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* CompleteMonster: [[FourEyesZeroSoul Alex Declan]], from season 2's "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS02E17 Proteus]]", is a SerialKiller who kills his victims and [[IHaveManyNames steals their identities]]. After recently murdering Special Agent Alan Fahey, his eighth victim, he steals his identity as well and later assists Finch and Reese [[BitchInSheepsClothing in trying to uncover the killer]] on Owen Island to divert any suspicion from himself. During the investigation, Declan [[CopKiller murders the island's deputy]], [[FrameUp framing a Marine]] in the process and endangering several civilians. When Finch discovers that Declan is the imposter, Declan takes Finch hostage and attempts to murder him so he can steal his identity like he did his other victims. Although Declan believes the identities he stole were being "wasted" and that he "[[TheSociopath did them justice]]", Finch ultimately deduces that he kills people [[ForTheEvulz because he enjoys it]].

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* CompleteMonster: [[FourEyesZeroSoul [[SerialKiller Alex Declan]], from season 2's "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS02E17 Proteus]]", is a SerialKiller who kills his victims and [[IHaveManyNames steals their identities]]. After recently murdering Special Agent Alan Fahey, his eighth victim, he steals his identity as well and later assists Finch and Reese [[BitchInSheepsClothing in trying to uncover the killer]] on Owen Island to divert any suspicion from himself. During the investigation, Declan [[CopKiller murders the island's deputy]], [[FrameUp deputy, framing a Marine]] Marine in the process and endangering several civilians. When Finch discovers that Declan is the imposter, Declan takes Finch hostage and attempts to murder him so he can steal his identity like he did his other victims. Although Declan believes the identities he stole were being "wasted" and that he "[[TheSociopath did "did them justice]]", justice", Finch ultimately deduces that he kills people [[ForTheEvulz because he enjoys it]].

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** Stickup Sniper.[[labelnote:Explanation]]: Root having a gun to Lambert's back followed by Martine doing the same to Root then followed by Reese aiming at Martine is usually a template for a snowclone meme.[[/labelnote]]

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** Greer quotes Hamlet’s famous “What a piece of work is man” speech to defend his worldview. Any true Shakespeare fan knows that speech is actually meant to be said with bitter sarcasm as Hamlet condemns humanity, showing just how misguided Greer is.


** The [[http://jokesofinterest.tumblr.com/post/18502843772/rejected-pepsi-can Rejected Pepsi Joke]][[labelnote:Explanation]]From a scene in "Mission Creep" where Reese throws an unopened soda can in the trash almost immediately after buying it.[[/labelnote]] is so well known that even Jonathan Nolan has heard about it!

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** The [[http://jokesofinterest.tumblr.com/post/18502843772/rejected-pepsi-can Rejected Pepsi Joke]][[labelnote:Explanation]]From a scene in "Mission Creep" where Reese throws an unopened soda can in the trash almost immediately after buying it.[[/labelnote]] is so well known that even Jonathan Nolan has heard about it!it! It's basically POI's equivalent of the [[Series/BreakingBad Roof Pizza meme.]]

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*[[SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound Most Wonderful Sound]]: The intro. "DADADUN! DADADUN- YOU ARE BEING WATCHED." The combination of Ramin Djwadi's orchestrations, Michael Emerson's badass narration, and the fact that you know you're in for 45 minutes of AWESOME is enough to make you wanna scream "HELL FRICKIN YEEEAAAH!"


* JumpingTheShark: An unfortunate case of it being caused by RealLifeWritesThePlot, as Shaw's kidnapping due to Sarah Shahi's pregnancy wrecked havoc on the writers' plans and sent the show into a tailspin that it never had the time to recover from due to the truncated fifth season.

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* WhatAnIdiot: Special Counsel could have set up Shaw to get killed in any city in America. He authorizes the plan to kill her in New York City, knowing that Reese is running around loose in New York and that he already thwarted their attempt to kill Henry Peck.


** In "Mors Praematura," Reese says to Peter Collier, "You guys got a thing for the American Revolution, don't you?" Two years later, Leslie Odom Jr. is now playing Aaron Burr in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' on Broadway. Plus, Collier is a great admirer of the Revolution, while Burr is defined through most of the show by his refusal to take any kind of dangerous position for himself.

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** In "Mors Praematura," Reese says to Peter Collier, "You guys got a thing for the American Revolution, don't you?" Two years later, Leslie Odom Jr. is now playing Aaron Burr in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' on Broadway. Plus, Collier is a great admirer of the Revolution, Revolution and puts his own neck on the line, while Burr is defined through most of the show by his refusal to take any kind of dangerous position for himself.


** Dominic was Winston Duke's highest profile role before his StarMakingRole in ''Film/BlackPanther''.

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** Dominic was Winston Duke's highest profile role before his StarMakingRole in ''Film/BlackPanther''.''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}''.


** Amy Acker as Root.

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** Amy Acker as Root.[[note]]Though this actually wasn't intentional, as the Season 1 finale started with her genuinely being just another number, with the crew only hitting on the idea of her being Root late in production.[[/note]]



* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Theatre/{{Hamilton}} Aaron Burr]] is the leader of Vigilance. Doubles as HilariousInHindsight.

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[[Theatre/{{Hamilton}} Aaron Burr]] is the leader of Vigilance. Doubles as HilariousInHindsight.HilariousInHindsight.
** Dominic was Winston Duke's highest profile role before his StarMakingRole in ''Film/BlackPanther''.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As season 4 began, Jim Cavizel talked to the producers over how he was getting tired of all the hard stunts of the show and considering leaving. Thus, a serious plan was underway to shock fans by killing Reese off and thus having Shaw take over as the main star with Finch. However, when Sarah Shahi unexpectedly became pregnant, the plan had to be called off with Shaw written out as being captured and Reese continuing as the star.

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* JumpingTheShark: An unfortunate case of it being caused by RealLifeWritesThePlot, as Shaw's kidnapping due to Sarah Shahi's pregnancy wrecked havoc on the writers' plans and sent the show into a tailspin that it never had the time to recover from due to the truncated fifth season.


** The heroes' continual surprise whenever it turns out Samaritan is behind the mission of the week. Season 4 was able to get away with decently as there really were enough cases where Samaritan wasn't involved to make it plausible, but Season 5's reduced episode count meant it had to play a big role in every single one, making it quite silly how they're still surprised to realize this every time.

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** The heroes' continual surprise whenever it turns out Samaritan is behind the mission of the week. Season 4 was able to get away with it decently as there really were enough cases where Samaritan wasn't involved to make it plausible, but Season 5's reduced episode count meant it had to play a big role in every single one, making it quite silly how they're still surprised to realize this every time.


** Iris Campbell and her [[spoiler:relationship with Reese]]. Many people found the ethics of the situation highly questionable (as Iris did in-universe) and didn't like the overtly romantic subplot or how quick it developed.

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** Iris Campbell and her [[spoiler:relationship with Reese]]. Many people found the ethics of the situation highly questionable (as Iris did in-universe) and didn't like the overtly romantic subplot or how quick it developed. A big part of the problem is that the whole thing was cooked up very sloppily after a bit of RealLifeWritesThePlot ended the plan to kill Reese halfway through the season and they suddenly needed to give him something to do. She's then very off-handedly PutOnABus in Season 5, making clear that no one on the crew really cared for it either.


* HesJustHiding: The next-episode promo after "If-Then-Else" suggested that [[spoiler:Shaw]] might still be alive, pretty much ensuring that this reaction would happen. [[spoiler:As it later turns out, Shaw ''is'' alive.]]
** [[spoiler:Some fans (especially [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Shoot]] shippers) choose to believe Root's death was faked by either Samaritan or the Machine, and that the phone call at the end of the series is from her instead of the Machine. Actresses AmyAcker and Sarah Shahi have both stated they prefer this interpretation.]]

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The next-episode promo after "If-Then-Else" suggested that [[spoiler:Shaw]] might still be alive, pretty much ensuring that this reaction would happen. [[spoiler:As it later turns out, Shaw ''is'' alive.]]
** [[spoiler:Some fans (especially [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Shoot]] shippers) choose to believe Root's death was faked by either Samaritan or the Machine, and that the phone call at the end of the series is from her instead of the Machine. Actresses AmyAcker Creator/AmyAcker and Sarah Shahi have both stated they prefer this interpretation.]]

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