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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Lots of the "good" characters have this. Jessica Pearson showed no remorse over some rather nasty pranks she played when she was younger and occasionally mistreats Louis. Harvey is very smug and possibly a hypocrite about Mike's pot use. Still, they're unquestionably the heroes of the program. Louis, an initially villainous character, has shown a more human and sympathetic side.
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  • Awesome Music: The very catchy theme song, Ima Robot's "Greenback Boogie". Watch one episode and there's a good chance you'll be humming it if you watch another.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • When Louis tells Mike that his nephew doesn't remember him from Harvard, Mike replies with: "It's a big school." Louis responds "No, it isn't." According to U.S. News and World Report, as of 2015, each class in the three-year Juris Doctor program at Harvard Law School has approximately 560 students, with the total enrollment at 1,741: the largest of the top 150 ranked law schools in the United States.
      • However, Louis could have been referring to the fact that the community of students at Mike's talent level would be considerably smaller, even at Harvard, and therefore a fellow student of similar caliber is more likely to have either befriended him, been in competition with him for internships or other opportunities, or seen his name listed among those honored for outstanding achievements over the three-year program.
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    • The entire Innocence Project 'get a man off death row' plot from the first half of Season 6. New York state (the courtroom scenes have the state seal on the wall) does not have the death penalty after the legislation allowing for it was declared unconstitutional in 2004. Indeed the nearest states that do are Pennsylvania and Maine.
  • Designated Hero: Harvey Specter. While most of the characters in the show aren't above shady tactics or mistreating one another, Harvey consistently backstabs or alienates everyone as a result of his own ego (even if they always join forces later), but is meant to be seen as the hero of the show. This really comes to a head in Season 7A where every problem the firm faces is a result of Harvey's past and present actions against every character on the main cast.
  • Designated Villain: Anita Gibbs. Sure, she is a cruel, calculating person who uses dirty tactics against Mike and Harvey...which makes her no different from Harvey, when one thinks about it. Also, she is trying to arrest someone who committed serious fraud. On any other show, she would be seen as a hero.
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  • Dry Docked Ship: Donna/Harvey. Possibly. No longer up in the air as of 3x06.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Louis and Donna are pretty much neck-and-neck for this honor.
    • Katrina later joined the race, and became a regular in Season 8.
  • Foe Yay: Harvey and Travis Tanner, especially in the boxing ring.
  • Growing the Beard: While season one established itself as another quirky show about a genius fake lawyer learning on the fly, season two introduced a well-woven and tightly-written story arc, that focused on internal dynamics of the firm, Xanatos Gambits and a Magnificent Bastard Big Bad who could go neck-to-neck with Jessica.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the beginning of Inside Track, Harvey tells Mike to cancel on visiting his grandmother (see below quote). After Asterisk and High Noon, it's a lot less funny and more heartbreaking.
    Harvey: Is she dying?
    Mike: No.
    Harvey: Then cancel on her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: While Louis may proclaim to be a Lannister, he probably wasn't quite expecting to have to face up against the hatchet man of Lord Varys.
    • If you watched Lie to Me, you may have noticed Louis' actor appearing as a cynical State Department employee in a B-plot revolving around respect, and Mike's actor in another episode as a more idealistic State Department employee who's willing to lie.
  • Ho Yay: Mike and Harvey, mainly. Part of the reason it developed a devoted cult following online. Now has its own page here.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Louis is shown to have a severe inferiority complex that causes him to constantly try to prove how competent he is and that he is a better lawyer than Harvey. When he screws up a case it is heartbreaking to see him admit this to Harvey and when Harvey treats him as an equal he temporarily loses all his Jerkass aspects. The worst part of all this is that Louis, when on his game, is genuinely a good lawyer. This is taken Up to Eleven in Season 2, where it seems like the universe seems to have developed a great dislike of him despite the fact that he's trying to come out of his shell, gets even worse after the incident with Daniel Hardman, and worse than that in Season 3 when he genuinely tried to befriend Mike and work with him after Harvey refused to forgive him, only for Mike to go back to Harvey at the first opportunity. He's slowly becoming less of a Jerkass and more of a Woobie the more the show goes on. The main jerkass part comes in that he's not above taking shortcuts that could bite himself and others in the ass if they look convinent and when things do go wrong, he's very quick to overreact when angry and make things go from a problem for some into a catastrophe for everyone.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Ever since Meghan Markle started a relationship with, and later became engaged to, Prince Harry, some people have started watching the show just to see her character.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Hardman definitely has crossed this when we discover that he forged the incriminating memo that caused Tanner's lawsuit against the firm, showing that he cared more about looking better than Jessica and Harvey than about the firm he supposedly was trying to save.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Actors often go on to other acting jobs, but going on to become royalty?
  • Squick:
    • Louis...country club locker room...naked.
    • Louis, again, with the arrival of female Harvard Law School rep Sheila Sazs. Harold describes her as a "Female Louis" and wonders if the world would be destroyed if they touched. An aghast Mike doesn't want to think about them touching.
    "Bring coconut oil, a ski mask and duct tape."

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