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* AFoolForAClient: The taxi driver who's about to start a litigation claiming that Harvey's driver hit him first. But he's not your normal fool for a client, considering the following BadassBoast:
-->''"I sued for my citizenship, so I have a very special appreciation for the law. I wiped the floor with the US government, counselor. I'm gonna do the same with you."''

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A SpinOff series called ''Series/{{Pearson}}'' following Jessica Pearson in Chicago began airing in 2019.


* NicePerson: Mike Ross and Zoe Lawford. The latter quits Pearson Hardman because she was tired of the backstabbing.

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* NicePerson: NiceGuy: Mike Ross and Zoe Lawford. The latter quits Pearson Hardman because she was tired of the backstabbing.

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* ActorAllusion:
** At the start of "Dirty Little Secrets" Mike worries that Louis knows about his dirty little secret, and Harvey jokingly comments "You're Canadian?", which gets a [[SarcasmMode sarcastic laugh]] out of Mike. Patrick J. Adams, the actor who plays him, is Canadian.
** The name "Specter" for Harvey is a subtle nod to Gabriel Macht's role as ''Film/TheSpirit''.
** Jacinda Barrett being cast as Zoe, one of Harvey's old flames. She and Gabriel Macht are married.
** Gina Torres says "Welcome back, Zoe", having played Zoe Washburne on Series/{{Firefly}} and Film/{{Serenity}}.
** Rachel is both half-black and a foodie, both nods to Meghan Markle.
** Both of Creator/TroianBellisario's appearances in the show revolve around Mike lying. Her most famous role is the show ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars''. For bonus points, she plays an ex of Mike's, and engaged to Patrick J Adams, Mike's actor.
** Harvey's BrokenPedestal reaction to professor Girard's acceptance of a bribe takes a whole new turn when you consider that Girard is played by Gabriel Macht's father.


* BigBrotherMentor: Harvey, to Mike. When Harvey realizes Mike's job is in trouble. Donna's SherlockScan explicitly states that Harvey is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "protective in an older brother manner."]] He routinely puts his job on the line to save Mike.

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* BigBrotherMentor: Harvey, to Mike. When Harvey realizes Mike's job is in trouble. Donna's SherlockScan explicitly states that Harvey is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "protective in an older brother manner."]] " He routinely puts his job on the line to save Mike.



* BookDumb: Not exactly, but there isn't a trope for Test Dumb. Rachel isn't a lawyer because she can't pass law school entrance exams or the bar. It's not a lack of intelligence or knowledge, but simple test anxiety, which is why [[spoiler:she is so proud when Mike tells her [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she has finally passed the [=LSATS=]]] in Season 2.]]

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* BookDumb: Not exactly, but there isn't a trope for Test Dumb. Rachel isn't a lawyer because she can't pass law school entrance exams or the bar. It's not a lack of intelligence or knowledge, but simple test anxiety, which is why [[spoiler:she is so proud when Mike tells her [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she has finally passed the [=LSATS=]]] [=LSATS=] in Season 2.]]



* HesBack: She's Back: Donna's triumphant return to Pearson Hardman. She tells her metrosexual replacement to hit the bricks, which she requested as a condition of her return.



* [[HesBack She's Back]]: Donna's triumphant return to Pearson Hardman. Replete with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she tells her metrosexual replacement to hit the bricks, which she requested as a condition of her return.

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* HollywoodLaw: This happens on a fair number of episodes.
**[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=got4f00mbU4 Here's a breakdown of the cell phone patent episode]] from season 1, highlighting various problems with the case.


* DownerEnding: Season 2 ends with '''everyone''' miserable, and Season 3 continues with the misery.
** Yeah, that has absolutely NOTHING on Season 5. In short, [[spoiler:Mike's in prison on a 2 year stint after taking a deal to save everyone else from jail time, Rachel is distraught and the Firm is pretty much dead with only Jessica, Harvey, Donna, Rachel and Louis left (and it's arguable if Rachel will even stay). The worst part is it all could've been avoided as Mike had actually succeeded in claiming a Not Guilty verdict but he didn't want to risk jail time for anyone else.]]

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* DownerEnding: DownerEnding:
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Season 2 ends with '''everyone''' miserable, and Season 3 continues with the misery.
** Yeah, that has absolutely NOTHING on Season 5. In short, The season 5 ending. [[spoiler:Mike's in prison on a 2 year stint after taking a deal to save everyone else from jail time, Rachel is distraught and the Firm is pretty much dead with only Jessica, Harvey, Donna, Rachel and Louis left (and it's arguable if Rachel will even stay). The worst part is it all could've been avoided as Mike had actually succeeded in claiming a Not Guilty verdict but he didn't want to risk jail time for anyone else.]]



** Louis, though a sadist teacher to his associates, cares for them on some level. Showing weakness may not be liked but when [[spoiler:he was quitting and saw Mike come out of an elevator with a bloody face, he dropped his stuff and rushed to help Mike, taking him to the bathroom to get cleaned up without a second thought.]]
*** Louis again, when he just can't bear to tell Rachel that Harvard rejected her because she wasn't good enough. Instead, he takes the blame himself.

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** Louis, though a sadist teacher to his associates, cares for them on some level. Showing weakness may not be liked but when [[spoiler:he was quitting and saw Mike come out of an elevator with a bloody face, he dropped his stuff and rushed to help Mike, taking him to the bathroom to get cleaned up without a second thought.]]
*** Louis again, when
]] When he just can't bear to tell Rachel that Harvard rejected her because she wasn't good enough. Instead, he takes the blame himself.



* GirlFriday: Katrina for Louis. With shades of BattleButler (she's a full-fledged lawyer, and damned good, too.)

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* GirlFriday: GirlFriday:
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Katrina for Louis. With shades of BattleButler (she's a full-fledged lawyer, and damned good, too.)



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Hardman's (perhaps bitter) prophecy to Jessica, about Harvey. That is, the cycle of underling turning on mentor will repeat, first with Jessica and Harvey and then Harvey and Mike. Though given the moral lines those three don't cross versus Hardman's willingness, this may be just be sour grapes.
** Definitely more than sour grapes, given Harvey's desires for his name on the door.
** As of the events of "War", Mike calls Harvey out on this due to some of the actions he's taken (and had Mike take).

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Hardman's (perhaps bitter) prophecy to Jessica, about Harvey. That is, the cycle of underling turning on mentor will repeat, first with Jessica and Harvey and then Harvey and Mike. Though given the moral lines those three don't cross versus Hardman's willingness, this may be just be sour grapes.
** Definitely more than sour grapes, given Harvey's desires for his name on the door.
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grapes. As of the events of "War", Mike calls Harvey out on this due to some of the actions he's taken (and had Mike take).



* MaintainTheLie: The key to the early seasons of the show is Mike isn't a lawyer and keeps up the act of being one no matter what.

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* MaintainTheLie: MaintainTheLie:
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The key to the early seasons of the show is Mike isn't a lawyer and keeps up the act of being one no matter what.



* MeaningfulName: How meaningful is debateable, but Harvey shares his first name with WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw as well as Harvey Dent, a district attorney who worked alongside Lt. Gordon in The Dark Knight.
** Similarly, his father is named Gordon, similar to Commissioner Gordon who handles another specter of the night.

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* MeaningfulName: How meaningful is debateable, but Harvey shares his first name with WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw as well as Harvey Dent, a district attorney who worked alongside Lt. Gordon in The Dark Knight.
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Knight. Similarly, his father is named Gordon, similar to Commissioner Gordon who handles another specter of the night.



* MsFanservice: For the women, Donna, very much so. Granted, everyone else isn't exactly ugly but Donna is quite [[DoubleEntendre bouncy]] and almost always decked out in a low-cut dress or something else suitably revealing. Add to that the fact that she's perfectly willing to invoke MaleGaze to get what she wants.

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* MsFanservice: For the women, Donna, very much so. Granted, everyone else isn't exactly ugly but Donna is quite [[DoubleEntendre bouncy]] and almost always decked out in a low-cut dress or something else suitably revealing. Add to that the fact that she's perfectly willing to invoke MaleGaze to get what she wants.



* PlatonicLifePartners: While Harvey is Donna's boss, he treats her as an equal. They have known each other for more than a decade and keep no secrets from each other. When Donna goes behind his back he is deeply hurt but merely thinking of being without her makes him forgive her instantly. While Donna has some romantic feelings toward Harvey, she will not act on them for fear of losing his friendship.
** Signs point to this happening to Harvey in regards to Mike. When Donna points out all the work Mike usually does for Harvey along side the work Donna does for him, Harvey gets the same hangdog expression. [[spoiler: Which prompts him to go to Mike's house to help him cope with his grandmother's death.]]
** Also Jessica and Harvey.
** [[spoiler: As of the end of Season 2, two of these are definitely on the ropes.]]
** Donna and Harvey continually bounce around between this, IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy, AnchoredShip, and JustFriends, depending on the episode and season.

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* PlatonicLifePartners: PlatonicLifePartners:
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While Harvey is Donna's boss, he treats her as an equal. They have known each other for more than a decade and keep no secrets from each other. When Donna goes behind his back he is deeply hurt but merely thinking of being without her makes him forgive her instantly. While Donna has some romantic feelings toward Harvey, she will not act on them for fear of losing his friendship.
** Signs point to this happening to Harvey in regards to Mike. When Donna points out all the work Mike usually does for Harvey along side the work Donna does for him, Harvey gets the same hangdog expression. [[spoiler: Which prompts him to go to Mike's house to help him cope with his grandmother's death.]]
** Also Jessica and Harvey.
** [[spoiler: As of the end of Season 2, two of these are definitely on the ropes.]]
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friendship. Donna and Harvey continually bounce around between this, IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy, AnchoredShip, and JustFriends, depending on the episode and season.season.
** Jessica and Harvey have a few moments of ShipTease but, despite their closeness, have no romantic feelings for each other.



* Pride: Harvey, so VERY much.


* SexyMentor:
** Jessica to Harvey.
** Harvey to Mike.
** [[SarcasmMode Louis Litt to everybody]].


* AbhorrentAdmirer: Louis kept asking out Monica Eton every day she worked at Pearson Hardman. The only reason she did not file a sexual harassment complaint was that it would have made her look weak in the eyes of her coworkers.
** After she left, he moved on to Donna, who tends to be much more vocal with her disapproval. Unless Louis has [[WeaksauceWeakness theatre tickets]].

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Louis kept asking out Monica Eton every day she worked at Pearson Hardman. The only reason she did not file a sexual harassment complaint was that it would have made her look weak in the eyes of her coworkers.
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coworkers. After she left, he moved on to Donna, who tends to be much more vocal with her disapproval. Unless Louis has [[WeaksauceWeakness theatre tickets]].



* {{Blackmail}}: Harvey has successfully done this on more than one occasion...
** ...although it [[EpicFail backfired]] with Daniel Hardman.

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* {{Blackmail}}: {{Blackmail}}:
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Harvey has successfully done this on more than one occasion...
** ...
occasion, although it [[EpicFail backfired]] with Daniel Hardman.



* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Jenny, Rachel/Jessica, and Donna.

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Jenny, Jenny (or Katrina in later seasons), Rachel/Jessica, and Donna.Donna.



* BookDumb: Not exactly, but there isn't a trope for Test Dumb. Rachel isn't a lawyer because she can't pass law school entrance exams or the bar. It's not a lack of intelligence or knowledge, but simple test anxiety.
** Which is why [[spoiler:she is so proud when Mike tells her [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she has finally passed the [=LSATS=]]] in Season 2.]]
*** Odd that she would tell him that [[spoiler:she passed the LSAT. It's not a pass/fail test the way the Bar is. The LSAT is graded on a score of 120-180. There is no score that would be considered passing because your score is in competition with the rest of people applying to law school that year.]]

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* BookDumb: Not exactly, but there isn't a trope for Test Dumb. Rachel isn't a lawyer because she can't pass law school entrance exams or the bar. It's not a lack of intelligence or knowledge, but simple test anxiety.
** Which
anxiety, which is why [[spoiler:she is so proud when Mike tells her [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she has finally passed the [=LSATS=]]] in Season 2.]]
*** Odd that she would tell him that [[spoiler:she passed the LSAT. It's not a pass/fail test the way the Bar is. The LSAT is graded on a score of 120-180. There is no score that would be considered passing because your score is in competition with the rest of people applying to law school that year.
]]



** And then she delivers this line in "War":

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** And then she She delivers this line in "War":



* CampStraight: Dear God, Louis.
* CannotSpitItOut: Oh Scottie, if you had only told Harvey you loved him before deciding to try and bring about a merger...

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* CampStraight: Dear God, Louis.
Louis, despite being canonically straight, he does have some effeminate mannerisms, traits and interests (such as ballet and theatre for example).
* CannotSpitItOut: Oh Scottie, if you CannotSpitItOut:
** If Scottie
had only told Harvey you loved him before deciding to try and bring about a merger...



* CassandraTruth: Mike and Harvey have a disagreement [[spoiler: over Mike wanting to tell Rachel he doesn't have a degree]]. Harvey points out that it's extremely risky and could affect Mike, Harvey, and Jessica as well as the firm. [[spoiler:At the end of Season 2, Mike doesn't listen.]]

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* CassandraTruth: CassandraTruth:
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Mike and Harvey have a disagreement [[spoiler: over Mike wanting to tell Rachel he doesn't have a degree]]. Harvey points out that it's extremely risky and could affect Mike, Harvey, and Jessica as well as the firm. [[spoiler:At the end of Season 2, Mike doesn't listen.]]



* ChewToy: Poor, poor Harold the sad-sack associate. He's mostly Louis' [[ButtMonkey butt monkey]] but Mike, Donna, and even Rachel have messed with his head. Hell, Mike's ''grandmother,'' who only visited the office once, mocked Harold!
** Which leads to a FunnyAneurysm (or HarsherInHindsight) moment when you realize that her making fun of Harold [[spoiler: was the last thing she did onscreen [[KilledOffForReal before passing away.]]]]
** Because of all that, Mike is rather surprised to learn that Harold was actually extremely talented in school - the type of person that actually mentored other students to greatness. It's really only due to Louis and the TrainingFromHell setting that has broken Harold into a quivering mess. [[spoiler: Which is why Mike pulls in a favor to get Harold hired at another firm when Harold is fired.]]
** Later, Harold actually manages to pull one over on Louis by appearing to submit to Louis's browbeating, begging only for one measly clause to be left in the agreement. As it turned out, it's a clause that, basically, allows Harold to do whatever he wants with the agreement. Then Louis starts playing dirty by threatening to bury Harold in motions that would jeopardize Harold's career at the other firm. When Donna points out what Louis is doing, Louis tells her to send Harold his original offer and never to tell anyone about this.
** Harold later gets fired from the other firm, [[spoiler:after a KnightTemplar opens a case against Harold and Mike]].

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* ChewToy: Poor, poor Harold TheChewToy: Harold, the sad-sack associate. He's mostly Louis' [[ButtMonkey butt monkey]] monkey but Mike, Donna, and even Rachel have messed with his head. Hell, Mike's ''grandmother,'' who only visited the office once, mocked Harold!
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Harold. Which leads to a FunnyAneurysm (or HarsherInHindsight) moment when you realize that her making fun of Harold [[spoiler: was the last thing she did onscreen [[KilledOffForReal before passing away.]]]]
** Because of all that, Mike is rather surprised to learn that Harold was actually extremely talented in school - the type of person that actually mentored other students to greatness. It's really only due to Louis and the TrainingFromHell setting that has broken Harold into a quivering mess. [[spoiler: Which is why Mike pulls in a favor to get Harold hired at another firm when Harold is fired.]]
** Later, Harold actually manages to pull one over on Louis by appearing to submit to Louis's browbeating, begging only for one measly clause to be left in the agreement. As it turned out, it's a clause that, basically, allows Harold to do whatever he wants with the agreement. Then Louis starts playing dirty by threatening to bury Harold in motions that would jeopardize Harold's career at the other firm. When Donna points out what Louis is doing, Louis tells her to send Harold his original offer and never to tell anyone about this.
** Harold
]] He later gets fired from the other firm, [[spoiler:after a KnightTemplar opens a case against Harold and Mike]].



* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Louis very nearly crosses it when he realizes he's become so repellent to Harvey that he is immediately the first suspect when skullduggery is suspected.]]

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* DespairEventHorizon: DespairEventHorizon:
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[[spoiler:Louis very nearly crosses it when he realizes he's become so repellent to Harvey that he is immediately the first suspect when skullduggery is suspected.]]


* Foil: Harvey and Louis are one of each other. They share much of the same traits and behaviors with the major difference being that if Harvey 'plays the man', Louis 'plays the law'. It is Louis' strict adherence to the letter of the law (especially when it benefits him) that most people tend to dislike him for whereas Harvey's approach at least makes him seem somewhat charming.

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* Foil: {{Foil}}: Harvey and Louis are one of each other. They share much of the same traits and behaviors with the major difference being that if Harvey 'plays the man', Louis 'plays the law'. It is Louis' strict adherence to the letter of the law (especially when it benefits him) that most people tend to dislike him for whereas Harvey's approach at least makes him seem somewhat charming.

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* ForeignRemake: Had a remake in both Korea and Japan.


''Suits'', [[Main/WorkingTitle formerly known as ''A Legal Mind'' while in development]], is a Creator/USANetwork television {{Dramedy}} series starring Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht. It debuted on June 23, 2011, with a ninety-minute premiere episode. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a BrilliantButLazy college dropout with an eidetic memory that has allowed him to pass the bar exam without attending law school. Harvey Specter, one of Manhattan's best lawyers, hires Mike as his new associate. Due to the firm's policy of hiring only Harvard Law graduates, Mike is forced to pretend that he has gone to Harvard.

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''Suits'', [[Main/WorkingTitle formerly known as ''A Legal Mind'' while in development]], Mind'', is a Creator/USANetwork television {{Dramedy}} series starring Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht. It debuted on June 23, 2011, with a ninety-minute premiere episode. episode, and is currently in its eighth season.

Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a BrilliantButLazy college dropout with an eidetic memory that has allowed him to pass the bar exam without attending law school. Harvey Specter, one of Manhattan's best lawyers, hires Mike as his new associate. Due to the firm's policy of hiring only Harvard Law graduates, Mike is forced to pretend that he has gone to Harvard.

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* MaintainTheLie: The key to the early seasons of the show is Mike isn't a lawyer and keeps up the act of being one no matter what.
** Part of Louis' backstory is his father convinced the family he was a high-ranking vice president in his company for a decade. It turns out he was just a low-level gopher making good.

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* NiceMeanAndInBetween:
** Out of the guys, WideEyedIdealist Mike is by far the nicest, Louis is mean (prone to HeelFaceRevolvingDoor and can be the TokenEvilTeammate depending on the episode), and Harvey is in-between (cynical JerkWithAHeartOfGold).
** Out of the girls, Rachel is nice (generally friendly to everyone), Jessica is mean (stern IceQueen), and Donna is in-between (smug and snarky but also a caring TeamMom).

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** Most of Harvey's [[EstablishingCharacterMoment character-defining moments]] would have gotten him disbarred multiple times [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spr5smxuO5E in the pilot episode alone.]]

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