SpecialAgent Dominic Vail, who lasted one season and left, and was eventually brought back to be killed off. The LA branch also boasts its own tech wizard in Eric Beale, who was joined in Season 2 by fellow techie/hacker goddess Nell Jones. Dr. Nate Getz, whose job was to evaluate the team's mental stability as team shrink, lasted the first season and has sporadically reappeared every so often since. In Season 9 9, Hetty was replaced as the chief of the LA division by director Shay Moseley, but after ending season 9 with an unsanctioned OP to rescue her kidnapped son that got season 9's other new team member Harley Hidoko killed in Mexico, Mosley left NCIS shortly into season 10 and, assuming anyone can find her to tell her so, the position has been returned to Hetty. Hetty.

Rounding out the main longterm cast was Deputy Director Owen Granger, who was a recurring character starting in season 3 then full time from Seasons 5 to 8, co-leading the team with Hetty. Granger was written out and later killed off due to [[ActorExistenceFailure Miguel Ferrer's death]] in January of 2017. As Ferrer knew he had little time left due to mouth cancer, Granger too was diagnosed with cancer so he could be written out in exactly that situation. After the actor's death, Hetty went to see the character in hospital to find a note saying he had to go take care of unfinished business with what time he had left. The following season finally revealed his ultimate fate.



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* MiddleEasternTerrorists: The OSP has faced off against terrorists from Al-Qaeda, ISIL and lone wolves influenced by them. In Season 10, they investigate a case involving the Mashriq Army, which is a Pan-Arab/anti-Western terrorist group.

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