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** Ava's prison storyline is particularly poorly regarded. It isolates one of the main characters from the rest of the cast, it exists primarily due to a series of fairly ridiculous DiabolusExMachina, and clashes badly with the rest of the show. While the rest of Season 5 features Justified's usual bizarre, often humorous characters, Ava's plot is a grim, humorless ShootTheShaggyDogStory that subjects Ava to a nasty TraumaCongaLine and the only real outcome is hardening Ava enough to flip on Boyd.

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** Ava's prison storyline is particularly poorly regarded. It isolates one of the main characters from the rest of the cast, it exists primarily due to a series of fairly ridiculous DiabolusExMachina, and clashes badly with the rest of the show. While the rest of Season 5 features Justified's usual bizarre, often humorous characters, Ava's plot is a grim, humorless ShootTheShaggyDogStory ShaggyDogStory that subjects Ava to a nasty TraumaCongaLine and the only real outcome is hardening Ava enough to flip on Boyd.


** Ava's prison storyline is particularly disliked for being dull, drama-free despite the show's best efforts, tonally inconsistent with the rest of the show, and for taking too much time from other storylines. The fact that it isolated one of the main characters from the rest of the show didn't help, either.

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** Ava's prison storyline is particularly disliked for being dull, drama-free despite the show's best efforts, tonally inconsistent with the rest of the show, and for taking too much time from other storylines. The fact that it isolated poorly regarded. It isolates one of the main characters from the rest of the show didn't help, either.cast, it exists primarily due to a series of fairly ridiculous DiabolusExMachina, and clashes badly with the rest of the show. While the rest of Season 5 features Justified's usual bizarre, often humorous characters, Ava's plot is a grim, humorless ShootTheShaggyDogStory that subjects Ava to a nasty TraumaCongaLine and the only real outcome is hardening Ava enough to flip on Boyd.

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* DiabolusExMachina: Arrives in the form of Albert Fekus, the prison guard that stabs himself to keep Ava in prison, the night before she was set to be released. This is all despite how obviously he did it to himself, how unlikely it would be for Ava to stab a guard for no reason the night before she was set to leave prison, and the sheer incredulity-straining conceit that he was willing to ''stab himself'' out of petty vengeance for her mouthing off to him earlier. In addition, Ava's bunkmate backs up his story [[ForTheEvulz for no reason.]] This all happens so Ava and Boyd could fall out while she's in state prison, setting up the plot for the final season.


* DesignatedHero: Some of Raylan's actions can be...questionable, particularly in the later seasons. A few especially notable moments include:
** Threatening to "beat the shit" out of a teenager who works at a batting cage for telling him to wear a helmet which is a rule.
** Running a guy over - twice. While that was somewhat [[TitleDrop Justified]], since the guy was pulling a gun ([[WhatAnIdiot twice]]), Raylan then threatens to deny him medical treatment. [[FromBadToWorse Then]], while the guy's in the hospital, Raylan sneaks into his room, [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique sits on his broken leg and takes away his morphine.]] Then when a nurse comes in and the guy starts trying to tell her what Raylan's doing to him, Raylan pumps him full of morphine so he can't talk.
** Turning a blind eye to the mob assassination of Nicky Augustine.
** Persuading Judge Reardom to try Kendal as an adult for a crime he didn't commit, simply to drive a wedge between Wendy and Daryl.
** Brutalizing Dewey Crowe at least once a season, as well as ignoring Dewey's restraining order in season 6.


* GeniusBonus: Anyone with a decent knowledge of anatomy would realize immediately that [[spoiler: Dewey Crowe did not actually have his kidneys removed - the incisions are on the front of his abdomen while a real kidney extraction incision would be on his side.]]

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* GeniusBonus: Anyone with a decent knowledge of anatomy would realize immediately that [[spoiler: Dewey Crowe did not actually have his kidneys removed - the incisions are on the front of his abdomen while a real kidney extraction incision would be on his side. Also, as Raylan points out later, the symptoms the evil nurse tries to intimidate Dewey with are not actually symptoms of kidney failure.]]



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* MagnificentBastard: In amidst all the white supremacists, drug addicts, {{stupid crooks}}, and other human wreckage that comprised the gangsters of rural Harlan County, there was the occasional villain with some charisma and flair, and the according ability to run rings about series' protagonists [[CowboyCop Raylan Givens]] and [[VillainProtagonist Boyd Crowder]]:
** Mags Bennett was the BigBad of Season 2 and matriarch of the Bennett family, a BanditClan of {{hillbilly moonshiner}}s and marijuana farmers whose influence was felt throughout Harlan County. Ruling her namesake township of Bennett as not just a CorruptHick but an uncrowned FeudalOverlord, Mags controlled the Bennett Police Department through her son, Doyle, and the marijuana trade through his brothers, Dickie and Coover, making her the final arbiter on near everything that happened in town. Rallying the people of Harlan at large and Bennett in particular against Black Pike Mining's attempts to buy up the county, Mags secretly cut a deal with Black Pike behind the backs of her fellow townsfolk, selling most of the county to Black Pike in exchange for extensive personal profits that she planned to use to get her grandchildren out of crime. Staying her hand when her son Coover was killed by Raylan (whose family the Bennetts had long [[FeudingFamilies feuded with]]), Mags returned to action when Dickie started a war with Boyd and proved capable of matching him trick for trick. In the end, only the unexpected return of Mags' foster daughter, Loretta, to Bennett, and the ensuing intervention by the Marshal Service proved able to bring the Bennett township tyrant down.
** Ellstin Limehouse, was the unofficial king of Noble's Holler, the one black community in rural white Harlan. Concerned with keeping his people isolated and safe, Limehouse played Harlan's criminals and law enforcement against one another with seeming impunity, always evading responsibility, and coming out on top. In Season 3 he outmaneuvered Boyd, [[BigBad Robert Quarles]], [[BigBadWannabe Dickie Bennett]] and Raylan, setting in motion a plan that saw Quarles killed, Boyd and Dickie imprisoned, and Raylan unable to touch Limehouse. In Season 4, he successfully ripped off Boyd and the Detroit mob both, while at the same time, saving the life of frightened hooker Ellen May ''and'' extricating Noble's from the Harlan underworld. Making his final appearance in Season 6, Limehouse again got the better of Boyd, before vanishing from Harlan, one step ahead of the Marshal's Service. No other villain on the show has walked as fine a line between good and evil as Limehouse, and none has ever come close to matching his achievements or his ability to get away with everything.
** Drew Thompson was a Detroit mobster with a unique penchant for taking RefugeInAudacity. After witnessing [[TheDon Theo Tonin]] commit a murder, Drew realized that he had to get out of town before Theo killed him to cover it up. Shooting Theo in the eye, Drew stole an airplane and faked his own death, shoving his accomplice, Waldo Truth, out of the plane, then parachuting into Harlan County where he exchanged his cocaine and drug money for a new identity, helping Bo Crowder and Arlo Givens become rural mafiosi while he himself became Shelby Parlow of the Harlan Sheriff's Department. Eventually elected Sheriff himself, Shelby used his position to undermine Boyd's control over Harlan and the office of Sheriff alike, while also joining the recently revitalized search for "Drew Thompson" whose survival, but not identity, had been discovered. Found out in the end and arrested by Raylan, Drew Thompson nevertheless enjoyed a decades long career in law enforcement, and his machinations set in motion the eventual collapse of Boyd's criminal enterprises--the very same enterprises Drew had helped Boyd's father Bo, assemble in the first place.
** Loretta [=McCready=] was the foster daughter and BastardUnderstudy of Mags Bennett, and while she might have sided with Raylan against Mags, the passage of time proves that it was Mags' influence that lasted. Aspiring to become a marijuana kingpin in the same vein as her foster mother, Loretta spent Season 6 buying up agricultural land throughout Harlan County under both her real name and various aliases, and putting herself in direct competition with [[BigBad Avery Markham]] and the various gun thugs in his employ. Allying herself with Boyd, Loretta turned the entire town against Markham with a single speech at a party that Markham himself was hosting, and bought up most of the land in the county. Even the implosion of Boyd's empire and the loss of his protection could not stop Loretta; when Markham cornered her she persuaded him that she should become ''his'' new partner, thus surviving until Raylan and Boyd killed off Markham and his [[PsychoForHire enforcer]], Boon. Only a [[TeenGenius teenager]] when the series ended, Loretta demonstrated that she was more capable than most of the adult criminals on the show, and was left in a perfect position to pick up where Mags and Boyd left off, as the reigning queen of the Harlan underworld.


** Season 6 gives us Avery Markham, an eerily cool and collected crime lord who smiles and lights up a joint in front of Raylan Givens and is sleeping with fellow BigBad Catherine Hale, determined to marry her [[spoiler: even after he finds out she's been plotting to have him killed.]] The fact that he is played western hero, Sam Elliot doesn't hurt either.
** [[SilkHidingSteel Katherine Hale,]] for that matter. Almost playfully devious and murderous, her idea of a lunch date with Ava Crowder is to snort a few lines of highly pure cocaine on a silver platter before ripping off a jewelry store for fun. And she regularly dances toe to toe with bona fide bad guys like Wynn Duffy, Boyd Crowder, and Avery Markham.



** In season 6, Raylan admits that he will miss bickering with Boyd when he leaves Harlan County. Boyd asks Rayland if he's going to kiss him.

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** In season 6, Raylan admits that he will miss bickering with Boyd when he leaves Harlan County. Boyd asks Rayland Raylan if he's going to kiss him.



* MagnificentBastard:
** Boyd is arguably a downplayed example. He's an expert ManipulativeBastard. He comes up with [[TheChessmaster great plans]], and can alter them on the fly, surviving everything the rest of the criminal world can throw at him. Yet despite that, he never really wins out, and most of his energies are directed at just staying afloat.
** Ellstin Limehouse is a straight example. Over the course of Seasons 3 & 4 he outmaneuvers Boyd, Quarles, Raylan, Augustine, and every other player in the area, dodges prosecution, and comes out looking like the good guy.

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* MagnificentBastard:
** Boyd is arguably a downplayed example. He's an expert ManipulativeBastard. He comes up with [[TheChessmaster great plans]], and can alter them on the fly, surviving everything the rest of the criminal world can throw at him. Yet despite that, he never really wins out, and most of his energies are directed at just staying afloat.
** Ellstin Limehouse is a straight example. Over the course of Seasons 3 & 4 he outmaneuvers Boyd, Quarles, Raylan, Augustine, and every other player in the area, dodges prosecution, and comes out looking like the good guy.


* JumpedTheShark: One could make a pretty good case for the Season 4 finale. Raylan goes farther over the line than he's ever gone before, and Season 5 proves that the show simply can't deal with it. Most of the season is spent dealing with the fallout from the finale, and trying desperately to sweep its events under the table, suborning other characters, including the nominal BigBad to that cause. Season 6 has since struggled to deal with the problems that Season 5 caused, meaning that many, if not all, of the show's current issues can be traced back to that Season 4 finale.





* CrossesTheLineTwice: A US Marshal playing a very real, potentially game of Russian Roulette with a criminal? Not funny, potentially a troubling sign that he's approaching HeWhoFightsMonsters territory. A US Marshal playing Russian Roulette with a usual cool and controlled criminal who is screaming "JESUS CHRIST! YOU'RE A COP!" at the top of his lungs? Hilarious.

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: A US Marshal playing a very real, potentially lethal game of Russian Roulette with a criminal? Not funny, potentially a troubling sign that he's approaching HeWhoFightsMonsters territory. A US Marshal playing Russian Roulette with a usual cool and controlled criminal who is screaming "JESUS CHRIST! YOU'RE A COP!" at the top of his lungs? Hilarious.



** Threatening to "beat the shit" out of a teenager who works at a batting cage. The reason? The kid told him to wear a helmet. ''Which is the rule at the batting cage.''
** Running a guy over - ''twice.'' While that was somewhat [[TitleDrop Justified]], since the guy was pulling a gun ([[WhatAnIdiot twice]]), Raylan then threatens to deny him medical treatment. [[FromBadToWorse Then]], while the guy's in the hospital, Raylan sneaks into his room, [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique sits on his broken leg and takes away his morphine.]] Then when a nurse comes in and the guy starts trying to tell her what Raylan's doing to him, Raylan pumps him full of morphine so he can't talk.

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** Threatening to "beat the shit" out of a teenager who works at a batting cage. The reason? The kid told cage for telling him to wear a helmet. ''Which helmet which is the rule at the batting cage.''
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** Running a guy over - ''twice.'' twice. While that was somewhat [[TitleDrop Justified]], since the guy was pulling a gun ([[WhatAnIdiot twice]]), Raylan then threatens to deny him medical treatment. [[FromBadToWorse Then]], while the guy's in the hospital, Raylan sneaks into his room, [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique sits on his broken leg and takes away his morphine.]] Then when a nurse comes in and the guy starts trying to tell her what Raylan's doing to him, Raylan pumps him full of morphine so he can't talk.


* CompleteMonster: While there were quite a few murderers and psychos in Justified, most of the villains had some sympathetic qualities. The same can not be said of these individuals:
** [[ProfessionalKiller Fletcher "The Icepick" Nix]] from the season 3 premier "The Gunfighter" is a PsychoForHire, [[TheGunfighterWannabe wannabe gunfighter]], and federal fugitive in the employ of Dixie Mafia boss Emmett Arnett. Arnett sends him to rob Delmar Coates, a very wealthy man. Nix proceeds to order a pizza to Coates' address. He then takes Coates and the pizza guy hostage, and robs Coates of his expensive watch collection. He then declares that he doesn't want to leave any witnesses, but that he'll give Coates a chance. He places a gun on the table between them, and has the pizza guy count down from ten. On "zero" they are both to go for the gun. Only thing is, Nix has an icepick under the table in his other hand. He [[ImpaledPalm impales Coates' hand]] when he tries to go for the gun, then kills him, then kills the pizza guy. He justifies this on the basis that they've seen his face, but as he admits, he could just wear a mask, but doesn't like to, as he's "too pretty". When Nix is prevented from meeting up with Arnett, rather than flee with the several hundred thousand dollars worth of watches he now has on his person, Nix kidnaps protagonist Raylan Givens's ex-wife Winona, and makes Raylan play his game, intending to kill them both the same way he did Coates and the pizza guy.
** [[PsychoForHire Boon]] from the latter half of season six is a barely restrained lunatic, sociopath, and implied sexual predator. He delights in intimidation, terror, and domination. He constantly terrorizes Loretta [=McCready=] with barely-concealed threats of sexual violence and cheerfully admits that he's "deranged and possibly dangerous." He murders Loretta's great aunt under Avery Markham's orders and taunts Loretta about it, and later terrorizes two strangers at a diner for the sport of it (again with implied threats of sexual violence sprinkled throughout). Throughout his time on the show, he repeatedly tells Raylan he'd like to kill him in a wild-west style shootout, taking perverse pleasure in the idea. Justified showed us a lot of dangerous individuals throughout the show's run, but Boon may have been the most unashamedly depraved of them all.

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* CompleteMonster: While there were quite a few murderers and psychos in Justified, most of the villains had some sympathetic qualities. The same can not be said of these individuals:
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[[ProfessionalKiller Fletcher "The Icepick" Nix]] from the season 3 premier "The Gunfighter" is a PsychoForHire, [[TheGunfighterWannabe wannabe gunfighter]], and federal fugitive in the employ of Dixie Mafia boss Emmett Arnett. Arnett sends him to rob Delmar Coates, a very wealthy man. Nix proceeds to order a pizza to Coates' address. He then takes Coates and the pizza guy hostage, and robs Coates of his expensive watch collection. He then declares that he doesn't want to leave any witnesses, but that he'll give Coates a chance. He places a gun on the table between them, and has the pizza guy count down from ten. On "zero" they are both to go for the gun. Only thing is, Nix has an icepick under the table in his other hand. He [[ImpaledPalm impales Coates' hand]] when he tries to go for the gun, then kills him, then kills the pizza guy. He justifies this on the basis that they've seen his face, but as he admits, he could just wear a mask, but doesn't like to, as he's "too pretty". When Nix is prevented from meeting up with Arnett, rather than flee with the several hundred thousand dollars worth of watches he now has on his person, Nix kidnaps protagonist Raylan Givens's ex-wife Winona, and makes Raylan play his game, intending to kill them both the same way he did Coates and the pizza guy.
** [[PsychoForHire Boon]] from the latter half of season six is a barely restrained lunatic, sociopath, and implied sexual predator. He delights in intimidation, terror, and domination. He constantly terrorizes Loretta [=McCready=] with barely-concealed threats of sexual violence and cheerfully admits that he's "deranged and possibly dangerous." He murders Loretta's great aunt under Avery Markham's orders and taunts Loretta about it, and later terrorizes two strangers at a diner for the sport of it (again with implied threats of sexual violence sprinkled throughout). Throughout his time on the show, he repeatedly tells Raylan he'd like to kill him in a wild-west style shootout, taking perverse pleasure in the idea. Justified showed us a lot of dangerous individuals throughout the show's run, but Boon may have been the most unashamedly depraved of them all.


* Robert Quarles was basically as dangerous as he was because of his insanity and (later) Oxycontin addiction.

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* ** Robert Quarles was basically as dangerous as he was because of his insanity and (later) Oxycontin addiction.


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* EvilIsCool: Boyd Crowder, Avery Markham.

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* Robert Quarles was basically as dangerous as he was because of his insanity and (later) Oxycontin addiction.


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* SpiritualSuccessor: Amazon's ''Sneaky Pete'', which features Graham Yost as showrunner, a lot of overlap in writers and directors, a similar decaying rural setting for Elmore Leonard-esque crime stories and a few ''Justified'' alums in the cast, most prominently Margo Martindale and Jacob Pitts.

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* GeniusBonus: Anyone with a decent knowledge of anatomy would realize immediately that [[spoiler: Dewey Crowe did not actually have his kidneys removed - the incisions are on the front of his abdomen while a real kidney extraction incision would be on his side.]]


* CompleteMonster: [[ProfessionalKiller Fletcher "The Icepick" Nix]] from the season 3 premier "The Gunfighter" is a PsychoForHire, [[TheGunfighterWannabe wannabe gunfighter]], and federal fugitive in the employ of Dixie Mafia boss Emmett Arnett. Arnett sends him to rob Delmar Coates, a very wealthy man. Nix proceeds to order a pizza to Coates' address. He then takes Coates and the pizza guy hostage, and robs Coates of his expensive watch collection. He then declares that he doesn't want to leave any witnesses, but that he'll give Coates a chance. He places a gun on the table between them, and has the pizza guy count down from ten. On "zero" they are both to go for the gun. Only thing is, Nix has an icepick under the table in his other hand. He [[ImpaledPalm impales Coates' hand]] when he tries to go for the gun, then kills him, then kills the pizza guy. He justifies this on the basis that they've seen his face, but as he admits, he could just wear a mask, but doesn't like to, as he's "too pretty". When Nix is prevented from meeting up with Arnett, rather than flee with the several hundred thousand dollars worth of watches he now has on his person, Nix kidnaps protagonist Raylan Givens's ex-wife Winona, and makes Raylan play his game, intending to kill them both the same way he did Coates and the pizza guy.

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* CompleteMonster: While there were quite a few murderers and psychos in Justified, most of the villains had some sympathetic qualities. The same can not be said of these individuals:
**
[[ProfessionalKiller Fletcher "The Icepick" Nix]] from the season 3 premier "The Gunfighter" is a PsychoForHire, [[TheGunfighterWannabe wannabe gunfighter]], and federal fugitive in the employ of Dixie Mafia boss Emmett Arnett. Arnett sends him to rob Delmar Coates, a very wealthy man. Nix proceeds to order a pizza to Coates' address. He then takes Coates and the pizza guy hostage, and robs Coates of his expensive watch collection. He then declares that he doesn't want to leave any witnesses, but that he'll give Coates a chance. He places a gun on the table between them, and has the pizza guy count down from ten. On "zero" they are both to go for the gun. Only thing is, Nix has an icepick under the table in his other hand. He [[ImpaledPalm impales Coates' hand]] when he tries to go for the gun, then kills him, then kills the pizza guy. He justifies this on the basis that they've seen his face, but as he admits, he could just wear a mask, but doesn't like to, as he's "too pretty". When Nix is prevented from meeting up with Arnett, rather than flee with the several hundred thousand dollars worth of watches he now has on his person, Nix kidnaps protagonist Raylan Givens's ex-wife Winona, and makes Raylan play his game, intending to kill them both the same way he did Coates and the pizza guy.guy.
** [[PsychoForHire Boon]] from the latter half of season six is a barely restrained lunatic, sociopath, and implied sexual predator. He delights in intimidation, terror, and domination. He constantly terrorizes Loretta [=McCready=] with barely-concealed threats of sexual violence and cheerfully admits that he's "deranged and possibly dangerous." He murders Loretta's great aunt under Avery Markham's orders and taunts Loretta about it, and later terrorizes two strangers at a diner for the sport of it (again with implied threats of sexual violence sprinkled throughout). Throughout his time on the show, he repeatedly tells Raylan he'd like to kill him in a wild-west style shootout, taking perverse pleasure in the idea. Justified showed us a lot of dangerous individuals throughout the show's run, but Boon may have been the most unashamedly depraved of them all.


** [[spoiler:Then, in "Trust", desperation drives her to shoot Boyd and flee with $10 million that Boyd stole from Markham, triggering an FBI manhunt and guaranteeing that she will spend decades in jail if caught.]]

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** [[spoiler:Then, in "Trust", desperation drives her to shoot Boyd and flee with $10 million that Boyd stole from Markham, triggering an FBI manhunt and guaranteeing that she will spend decades in jail if caught.]] The epilogue reveals she did get away...but it came at the cost of having to give the millions to Wynn Duffy, so in the end, one could argue if it was AllForNothing]].

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