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** Richard, Dinesh and Gilfoyle all have one at the end of season 4 [[spoiler:when they realize that they forgot to close the backdoor to the truck carrying Anton, their homemade server, and then when they look back to see pieces of Anton all over the road]].


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* WhatTheHellHero: At the end of Season 4, Richard gets hit with this by the Pied Piper team when [[spoiler:they find out he lied them to them about accepting Keenan Feldspar's multi-million deal, compromising their business over petty jealousy, firing Jared out of annoyed impatience, and then attempting to railroad Bighead into giving them unauthorized access to the Stanford network]].


* TheDogBitesBack: Gavin Belson treats his project leader Jack Barker like garbage out of paranoia from an entirely imaginary slight, even relegating him to an ugly basement office. When Belson commits some company-endangering screw-ups, it is Barker who engineers his exit from the company and replaces him.

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* TheDogBitesBack: Gavin Belson treats his project leader Jack Barker like garbage out of paranoia from an entirely imaginary slight, even relegating him to an ugly basement office. When Belson commits some company-endangering screw-ups, it is Barker who engineers his exit from the company and replaces him.him as CEO.

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* TheDogBitesBack: Gavin Belson treats his project leader Jack Barker like garbage out of paranoia from an entirely imaginary slight, even relegating him to an ugly basement office. When Belson commits some company-endangering screw-ups, it is Barker who engineers his exit from the company and replaces him.


* {{Retraux}}: The opening is in the style of an old version of ''VideoGame/SimCity''

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* {{Retraux}}: The opening *RealityEnsues: While Richard's compression software is in technologically groundbreaking, his inability to market it to the style of an old version of ''VideoGame/SimCity''average, non-tech savvy user causes it to flop.


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* {{Retraux}}: The opening is in the style of an old version of ''VideoGame/SimCity''


** Nucleus, despite being developed with the unlimited resources of Hooli, can't perform to standards of Pied Piper, as demonstrated by the UFC streaming debacle.

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** Nucleus, despite being developed with the unlimited resources of Hooli, can't perform to the standards of Pied Piper, as demonstrated by the UFC streaming debacle.


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Peter Gregory finds out Gavin Belson is going unveil Nucleus at Tech Crunch Disrupt, he turns to Monica.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Peter Gregory finds out Gavin Belson is going to unveil Nucleus at Tech Crunch Disrupt, he turns to Monica.


* TheIllegal: Gilfoyle is Canadian and was briefly in the US illegally. This pisses Dinesh off because he thought the guys immediately assumed it would be him. Once Gilfoyle quickly sorts things out, Dinesh is pissed off even further because of the implied racism and how long into him and his family to legally earn their citizenship.

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* TheIllegal: Gilfoyle is Canadian and was briefly in the US illegally. This pisses Dinesh off because he thought the guys immediately assumed it would be him. Once Gilfoyle quickly sorts things out, Dinesh is pissed off even further because of the implied racism and how long into it took him and his family to legally earn their citizenship.


* BlindObedience: Hoover, Gavin's head of security, is incredibly willing to go to extremes do whatever Gavin asks, without hesitation or even blinking at the increasing weirdness of his demands, including when Gavin needs to dead elephant removed from the Hooli campus.

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* BlindObedience: Hoover, Gavin's head of security, is incredibly willing to go to extremes do whatever Gavin asks, without hesitation or even blinking at the increasing weirdness of his demands, including when Gavin needs to have a dead elephant removed from the Hooli campus.


* ScareEmStraight: In "Intellectual Property," Jian-Yang wants to turn down $200,000 for SeeFood and work on his recipe app. Erlich uses Richard as an example of what not to do, pointing out how Richard once turned down $10 million from Gavin Belson, and is now [[ItMakesSenseInContext stealing towels and walking into the pool]].

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* ScareEmStraight: In "Intellectual Property," Jian-Yang wants to turn down $200,000 for SeeFood and work on his recipe app. Erlich uses Richard as an example of what not to do, pointing out how Richard once turned down $10 million from Gavin Belson, and is now [[ItMakesSenseInContext stealing towels and walking into the pool]].pool.


* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Gavin Belson is reduced to one in the second half of Season 2 when he finally realizes how screwed Nucleus is and makes increasingly desperate attempts to distance himself from the fallout.

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Gavin Belson is reduced to one in the second half of Season 2 when he finally realizes how screwed Nucleus is and makes increasingly desperate attempts to distance himself from the fallout.


** In Season 4 he implies that he's done some pretty disgusting college fraternity rituals.

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** In Season 4 he implies that he's done endured some pretty disgusting college fraternity rituals.hazing.


* DadaAd: The obnoxious "Tables" ad, which starts talking about tables, then about nothing in particular, and all with the blandest soundbites that could fit anything. It ends with someone whispering "Pied Piper" out of nowhere.
** That ad is a parody of an actual ad called "Chairs" by Facebook: "Chairs. You can sit in them. They are made for people. Just like Facebook."

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* DadaAd: The obnoxious "Tables" ad, which starts talking about tables, then about nothing in particular, and all with the blandest soundbites that could fit anything. It ends with someone whispering "Pied Piper" out of nowhere.
** That ad is
nowhere. It's a parody of an actual ad called "Chairs" by Facebook: "Chairs. You can sit in them. They are made for people. Just like Facebook."


->''"Letís just think different. ...Donít 'think different,' thatís Apple."''
-->-- '''Richard Hendricks'''

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** That ad is a parody of an actual ad called "Chairs" by Facebook: "Chairs. You can sit in them. They are made for people. Just like Facebook."

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** In "Fiduciary Duties," Dinesh can be seen with a can of Just Chill.

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