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* LadyOfWar: Ros. This can manifest in HiddenDepths as when you're first introduced to her, she looks and acts [[SophisticatedAsHell too refined and upper class]] to have any of the badass fighting skills that the rest of MI5 are trained in. A couple of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome beaten-up Mossad agents later]] and you're immediately dissuaded from that idea.

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* LadyOfWar: Ros. This can manifest in HiddenDepths as when you're first introduced to her, she looks and acts [[SophisticatedAsHell too refined and upper class]] to have any of the badass fighting skills that the rest of MI5 are trained in. A couple of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome beaten-up Mossad agents later]] later and you're immediately dissuaded from that idea.


In the United States, partly due to the racial connotations of the word 'Spook' in reference to African-Americans, it was renamed ''[=MI-5=]''. Although the series was in development before ''Series/TwentyFour'', it was released after it, and aped some of its stylistic flourishes, like heavy use of SplitScreen. (''24'' eventually returned the favor by borrowing a ''Spooks'' plotline featuring Creator/AlexanderSiddig as a terrorist of dubious reliability, whom the main characters are forced to work with.)

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In the United States, partly due to the racial connotations of the word 'Spook' in reference to African-Americans, it was renamed ''[=MI-5=]''. Although the series was in development before ''Series/TwentyFour'', it was released after it, and aped some of its has similar stylistic flourishes, like heavy use of SplitScreen. (''24'' (Bharat Nalluri, the director of the first two episodes, which very much set the visual tone for the series, states that he independently came up with the idea of using SplitScreen in a [=DVD=] Audio Commentary. The similarities between the two shows went both ways, and ''24'' eventually returned the favor by borrowing a ''Spooks'' plotline featuring Creator/AlexanderSiddig as a terrorist of dubious reliability, whom the main characters are forced to work with.)

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* AnyoneCanDie, KilledOffForReal: All in reference to Lisa Faulkner's frying as well as dozens of other examples. Only one of the original characters remains in the show, although some ex-characters, like Tom, are still alive and kicking (and are brought back sometimes, like Ruth and [[spoiler:Malcolm]]).

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* AnyoneCanDie, KilledOffForReal: AnyoneCanDie: All in reference to Lisa Faulkner's frying as well as dozens of other examples. Only one of the original characters remains in the show, although some ex-characters, like Tom, are still alive and kicking (and are brought back sometimes, like Ruth and [[spoiler:Malcolm]]).


* UnexplainedRecovery: At the end of the 'Virus' Arc, Zaf, infected with the titular deadly virus, grabs a grenade from one of his captors and pulls the pin, threatening to let it detonate unless they let Adam go. Adam is released and Zaf is last seen being driven away. Somehow, he manages to survive both the grenade and the virus only to be tortured to death many months later.

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* UnexplainedRecovery: At the end of the 'Virus' Arc, Zaf, infected with the titular deadly virus, grabs a grenade from one of his captors and pulls the pin, threatening to let it detonate unless they let Adam go. [[spoiler: Adam is released and Zaf is last seen being driven away. Somehow, he manages to survive both the grenade and the virus only to be tortured to death many months later.]]

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* UnexplainedRecovery: At the end of the 'Virus' Arc, Zaf, infected with the titular deadly virus, grabs a grenade from one of his captors and pulls the pin, threatening to let it detonate unless they let Adam go. Adam is released and Zaf is last seen being driven away. Somehow, he manages to survive both the grenade and the virus only to be tortured to death many months later.


* CrapsackWorld: Terrorists around every corner, corruption in every rank of the government, allied governments not giving a damn about Britain's survival, Russia openly slaughtering British agents in the street, and AnyoneCanDie taken to KillEmAll proportions (by the end it's safe to assume that basically all the current major characters will not survive). Oh, and if ''[[ForegoneConclusion Code 9]]'' [[ForegoneConclusion is still canon]], the [[FromBadToWorse London will be destroyed]] sometime after the end of the series.

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* CrapsackWorld: Terrorists around every corner, corruption in every rank of the government, allied governments not giving a damn about Britain's survival, Russia openly slaughtering British agents in the street, and AnyoneCanDie taken to KillEmAll proportions (by the end it's safe to assume that basically all the current major characters will not survive). Oh, and if ''[[ForegoneConclusion Code 9]]'' [[ForegoneConclusion is still canon]], the [[FromBadToWorse London will be destroyed]] sometime after the end of the series.


In the United States, partly due to the racial connotations of the word 'Spook' in reference to African-Americans, it was renamed ''[=MI-5=]''. Although the series was in development before ''Series/TwentyFour'', it was released after it, and aped some of its stylistic flourishes, like heavy use of SplitScreen. (''24'' eventually returned the favor by borrowing a ''Spooks'' plotline featuring Creator/AlexanderSiddig as a terrorist of dubious reliability its main characters are forced to work with.)

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In the United States, partly due to the racial connotations of the word 'Spook' in reference to African-Americans, it was renamed ''[=MI-5=]''. Although the series was in development before ''Series/TwentyFour'', it was released after it, and aped some of its stylistic flourishes, like heavy use of SplitScreen. (''24'' eventually returned the favor by borrowing a ''Spooks'' plotline featuring Creator/AlexanderSiddig as a terrorist of dubious reliability its reliability, whom the main characters are forced to work with.)



** It's theorised that the one character who has been in it since the beginning (Harry) is still in it because the show would lose a lot of viewers if it did; the series seven finale, when he [[spoiler:gets kidnapped by]] [[FanNickname Russian Alan Davies]], was... controversial (even though he was in danger in several season cliffhangers before). In the end, he [[spoiler:survives the finale, albeit even more broken than ever before, and continues working at Thames House.]] [[invoked]]

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** It's theorised that the one character who has been in it since the beginning (Harry) is still in it because the show would lose a lot of viewers if it did; killed him off; the series seven finale, when he [[spoiler:gets kidnapped by]] [[FanNickname Russian Alan Davies]], was... controversial (even though he was in danger in several season cliffhangers before). In the end, he [[spoiler:survives the finale, albeit even more broken than ever before, and continues working at Thames House.]] [[invoked]]



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Perhaps not literally, but the sniper in Series 9 Episode 5 must come pretty close. [[spoiler: His shot is from 1.67 miles away (beating the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_recorded_sniper_kills#Confirmed_kills_1.2C250.C2.A0m_.281.2C367_yd.29_or_greater previous record]] as specified by Dimitri at 1.5 miles by a sniper in Afganistan), goes directly through a building after he takes the trouble to blow out the windows, and manages to calculate the trajectory of the bullet accurately enough to come with millimetres of his target's head (and even then, he hits him in the shoulder).]] Unfortunatly, directly afterwards, [[spoiler: Lucas comes up behind him and shoots him dead.]]

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Perhaps not literally, but the sniper in Series 9 Episode 5 must come pretty close. [[spoiler: His shot is from 1.67 miles away (beating the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_recorded_sniper_kills#Confirmed_kills_1.2C250.C2.A0m_.281.2C367_yd.29_or_greater previous record]] as specified by Dimitri at 1.5 miles by a sniper in Afganistan), Afghanistan), goes directly through a building after he takes the trouble to blow out the windows, and manages to calculate the trajectory of the bullet accurately enough to come with millimetres of his target's head (and even then, he hits him in the shoulder).]] Unfortunatly, Unfortunately, directly afterwards, [[spoiler: Lucas comes up behind him and shoots him dead.]]



* WesternTerrorists: This trope is fully [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as MI5 is (or at least, it ''was'' when the show started) concerned with domestic security akin to the American FBI, and not exclusively terrorism. The first series was written prior to 9/11 (although some cursory references were inserted after the fact) when Irish splinter groups, xenophobic race-baiting, and economic rioting were the prime sources of potential turmoil. The show deliberately went out of it's way to show as many different threats as possible. The IRA, White Power groups, "totally not the BNP", eco-terrorists, abortion clinic bombers, a wide variety of ex-Soviet spies/assassins/moles, corrupt banks, all were shown as legitimate threats. It even becomes a plot point in at least one episode, where they're trying to work out which of the 10 groups they had flagged launched a chemical attack on London.

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* WesternTerrorists: This trope is fully [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as MI5 is (or at least, it ''was'' when the show started) concerned with domestic security akin to the American FBI, and not exclusively terrorism. The first series was written prior to 9/11 (although some cursory references were inserted after the fact) when Irish splinter groups, xenophobic race-baiting, and economic rioting were the prime sources of potential turmoil. The show deliberately went out of it's its way to show as many different threats as possible. The IRA, White Power groups, "totally not the BNP", eco-terrorists, abortion clinic bombers, a wide variety of ex-Soviet spies/assassins/moles, corrupt banks, all were shown as legitimate threats. It even becomes a plot point in at least one episode, where they're trying to work out which of the 10 groups they had flagged launched a chemical attack on London.


* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Tessa, Tom, Zoe, Sam, Ruth (though she returned in the first episode of season 8) and Malcolm.]]

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* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Tessa, Tom, Zoe, Sam, Ruth (though she returned in the first episode of season 8) and Malcolm.Malcolm (though he appeared in the film).]]


** Connie's name is arguably a call out to Connie Sachs from the works of JohnLeCarre.
** Alex White, from the series 9 finale, is definitely is a JohnLeCarre reference, this time to ''Literature/TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold''. The book is explicitly namedropped by the Home Secretary later on.

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** Connie's name is arguably a call out to Connie Sachs from the works of JohnLeCarre.
Creator/JohnLeCarre.
** Alex White, from the series 9 finale, is definitely is a JohnLeCarre Creator/JohnLeCarre reference, this time to ''Literature/TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold''. The book is explicitly namedropped by the Home Secretary later on.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines:
** Series four, episode six. The backstory of Jimi Mistry's character was inspired by a real incident where a handful of Muslims were arrested for plotting to attack Scotland based on nothing more than an annotated map left by an Australian backpacker.

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Harry's justification in ''The Greater Good'' for [[spoiler: aiding a terrorist attack on [=MI-5=] headquarters so their leader can execute a British official who betrayed him. Harry's rationale is that the government officers swore an oath to defend the British public, and that if they die so innocent civilians can live it's an acceptable loss.]]

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* EditedForSyndication: Episodes streamed on Netflix in the United States can have as much as ten minutes per episode removed.


* HollywoodSpelling: In the series 4 premiere, Adam has to disarm a bomb by typing in a codeword he heard over his earpiece. He types in 'Kronos', and it works on the first try, despite the numerous different Greek transliterations such as Cronos, Chronus, Khronos, et cetera.
** More of an aversion - he explicitly asks for the spelling after hearing the word, presumably because there are multiple spellings.

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* HollywoodSpelling: In the series 4 four premiere, Adam has is told over his earpiece to disarm a bomb by typing in a using the codeword he heard over his earpiece. He types in 'Kronos', and it works on the first try, despite the numerous different Greek "Kronos", which has many transliterations from the Greek such as Cronos, Chronus, Khronos, et cetera.
** More of an aversion -
"Chronos", "Chronus", "Khronos", etc. In the original hour-long broadcast, he explicitly asks for how it's spelled, but in the spelling after hearing EditedForSyndication cut on Netflix (which is where most Americans will watch it) he intuitively spells it the word, presumably because there are multiple spellings.right way, despite "Kronos" being far from the most common spelling.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: In the 2015 film, the events of ''Code 9''--which involved a nuclear explosion in Britain--are completely ignored.

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