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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Dexter is a crime television show based loosely on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, starring Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police department. He has a loving tomboy foul-mouth sister who works as a cop in his department, and a host of eccentric coworkers.He's also a prolific serial killer.Unlike most others, Dexter specializes in paying evil unto evil; rather than innocent people, he targets other murderors including those like himself, sex offenders, and other really bad people. So it's all good! Sort of.The series follows him as he assists in homicide investigations, dealing with girlfriend issues, helping his sister in dealing with department politics all the while cleaning up after a flawed justice system. Adhering to The Code of Harry — his adopted father, a police officer who saw the makings of a serial killer in him long ago — Dexter confines his homicidal urges to those criminals who have gotten away with their crimes, and does it so carefully and cleanly that he is not likely to get caught.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })When another serial killer begins sending special messages just for him in the crime scenes — and in his house — Dexter is pulled into a cat-and-mouse game that will force him to reexamine his chosen life...The show premiered on Showtime in 2006. The eighth and final season aired in Summer 2013.Don't confuse this◊ with Dexter's Laboratory.
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Sure, Let's Go with That: When confronted about his possible activities, Rita assumes Dexter is a drug addict rather than a serial killer. Dexter enthusiastically goes with the deception, and it turns out to be useful on several other fronts as well. Because his homicidal tendencies are very much an addiction, his NA speech is very convincing. Happens in the season 6 premiere: In Season 7, Dexter frustratedly blurts out his desire to kill Hannah:
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: Sergeant Doakes in the final episode of Season 2. They even show his disfigured torso. The show killed off Rita Morgan at the end of Season 4 in a very cruel rendition of this trope. Frank Lundy's death in Season 4 came out of nowhere and surprised a lot of people. Think Brother Sam will be a season-long guest star? Think again. In an original variation, Isaak Sirko, a major but not unsympathetic baddie, gets killed well before the Season 7 finale. Maria LaGuerta in Season 7. Debra Morgan in the series finale, in spite of seeming hale and hearty earlier on.
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Creator Cameo
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Creator Cameo: Jeff Lindsay pops up in Episode 3-10 as a cop.
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No Celebrities Were Harmed
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No Celebrities Were Harmed: Miami's hockey team is the fictional "Miami Blades" rather than the real-life Florida Panthers.
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My Friends... and Zoidberg
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My Friends... and Zoidberg: First season, second episode: "Crocodile"
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Drunk Driver
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Drunk Driver: One of the first people we see Dexter hunt is a serial Drunk Driver who is constantly able to get out of his vehicular manslaughter charges by moving to a new location and changing his name so they cannot connect him to his previous arrests.
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Rage Against the Reflection
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Rage Against the Reflection: In the Season 5 finale, when Lumen tells him that she needs to leave, Dexter sees his reflection in a dinner plate he's holding.
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Morning Routine
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Morning Routine: The famous opening sequence. It'll either Squick you out completely, or make you hungry for eggs and bacon.
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Rescue Romance
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Rescue Romance: Dexter and Rita, since he's her refuge after her abusive relationship with Paul. Dexter falls in love in Lumen, a girl broken by being repeatedly raped and tortured.
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Nerds Are Sexy
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Nerds Are Sexy: Dexter is seen as very nerdy in his day job but also gets hit on quite a bit.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the Title Sequence, Dexter's morning routine is shown through a series of skin-crawling close-up shots that make mundane activities like slicing ham or tying shoelaces look surprisingly violent. This idea is played with a lot in the fifth season with Dexter and Lumen's relationship; it seems to be parodying a traditional 'courtship' in a way: he gives her the blood slide like anyone else would give flowers or something; he presents her with his knives and invites her to choose her favorite, like any other kind of gift; he gets all tongue-tied when he sees her in her killing clothes, saying she looks "perfect"; he takes her shopping and buys her a knife after she rejects a ring, like a man shopping for the perfect gift; they cuddle as they plan their next murder, like it's their next romantic outing. Of course, for them it really kind of is their next romantic outing. It manages to be very sweet, and more than a little creepy.
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Hero Antagonist
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Hero Antagonist: Multiple examples, all in opposition to Dexter, the serial killer protagonist. Sergeant Doakes, though his morality is called into question a few times. Somehow, he's the only one in a precinct full of cops and forensic specialists to get a creepy vibe off serial killer protagonist Dexter. This doesn't end well for him. When he discovers that Dexter is a serial killer in season 2, Dexter locks him up in a remote cabin. Then Doakes is killed by a woman who was obsessed with Dexter and tries to cover up for him. Special Agent Frank Lundy in the second season of the same. He probably would have caught Dexter if it weren't for Doakes' suspicious and secretive behavior making him more conspicuous than Dexter. Detective Quinn is set up as this in season 5. He's the only one in the office who notices that the Mitchell family's sketch drawings of "Kyle Butler" look a lot like Dexter, and starts to suspect that Dexter may have killed Rita, his wife. At the end of the season, he abandons his investigation when Dexter gets him off the hook for a murder that Quinn is erronously suspected of (in fact, Dexter himself committed the murder), and he falls in love with Debra. Stan Liddy in season 5 as well. Although he's a Dirty Cop, and is trying to expose Dexter mostly for his own benefits so that he will be reinducted into the police force, he is still trying to catch a serial killer. Dexter kills him, and Quinn is subsequently suspected of the murder. Maria LaGuerta in Season 7. She discovers evidence that may expose Dexter as the real Bay Harbor Butcher, and starts her own investigation. Dexter dismantles her case by setting her up as having an irrational grudge against him instead of solid evidence. Dexter then tries to kill her to get rid of her permanently, but Debra intervenes and shoots LaGuerta to cover up for her brother. Elway late in Season 8. After Deb starts up a personally-motivated manhunt for Hannah Mc Kay, a suspected serial killer, and soon abandons it for Dexter's sake, Elway takes up the case for himself and begins hunting for her along with a federal marshal, which soon leads to them hunting for both Dexter and Hannah when they suspect Dexter and Hannah are involved with one another.
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Big, Screwed-Up Family
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Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Trinity Killer's home life starts off looking pristine and wholesome, but they're really quite messed up. Aside from the murderer father, there's the Stepford Smiler wife, the abused son, the Fille Fatale daughter who's frequently locked up in her room (which is decorated for someone much younger)... Not to mention Arthur's history with his own parents and sister. And then there's Christine, his daughter from some previous involvement, who's known about his murders since she was five. Dexter's own family. He and his brother, the Ice Truck Killer were born to a drug-dealing snitch. Both had the misfortune of seeing mommy get hacked to pieces with a chainsaw. Dexter's biological father was a career criminal. The Ice Truck Killer spent most of his childhood as an orphan, and grew up unhinged. Even though Dexter escaped that fate thanks to Harry, Harry molded him into a Serial-Killer Killer instead of trying to do something more positive about his budding sociopathy. The Prado brothers have their darker sides revealed fairly early on in season three.
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Gratuitous Spanish: Lots, given the highly Latino population of Miami. LaGuerta is a major offender. Angel isn't much better. Miguel also throws Spanish out there every once in a while but he was usually speaking to a Hispanic American character.
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Evil vs. Evil
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Evil vs. Evil: This is how Dexter personally justifies his role as a serial killer, and quite possibly the entire premise of the show.
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Right Behind Me
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Right Behind Me: Deb has a problem running her mouth.
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Hitler Ate Sugar: On Dexter's advice about Cody's school assignment: On Lundy's walking style:
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Debra Morgan had this kind of relationship with her father Harry, even following in his footsteps as a cop to gain his attention. It's not that he wasn't proud of her, but honing her brother Dexter's extra-curricular activities (to which Deb wasn't invited for obvious reasons) meant that he couldn't spend as much time with his daughter. Likewise with Christine Hill, the daughter of Arthur Mitchell/Trinity. She even killed Frank Lundy to gain her father's approval. After she accidentally put him at risk of being discovered, he disowns her. She doesn't take it well. Dexter, too. Everything was to live up to Harry's expectations. When he realizes that a) Harry was using him as an outlet for his own vigilante impulses and b) Harry was deeply revolted by what he'd made him into, to the point of suicide, he...takes it pretty hard.
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Unreliable Narrator: Dexter narrates his story, but he does so through a filter of his own biased perceptions. One notable example is Dexter's constant assertions that he has no emotions and is a complete monster. As the series progresses, we see that he does have emotions, a conscience, and cares for the people around him in spite of the relentless bloodlust he also experiences.
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Full-Frontal Assault
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Full-Frontal Assault: The Trinity Killer in the Season 4 premiere. Super creepy.
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In Season 4, after Arthur Mitchell figures out that Kyle Butler is really Dexter, he greets Dexter at Miami Metro with "Hello, Dexter Morgan" (hence the episode title). In Season 6's "Nebraska", after Dexter tracks down Arthur's son Jonah, Jonah greets Dexter with the exact same line.
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Happens quite frequently when Dexter captures any Victims of the Week.
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When off-duty Sergeant Doakes is lost in the Everglades forest, fleeing from the Bay Harbor Butcher, he meets two dangerous smugglers who speak only Spanish. He asks them for help, but when they understand that he's a policeman, they take him hostage and decide to kill him. In this case, international words and Spanish Poirot Speak made the situation go From Bad to Worse.
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Never Trust a Trailer: The teaser for the last episode of Season 5 strongly suggested that Deb would find out about Dexter's "hobby". She doesn't. Until next season's finale.
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Suicide Is Shameful: People think Dexter's foster father and legendary cop Harry Morgan died of a heart disease, but it was later revealed he had killed himself (overdose of medication). Harry's superior and friend Captain Matthews felt that suicide would be a serious blow to Harry's reputation and that it would taint his immaculate service record. Debra, thinking the Skinner jumped to his death to avoid arrest.
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Tropaholics Anonymous: Dexter goes into Narcotics Anonymous after he covered up his strange behavior (related to his serial killing) by telling his girlfriend he was an addict (she assumes it's heroin). The therapy ended up reaching over into his desire to kill, but also sets him up with an enabler. And causes him to meet a hot Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette whose supportive sexual relationship actually keeps him clean for much of the season.
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Dead All Along: Gellar, the "main" villain of season 6, turns out to have been dead for a long time, and Travis was only hallucinating him while doing all the killings himself.
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Visual Pun: In the episode Shrink Wrap, Dexter kills a psychiatrist who enjoys convincing his patients to commit suicide. He does it in his usual manner - by restraining him to a table with thin sheets of plastic while he tortures him. Therapist. Plastic wrap. Shrink wrap! It's even the name of the episode.
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Poor Communication Kills
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Poor Communication Kills: Doakes finds proof positive that Dexter is the Bay Harbor Butcher by locating the blood slides in the air conditioner. He removes the evidence illegally and has it tested behind the department's back, thereby making it inadmissible in court, rather than alert anyone at the department about its existence to begin a legitimate investigation. Ultimately by keeping the department in the dark, they posthumously pin the murders on him.
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Pay Evil unto Evil: Harry's code.
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Deadly Bath
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Deadly Bath: The Trinity Killer murders women in their bathtubs. Eventually he takes revenge on Dexter by killing Rita this way.
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: Letting Dexter think you're a potential threat to his stepkids, or Harrison, his biological son, should probably qualify as assisted suicide. Letting him think you're a threat to Rita, Deb, or Lumen is nearly as bad an idea if you want to survive the experience.
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Birthday Party Goes Wrong
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Birthday Party Goes Wrong: In "Return to Sender", Dexter's girlfriend Rita plans a birthday party for her daughter Astor. Astor gets really worried about her party getting ruined when their violent abusive father of a criminal gets released from prison and wants to come to the party. Her brother Cody tells everyone about it and Astor's friends are no longer allowed to come. However, vulnerable Rita actually manages to tell Paul he can't come because of the restraining order. The party turns out fine.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: In season 2 Dexter is doing one of his narrations, when Doakes says "You say something, Morgan?" At one point in Season 2, Dexter comments on how the voices in his head were gone. A scene later, he starts his internal narration and adds, "The voices are back. Excellent." Dexter looks at the camera. In Season 3, while Dexter is killing the neo-Nazi, he mentions that he prefers to work alone and then says to no one in particular "...present company excluded." It could be interpreted as a statement to the audience, though it's more likely meant to refer to the person he's killing. In the Season 6 premiere, when Jamie is first shown in Dexter's apartment, Dexter narrates saying, "It's not what you're thinking."
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Obstructive Bureaucrat
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The second is a somewhat painful subplot in season 3 featuring an incompetent IA officer who harasses Deb in order to get her to turn over on her (very mildly corrupt) partner, which Deb resists because the IA officer gives no details on why she's pursuing Deb's partner whatsoever, and instead just hounds Deb and interferes with her job (not in an Obstructive Bureaucrat way, more of a "yappy dog getting in the way" manner).
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Cute and Psycho
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Cute and Psycho: Zig-zagged with the Trinity Killer. We see his psychotic side first, then get shocked that he has a seemingly wholesome home life, then get shocked again when we see just how dysfunctional his home life really is.
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Wrong Genre Savvy: In season 6 Dexter thinks he understands what type of killer Gellar is and how to best get to him. Turns out that he completely misinterpreted the situation and is in fact in a completely different serial killer story. It puts him in serious danger and gets multiple people killed.
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Good Is Not Nice: James Doakes is an anti-social Jerkass with a penchant for violence, but a damn fine cop and a good person at the end of the day.
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Knight in Sour Armor
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Knight In Sour Armor: Doakes, Harry.
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I'm a Humanitarian
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I'm a Humanitarian: Ron Galuzzo in Season 8.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: The show treats dark things like murder or death humourously — occasionally. From the first episode. In season 2: In the fifth season premiere when Dexter tells Astor and Cody of their mother's murder while wearing Mickey Mouse ears. Twisted.
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Chekhov's Gun: The coffin built by Arthur in season 4.
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May–December Romance: Deb and Lundy, who could easily be her father.
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Aborted Arc: Season 5 has the department pursuing the murderous Fuentes brothers. After a stakeout goes awry, Carlos Fuentes is shot and his brother Marco escapes. With a brutal murderer still on the loose, the department proceeds to... completely forget about him. In Season 6 Louis is being set up as a possible serial killer antagonist, and not only that but an antagonist who knows about Dexter's secret life, as he mails Dexter the Ice Truck Killer's fake hand. In Season 7 this is abandoned, as Louis is back to being annoyed about his video game before he is anticlimactically dispatched. Early in the first season, LaGuerta was practically flinging herself at Dexter, but this was dropped around halfway through.
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Back for the Dead
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Back for the Dead: Lundy in season 4. He alerted everyone to the existence of the Trinity Killer and rekindled his romance with Debra, ultimately hanging around for four episodes before his untimely demise.
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Atomic F-Bomb
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Atomic F-Bomb: Quinn has a habit of keeping his normal tone, but shouting the word "FUCK" in the middle of the sentence when he is angry. Dexter gives one when the FBI is asking him about Rita's death. He says "Are you suggesting I killed my wife? Are you FUCKING SERIOUS!?"
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Dirty Harriet
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Dirty Harriet: Deb. She's actually called so at one point in the book.
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Art Imitates Art
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Art Imitates Art: See American Gothic Couple above.
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Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The entire 4th Season: Agent Lundy's entire career and 4 years of Rita Bennett/Morgan; All Dexter's efforts to get close to Trinity in order to learn from him are wasted, as Arthur has nothing to teach him about raising a family. Frank Lundy will never receive public vindication, Deb will never get closure, and the FBI will waste innumerable man-hours because Trinity is already dead. Rita's efforts to build a loving home for her children and a happy life with Dexter fail, as 4 years of Character Development are of little use when you are dead in a bathtub.
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Language Fluency Denial
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Language Fluency Denial: Dexter is stalking a victim to prevent him from killing his friend, when he is approached by a couple scary looking thugs speaking Spanish. Since this is Miami, everybody speaks a little Spanish, but at that particular moment Dexter needed to get the heck out of where he was as fast as he could. So he said he didn't speak Spanish. This might have worked, except he was so flustered that he accidentally said it IN SPANISH. Nice one, Dex.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: To the Hannibal Lecter series.
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More Than Mind Control
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More Than Mind Control: In season five, Jordan Chase seems to be adept at this, especially on Emily Birch.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: Most of the Spanish is un-subtitled. The illegal immigrant boat that picks up Dexter when he's floating in the ocean in "This Is the Way the World Ends" is called the Milagro—"miracle". In Season 3 Anton writes a song for Deb called "Puta Flaca Mala"—"Bad Skinny Bitch". Season 7 has huge Narm potential for Russian speakers, as the "Koshka Brotherhood" translates roughly to "Kitty Brotherhood". Doesn't sound so menacing now, does it?
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Non-Indicative Name
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The Trinity Killer, who kills people in ways that mimics how his sister, mother and father died, although it turns out that his nickname is non-indicative. He actually kills in fours, starting every cycle with kidnapping and killing a boy, who is supposed to represent himself.
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Nightmare Fetishist
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Nightmare Fetishist: Dexter shows shades of this in season 1. The first time he shows sexual interest in Rita is while talking about a victim of the Ice Truck Killer.
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Parental Abandonment
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Parental Abandonment: Deb feels this way about Harry. In season 4, Christine feels this way about her father, Arthur Mitchell (the Trinity Killer). She killed Lundy and shot Deb, hoping she would gain approval from him for protecting him from their investigation.
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The Illegal
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The Illegal: A source for both a few-episodes B-story and a Victim of the Week or two.
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Lampshade Hanging
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Lampshade Hanging: During Season 5 Dexter says things to himself only to be repeated by Jordan Chase out loud. Dexter lampshades this himself the second time it happens. In the season 6 premiere, Angel refers to how great of an idea it was for him and his sister to get the apartment next to Dexter because it lets him slip in and out day and night without anyone knowing. Considering the whole premise of the seriesnote  and the previous five seasons, there is no way this was accidental.
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Head-Turning Beauty
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Head-Turning Beauty: Masuka's sexy intern draws interest in Season 6 from not just Masuka but most of the men in Miami Metro Homicide.
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Mistaken for Cheating
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Mistaken for Cheating: Done at least twice: In Season 2, when Dexter and Rita are about to, er, do the deed, Lila calls...and mentions their road trip, where he confronted his mother's killer, and then they slept together (but did not have sex.) Unfortunately, he lets the machine get it, and Rita hears everything and thus suspects he was cheating. Later on, Lila and Dexter do have sex, but only after Rita breaks off the relationship. And played with in season 3. At first it's played straight when Miguel's wife suspects him of cheating...when, in fact, Miguel can't say where he was because he was committing a murder. Then later his wife catches when he did actually decide to rekindle an old romance, albeit for ulterior purposes.
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The Topic of Cancer
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The Topic of Cancer: Debra and Dexter's mom died of cancer when they were teenagers. Debra once says she can't visit Camilla, their family friend, because her suffering would remind her of her own mother too much and she thinks she could not cope. Camilla and her husband were friends of Harry Morgan (Dexter's father). They have been heavy smokers all their life. Camilla is already widowed in season one. In season three, she's dying of lung cancer and in excruciating pain. She wishes to die soon to cut short her suffering.
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Sunshine Noir
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Sunshine Noir: The series combines grisly crime and serial murder with the bright, sunny and colorful backdrop of Miami.
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Tomato in the Mirror
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Tomato in the Mirror: Season 6. Travis Marshall is actually hallucinating James Gellar, whom he had killed on his own before the season started. Travis' serial killer side is a split personality he attributes to Gellar.
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The Killer in Me
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The Killer in Me: In season 6 Professor Gellar is a split personality of Travis after he killed the real one.
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Scary Black Man
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Scary Black Man: Doakes when he's angry, which is permanently.
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Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress
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Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Season 3 finale. Better watch out, Rita. See Foreshadowing example below.
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Flaying Alive
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Flaying Alive: As his name suggests, this is The Skinner's MO.
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Chivalrous Pervert: For all his ribald jokes and wacky antics, Vince Masuka cares a great deal for the women in his life, and is very shaken by the sight of Dexter's neighbor putting moves on Rita in Season 4. In Season 5, he is especially disgusted when he has to watch the rape DVDs, and is also very sad when examining Rita's corpse, stating, "I always wanted to see her naked, but not like this." Season 6 has him taking on several interns, including a very attractive blonde; once he realizes her disrespect for protocol, he immediately gets rid of her. Culminates in season 8, where he discovers he has a daughter; he is very unnerved to find out that she works in a topless sports bar.
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Hollywood Thin
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Hollywood Thin: Debra and Quinn. Quinn is so thin his cheeks are concave.
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Elmuh Fudd Syndwome
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Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Batista has a very subtle version of this, mostly due to David Zayas's thick accent. It's actually not really noticeable unless you're listening for it.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: Basically the entire premise of the show. In the first episode, Dexter tells the very first person we see him kill - a child molester who murders his victims after he abuses them - that he could never kill children because "I have standards." Other especially notable examples: Though Dexter feels no remorse about killing those he knows are not innocent, he cannot bring himself to murder Sergeant Doakes at the end of Season 2. At first he makes a halfhearted attempt to frame Doakes's kills in the line of duty to fit Harry's code, but ultimately he can't go through with it because he knows that Doakes is genuinely a good man, even if he's his nemesis. Furthermore, when Dexter accidentally chops an innocent to bits, who he thinks is guilty, he later has regrets about what he did when he finds out the truth. Perhaps it's more than just Harry's Code keeping him in line. However, the main theme of Season 7 is Dexter rejecting the Code and the idea of a "Dark Passenger", and accepting that he kills because he likes it. This leads him to make the exact opposite decision in Season 7 than he did in Season 2; he resolves to kill LaGuerta to protect himself. A particularly blatant example is in Season 5 when the main antagonists are 5 men who raped and murdered at least 12 women, and gang-raped another two. Dexter is horrified by their crimes. He actually says that even though he considers himself a monster, their evil comes as a shock to him. What really stands out is that Dexter considered the Ice-Truck Killer and the Trinity Killer to be Worthy Opponents, but these men just sicken him. "What's Eating Dexter Morgan?" shows that Dexter also hates cannibals, to the point where he reacts with uncharacteristic disgust upon finding a human finger in some stew. Trinity seems to be particularly defensive when Dexter calls him a pedophile.
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Apology Gift
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Apology Gift: In season 4, when Rita is annoyed that Dexter doesn't spend time with his family, he buys them all presents. Astor gets a small laptop, Cody some video game, baby Harrison a geeky item of clothes and Rita a home oven for baking bread. Dexter says they are always out of bread, but it only makes Rita angrier — she would have to bake it. She also thinks that presents cannot fix everything that is wrong in their relationship. In season 6, Dexter asks the clerk at the donut shop "What's good for an apology?" when he needs to patch things up with his sister. (FYI, the clerk recommended a cruller.)
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Magical Nanny
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Magical Nanny: Sonya in Season 5, and Jamie in Season 6. Dexter never, ever has a problem getting his nanny to look after Harrison, no matter how late he is out murdering or how unpredictable his schedule is. Sonya initially quits on Dexter after he was unexpectedly out all night, but later has no problem staying for long stretches of time, or even taking Harrison to Orlando for days. Apparently, that "trust issue" didn't amount to much, or Dexter got better at communicating his schedule with her. And an offhand comment by Jamie in Season 7 suggests that Dexter pays her quite well.
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Magical Negro
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Magical Negro: Brother Sam in Season 6.
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Overdrawn at the Blood Bank
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Dexter of all people is not one to be bothered by the sight of blood— aside from his career as a homicide forensics expert, he has a blood fetish— but the Overdrawn at the Blood Bank crime scene in "Seeing Red", with literal buckets of blood splashed around a hotel room, is enough to make him violently queasy and practically pass out. (It turns out, though, this is partly because it triggers a traumatic childhood memory.)
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Trailers Always Lie: Trailers for the Season 5 ending showed Debra pointing a gun at what appears to be a bloodied Dexter. What they omitted was the plastic covering standing between the two, meaning all Debra saw was silhouettes. She did not even suspect it was Dexter. Another example was the trailer for an episode earlier in the season, which showed Dexter chasing an escaped victim, apparently followed by a shot of a surprised Deb in the same location saying, "Dexter?" In the actual episode these two shots happened about five minutes apart, giving Dexter just enough time to kill the victim and quickly conceal his own involvement.
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Disposing of a Body: Dexter hacks his victims to pieces and then drops 'em at the bottom of the sea. The tides turn this into a major plot point when several remains are discovered and the case against the "Bay Harbor Butcher" ensues.
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Adapted Out: The Dark Passenger, sort of. It is referenced, but only in a metaphorical sense. In the books, The Dark Passenger was a real supernatural entity that shared a body with Dexter.
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Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: In season 2, Sgt. Doakes discovers that Dexter is the Bay Harbor Butcher. Dexter can't bring himself to kill him because he doesn't fit the code, and can't decide whether to frame him or confess. Lila resolves the dilemma by murdering Doakes herself.
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Friends with Benefits
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Deb Morgan and Detective Quinn. They started as Friends with Benefits, but later became a regular couple. Debra's promotion to Lieutenant and the new head of Homicide of Miami Metro PD essentially ends their relationship, although Debra never saw them as something super serious in the first place.
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Murder by Mistake: Dexter, a serial killer who mainly targets other murderers, on a few occasions kills the wrong person entirely while going after someone else. Season 3 is kicked off by a "wrong place at the wrong time" situation when Dexter tracks down a drug dealer who is responsible for at least one murder. He breaks into the dealer's home late that night but interrupts an altercation with a third person whom Dexter accidentally ends up killing instead (he finds and kills the dealer later). This guy turns out to be Oscar Prado, the younger brother of Assistant D.A. Miguel Prado, who then takes an interest in Dexter. In season 4, the cops are investigating several disappearances and suspect that they were murdered by a scumbag photographer who physically abuses his models. Dexter seems to find evidence of the guy's culpability and kills him, but afterwards finds out that he misidentified his target when his colleagues arrest the photographer's assistant as the real culprit.
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He drops a small Cluster F-Bomb in 1x03. Apparently there are Evil Detecting Alligators in Florida. Who knew.
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Ascended Meme: The final episode of season seven is titled "Surprise, Motherfucker!" and features flashbacks of Doakes.
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Eager Rookie: Dexter takes on a mentee, Miguel, and teaches him the tricks and trade of being a vigilante serial killer. Miguel really enjoys it and is eager to kill, but is not very good at vetting his targets. Miguel and Dexter eventually have a falling out when Miguel murders a victim who is not a criminal and has a personal, easily traced connection to Miguel.
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False Rape Accusation: In season 2, Lila falsely accuses Batista of rape (in actuality, they had consensual sex before she took a dose of rohypnol and injured herself in order to frame him) in order to pressure Dexter into getting back together with her, implying that she will drop the charges if he does so. One of Dexter's prospective victims, a female police officer who murdered her own husband and daughter, quickly catches on to his surveillance and confronts him in a gas station restroom. She threatens to kill him under the cover of self-defense by falsely claiming that he attempted to rape her, but he points out that the ballistics would not support her story.
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Batman Gambit: Dexter expertly manipulates Doakes in Season 2 when the latter starts invading his privacy and getting a little too close to unraveling Dexter's secret. First, he tells Doakes at a crime scene that the blood spatter incriminates a suspect, then writes a report indicating the opposite, but holds onto it until Doakes starts aggressively sweating the victim's innocent and traumatized father-in-law. He then sneaks it into Doakes' inbox and tells Maria the suspect is innocent, making it look like Doakes is becoming unhinged. Doakes figures out he was set up and confronts Dexter about it in his lab. Dexter taunts him and knocks him down with a headbutt, then nonchalantly walks out, counting on Doakes' Hot-Blooded nature. Sure enough, Doakes rushes out and attacks him in front of the whole precinct, making him look even more unhinged and getting him placed on administrative leave.
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Pac Man Fever: Prominent enough throughout, with first-person shooters accompanied by the beeps and whistles from Galaga. Perhaps most notably in the season 3 premiere, when Freebo is playing an obvious Wii bowling knock-off and we still get 80s-era bleeping. Later in Season 3, Dexter is playing Halo 3. On a computer. With no mouse. With sound effects from the 70s clearly dubbed in.
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Boring, but Practical: Dexter's set of kill tools contains some... interesting sharp instruments, but he generally sticks to a plain-ol' big knife.
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Deadly Gas: Travis's attack on the police station.
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Psychopathic Manchild: Trinity sits down and plays with a train set, making choo-choo noises, much to the bewilderment of his captive.
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Character Development: Everybody gets some. In the beginning of the show, Dexter is somewhat disgusted by sex, believes himself to be totally emotionless, and tries to avoid personal connections at all cost for fear of being discovered as a monster. As seasons go by, he becomes a family man and has several romantic relationships with women. Rita, who is fragile and shy, becomes stronger and more assertive as she recovers from the trauma of her marriage with Paul.
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Killer Cop: Of course, Dexter is one of these, although he's a forensic examiner rather than a detective. He was also trained by his adoptive father, who was already a cop but couldn't bring himself to actually kill criminals who escaped justice. In season 2 Dexter is the subject of an ongoing investigation when the corpses of his victims are discovered, which he manages to avoid by making it look like another cop within the department had turned to serial killing. Dexter also went after one in season four, a cop who'd killed her own husband and daughter and made it look like a robbery gone foul. She was a particularly hard target because her experience allowed her to suspect Dexter was up to something pretty early on.
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Poetic Serial Killer: Dexter, every once in a while.
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Isaak Sirko in season 7. He's actually Ukrainian but spent most of his youth in England and speaks a very sophisticated British English, even correcting his American associate's drawled pronunciation at one point.
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From the season 6, episode 10 preview: "Dexter is your safe place." Considering how well that works out for some people...
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LaGuerta, a boss of Homicide, and Sergeant Angel Batista start a sexual affair in season 4. Their superior Captain Matthews wants them to either break up or have Angel transferred to another department. They decide to marry and the pro-family politics allows them to stay together and both at Homicide department. Season 6 begins with them being Amicably Divorced.
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Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers: In the season 5 finale, the other characters (all police officers) treat Quinn this way when he requests to speak with an attorney when it's likely that he might be implicated in a crime that he didn't actually commit.
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Pun-Based Title: Several episode titles, especially the ones that integrate characters' names ("Dex, Lies, and Videotape," "There's Something About Harry," "Everything Is Illumenated," etc.)
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Captain Obvious: Dexter's voiceover narration often suffers from this in the later seasons.
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Deus ex Machina: The baby monitor in Season 5, which helps Dexter catch on to Liddy's scheme. At the end of Season 2, Dexter has captured Doakes, who now knows Dexter's secret. What to do? Eventually Dexter resolves to turn himself in because killing Doakes doesn't fit The Code. Lila blunders into Dexter's hideaway and kills Doakes for him. In the Season 6 finale, just when Dexter resigns himself to a death at sea, an illegal immigrant boat comes out of nowhere and rescues him. A very deliberate example, given the season's focus on religion and God. The boat's name? Milagro.
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Naughty Under the Table: In a season one episode, Deb and her date are making out across the table, which causes Rita to feel insecure about the lack of sex in her and Dexter's relationship. She responds by putting a hand on his thigh under the table, but he merely looks uncomfortable and tries to ignore her.
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Manipulative Bastard: Dexter. For a guy who doesn't understand human emotions, he's pretty good at manipulating them in other people. This is an actual requirement for sociopaths. This is the M.O. of the Big Bad of season five.
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Bittersweet Ending: With a lot of shifting towards the bitter side. The Season 4 finale: Dexter finishes off Trinity only to find out that same night, Trinity took out Rita beforehand, leaving their son crying in her blood. the series finale, Debra gets shot because Dexter didn't kill the Brain Surgeon when he had the chance. She develops a stroke and loses almost all brain function, and Dexter pulls the plug himself, then buries her at sea with the rest of his victims. Dexter realizes everyone he's ever been close to has died, and he decides to save Hannah and Harrison from himself by faking his death and exiling himself. The series ends with Dexter in a self-imposed prison in Canada, alone, and a devastated shell of the man he used to be.
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Lonely Funeral: Due to the fact that everyone assumed him to be the Bay Harbor Butcher (instead of Dexter) Sergeant Doakes has a funeral attended only by his mother, his two sisters, and his former partner. Emphasized when the former partner suggests starting up a memorial fund in his name, and everyone looks at her like she's high.
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The Sponsor: Lila in season 2, though she is initially unaware of just what Dexter is actually addicted to.
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Daylight Horror: Many gruesome crime-scenes are shot around the sunny Miami locale.
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Cold-Blooded Torture: The Skinner ostensibly tortures for information, but Dexter states that that's just a pretense and he does it because he enjoys it. The circle of rapist-murderers puts its victims through rape-and-torture sessions so shocking that even Dexter and Masuka, the resident pervert, are horrified by them. Ramon Prado tortures some mook for information about his brother's killer by shaking up a bottle of Coke and letting it shoot up the guy's nose.
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In Season 6 Louis is being set up as a possible serial killer antagonist, and not only that but an antagonist who knows about Dexter's secret life, as he mails Dexter the Ice Truck Killer's fake hand. In Season 7 this is abandoned, as Louis is back to being annoyed about his video game before he is anticlimactically dispatched.
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Brit Ray Stevenson plays a Ukranian crime lord with his natural British accent. He mentions having a British accent to explain it.
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"Not Important to This Episode" Camp: Dexter can't watch the kids and murder people at the same time. The step children get Put on a Bus to live with their grandparents after Rita becomes incapable of taking care of them. Dexter buys the adjacent apartment for the babysitter so baby Harrison can be abandoned with ease without making him appear negligent.
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Debra Morgan had this kind of relationship with her father Harry, even following in his footsteps as a cop to gain his attention. It's not that he wasn't proud of her, but honing her brother Dexter's extra-curricular activities (to which Deb wasn't invited for obvious reasons) meant that he couldn't spend as much time with his daughter.
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Grey-and-Grey Morality: This applies to season 2 with Dexter and Doakes. The antagonists of every other season have been serial murderers with multiple kills under their belt, at the very least.
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Becoming the Mask: Arguably the most prominent theme. Dexter pretends to be a regular guy who has emotional bonds with the people around him. As the story goes on, he begins to realize that he really does care for the people around him, though the audience sees this way before Dexter realizes it. By season 8, he's become so successful at being normal that it confounds Dr. Vogel, the one who helped Harry teach Dexter his code.
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Alternate Continuity: The first season was fairly faithful adaptation of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, but the later seasons went in a different direction from the later books.
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Cradling Your Kill: In Season Two, Dexter injects Lila with a spinal epidural and then carries her to the couch before laying her gently down and stabbing her through the heart. He then closes her eyes. In Season Four, Trinity forces his first victim to lie with him in a bathtub, holds her close and says, "Shhhhh, it's already over," before cutting her femoral artery. He continues to hold her as she bleeds out and dies. Made even more horrifying by the fact that he's an extremely specific ritual serial killer and has probably done exactly this to dozens of women over the years, including Rita. In Season Seven Finale, Debra shoots Maria LaGuerta. She is horrified by what she did, runs to her to embrace her and cries the whole time.
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Worthy Opponent: Dexter explicitly calls Lundy this, and views some of the various seasons big bads to be this. The barrel girl gang are a notable exception, Dexter is simply appalled by their actions. Trinity considers Lundy one and refuses to harm him since he wants to be caught by him. Isaak Sirko is a mafia man who considers Dexter an equal and holds him in high esteem.
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Adult Fear: As a child, Dexter had to see his mother getting killed via chainsaw in front of him. Not even his mother's attempts to smile for him and tell him to look away did much to help. Even worse is how he was in a shipping container for several days with his mother's body. Dexter Morgan's young son is kidnapped by the crazed serial killer Travis Marshall to be killed in a ritualistic murder. After the Trinity Killer kidnaps and holds a young boy from the mall, Dexter wonders "What if it were Harrison or Cody?"
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Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Lila, with serious emphasis on the "manic".
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Would Hurt a Child: In the Season Two finale, Lila kidnaps Cody and Astor - both young children - and locks them and Dexter in her loft before setting it on fire. Thankfully, they escape. In the fourth season, it is shown that the Trinity Killer has no qualms about kidnapping ten-year-old boys, holding them prisoner, drugging them and then killing them by BURYING THEM IN WET CEMENT. WHICH THEN SETS. This is also why he went uncaught for so long. The killer's name, MO, all of it, was an accidental misnomer, because nobody ever knew about the FOURTH victims in each set representing himself. The sixth season's villain proved he was more than willing to kill a child.
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Characterization Marches On: In the books LaGuerta is an outright antagonist, described as simultaneously dumb, horny for Dexter, and unreasonably hostile toward Debra. In the show, she is referred to as being dumb in the pilot, but that is dropped soon after and LaGuerta is portrayed as quite competent. Her attraction for Dexter is implied a couple of times in the first episodes but dropped, and eventually her hatred for Deb is also dropped after the characters have a heart-to-heart. This is probably due to the decision to keep LaGuerta around, rather than killing her off as Lindsay did at the end of the first book.
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I Just Want to Be Normal: Dexter often monologues that he wishes he could feel like everyone else, stripped of his own drives to slaughter. He even uses this to get closer to Rita after asking a couple about the secret of a successful relationship right before he kills them.
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Death by Adaptation: The Ice Truck Killer, Doakes. And Rita, who is alive and quite well in the novels up until the end of Dexter's Final Cut. And finally, Deb dies at the end of the series.
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Happily Adopted
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Happily Adopted: With a twist, Dexter was happily adopted by the Morgans, a caring family, but Harry was unable to correct his homicidal nature and just canalized it.
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Hidden Villain
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Season 8 has multiple red herrings regarding the identity of the Brain Surgeon. The biggest one is A.J. Yates, whom Dexter identifies as the Surgeon and kills; it's not until three episodes later that we learn the real Brain Surgeon is still at large.
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Gory Discretion Shot: Used occasionally during Dexter's killings.
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: Deb, so much Deb. It's a tribute to her strength of will that she *hasn't* completely broken down after the trail of dead and fucked up people that have surrounded her for the entire run of the show.
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Downer Ending
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Downer Ending: Debra is put on life support because the gun injury she received from Daniel caused a blood clot. Dexter gives her a Mercy Kill... and then proceeds to fake his own death. And while Harrison's life isn't in danger, he's still effectively on the run with Hannah, a serial killer, with the chance of reuniting with his siblings being very unlikely. And going back to Dexter... he survived, but is now an Empty Shell.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: A pretty minor one but clearly one that sets up a story arc: "Boyd wasn't the only one". In "Hungry Man," Christine talking to Trinity at the end: "Hi, Dad." The Season 7 Premiere: The Season 8 Premiere: A Little Reflection From 8x10:
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: In the pilot, for Dexter's first onscreen kill, he hides in the back seat of his victim's car, whips a garrotte around the victim's neck, and forces said victim to drive Dexter to the kill spot, whereupon Dexter kills him by cutting his throat. Soon after, Dexter starts using his regular M.O. (sedate victim, transport victim to prepared plastic-covered kill room, let victim wake up naked on table, kill victim by stabbing them in the heart), which he has been using since his first chronological kill, as shown via flashbacks. He also goes to the trouble of digging up the rotting corpses of the killer's victims and putting them in the kill room, rather than simply pinning up their photographs.
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Kavorka Man
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Kavorka Man: Masuka, it would appear. He always seems to get good looking girls, and it crossed a bit of a line with the girl he brought to Harrison's birthday party.
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Dexter has made this into an art form.
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Disproportionate Retribution: Louis Greene starts tormenting Dexter because Dexter insulted his game. Dexter initially assumes Louis knows he's a serial killer, and is flabbergasted when he learns that his real reasons are so petty.
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Sassy Black Woman
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Sassy Black Woman: Doakes' entire family, which consists of his mother and sisters. Deb gets along with them wonderfully. Also Francis, the file clerk.
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Cops Need the Vigilante
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Cops Need the Vigilante: Zigzagged. Dexter is a legitimate agent of the police whose nighttime activities as a Serial-Killer Killer are beneath notice by the rest of the department. When Dexter himself becomes a target of the FBI after a mass grave of his victims' corpses are discovered, most of his colleagues are quick to denounce the "Bay Harbor Butcher" and his one-man war on crime. Later, when Dexter was going after the Barrel Girl Gang, a group of criminals who raped and murdered numerous young women, Debra walked in on him in the middle of his kill ritual after he and Lumen, one of the gang's would-be victims, captured their leader. Dexter and Lumen were concealed behind a sheet of plastic, but Debra just said that she was going to let them get away with it because their victims were just that horrible.
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Ignored Confession: In Season 8, Debra drunkenly confesses to Quinn that she killed LaGuerta, but Quinn interprets this as Deb just blaming herself for failing to be there to save LaGuerta, and not that Deb literally killed her.
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Rape as Backstory
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Rape as Backstory: Dexter mentions in the pilot episode that Rita's ex-husband repeatedly beat and raped her, presumably for years. Lumen is introduced as a kind of sex slave, and is ultimately revealed to have been repeatedly raped and tortured by five men for approximately a month. Emily Birch has a similar backstory to Lumen, but the future Barrel Gang's members didn't kill her.
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It also highlights Dexter's Motive Decay. Harry repeatedly warned him to only go after the ones who had successfully evaded the system.
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Not What It Looks Like
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Not What It Looks Like: Inverted with the first lines of "That Night, a Forest Grew".
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Affably Evil: Dexter.
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The Internet Is for Porn
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The Internet Is for Porn: Invoked by Dexter sometimes when he is researching a prospect in his computer and another character may snoop on or take a glance, he switches to a NSFW site to project an image of normality.
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You Monster!
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You Monster!: Dexter not only believes this of himself, but occasionally directs it at other killers whose evil is not restrained by any code.
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Vertigo Effect
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Vertigo Effect: Used in the second episode of season 8, when Dexter finds a match for a blood sample.
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The Dragon
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Season 6: The Doomsday Killers, a.k.a. James Gellar and his dragon Travis Marshall. Until we learn that Gellar is just a Split Personality of Travis.
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Ashes to Crashes
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Ashes to Crashes: The main villain in Season 4 keeps the ashes of his dead sister on his mantelpiece when he isn't scattering them next to the bodies of his victims. They're smashed by his long-suffering son in a fight. Additionally: the ashes of Dexter's real father are in a plastic ziplock bag. Dexter disperses them on a patch of grass in front of a bowling alley.
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Politically Incorrect Hero
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Matthews may be a Politically Incorrect Hero who is vindictive to Laguerta, but he has a sincere soft spot for the Morgans due to his friendship with Harry.
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I Work Alone
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In Season 3, while Dexter is killing the neo-Nazi, he mentions that he prefers to work alone and then says to no one in particular "...present company excluded." It could be interpreted as a statement to the audience, though it's more likely meant to refer to the person he's killing.
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Country Matters
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Country Matters: The normally stoic Dexter stabs a serial killer in the chest when he called Rita one. The Trinity Killer refers to a passerby, his wife, and his daughter this way. Deb calls Yuki, the Internal Affairs officer, one. Nobody likes HR. So, so many examples in Season 5 courtesy of the main antagonists.
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Wounded Gazelle Gambit
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Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Lila's tactic. She burns her own apartment/art studio to gain sympathy from Dexter. Dexter provokes Doakes to attack him in front of their colleagues. It makes it look as if Doakes simply has an unreasonable and irrational hatred of him. Not that it took much work, as everyone already could see that Doakes clearly hated Dexter well before he had a reason to.
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The Gadfly
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The Gadfly: Dexter is this to Cody, making up outlandish Noodle Incident stories with a straight face just to entertain him.
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Trapped in a Sinking Car
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Trapped in a Sinking Car: In S8x E 4, Dexter and Debra crash into the river as Dexter is hit unconscious.
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Better Than Sex
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Better Than Sex: This exchange from of one of the Early Cut shorts: Masuka also uses these exact words to describe the donuts Dexter brings. Then he recants.
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Karma Houdini Warranty
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Karma Houdini Warranty: Most of Dexter's victims are this, as his MO is to target murderers who got away with their crimes, with some of his victims, such as Walter Kenney, Santos Jimenez and Jordan Chase going years without punishment before Dexter kills them. Even some of Dexter's supposedly innocent victims fit this trope, such as Jonathan Farrow, who turns out to be innoncent of the murder Dexter thought he had committed, but is mentioned to have raped a woman several years prior and gotten away with it through bribery, and Hannah's father, who Dexter kills despite knowing he hasn't killed anyone because he regularly abused Hannah when she was a kid. In one first season episode, Doakes chases a seemingly random guy down to a beach and shoots him dead. Later it turns out the guy was an ex-Tonton Macoute war criminal who Doakes recognised from his days as a US marine.
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False Reassurance
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False Reassurance: Dexter does this just about every single time a loved one says something ironic about his true nature. That's pretty damn frequently.
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It's All My Fault
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It's All My Fault: Dexter has killed dozens of people and felt no remorse, but when he finds his wife, Rita, dead, his shocked response as police arrive is to blurt out "It was me." In the series finale, this drives Dexter not to follow through on his plans with Hannah and Harrison after Deb dies from getting shot by Saxon, after Dexter willingly gave up his chance to finally get rid of him.
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American Gothic Couple
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American Gothic Couple: Dexter and Brian pose like this, complete with gothic style house in a poster on the back. Dexter had the bloody pitchfork.
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Instant Sedation
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Instant Sedation: Dexter frequently uses this to get his targets to a more secure area. Justified as it takes the form of a syringe with Norpropoxyphene, a powerful and dangerous animal tranquilizer that knocks the target out instantly, and really can knock a person out that fast in real life. Admittedly, he always gets them in the neck and he's not terribly concerned about long-term health effects, which can include kidney and heart damage, for hopefully obvious reasons. Played with in the season six finale. Did you think that Dexter went down a little too suddenly when asked to inject himself? Yes, he did.
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The Smurfette Principle
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The Smurfette Principle : Debra Morgan seems to be the only female Homicide cop, and La Guerta the only woman in a position of administrative authority.
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The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life
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The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Dexter has relationships of varying lengths with Rita, Lila, and Lumen. Due to his double life, none of them end well.
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Gayngster
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Gayngster: Isaak Sirko, as well as Viktor Baskov.
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Enfante Terrible: Rather ridiculously, Dexter worries that Harrison may be this, despite the fact that Harrison was less than a year old when he witnessed a traumatic event.
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Spanner in the Works: Season 8 has a massive one towards the end. Federal Marshal Max Clayton followed Dexter in his attempt to apprehend Hannah Mc Kay, only to find Oliver Saxon strapped down on Dexter's table. Apparently unaware of Saxon's face all over the news, he sets him free only to get stabbed in the heart for his trouble. This makes Saxon able to shoot Debra when she comes to apprehend him, ultimately causing Dexter to Mercy Kill her after she becomes brain-dead and exile himself from Hannah and Harrison's lives out of fear a similar fate would happen to them.
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Pragmatic Adaptation: The first season cuts out some of the more questionable plot elements while fleshing out the supporting cast and making Dexter more human.
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The Lab Rat
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The Lab Rat: Dexter and Masuka are often called this.
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Off the Rails: Starting from the second season the show leaves the books for original plotlines.
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TheCollectorOfTheStrange
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The Collector of the Strange: Dexter's box of bloody slides. Also, one character's fascination with cryptozoo-taxidermy.
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Parent with New Paramour
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Parent with New Paramour: Rita with Dexter. She trades a wife-beater for a serial killer, who is ironically a big improvement.
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Lundy is a mild example. Also invoked directly by Elway in Season 8 when he tells Deb he only puts up with her bullshit because she's so good at her job.
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Psycho Psychologist
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Psycho Psychologist: In a first-season episode one of Dexter's victims is a therapist who was driving his patients to suicide for kicks. Then there's Deb's terrible, terrible therapist in Season 6, who bizarrely encourages her to acknowledge and act on romantic feelings towards Dexter. Lila acts like this as Dexter's "sponsor" for his (non-existent) drug addiction in Season 2, by warping the Narcotics Anonymous 12 steps. Dr. Evelyn Vogel in Season 8 appears to be this as well. She is the author of the definitive textbook on profiling psychopathic killers, yet is somehow intimately involved in Dexter's own formative past as one. Despite an austere warmth and wisdom, she appears very emotionless and unnervingly detached when discussing a case.
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Obstructive Vigilantism
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Obstructive Vigilantism: Basically the whole point of the show.
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Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A lot of the killers in the show are shown to have families and friends they care about. Dexter says he has no feelings, but grows quite attached to his family and some of his coworkers, and has other romantic relationships later in the series. The Ice Truck Killer is revealed to be Dexter's brother, reached out to him so the could reunite, and wants them to kill Debra together. Dexter can't do it because he loves Deb, and tearfully kills Brian. Miguel Prado loved his brothers, and is particularly broken up about Oscar's death. When Dexter tells Miguel right before garroting him that Dexter himself killed Oscar, Miguel is particularly enraged. Travis Marshall is shown to have a deep bond with his sister, but she ends up killed by his evil personality. Ukrainian crime lord Isaak Sirko pursues Dexter for killing his friend Viktor, also his lover.
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Replacement Goldfish
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Lumen is a Replacement Goldfish for Rita after she dies, being a blonde Broken Bird herself.
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Robbing the Dead
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Robbing the Dead: Dexter kills a paedophile who was stalking his girlfriend's daughter in his home. While he was dragging his corpse out, he remembers a phone call from his girlfriend who asked him to pick up some milk for the kids. So he steals a carton of milk from his victim's fridge.
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There is a very brief romantic flirting between Masuka, a forensics expert, and Ryan, his sexy blonde of an intern. They also had the forbidden teacher/student dynamics. She screwed him over, stealing The Ice Truck Killer's prosthetic hand from the evidence room. He ended their relationship and he fired her as well.
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Rooftop Confrontation
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Rooftop Confrontation: With Miguel in Season 3 and Travis in Season 6.
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Variations on a Theme Song: In the Season 4 opener, the normal sequence of Dexter preparing his day along to the theme song is replaced with a much more drowsy and disjointed sequence to represent his exhaustion at this point in the story.
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Scream Discretion Shot: The tapes that the Barrel Girl killers made of them torturing their victims. Virtually nothing is shown (mercifully), but the screams are terrifying.
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A Storm Is Coming: The series finale coincides with a tropical storm gathering over Miami and the concern about it starts in the penultimate episode.
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Ironic Nickname: Little Chino, who's an absolute giant of a man.
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Room Full of Crazy: Lumen turns her motel room into a tragic version of one.
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Must State If You're a Cop: In one of the last seasons, Hector Estrada, the last guy left from the group who killed Dexter's mother, gets paroled from prison and Dexter pretends to be a criminal and approaches Estrada so he can get close enough to kill Estrada. Estrada agrees to talk business at a later date, but first requires Dexter to loudly and clearly state that Dexter isn't a cop. Dexter, who really isn't a cop but a forensic examiner, does so without hesitation. Even if he were, it wouldn't count for much, since Dexter's intent isn't to arrest him.
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Chewing the Scenery: Miguel, especially on the rooftop. And it is awesome. Dexter himself has a couple of these moments in Season 2, especially during the confrontation with his mother's killer and the opening scene with Doakes in 2x11, "Left Turn Ahead".
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The Unfair Sex: Poor Angel falls victim to this in Season 5. He thinks Maria is cheating on him, but she's actually doing an undercover sting operation. Of course Angel gets yelled at for not trusting her when she goes sneaking around late at night and makes up clearly fake excuses as to why. Maria plays it straight, but the show subverts it, since the viewer is led to believe that she really was cheating on him, even if only to get the case against him dropped and save him from jail time.
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I Am a Monster: Dexter has become so comfortable with the notion that he's a monster that he usually just mentions it in passing, cracking Inner Monologue jokes about it. The most dramatic it ever gets is when it occurs to him that he may not be as monstrous as he previously thought.
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Unstoppable Rage: For a guy that appeared in only one episode, Rankin sure managed to really piss Dexter off. An emotionally confused Dexter with an anchor doesn't go well with a disrespectful angry dude, seeing as Dexter's rare moments of anger can make him completely disregard The Code.
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Meaningful Echo: "It doesn't matter what I do, what I choose... I'm what's wrong." "Hello, Dexter Morgan." Spoken to Dexter by both Father and Son (The Trinity Killer and Jonah) to show that the son is following in the Father's footsteps. Later subverted however that Jonah actually wasn't evil, having killed his mother in revenge for her vehemence leading to his sister's suicide.
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Meaningful Name: In Latin Dexter means right and is the opposite of left, which is Sinister. The main character must follow the Code of Harry so as to appear as Dexter and not let on that he is Sinister. Dexter also refers to quickness, skill and grace, which are traits that Dexter must always display to stay alive. Lila is Hebrew for "night". Lumen is named after a unit of light, i.e. the opposite of Lila.
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Mistaken for Junkie: When Dexter is caught in his web of lies at one point and thinks he is going to be exposed as a serial killer, instead it is assumed that he is a drug addict. He goes along with it.
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Likewise with Christine Hill, the daughter of Arthur Mitchell/Trinity. She even killed Frank Lundy to gain her father's approval. After she accidentally put him at risk of being discovered, he disowns her. She doesn't take it well.
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Air Guitar
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Air Guitar: Rudy Cooper plays the air guitar when he helps Dexter to clean the house after Dexter's biological father died. He tries to make the cleaning more fun and plays his old records and starts dancing. Foghat, no less.
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AB Negative
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AB Negative: Dexter's AB negative blood type, referenced in a flashback, leads to Dexter discovering the truth about his biological father.
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Internal Affairs
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Internal Affairs: Surprisingly for a show about a member of the police force who kills people in his spare time, not that commonly used. However, it does form the basis of two minor subplots: The first is in season 1. Doakes shoots a man on the street, Angel is torn between reporting discrepancies between the shooting and Doakes' report. He eventually comes clean, but Doakes still stands up for Angel when the other officers call him out on it. The second is a somewhat painful subplot in season 3 featuring an incompetent IA officer who harasses Deb in order to get her to turn over on her (very mildly corrupt) partner, which Deb resists because the IA officer gives no details on why she's pursuing Deb's partner whatsoever, and instead just hounds Deb and interferes with her job (not in an Obstructive Bureaucrat way, more of a "yappy dog getting in the way" manner).
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Trauma Conga Line: Sgt. James Doakes. Early on, he finds the woman he loves shot to death in her home, and because her estranged husband was a police officer, he ends up "volunteered" as the bait in a trap to catch the man who ordered her death. In season 2 he finally discovers Dexter's secret only to be caged up, blown up and posthumously framed for all Dexter's murders, so effectively that LaGuerta is the only cop who mourns his death. Somebody sure doesn't like Doakes being happy... Angel has it pretty bad. First season he's separated, then divorced. Then he gets stabbed, which leads him to thinking his ex-wife would take him back. She doesn't. Then he is used by Lila to get at Dexter, including being framed by her for using Rohypnol. Then he goes to a prostitute, but gets busted as she is an undercover cop. Then he begins a relationship with LaGuerta, which eventually ends in another divorce. Then he loses a promotion to Lieutenant to his junior, Deb. As a result, he has to deal with his partner Quinn, who holds the Idiot Ball for much of Season 6. He's eventually redeemed by getting Lieutenant when Deb leaves.
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Mugging the Monster: In "Dex Takes a Holiday", Dexter stalks a police officer whose husband and child were killed. The blood evidence suggests that she may have actually murdered them and planted evidence to incriminate a known thief. She goes to kill Dexter (whom she sees only as a nosy blood guy) and plans to make it look like he was killed in a house invasion. Little did she know... This was toyed with in the storyline with revenge on Dexter's mother's murderer. Both Dexter and the perp knew one another at the time. When he tries to kill Dexter, Dexter plays it off as an attempted mugging, leading to many trope-invoking comments from the other Miami PD.
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Angel has it pretty bad. First season he's separated, then divorced. Then he gets stabbed, which leads him to thinking his ex-wife would take him back. She doesn't. Then he is used by Lila to get at Dexter, including being framed by her for using Rohypnol. Then he goes to a prostitute, but gets busted as she is an undercover cop. Then he begins a relationship with LaGuerta, which eventually ends in another divorce. Then he loses a promotion to Lieutenant to his junior, Deb. As a result, he has to deal with his partner Quinn, who holds the Idiot Ball for much of Season 6. He's eventually redeemed by getting Lieutenant when Deb leaves.
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Retired Monster
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Retired Monster: Santos Jimenez. Trying to come out of retirement does not go well for him.
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Serial Killer
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Season 8's A Little Reflection, Dexter and Debra are chatting over the happenings in the episode (mostly the fact that Dexter would be taking on rich teen Serial Killer in the manner of Harry) when they both start to feel dizzy and before Dexter passes out, he sees that Hannah's back.
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Suicide by Cop
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Suicide by Cop: Debra uses the exact words "death by cop" with regards to The Skinner.
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Awesomeness by Analysis
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Awesomeness by Analysis: Dexter is a blood spatter analyst able to deduce and recreate a crime scene or a relevant incident within seconds. Lundy is a legendary FBI analyst who is not fooled by some of Dexter's tricks and even reverses some of them to deduce the true nature of the suspect: "Law enforcement".
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Once More, with Clarity!: Season 7 opens with Dexter rushing to the airport, finding all his credit cards canceled, and pulling emergency cash from his bug-out bag to buy a plane ticket to eastern Europe. Since Season 6 ended with Debra walking in on a kill, we expect he's fleeing the country. The episode then rewinds to where we left off Season 6, and the second time we get to the airport it turns out Dexter's just rushing to catch a murderer before he flees the country, and the problem with his credit cards is unrelated.
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Spared by the Adaptation: In the first book, LaGuerta was killed by Brian, but survived the first season (which was based on the book) and went on to appear in subsequent seasons. Until her death in Season 7 under completely different circumstances. Also, Dexter dies at the end of eighth book (which came out way after the series was over) while he faked his death and became a lumberjack at the end of the series.
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Fun T-Shirt: Season 5, episode 3, Dexter borrows an apron from a victim that reads "Natural Born Griller."
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Arc Words: "Tonight's the night."
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Put on a Bus: Partial example: Lundy for Season 3. Partial because as an FBI agent he was only in Miami to investigate the Bay Harbor Butcher, as soon as the case closed he would be gone. It was clear from the beginning his character would only last the season, it's actually a surprise that he's back for season 4. Lumen in the season 5 finale. Put in the back of a car: Astor and Cody, after their mother died, went to live with their grandparents in Orlando. They take a bus back from time to time - Astor twice (one episode centered around her), Cody once with getting face time only in one shot.
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Friend to All Children
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Friend to All Children: Dexter the serial killer has quite a soft spot for kids. Or maybe just hurting them is an Even Evil Has Standards moment, considering his origin.
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Bond Villain Stupidity: Jordan Chase got hit by it in season 5's finale.
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Chiaroscuro
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Chiaroscuro: Would you expect a show about a serial killer to be well-lit?
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Married to the Job: Debra, Lundy and Batista are competent investigators who have a very limited life outside of the job.
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She Is Not My Girlfriend: In "Teenage Wasteland", Dexter insists that Lumen is just a tenant. Though to be fair, she really wasn't his girlfriend at the time, but she was more than just a tenant.
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Crime of Self-Defense: Dexter's girlfriend against a rapist that broke into her house.
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Louis Greene is seemingly set up as a major antagonist for Season 7. Suddenly, headshot. A case of Real Life Writes the Plot, as Louis' actor got another role and his arc subsequently had to be cut short.
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Imaginary Friend: Harry Morgan starts out as a Posthumous Character shown in flashbacks but eventually becomes this, with Dexter having lively chats with his imaginary dead father in almost every episode after Season 2. Dexter's brother, Brian Moser the Ice Truck Killer, fills this role briefly in both Season 2 and Season 6. Prof. Gellar for Travis in Season 6.
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Not in Front of the Kid: Debra won't swear in front of Dexter and Rita's infant son. She's dropped f-bombs on live television and in a hospital waiting room full of children, though.
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Character Name Alias: Dexter orders his tranquilizers as Patrick Bateman. Not a very smart choice for a Serial Killer trying to evade detection while working in a police department...
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Dating Catwoman
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Dating Catwoman: Dexter and Lila. It says something when Dexter is a serial killer and the girl he dates is darker than him. Dexter and Hannah McKay.
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Serial Rapist: Jordan Chase and his followers, the Barrel Girl Gang, from season five combine this with being Serial Killers. He and his group capture, torture and rape women for months before finally disposing of them in barrels, hence their name. Notably, unlike other Big Bads from the series, who are usually given something to humanize them, the show treats Chase and his accomplices like pure evil scum. Strangely, Chase himself by all indications didn't even directly participate in the nightmarish gang rapes that he orchestrated himself; instead he seemed to get off on the power he had over people by goading his buddies to brutalize his gang's victims and mentally torment the girls about how they were about to die.
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Functional Addict
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Functional Addict: Dexter is certainly "addicted" to his "hobby", but doesn't necessarily let that addiction rule his life.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Dexter has done this a lot. In fact, it's essentially the entire point of the series as a whole. In Season 2, Dexter's criminal career, and his hesitation to turn himself in when Doakes urges him to, gets Doakes killed and blamed for Dexter's crimes, and leaves Astor and Cody traumatized by nearly being burned alive in a fire. In Season 3, Dexter's mentoring of Miguel gets Ellen Wolf killed. In Season 4, Dexter's season-long game of footsie with the Trinity Killer gets Rita killed (as well as leaving the Trinity murders officially unresolved, with the FBI chasing a dead man). In Season 5, Dexter's hunt of Jordan Chase and the Barrel Boys gets Emily Birch killed. Season 6 is the worst example for Dexter. He keeps screwing up in his attempt to catch the Doomsday Killer before the police. This allows the killer to get away from the police just as they are closing in. If Dexter hadn't withheld evidence, Debra would have probably caught the killer by the middle of the season and prevented all the additional deaths. Hoo, boy...Season 8. Not only does Dexter's decision to not kill Saxon get Vogel murdered, it also ends up getting Deb shot which results in her death, which in turn then results in Dexter feeling that he needs to fake his own death, leave his lover and son behind, and live in quiet obscurity away from everyone he cares about.
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Actually Pretty Funny: Subverted when Quinn explains to Masuka why no one wants to come to his lecture:
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Outlaw Couple: According to Masuka, Dexter and Lumen. In season 7, the story of Wayne Randall and Hannah McKay. Dexter and Hannah later on.
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Breather Episode: Season 5's "Teenage Wasteland" mostly takes a break from the main story arc to focus on Dexter reconciling with Astor.
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Driving Question: Season 1. Who is the Ice Truck Killer?
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Oblivious Guilt Slinging: When Cody has nightmares of the Bay Harbor Butcher, Rita tells Dexter she hopes that the Butcher is found and hurt badly. Followed by: Jamie and Batista are having a conversation about Jamie's ex-boyfriend Louis, who cheated on her with a hooker. Jamie asks who would possibly sleep with a hooker, not knowing that Batista almost got arrested in Season 3 for trying to do just that.
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Stepford Smiler
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Stepford Smiler: Dexter puts on a cheerful facade while internally lamenting his hollowness. Arthur Mitchell's family has elements of this. Despite being very messed up, they project an image of wholesomeness to the outside world that initially fools Dexter even when he's looking for signs of dysfunction.
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Necessarily Evil
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Necessarily Evil: Partially subverted, since Dexter is not so sure whether he really is necessary.
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If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...
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If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Dexter, to Rudy. Better known as The Ice Truck Killer. Dexter follows through. Threat nullified in the books.
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What Happened to the Mouse?: In the first episode of the series, it's both shown and mentioned how LaGuerta has a romantic interest in Dexter. It's never mentioned again. (This was a plot point from the first "Dexter" book, which the show dropped.) Angel's interest in vague mysticism in season two was quietly dropped before his character came to the fore. Rita's teenage marriage is introduced as if it will be a major plot point. Then it's forgotten.
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Broken Pedestal: Harry after Season 2. Dexter to Debra after the reveal in Season 7.
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Truth in Television
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Dexter. For a guy who doesn't understand human emotions, he's pretty good at manipulating them in other people. This is an actual requirement for sociopaths.
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Villain with Good Publicity
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Villain with Good Publicity: Miguel Prado and Jordan Chase. Also Dexter Morgan, especially from Sgt. Doakes' point of view.
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Reflective Eyes: Lumen in Season 5 when she's watching her own rape/torture video. It is mercifully discreet.
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New Year Has Come
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New Year Has Come: Season 7 ends with a New Year's party and "Auld Lang Syne" being sung at midnight.
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Villain Protagonist: Dexter is a bit more heroic than most examples of this trope and even has redeeming qualities (his love for his family, friends, and coworkers), but he still qualifies. Although he kills other killers, he does it primarily for the wrong reasons, to satisfy his own bloodlust. No matter how well he rationalizes it to himself (and the audience), he has tampered with evidence to let guilty men free, killed innocent people, and indirectly caused many innocent deaths because of his "hobby".
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Bratty Teenage Daughter: Astor as of season 4. Dexter comments in his inner monologue that she has chosen the role of a sullen pre-teen. Deb talks back to her father in some flashbacks.
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Cosplay: Rita Bennett dresses up as Lara Croft as a Valentine's day gift for her boyfriend (later husband) Dexter, though he has a bit of trouble placing it at first.
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Dexter is appalled by the crimes of the Barrel Girl Gang.
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Posthumous Character: Dexter's foster father, Harry. For the first two seasons, his only appearances were via flashbacks - scenes showing him grooming a younger Dexter to be a vigilante in order to slake his blood lust. From season 3 onwards, Harry is more of an Imaginary Friend giving Dexter advice about following The Code.
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Sex Equals Love
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Sex Equals Love: Deb and Quinn in season 5.
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Took a Level in Jerkass: Quinn in the sixth season. He had already stolen from a crime scene earlier in the show, but he rapidly spirals out of control after Deb rejects his proposal and says that she never really loved him. He starts getting drunk, neglecting his job and acting like a total douche to everyone. His negligence almost gets his partner killed. The only reason he doesn't get fired is that he exploits a loophole intended for alcoholics.
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Finger in the Mail: This is a recurring theme throughout the whole of season one, but never quite so strongly as the time that the Ice Truck Killer mails a jar of blood with a hotel room key in it to the homicide department. The hotel room key turns out to lead to a hotel room with walls covered with much more blood.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: Season 4 episode 9, arguably. There were hints of Arthur's mask slipping before, but this time you get to see how messed up his family life really is. The Season 4 finale. Dexter comes across the scene of Rita dead in the bathtub and Harrison bawling in a pool of blood. The Season 6 finale. Dexter gets caught killing Travis by Debra. And the Season 7 finale too. Debra kills LaGuerta after she urges Debra to kill Dexter. Season 8's A Little Reflection, Dexter and Debra are chatting over the happenings in the episode (mostly the fact that Dexter would be taking on rich teen Serial Killer in the manner of Harry) when they both start to feel dizzy and before Dexter passes out, he sees that Hannah's back.
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Asshole Victim: Why the audience tolerates Dexter's hobby. Even when Dexter kills a non-killer, the writers make sure the victim is enough of a scumbag that we don't feel too upset over their murder. Examples include Nathan Marten (a child molester), Jonathan Farrow (a physical abuser), and Rankin (a gigantic asshole). Played With in Rita's ex-husband, Paul. Yes, he was a drug addict who physically and sexually abused his wife, and tried to at least physically abuse his kids, and even after he gets out of prison and gets clean he tries to shove himself back into Rita's life in the most aggressive way. But he genuinely does seem to have cleaned up his act, seems like he's trying to be a better person who sometimes lapses back into bad habits (notably, playing the "domineering male" card), and genuinely wants to do his best by his kids. Unfortunately, he makes the mistake of trying to play Alpha Wolf with Dexter one too many times. Whether or not he ultimately deserved what happened to him is a very complicated question.
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Sir Swears-a-Lot
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In "A Beautiful Day," Dexter's first guess at Deb's bank account password ("password") fails. But he soon types in the correct one: "fucking password".
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Sir Swearsalot: Debra. While most of the cast swears pretty liberally, in one conversation with Dexter in the third season, she manages to use every single obscenity in the English language, excluding racial slurs.
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Justified Trope
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Deb was originally tough but occasionally emotional, and had a habit of sleeping around. As the series dragged on, the "sleeping around" angle turned into a minimum of one love interest per season. Her strong emotions, which Dexter once commented she worked hard to hide, escalated to the point where she would break down and cry almost every episode. This culminated in the beginning of Season 5, when Deb, immediately after cleaning her murdered sister-in-law's blood off the floor with Quinn's help, broke down crying and had sex with him. Of course, this may all be justified, given the increasing toll her work in homicide has on her. A more minor example is Deb's Cluster F-Bomb tendencies, as seen in this video:
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Karmic Death: This show plays heavily on this trope. It's about a Serial-Killer Killer, what else can you expect? Santos Jimenez kills Dexter's mother with a chainsaw. Guess how he meets his end... Dexter ultimately kills Arthur with a claw hammer, the same way Arthur killed innumerable others, including his last ritual victim.
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Children Are Innocent
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When Dexter finds out that Trinity is a stand-up member of his community (as far as appearances go), he sees him sing in church a hymn with the line, ‘Are you washed with the blood of the lamb?’ It turns out he has an obsession with childlike innocence and his kill cycles actually start with another member—a young boy he perceives as innocent, a reflection of himself before he was traumatised. When Camilla is in hospital in Season 3, Debra tells Dexter she wants him to pull the plug if she's ever incapacitated or seriously ill. Guess what happens in the series finale? In the Season 4 finale, Trinity asks Dexter what his alternative is. Dexter says I'll fake my death and start over again.
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The Bus Came Back: The Ice Truck Killer, killed off in Season 1, returns as Dexter's Imaginary Friend five seasons later. Lundy leaves in Season 2 and comes back in Season 4. Two years after the Trinity story arc, Arthur Mitchell's son Jonah pops up in Season 6. Sylvia Prado returns briefly near the end of season 8, helping Dexter sell his apartment.
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Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Harry in the flashback near the end of "There's Something About Harry." Deb in "Sunshine and Frosty Swirl" after learning some very unpleasant news.
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Betty and Veronica: Lila (Veronica) and Rita (Betty).
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Villainous Breakdown: Miguel Prado has one when he realizes that Dexter killed his brother Oscar as he's already lying on Dexter's table. Jordan Chase becomes slowly more unhinged as Dexter and Lumen kill all of his "rape buddies" and elude capture. When they have him on a table, he loses it completely. Happens quite frequently when Dexter captures any Victims of the Week.
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Hired to Hunt Yourself
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Hired to Hunt Yourself: Dexter is sometimes put in the position to investigate his own crime scenes.
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Big Bad
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The title of Season 6 finale "This Is the Way the World Ends" is both a nod to the apocalyptic delusions of the Big Bad and a Shout Out to T. S. Eliot.
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Not So Different
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Isaak Sirko is a mafia man who considers Dexter an equal and holds him in high esteem.
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13 Is Unlucky: Lumen, meant to be the thirteenth Barrel Girl, brought very bad luck indeed.
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Fictional Video Game: In season 6, one of Dexter's colleagues (an intern named Louis) was developing Homicidal Tendencies, a literal Murder Simulator in which the player could assume the identity of one of several serial killers. This included the Bay Harbor Butcher, who was actually Dexter. He asks Dexter for advice (not knowing his double life as a Serial-Killer Killer) because he was involved in the case, but the latter just feels insulted.
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Sociopathic Hero
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Sociopathic Hero: Pretty much the premise of the series.
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Evil Counterpart: Predominately the Ice Truck Killer, but in some way every murderer and serial killer Dexter takes out could be seen as his evil counterpart. He even says as much: "You are all just unchecked versions of myself." Most of the big bads can be seen as Dexter's evil counterparts in some aspects. Season 1: Rudy Cooper/Brian Moser AKA The Ice Truck Killer is probably the biggest one of them all. He is Dexter's biological brother, he was traumatized along with Dexter by their mother's death, both have fetishes that possibly rooted from their witness of their mother's death and both have the "killing urge". Season 2: Lila. She recognizes that both she and Dexter have something that they both refer to as "The Dark Passenger" to the point where she believes she's his "soulmate". Season 3: Miguel Prado. It turns out that he also has "the darkness" in him and they both live lives of deception. Season 4: Arthur Mitchell AKA Trinity. Like Dexter they are both family men but while Dexter has his family as his Morality Pet, Trinity is an abusive husband and father.
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Took a Level in Badass: Dexter, starting in the latter half of season 2.
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Lovable Sex Maniac: Masuka. To a point. Deb certainly thinks he's better as one.
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Foreshadowing: Every season ends with a cue regarding the main theme of the next one: Season 1 ended with Dexter contemplating what it would be like if his actions were exposed and with Doakes gesturing ‘I’m watching you’ at him; in season 2, the bodies he dumped are revealed and Doakes' pursuit of him becomes more pivotal. In the season 2 finale, Dexter says, ‘It's strange to have a creation out there, a deeply mutated version of yourself running loose and screwing everything up. I wonder if this is how parents feel?’; in season 3 he meets someone who becomes his partner and makes a big mess for Dexter to handle, and Rita is pregnant. In the season 3 finale, Dexter and Rita get married, and blood from Dexter’s hand stains Rita’s wedding dress; in the season 4 finale, Rita is murdered. In the season 4 finale, Dexter claims he’s the source of the problems of everyone around him; in season 5 he challenged this notion by experiencing being the solution. In the season 5 finale, Dexter talks about salvation at length; in season 6, religious salvation is dealt with in depth. In the season 6 finale, Deb catches Dexter in the act; season 7 deals with the implications of this on their relationship. In the season 7 finale, Dexter talks about the influence of breaking one’s own most basic rules and the new ground discovered thereby, following Deb killing LaGuerta to protect Dexter; season 8 shows exactly what happens to Deb and introduces the inventor of Harry’s code. Finally, in the final shot of the series, Dexter silently comes into his new home, a modest cottage, where he lives alone, and finally looks into the camera with a Thousand-Yard Stare; this implies that nothing new will come into Dexter’s life anymore, and he’s destined to have only a quiet, empty existence from now on. When Dexter finds out that Trinity is a stand-up member of his community (as far as appearances go), he sees him sing in church a hymn with the line, ‘Are you washed with the blood of the lamb?’ It turns out he has an obsession with childlike innocence and his kill cycles actually start with another member—a young boy he perceives as innocent, a reflection of himself before he was traumatised. When Camilla is in hospital in Season 3, Debra tells Dexter she wants him to pull the plug if she's ever incapacitated or seriously ill. Guess what happens in the series finale? In the Season 4 finale, Trinity asks Dexter what his alternative is. Dexter says I'll fake my death and start over again.
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In Season 6, Fanboy intern Louis Greene shows Dexter his video game which allows players to control various famous serial killers, including the local title for Dexter from Season 2, the Bay Harbor Butcher, upon mention of which we hear Dexter ominously think with a tinge of annoyance
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Working Out Their Emotions: Dexter's adoptive sister Debra survives a kidnapping from a serial killer (who was also her fiancé and kidnapped her as a bait for Dexter who is his long-lost biological brother). After that, she can't be alone and she's unable to do anything except working out obsessively.
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Continuity Nod: In the beginning of Season 6, we see Dexter's old prom date Mindy who we first met in a Season 1 flashback.
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Fetish: The Ice Truck killer (i.e. Brian Moser/Rudy Cooper) has one for amputees. Dexter's fascination with blood spatter also verges on this, something James Doakes remarks on with much disgust. It's arguable that both Brian and Dexter's particular interests are a direct result of the chainsaw murder of their mother when they were kids.
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Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Lundy shows some signs due to being a bunny ears detective, such as when he's enjoying animal crackers during a homicide interview:
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Indulgent Fantasy Segue: In season 3, Miguel Prado finds Dexter at the scene of a fresh kill and accidentally gets blood on his shirt. He later gives Dexter the bloody shirt as a token of friendship and a guarantee of secrecy. When Dexter becomes suspicious and tests the shirt, he discovers that it's a fake, daubed with animal blood. His explosion of rage is revealed to be this trope. In season 7, there are two examples in the same episode. The first is Dexter standing in line at the post office for a long time, and when he reaches the front the desk lady closes the line. Then he imagines slitting her throat in front of everyone. He imagines doing the same to Masuka back at the office when he imagines Masuka insulting him.
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Leitmotif: In season 4, the Trinity Killer is given "Introducing Trinity" and "Trinity Suite", ominous and haunting themes that illustrate his dark nature as a serial killer. It reappears in season 6 when the cops think they may have found him (in reality, Dexter killed him), but it is instead his son who did the murder.
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Secret Keeper: In the books Deb finds out about Dexter's proclivities in the first book, and is the only one who knows who he truly is. In the show, Deb discovers Dexter doing away with Travis Marshall at the end of season six, and Dexter fails to kill Hannah McKay, so both of them know about his secret.
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Sarcastic Confession: Dexter, of course.
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Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Lila, as a big part of her appeal. Angel notes that she's like a beautiful porcelain doll. Deb, on the other hand, memorably calls her a "Gross, English titty vampire."
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Abandoned Hospital: Towards the end of the last season, Dexter finds the Brain Surgeon's kill room in one of these. In the first season the Ice Truck Killer lures Dexter to one of these where he's keeping a hostage.
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It's Personal: Miami Metro makes the Law & Order: SVU cast seem like level-headed, impartial observers by comparison. Is there a major crime they investigate where one of their own ISN'T related to, sleeping with, or being the perp?
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My God, What Have I Done?: Harry doesn't say this line, but he clearly thinks it, reeling in horror in a Season 2 flashback when Dexter's training culminates in Dexter bringing a kill home.
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Killed Mid-Sentence: The Ice Truck Killer. Also the used car salesman who insulted Rita while Dexter had a very sharp knife near his throat.
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Monster Fangirl: Dexter himself gets a fangirl in Lila, who sees him as a misunderstood creature and her soulmate when she finds out that he is actually a prolific Serial Killer. The killer in Season 6 gets legions of online fans, plus a pair of fans who actually aid him in a kill.
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Eye Scream: In Season 7, Isaak Sirko thrusts a screwdriver into Tony Rush's eye, and later threatens Louis Greene's eye with a hand drill. Subverted in the latter case, as he shoots him dead instead.
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Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Dexter takes a special interest in those who harm children.
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Single Tear: Brian lets one tear out when Dexter makes up his mind to kill him to protect Debra.
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The Password Is Always "Swordfish": In season 4, Dexter has a short-term memory loss. But he remembers his password, which is "Harry". Not a perfect choice since Dexter has to hide a lot. In "A Beautiful Day," Dexter's first guess at Deb's bank account password ("password") fails. But he soon types in the correct one: "fucking password".
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Mid-Life Crisis Car: In season 6 Batista gets a Trans Am.
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Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde Book Deb is played by brown-haired Jennifer Carpenter.
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Da Chief: Matthews, from Season 4 to Season 6. He becomes a regular character by season 8.
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Language Barrier: When off-duty Sergeant Doakes is lost in the Everglades forest, fleeing from the Bay Harbor Butcher, he meets two dangerous smugglers who speak only Spanish. He asks them for help, but when they understand that he's a policeman, they take him hostage and decide to kill him. In this case, international words and Spanish Poirot Speak made the situation go From Bad to Worse. Debra Morgan, being a Detective and later a Lieutenant at Miami Metro PD, doesn't know Spanish, even though Florida is full of Cuban and South American immigrants. In Season 5, she swears she will take Spanish classes after one particularly painful questioning of a witness. It was a bit strange that it didn't occur to her to just call one of her colleagues, as many of them are of Hispanic heritage.
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Stockholm Syndrome: Emily Birch for Jordan Chase in Season 5.
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Ascended Extra: In the novels, Angel Batista is a forensics tech who refers to himself as "Angel Batista-no-relation" and does not really contribute to the plot. In the show, he is a detective who contributes greatly to investigations, has his own subplots, and gives good advice to some characters.
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Karma Houdini: Zig-zagged in season 4 with the Trinity Killer. After committing murder for 30 years and never getting caught, in the season finale he robs his family, takes his prized sports mobile, and escapes the police as he drives off into the sunset. Then Dexter captures him and he ends up on his killing table, but still has the final laugh as Dexter has no idea that Trinity had killed Rita earlier that day, making it impossible for Dexter to derive closure or get revenge since Trinity is already dead. Dexter. While it's all in the service of the community (as he sees it) and while it gives him no end of trouble, he does kill people and avoid getting caught. He even got to pin most of his murders on Doakes. In the series finale, Dexter fakes his death and starts a new life elsewhere, and his dark secrets are never even exposed. Some viewers, however, see this as a fitting Fate Worse than Death-type punishment, as Dexter has lost everyone he loves and is apparently living in isolation and misery. Marco Fuentes is still on the run, and Cira Manzon got away with setting Deb up to take the blame for his escape. A the beginning of Season 2, Jimmy Sensio, a serial killer and Dexter's intended victim, is spared by Dexter because he just killed his brother in the previous episode and can't bring himself to return to killing just yet, instead releasing him and allowing him to leave Miami. Hannah, Dexter's girlfriend and fellow serial killer, is spared by Dexter when Debra tries to get him to kill her, escapes from prison when Dexter finally turns her in and ends up living happily in Argentina in the series finale after Dexter helps her escape.
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Dex imagines his dead, adoptive father talking to him throughout the series. After learning that Harry had an affair with his biological mother, Dex imagined several of these moments in season 2 and 3.
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Mood Dissonance: The morning breakfast-and-grooming routine never looked so sinister. Dexter wears Mickey Mouse ears while telling his step-children about the death of their mother.
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Giant Mook: Little Chino, the only person thus far to ever escape from Dexter's table... against Dexter's will, anyway. At least at first... Little Chino is the only one of Dexter's victims that require several tries to get. The second encounter pits several of Chino's gangster buddies playing hide-and-seek with Dexter as he hides in a sewer. Becomes a funny moment when Chino wakes up a second time on Dexter's table, this time with about 5 rolls of duct tape holding him down versus one. Lampshaded by Dexter: "I made sure that you aren't getting away this time."
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Not So Stoic: Dexter likes to think he's The Stoic, but really who's he fooling here? He does start off the series this way, but eventually grows into himself and becomes more normal and emotional.
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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Oh, Deb. Her book counterpart luckily has Chutsky.
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Undercover When Alone: In season 2, Laguerta is scheming to get her superior fired by pretending to be her friend when she's having marital difficulties. However, when a fight between her superior and her superior's fiance occurs while Laguerta is in the office, Laguerta curses to herself (before shes spotted by them). Given the later reveal that she orchestrated the fights between the two, this was perfectly according to her plan.
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Dramatic Irony: All over the place. Rita is a particularly bad offender, constantly saying things like, "Oh, Dexter would never hurt anyone." From the season 6, episode 10 preview: "Dexter is your safe place." Considering how well that works out for some people... In "Buck the System," Dexter tells Mafiya boss Isaak Sirko, "I hope you find what you're looking for," when it's Dexter himself that Isaak is looking for.
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Foot-Dragging Divorcee: Rita's first husband, Paul, initially refuses to sign the paperwork, despite the fact that she had him sent to prison for domestic abuse. She later gets him to finalize the divorce, threatening to have his visitation rights to his children revoked if he doesn't sign.
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Soundtrack Dissonance: Subverted, as Dexter beats up an abusive parent while a cheerful-sounding Spanish song plays. It's "Mac the Knife" in Spanish.
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Scare 'Em Straight: Dexter's father once took him to witness an execution by electric chair to show him the importance of following The Code. "Keep your wits about you, son, or this is going to happen to you."
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Oh, Crap!: The Oh Crappiest Oh Crap that ever Oh Crapped ends Season 6, when Debra catches Dexter in a murder.
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Punk in the Trunk: A dead stripper in a car trunk kicks off the main plot of Season 7. Lumen is also an example of this at one point in season 5.
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Human Traffickers: One of Dexter's victims was a businessman who was smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States in containers and murdering those who couldn't pay him. What was more surprising to Dexter is that the man's wife, whom he initially believed to be in the dark about her husband's crimes, was a co-conspirator in their trafficking ring.
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Friend to Psychos: In some seasons, Dexter becomes friendly with the Big Bad, only to later realize that they need killing after all.
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Narrating the Obvious
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Narrating the Obvious: Dexter's Inner Monologue is frequently redundant.
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First-Person Smartass
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First-Person Smartass: Dexter is a charming, amusing sociopath, whose twisted outlook on himself and the world around him emerges as dryly hilarious. For example, in one scene when he is particularly irritated with his sister, he thinks:
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Informed Flaw
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Informed Flaw: Some judgments Dexter makes might be the result of his personal biases. Dexter justifies his hobby in part by claiming that Miami police won't or can't do its job right. But as the show unfolds, we see them only a few steps behind the perpetrators, and Dexter only manages to stay one or two steps ahead of them because he's head-deep in just about anything they're investigating. He even suppresses evidence or won't share with them to artificially slow them down. Dexter describes Boyd Fowler as being rather dumb, yet Boyd has already made several very observant remarks that throw Dexter for a loop. He sees that the raccoon Dexter killed was not a real roadkill and notices that Dexter has recently taken off a wedding ring.
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What You Are in the Dark
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What You Are in the Dark: Discussed via Dexter's monologue quite a bit. One notable line comes from Dexter's father:
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Drop Dead Gorgeous
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Drop Dead Gorgeous: At the beginning of Season 4, a very attractive naked woman is murdered in a bathtub. We see another good-looking naked woman dead in a bathtub in episode "Shrink Wrap". In fact Dexter does this quite often.
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Filk Song
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Filk Song: "Old Friend" by Disturbed. "Dark Passenger" by Veil of Maya "Die This Way" by Daniel Licht & Jon Licht.
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: Lila. "Pardon my tits." Christine the reporter from Season 4. Ryan, Masuka's intern from Season 6. Niki, in Season 8.
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Abusive Parents: Arthur the Trinity Killer was abused by his father, and in turn abuses his family in a number of ways. In season 5, Dexter finds out that Astor's friend Olivia's stepfather hits her. So he beats the ever-loving crap out of the guy and scares him into leaving. Rita's mother is shown to be emotionally and verbally abusive. And not just to her as its revealed she's living with Rita in Season 2 because she was fired as a teacher due to the way she treated her students. For all the love and attention he gave, Harry constantly told Dexter that Dexter wasn't normal and never would be, and guided his son's murderous impulses towards (admittedly deserving) humans due to his own frustration with the legal system, revolving Dexter's entire life around being a Serial-Killer Killer. He did this instead of, say, seeking mental help for his son. This becomes a point of internal debate for Dexter in the Season 2 episode "The Dark Defender" when he learns that Harry was also having an affair with his biological mother. Naturally, this leads Dexter to begin wondering if Harry wasn't really some sort of Manipulative Bastard who wanted to train and use Dexter for his own personal war on crime. This is averted in the eighth season when we discover that he actually did consult a psychologist specializing in psychopaths. She believed, due to her own personal history, that institutionalizing Dexter would be wrong, and it was she who came up with the idea of the Code, though Harry was the one who actually formed it.
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Dexter. While it's all in the service of the community (as he sees it) and while it gives him no end of trouble, he does kill people and avoid getting caught. He even got to pin most of his murders on Doakes. In the series finale, Dexter fakes his death and starts a new life elsewhere, and his dark secrets are never even exposed. Some viewers, however, see this as a fitting Fate Worse than Death-type punishment, as Dexter has lost everyone he loves and is apparently living in isolation and misery.
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Tap on the Head: Dexter whacks Paul over the head with a frying pan after he threatens Rita and the kids. Paul survives with only a slight skull fracture (a slight subversion) despite having had no medical attention and then being shot up with heroin.
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Dead-Hand Shot: The season 2 promotional poster.
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Suspiciously Clean Criminal Record
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Suspiciously Clean Criminal Record: Very frequently used to describe Dexter's Victim of the Week, usually to handwave how the victim was Beneath Suspicion and thus slipped through the cracks. Doakes cites something similar to this after looking into Dexter's background. He believes that no one's record is that clean unless they've done some scrubbing. He's right, although Dexter's late father/mentor Harry is responsible for that moreso than Dexter himself. Quinn, being Doakes-lite, reaches the same conclusion. When looking into the identity of the girl that Dexter found at the home of a victim, he mentions that she doesn't have so much as a speeding ticket.
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Rape and Revenge: Basically Lumen's whole plan in season 5.
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Arson, Murder, and Admiration: Dexter frequently displays a certain admiration for especially competent criminals, including several of the killers he goes after. The Ice Truck Killer from season one is an example, as well as Trinity, until Dexter discovers that his normal life is all a front.
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Oedipus Complex: Brian Moser "Rudy Cooper" killed his father and fetishizes his mother. (Prosthetic hand with painted nails similar to Laura Moser.)
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Moral Myopia: It's usually averted as Dexter tends to be aware that his reason of killing is for his own urges. However, he initially feels almost no guilt for Doakes' death, thinking of it as a coincidence (even though the fact that he was locked there was his doing). Once he finds out that Lila did the deed, he calls her out for murdering an innocent man.
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Everyone Has Standards
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Everyone Has Standards: When Quinn shows up at a party with a slutty girl, that girl is willing to put up with his Jerkass behavior until she learns she's just there to make Debra jealous. Dexter of all people is not one to be bothered by the sight of blood— aside from his career as a homicide forensics expert, he has a blood fetish— but the Overdrawn at the Blood Bank crime scene in "Seeing Red", with literal buckets of blood splashed around a hotel room, is enough to make him violently queasy and practically pass out. (It turns out, though, this is partly because it triggers a traumatic childhood memory.)
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Added Alliterative Appeal: Dexter's thoughts include what could be interpreted as rejected book titles, such as Dear Darling Dexter and Demented Daddy Dexter, as alliteration of the letter D was common with the novels names.
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The Lad-ette: Debra. "Ugh, me in a dress... I feel like a transvestite." Also Lila and, to a lesser extent, Maria LaGuerta.
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Take That!: In the episode "Let's Give This Boy a Hand," Cody is shown wearing a George W. Bush mask while Dexter narrates "People think it's fun to pretend you're a monster." There is usually one blink-and-you-miss-it segment per season showing that the villains are either Republicans or leaning that way. Season 4 has Trinity tell a woman his parents were lifelong Republicans, while Season 5 had the guy driving some loaded barrels listening to seemingly conservative talk radio.
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Amoral Attorney: Played with in season three. Assistant DA Miguel Prado accuses his rival defense attorney Ellen Wolf of being one of these for "gaming the system" to let criminals off the hook. She in turns accuses him of judicial misconduct to get convictions. Miguel is eventually revealed to have manipulated Dexter all along to learn the art of murder from him. Miguel lacks the very integrity that he accuses Ellen of not having as he not only wants to subvert the legal process to kill criminals, but anyone who pisses him off.
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Snuff Film: The Barrel Girl Gang recorded their own rapes/murders of young women for their own viewing pleasure. Of course, this leads to a mountain of incriminating evidence for the police to sort through once their crimes are exposed.
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I Cannot Self-Terminate: Camilla begs Dexter to kill her in Season 3. Dexter dutifully does.
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Moral Dissonance: An unusual case of this, as Dexter is an antihero at best. But early on, Dexter drummed into the audience that he follows Harry's Code strictly and only kills murderers. He also told one of his victims that his standard of proof is higher than that of the justice system. However, we saw him kill no less than three innocent people. What's more, each successive innocent kill was less justifiable than the previous one. The first was a child molestor who appeared to be targeting Rita's daughter, but never killed anyone. The second was a mistake on Dexter's part. It was actually his assistant who was the murderer, and Dexter's judgment was clouded from trying to put off killing Arthur. The third was just a random guy who was mean to him when Dexter was in a bad emotional state.
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Conspicuous Gloves: Dexter sometimes uses rubber gloves when he searches for evidence in his future victims' places, but at times he uses ordinary gloves. Once somebody sees him coming home with the gloves on and points out that Miami is little too hot for wearing them.
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Blood from the Mouth: Lila when Dexter stabs her in the chest in the Season 2 finale. Camilla when dying of cancer. Beth Dorsey after her thwarted attempt at executing Travis Marshall's 'Wormwood' tableau (Season 6).
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Knife Nut: Dexter.
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Sadistic Choice: A brutal example in Season 7. In the season's final minutes, Deb has to choose whether to apprehend or kill Dexter to protect LaGuerta, or murder her to cover up Dexter's actions. Deb chooses to gun down LaGuerta, and has an emotional breakdown afterward that spans half of the entire next season.
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Cool Boat
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Cool Boat: Dexter's Slice of Life plays a pivotal part in his waste management. In the series finale, it plays a part in him faking his death.
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Danger Takes a Backseat
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Knight Templar
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Knight Templar: Obviously, a few characters are this to some to degree, but especially Miguel.
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Precision F-Strike: Dexter rarely swears, so when he does, it's jarring. When visiting Angel in the hospital, Doakes grabs Dexter and starts giving him a hard time for his emotional detachment, Dexter just looks him in the eye and says, "Take your fucking hand off me." When Doakes starts really messing with him in season 2, he's scary. He drops a small Cluster F-Bomb in 1x03. Apparently there are Evil Detecting Alligators in Florida. Who knew. Happens right at the end of an episode of Season 4 - Dexter had been awake for about 48 hours straight, and begins monolouging... In Season 4, when Arthur finally shows Dexter that he knows exactly who he is, Dexter drops one in his internal monologue. The ending of 6x12, after a several discussions of Dexter's lack of religious faith, is followed by a revelation that surprises him. His reaction: In 7x10, after chastising a killer on his table for blaming his murderous urges on a traumatic event that happened when he was a child.
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Mirror Scare: Appears in the season 4 opening, as the Trinity Killer claims his first on-screen victim.
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Lost Aesop: Season 6 is trying to say something about religion. What that is, beyond "Religion is weird, huh?" is anyone's guess, though it did get Dexter to go from being dismissive of religion in general to saying, "Oh God!" as his last line in the season.
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Sleeping with the Boss's Wife: When Lieutenant LaGuerta is demoted and replaced as head of the Homicide division by Lt. Pascal, she Gaslights Pascal by striking up an affair with her fiance, all while acting gracious in defeat in the office. Pascal's anxiety over her deteriorating relationship causes her to behave erratically at work, which gets her removed and lets LaGuerta reclaim her position.
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Sergeant Doakes, though his morality is called into question a few times. Somehow, he's the only one in a precinct full of cops and forensic specialists to get a creepy vibe off serial killer protagonist Dexter. This doesn't end well for him. When he discovers that Dexter is a serial killer in season 2, Dexter locks him up in a remote cabin. Then Doakes is killed by a woman who was obsessed with Dexter and tries to cover up for him.
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Really Gets Around: Debra becomes a serial monogamist after the first season, with roughly 5-6 bed buddies throughout the span of the series, in part due to the difficulty she has getting close to people and the demands of her job.
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Suicide Dare: In the first season, one of the title character's targets was a Serial Killer that used this as his modus operandi; he was a psychologist who would encourage his vulnerable, mentally ill patients to kill themselves. He was advising them also about the method.
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Both Sides Have a Point: After discovering Dexter is a serial killer, Debra gets into a morality debate in whether or not what Dexter does is wrong, and both argue good points. Debra is right that no matter how horrible his victims were they were still victims and had a right to be prosecuted legally; Dexter is right that his victims were dangerous criminals and committed horrifying acts, and as seen during season two, the victims of Dexter's Asshole Victims were seen better off.
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In later seasons, Dexter's practically The Pornomancer.
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The Ice Truck Killer stores his victims' blood in the freezer. Subverted when he brings the blood to another crime scene.
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Neil Perry tries this on LaGuerta, but fails hard.
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Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Liddy snarks about what a stupid name "Dexter" is, as does Quinn even earlier. Several people remark that "Lumen" is a weird name. Dexter himself does this to "Miles" Castner.
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Neck Snap
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Neck Snap: Dexter kills the Skinner and Dan the Dentist this way.
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I Lied
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I Lied: When Dexter goes back on a promise to set a victim free, "You think I'm a killer, and not a liar?"
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Informed Attribute
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Informed Attribute: For a supposed tough-as-nails cop, Deb does seem to burst into tears a lot. Dexter supposedly graduated "top of [his] class in med school", but other than a high school level knowledge of anatomy and first aid, we'd never know it.
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Badass Bookworm
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Badass Bookworm: Dexter is intelligent, but in the few cases in which he has to get his hands dirty and rough someone up, he can. Late in season 2 he even wins a more or less fair fight with Doakes while handcuffed.
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Exiled to the Couch
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Exiled to the Couch: Inverted, Angel exiles himself to the couch after getting an uncomfortable look at how far LaGuerta will go to keep her job.
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: Just when it looks like Doakes is going to be able to put out the stove in time to keep the cabin from exploding... boom. In the series finale, just when it seems like Deb will pull through from getting shot, she is suddenly reduced to a vegetative state, prompting Dexter to pull the plug and let her die.
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Aesop Amnesia
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Aesop Amnesia: The death of Rita in Season 4 supposedly shows Dexter that he needs to stop being so reckless with his killing, and that he has to choose between caring for his family and satisfying his urges. While his actions in Season 5 can be mostly justified, Season 6 shows Dexter continuing to make reckless decisions and getting way too involved in fighting a serial killer, who ends up targeting his family, just like what happened in Season 4. He faces the threats of death, his secret being revealed, and his son's murder, and only avoids them thanks to Contrived Coincidences. In a favorable interpretation, it's not clear if he's trying to help and redeem Travis the same way he did with Lumen. He also learns almost constantly that Harry was a very flawed human being and he needs to be his own person.
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Inner Monologue
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Inner Monologue: Dexter uses this a lot. It helps highlight the difference between the socially acceptable role he plays and his true (sociopathic) thoughts and responses. Though in later seasons it was more used to describe what was happening onscreen.
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Nice Hat
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Nice Hat: Angel has a collection of nice hats.
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Horrible Judge of Character
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Horrible Judge of Character: Rita. A violent junkie, a serial killer, and another marriage we know almost nothing about but presumably ended badly. Dexter lampshades it and thinks the effect it would have on her is a major reason to not get caught. Deb also gets into some ill-advised relationships.
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Cringe Comedy
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Cringe Comedy: Brian provides some as a figment of Dexter's imagination in season 6.
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We Want Our Jerk Back
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We Want Our Jerk Back: After Quinn tells Masuka that the reason nobody came to his speech on his newly-published work is because of how perverted he is, he starts dressing nicely and cleans up his act. This freaks out Debra immensely. It's only after they stand up for him in front of Miguel's brother that he eventually returns to his normal self.
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Fan Disservice
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Fan Disservice: One might have hoped that John Lithgow would have had some sort of Alba-esque moral objection to doing nude scenes. Sigh. A shirtless Deb scene is marred by her nasty bullet scar.
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I Knew There Was Something About You
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I Knew There Was Something About You: Doakes comes to the incorrect conclusion Later subverted when Doakes discovers the real reason that Dexter acts weird. Also, when Lila discovers that Dexter is the Bay Harbor Butcher and Dexter asks her if she is now afraid of him, she tells him that she was always afraid of him because she could tell how consumed he was by the darkness inside him. And later in season five, one of Dexter's soon-to-be victims says that "from the moment I met you I knew you were f**ked up".
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Cliffhanger: The season 4 ending with Dexter carrying blood-soaked Harrison out of the bathroom where Rita was murdered.
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Shout-Out
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Shout Out: Dexter uses the name Patrick Bateman as an alias to procure tranquilizers. He states he chose it because it sounded "So wholesome, so inconspicuous." Opening Shout-Out on more than one occasion. There are a few references to the books in the season four finale: Dexter driving like crazy in Miami traffic and extra emphasis on the moon. The shot down the hotel room leading to a bloodbath in Season 1 is a pretty obvious (though effective) reference to The Shining. "Dexter? He spends all his time in a laboratory for God's sake!" In Season 1, Rita shows up at Dexter's apartment on Halloween in a Lara Croft costume. In Season 5, after concluding that the Barrel Girl Gang members are being killed by a pair vigilantes in love, Dexter and Lumen, Masuka compares them to Bonnie and Clyde. Considering how they ended up, Dexter finds the analogy worrisome. The title of Season 6 finale "This Is the Way the World Ends" is both a nod to the apocalyptic delusions of the Big Bad and a Shout Out to T. S. Eliot. In the season seven finale Dexter uses Arthur Curry as a phony name. In Season 2, Masuka says that one of the ways to dispose of a body is with meat pies. The series finale, with the protagonist riding out into the ocean to his apparent death, his loved ones sitting at a café in a foreign country, and then the protagonist being revealed as still alive under a new identity, is suspiciously similar to the ending of The Dark Knight Rises.
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Confetti Drop
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Confetti Drop: Done in "Born Free" when Dexter has a rather long Imagine Spot and sees himself as a celebrity appreciated by general public. The celebrity worship and party-like feeling is completed with the Confetti Drop and banners saying stuff like "I'm your number one fan" or "we love Dexter".
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On the Rebound
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On the Rebound: Lila is explicitly referred to as a rebound for Dexter after Rita dumps Dexter (ironically, because Rita falsely believed Dexter had slept with Lila). Lumen is a Replacement Goldfish for Rita after she dies, being a blonde Broken Bird herself.
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee: If a good amount of screen time is spent on Dexter preparing for a kill—or if his narration outright tells us his detailed plan—you can bet that something will go wrong. Just ask Boyd Fowler, Ray Speltzer, Oliver Saxon, etc. Dexter's plan to leave for Argentina with Hannah and Harrison near the end of Season 8. He discusses or narrates about it so damn much that it's basically guaranteed to fall through. Sure enough, only Hannah and Harrison make it to Argentina.
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Disneyland Dad
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Disneyland Dad: In the first season, Paul tries to make up for the time he was absent while in prison by taking the kids somewhere really fun and memorable every time he's allowed court supervised visitation. This partially because he's upset about the kids becoming close to Dexter. Rita's parents do the same following their estrangement after Rita's mom verbally attacks Rita's parenting skills. This backfires when Rita is murdered while the kids are with their grandparents at Disney Land. This is likely all they will remember about the trip.
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: Dexter's Start of Darkness is considered hard to reverse after he witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and was left in the ensuing blood pool when he was only a child. Dexter rationalizes that Brian was too old and past salvation after this. Several of the season-long plot guests are built of this, particularly Trinity and Lumen.
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Criminal Mind Games
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Criminal Mind Games: The Ice Truck Killer leaves clues that only Dexter would recognize and appreciate. Dexter himself does the same thing to the Miami Homicide Department in the second season. It backfires on him badly, though, helping the police to narrow down the list of suspects to people in the Department. And that's why, when you write a 'manifesto', you stick to one possible diversionary target instead of, say, 10. Louis Greene, who appears to be a wannabe serial killer, mails the Ice Truck Killer's prosthetic hand to Dexter near the end of Season 6.
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Retirony
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When Batista announces in season 7 that he is burnt out on detective work, then buys a restaurant and tells everyone he is retiring, it seems like an obviously telegraphed case of Retirony. It isn't; Batista is alive and well and retired from Miami Metro at the end of the season. He returns to his job in Season 8.
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Perma-Stubble
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Perma-Stubble: Dexter himself. He's shown shaving in every opening sequence, but we see no more than a few swipes at his neck, so he apparently cultivates the look intentionally. The final shot of him in the series is one with a full-grown beard.
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Artistic License – Pharmacology
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Artistic License – Pharmacology: Dexter gets a report back from the lab saying that a bottle of water is "40% alprazolam". An alprazolam tablet has a lower concentration of the drug than this, and at a maximum strength of 2mg per tablet it would take 96,000 of them to produce this level of adulteration in that bottle of water — which certainly wouldn't taste anything like water afterwards.
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Series Continuity Error
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Series Continuity Error: In Season 3 it is established that Miguel and Sylvia Prado are childless. In Season 8 Sylvia says she's focusing on the kids.
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Designated Love Interest
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Designated Love Interest: Hannah McKay. When an entire episode is dedicated to how Dexter just can't help himself around her because they just have such great "chemistry", you know you've got a problem.
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Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends
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Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Though Rita never has any serious competition as Dexter's love interest, there are a couple other women who have shown interest in him. Lila is killed by Dexter after she kills Doakes, allowing Dexter to kill her without breaking the Code. Lt. LaGuerta is a more unusual case. Early in the series she shows a romantic/sexual interest in Dexter. However, this simply fades away after a while.
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Word of God
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Seemingly Dexter himself in the series finale... until the last scene, which shows him alive in self exile. Word of God states that killing himself would have been too easy.
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Protagonist Title
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Protagonist Title: The show is named after its main protagonist and point-of-view character.
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Lighter and Softer
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Lighter and Softer: Compared to the books, the show is downright tame in regards to violence. This falls partially in the Pragmatic Adaptation zone, as some of the books' content would be unsuitable even for Showtime.
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Hollywood Genetics
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Hollywood Genetics: Rita and Paul are blond, but their kids Astor and Cody are brunettes.
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Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic
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Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Generally averted. Characters stutter, pause to think, et cetera. Some less than others, obviously, but it's still there.
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Cassandra Truth
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Cassandra Truth: Dexter tells his therapist he's a serial killer. The therapist thinks he's joking. Of course, the only reason he was at the therapist's was because the therapist was his next victim. Also, in that same episode: Dexter seeks out one of the therapist's patients to establish whether the shrink has an alibi for the time of his "suicide victim's" death. When the guy asks Dexter what he thinks of Dr. Meridian, Dexter replies: "Nah, I'm a sociopath, there's not much you can do for me". Cue the other guy not only taking this as a joke, but actually trying to hit on Dexter. "Cute AND funny. Let me guess. Taken?"
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Never Suicide
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Never Suicide: Played with: the victims actually were suicides, but their therapist drove them to it.
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Anti-Villain
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Anti-Villain: Dexter again. He seems to genuinely care about Debra, Rita, Rita's children, Harrison, Lumen, Hannah, and a certain few of his coworkers.
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A Love to Dismember
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A Love to Dismember: The Ice Truck Killer is referred to as having chosen not to kill a hooker when he realized she was an amputee. She says that he "started worshipping it (her fake hand)" and did "some freaky stuff with it (as well as her stump)". Given his obsession with dismemberment, it is implied that he may have used the parts of his victims for this as well. It's later revealed that they are lingering issues from his mother's death and dismemberment by a bunch of gangsters with a chainsaw. He's Dexter's big brother Brian.
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Mundane Made Awesome
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Mundane Made Awesome: The opening credits sequence features Dexter following a completely normal morning routine (shaving and accidentally cutting himself, flossing his teeth, frying and eating a pork chop, juicing a blood orange, putting a shirt on), but it's all shown in extreme close-up and slow-motion so it looks uncanny and draws parallels to his secret life as a serial killer.
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That Came Out Wrong
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That Came Out Wrong: To LaGuerta.
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Hunting the Most Dangerous Game
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Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Dexter hunts people as a matter of course, but his idea of a really good time is to go after a killer who is hard to get at, able to put up a fight, or expecting a visit from him. e.g., a cop who killed her husband and daughter, a public figure with lots of bodyguards, a neo-Nazi currently in prison but still giving orders to his minions on the outside, his friend and co-killer the district attorney, etc.
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Opening Shout-Out
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Opening Shout-Out on more than one occasion.
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Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit
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Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Dexter frames Doakes for being the Bay Harbor Butcher. Although unplanned by Dexter, Doakes is later blown up and posthumously takes the fall for Dexter's crimes.
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Interchangeable Asian Cultures
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Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Vincent Masuka occasionally does this to himself, referring to all Asians as "my people" and setting up a Buddhist shrine for good luck, only shrugging after Dexter asks if the Japanese aren't traditionally Shinto (most Japanese people practice a combined Buddhism and Shinto though, with one third being exclusively Buddhist. Over half have a Buddhist shrine in their home). Another example is when Masuka says Dexter is "messing with his chi", and the latter points out that's Chinese, which Masuka just responds to with "So?" (this is not really wrong, except it's called "ki" instead of "chi" in Japan).
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Theme Serial Killer
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Theme Serial Killer: The Ice Truck Killer chops up prostitutes and leaves their parts scattered because he watched while his mother - and, by extension, Dexter's - met the wrong end of a chainsaw at the hands of drug dealers. The Trinity Killer, who kills people in ways that mimics how his sister, mother and father died, although it turns out that his nickname is non-indicative. He actually kills in fours, starting every cycle with kidnapping and killing a boy, who is supposed to represent himself. The Doomsday Killer kills his victims based on his interpretation of the Book of Revelation. He believes that if he can complete the sequence on a certain day, he will bring on the Apocalypse.
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Matricide: The major antagonist of the final season ends up killing his own mother after she realizes that he's an irredeemably cold-blooded killer. He had already killed his brother when he was younger.
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Murder Simulators: In a season 6 episode, forensic intern Louis Greene (who is also a video game developer) excitedly shows Dexter a game he is working on, a literal murder simulator where you can play as Jack the Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer, or the Bay Harbor Butcher (actually Dexter himself, unbeknownst to Louis). Dexter is disgusted and asserts that no one should ever want to play such a game.
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Immoral Journalist: Christine Hill from season 4 is initially just a bit unscrupulous, sexing it with up with Detective Quinn and then using their pillow talk in her reporting, which is really his own fault for being stupid enough to share confidential information with her. Then it's revealed that she was the one who shot Agent Lundy and is the daughter of the Trinity Killer, whom she tried to cover for.
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What If the Baby Is Like Me?: Of course, it's too early to tell how Harrison's going to turn out.
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Dutch Angle: Occasionally a straight shot of a normal scene is contrasted with a tilted shot of Dexter watching, to make him seem off kilter.
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Deb's total inability to speak Spanish, despite being a homicide detective in Miami. Babies who watch Dora the Explorer know more en español than her.
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Season 3: Miguel Prado, with The Skinner (a.k.a. Jorge Orozco) as a Bait-and-Switch Boss.
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Authentication by Newspaper: Attempted by Little Chino in season 2.
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'90s Anti-Hero: When Dexter's dump site is discovered to be filled with multiple murderers that have slipped through the cracks, Miami artists quickly immortalize him as "The Dark Defender", a perfect 90s Anti-Hero; "Stalker of the night, his blade of vengeance turns wrong into right..." The "real" Dark Defender, upon seeing a pin-up of the character, has the most satisfied smile on his face for all of three seconds before he shakes it off as absurd not for any moral reasons (Dex is a Poetic Serial Killer and proud of it), but because, "Miami's too hot for all that leather". He does later have an Indulgent Fantasy Segue where he crashes the key moment of his "Super Hero Origin", kills the bad guys and saves his mother from being hacked to gibbets with a chainsaw. In leather.
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Battle Couple: Dexter and Lumen in season 5. This is lampshaded by the other characters. Masuka even compares them to Bonnie and Clyde. Dexter finds the analogy worrisome. Played straight from season 7 onward with Dexter and Hannah.
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Sleep Deprivation: Rita and her children are being kept awake at night by their neighbour's dog. When Rita and Dex confront the neighbour, she just mocks them and says there's nothing they can do about it. Rita then takes the neglected dog to her friend and her nieces who will take care of their new pet. Debra pulls an allnighter when she's searching for clues in the Skinner case (serial killer of the season). She says she had a metric fuck-ton of coffee and is extremely fidgety in the morning. Dexter stalks his victims at night and it's mentioned he's an extremely early riser who doesn't sleep well. In one episode when he finds Lumen, he spends with her the whole night, trying to calm her down. When he comes home to his baby son and his new nanny in the morning, the nanny's pissed that she can't trust him because he didn't inform her he wouldn't be coming home.
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Lundy is a legendary FBI analyst who is not fooled by some of Dexter's tricks and even reverses some of them to deduce the true nature of the suspect: "Law enforcement".
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Red Herring: Sonya the nanny from season 5 (played by Maria Doyle Kennedy from Showtime's The Tudors) gets a pretty good amount of screen time and it seems as if she will eventually be important. She isn't. note Except to teach Dexter the importance of spending time with his son and being more present with his family instead of putting his "extracurriculars" first. Louis Greene is seemingly set up as a major antagonist for Season 7. Suddenly, headshot. A case of Real Life Writes the Plot, as Louis' actor got another role and his arc subsequently had to be cut short. When Batista announces in season 7 that he is burnt out on detective work, then buys a restaurant and tells everyone he is retiring, it seems like an obviously telegraphed case of Retirony. It isn't; Batista is alive and well and retired from Miami Metro at the end of the season. He returns to his job in Season 8. Season 8 has multiple red herrings regarding the identity of the Brain Surgeon. The biggest one is A.J. Yates, whom Dexter identifies as the Surgeon and kills; it's not until three episodes later that we learn the real Brain Surgeon is still at large.
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Inelegant Blubbering: Deb when she returns to the place where Frank Lundy was killed.
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Pointy-Haired Boss: Constantly flirted with in LaGuerta. She was promoted more for political reasons (in part her Twofer Token Minority status) than for her skill, and is often shown to be more interested in her career than good policework. She starts showing much better judgment later in the series, but forfeits a lot of her sympathy after blaming Debra for her own screwup.
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Contrived Coincidence: At the end of Season 2, Deb walks in at exactly the right moment so that Dexter confuses her for Lila and jumps her from behind, kicking off Lila's final attempt at killing Dexter and the children. The only reason the cops find out the Ice Truck Killer's real name is because Angel is in a hospital room with a patient who got transferred from the psych ward. Louis mailing Dexter the ITK hand means that he somehow knows Dexter's dark secret, right? Apparently not.
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Artistic License: Technology — a Motorola RAZR left on in a remote part of the Everglades, in 2007, would likely burn through its battery in under 24 hours, as cell phones tend to do in areas with weak or no cell signal. The one Doakes tried to use kept charge for at least a week, which is impossible even under the best of conditions. Dexter is able to use a capacitive touch screen with ordinary leather gloves in a couple episodes, which is impossible. While there are specially made gloves on the market that work around this limitation, they weren't brought to market until late 2012, 6 months after the final season was set.note Though about 9 months before the episodes aired.
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Despair Event Horizon: Deb got hit with this twice in season 7. The first time was a slow burn despair. After finding out that Dexter was the Bay Harbor Butcher, she dipped into a slow descent into depression and anti-anxiety medication. Despite trying to help Dexter through his addiction, the burden of keeping the secret to herself has slowly gotten the better of her. By the end of season 7, the second despair hit a lot quicker and was far more brutal. Faced with the Sadistic Choice to arrest/kill Dexter, or kill LaGuerta, Deb chooses to save her brother. By the season 8 premiere, it's made clear that Deb's decision to save Dexter has turned her into a reckless and borderline suicidal drug addict that can't bear to be around Dexter or Miami P.D. anymore, and resents Dexter for destroying her life.
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Big Bra to Fill: Book Deb is described as busty; Jennifer Carpenter isn't. In fact, in the TV show, she's lampshaded as flat-chested.
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Tattooed Crook: Dexter's biological father had a prison tattoo, not to mention plenty of the people Miami Metro drags in. Zig-zagged with Quinn, who sports tattoos, is a cop, and has stolen from a crime scene. And one of Dexter's victims early in the series - a valet who liked snuff films.
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Male Gaze: To be fair, Deb did take her shirt off, and any red-blooded straight male would be distracted. Sgt. Batista gets one of these from one of Masuka's (female) forensics students in the season 6 premiere.
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Alone with the Psycho
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Sex for Solace: In season 5, Debra has sex with Quinn after she breaks down crying, because she just had to clean up the blood-stained bathroom where her sister-in-law was murdered.
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Thousand-Yard Stare: The series ends with Dexter giving one directly to the camera.
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Office Romance: It's revealed in season 2 that Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta had an affair with Sergeant Doakes when they used to be partners and a pair of detectives. They broke up but stayed close friends. Angel Batista from Homicide dates one detective from Vice. They're OK because it's allowed to see people from other departments. When they broke up, one of Batista's colleagues says to Angel that office romances never work out, but asks whether he can ask her out. LaGuerta, a boss of Homicide, and Sergeant Angel Batista start a sexual affair in season 4. Their superior Captain Matthews wants them to either break up or have Angel transferred to another department. They decide to marry and the pro-family politics allows them to stay together and both at Homicide department. Season 6 begins with them being Amicably Divorced. Deb Morgan and Detective Quinn. They started as Friends with Benefits, but later became a regular couple. Debra's promotion to Lieutenant and the new head of Homicide of Miami Metro PD essentially ends their relationship, although Debra never saw them as something super serious in the first place. There is a very brief romantic flirting between Masuka, a forensics expert, and Ryan, his sexy blonde of an intern. They also had the forbidden teacher/student dynamics. She screwed him over, stealing The Ice Truck Killer's prosthetic hand from the evidence room. He ended their relationship and he fired her as well.
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Hannibal Lecture: Dexter's victims try this occasionally, but it never works. Neil Perry tries this on LaGuerta, but fails hard. When The Skinner captures Dexter and prepares to torture him, Dexter chews him out before escaping.
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Dead Person Conversation: Dexter has many of them, mostly with Harry, but briefly with Brian. As of Season 6, Travis also has these with Gellar, unbeknownst to the audience for much of the season. They stop shortly after it's revealed to the audience that Gellar was Dead All Along. In one episode of Season 6, Deb implies she has them with Harry as well.
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Last-Name Basis: Almost all the characters in Miami Metro, unless they're particularly close to each other (Angel Batista and Maria LaGuerta during their mariage, siblings Dexter and Debra Morgan, etc.). This sometimes leads to confusion when a character calls out for "Morgan" when Dex and Deb are both present. Subverted to great effect by Doakes to Dexter in episode 2.11 to reflect that in addition to capturing a killer, he now also wants to help Dexter by turning him in.
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Scoundrel Code: The "Code of Harry" which allows him to uphold a measure of control over his Serial Killer tendencies.
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Indy Ploy: Dexter is very, very good at improvising when he has to convince somebody that his more suspicious mannerisms definitely aren't those of a homicidal sociopath.
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Morality Pet: Astor, Cody, Deb, Rita, Harrison, Angel.
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Best Woman: Deb is Dexter's "best man" at his wedding.
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Calling the Old Man Out: Rita with her mother. Jonah Mitchell, in quite an epic one as there's quite a lot for his father to answer for. Astor to Dexter in the wake of Rita's death. Dex imagines his dead, adoptive father talking to him throughout the series. After learning that Harry had an affair with his biological mother, Dex imagined several of these moments in season 2 and 3.
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Expy: Lundy is like Kyle Chutsky except with more screentime and no pinky ring. The Skinner is a torturer who mutilates his victims, similar to Dr. Danco. A marine biologist brought in as a consultant in Season 2 is named Manny and described as a "Prima Donna," similar to a conceited caterer. Tony Tucci and Neil Perry are Expys of a single character from the novels, Daryll, who works as a security guard, is arrested for the Tamiami killings, and confesses to them.
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Flanderization: Dexter used to be a cold-hearted, meticulous, intelligent killer with no capacity for emotion and empathy. He had to put up a front to hide all that by using his then girlfriend Rita and her children. Seasons 3 and 5 are evidence that he's turned into a bumbling idiot, allowing two other strangers to watch his kills and confessing his murderous activities to them. In addition he is more sloppy than ever; one example being the season five finale where he left his blood and fingerprints in the crashed stolen vehicle in a ditch for cops to eventually see. This may or may not be the result of the increasing toll that leading a dual life has, or even Death Seeker tendencies based on his increasing guilt. Deb was originally tough but occasionally emotional, and had a habit of sleeping around. As the series dragged on, the "sleeping around" angle turned into a minimum of one love interest per season. Her strong emotions, which Dexter once commented she worked hard to hide, escalated to the point where she would break down and cry almost every episode. This culminated in the beginning of Season 5, when Deb, immediately after cleaning her murdered sister-in-law's blood off the floor with Quinn's help, broke down crying and had sex with him. Of course, this may all be justified, given the increasing toll her work in homicide has on her. A more minor example is Deb's Cluster F-Bomb tendencies, as seen in this video:
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Not Blood Siblings: The show finally goes here at the end of Season 6, when, with the help of a curiously enabling therapist, Deb comes to realize that she is romantically in love with Dexter. In season 7, feeling betrayed and angry, she confesses her feelings to him.
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Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: In season 2, after her recent traumatic experience of being kidnapped by a serial killer, Deb punches a guy in the nose when he comes up behind her at a bar.
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OOC Is Serious Business: After Batista gets stabbed in season one, Debra comments that she hates feeling so helpless. Masuka just stares blankly, and she asks why he's not making some perverted comment about providing sexual support in a time of need. Masuka just looks at her blankly and responds "My friend got stabbed, and he may die."
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Played With in Rita's ex-husband, Paul. Yes, he was a drug addict who physically and sexually abused his wife, and tried to at least physically abuse his kids, and even after he gets out of prison and gets clean he tries to shove himself back into Rita's life in the most aggressive way. But he genuinely does seem to have cleaned up his act, seems like he's trying to be a better person who sometimes lapses back into bad habits (notably, playing the "domineering male" card), and genuinely wants to do his best by his kids. Unfortunately, he makes the mistake of trying to play Alpha Wolf with Dexter one too many times. Whether or not he ultimately deserved what happened to him is a very complicated question.
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Did Not Die That Way: Dexter believed Harry to have died of heart disease, but he was revealed to have committed suicide after seeing what Dexter was really capable of, and what he had trained him to do.
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Ditch the Bodyguards: After the FBI suspect that Doakes is the Bay Harbor Butcher, Dexter is given a protective detail since they assume the Butcher will come after him. He slips away from them by climbing out the window of his apartment.
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Groin Attack: Deb delivers a shot straight to a perp's nuts in "Buck the System".
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Stan Liddy in season 5 as well. Although he's a Dirty Cop, and is trying to expose Dexter mostly for his own benefits so that he will be reinducted into the police force, he is still trying to catch a serial killer. Dexter kills him, and Quinn is subsequently suspected of the murder.
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Cramming the Coffin: In season 3, not wanting to divulge the methods of his usual lifestyle, Dexter teaches Miguel Prado to dispose of bodies by burying them past the point of visibility within a to-be-used grave, intending them to be hidden beneath a new coffin.
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Clingy Jealous Girl: Lila, oh so much. She caused a fire just to try and control Dexter. She then tried getting revenge against Dexter just because he left her. She tricks the authorities into thinking Batista raped her due to rough sex and taking a date rape drug, stalked Rita and then tried to murder Dexter, Astor and Cody in the season finale because Dexter chose Rita and the kids over her. She's also responsible for murdering fan-favorite Doakes all for the sake of winning Dexter's approval. He most certainly does not appreciate it.
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Jerkass: Vince is a bit of a jerkass and prone to making rude comments, though he's also a Butt-Monkey at the same time. In Season 3 he gets softened. No one turns up to a conference he speaks at or reads an article he gets published and he begins acting polite for a while. The other characters apologise and say that they preferred him before. This is further developed in Season 4 when he agrees to keep Deb company for Thanksgiving and shows genuine dismay at having to keep a secret from Dexter about his marriage. Doakes, especially in season one, most clearly in episode one. It doesn't matter if a coworker gives you the creeps, berating them and yelling profanity at them as you demand they do something for you is behavior that would be likely to get you fired if you weren't best buds with the boss. He becomes gradually more sympathetic as the show goes on. In Season 2 he even got a Pet The Dog moment about his failed marriage so that his death would be more tragic, making Lila less sympathetic.
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Cain and Abel: Dexter and his brother Brian Moser. Ironically it's Abel who kills Cain here.
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Aren't You Forgetting Someone?: No one in the Mitchell family says they are thankful for Arthur during Thanksgiving. He doesn't take it well.
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Cartwright Curse: Deb suffers from this.
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Last-Second Word Swap: In season 4, when Debra learns that the Trinity Killer works in the school system during Thanksgiving with children in the room:
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Devil in Plain Sight: Lampshaded memorably in the very first episode: Later, Quinn. But it takes Rita's death for him to start to suspect anything.
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Evil Brit
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Evil Brit: Lila in season 2. She's obsessed with Dexter, gets a colleague of his falsely accused of rape, and tries to kill both Dexter and his two stepchildren in a fire. The final episode of the season, in which she is the main villain, is even called "The British Invasion". Isaak Sirko in season 7. He's actually Ukrainian but spent most of his youth in England and speaks a very sophisticated British English, even correcting his American associate's drawled pronunciation at one point.
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TV Telephone Etiquette: The entire cast does this all the time, at least once literally every episode if this troper isn't mistaken. Dexter is notoriously bad about never, ever saying goodbye at the end of a call, which sticks out so glaringly because he's on the phone so often with so many people, many for whom he cares a lot about, and yet he doesn't have the courtesy to ever say goodbye. In fact, on the rare occasion he does say goodbye, it's actually quite jarring.
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: Lots of it, most notably for Apple, José Cuervo Silver, and Nokia.
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute: While Hannah is somewhat more sociopathic than Lumen, the similarity is definitely there.
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Together in Death
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Together in Death: Dexter takes a dying Isaak to where he dumped Viktor so they can have a semblance of this.
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Vigilante Execution
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Former Army Ranger Doakes is regularly compared to Dexter; Good/Bad People doing Good/Bad Things for Good/Bad Reasons. Doakes actually performs a Vigilante Execution - a Tonton Macoute he recognized from his operations in Haiti. Soldiers in general are implicated as well; another Ranger talks about how killing, even in the line of duty, naturally turns people into sociopaths.
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Stab the Salad
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Stab the Salad: Used frequently, which is unsurprising with this show being what it is. Outside the opening sequence, the most notable examples are the opening scenes for the second, third, and fourth seasons.
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Fanservice Extra
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Fanservice Extra: Kristen Miller plays the chick Tricia at Dexter's 20th anniversary high school reunion who decides to give Dexter a blow job and takes her top off while doing it.
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Break-In Threat: The Ice Truck Killer sneaks into Dexter's apartment several times, and leaves calling cards each time (dismembered dolls, smiley faces). However, Dexter's reaction to the intrusion subverts the trope: he realizes that it isn't a threat, but rather an invitation to "play."
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Terrible Interviewees Montage
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Terrible Interviewees Montage: While searching for a Nanny for Harrison.
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Love Makes You Dumb
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Love Makes You Dumb: The Lieutenant of Miami Metro PD at the end of season 1 and beginning of season 2, Esme Pascal, got hit by this between seasons. She's shown to be a Reasonable Authority Figure, a very competent cop, and a pretty good person. But when she suspects her fiance is cheating on her (he is, mind you) she completely breaks down and handles her investigation into his infidelity... poorly, to say the least.
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Born Detective
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Born Detective: Both of Harry's kids become detectives in their own ways, just like Harry himself. Deb officially, Dexter...less officially.
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Choke Holds: While Dexter prefers to sedate his targets, he's been known to strangle them into unconsciousness. Acceptable, considering what he plans to do with them doesn't really require them to be in the best health anyway. His brother was considerably more fond of the sleeper hold, although his goals were basically the same. The Trinity Killer also uses sleeper holds.
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Battle Trophy: Dexter takes a blood sample from every killer he's killed. Until season 7, when he stops after Deb confronts him for it, and destroys them all.
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Video Game Cruelty Potential: Louis Greene develops a video game where you get to play a serial killer and wants Dexter's opinion on whether the blood spatter mechanics are realistic. Dexter refuses to even look at the game and tells Louis that making that type of game is just wrong.
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Faking the Dead: Dexter in the final episode.
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Running Gag
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Running Gag: Deb's total inability to speak Spanish, despite being a homicide detective in Miami. Babies who watch Dora the Explorer know more en español than her. Dexter's employment and close involvement with police investigations, yet lack of a badge.
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Don't Explain the Joke: In the episode "Swim Deep":
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Tranquillizer Dart: Dexter usually uses a syringe of M99 animal tranquilizer, which really does work that fast. It also causes significant damage to the kidneys and frequently stops hearts, but his victims won't be alive for much longer anyway. In Season 5, however, victim Boyd Fowler manages to shoot Dexter with an actual tranquilizer gun before going down.
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My Sister Is Off-Limits!
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My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Without ever stating it out loud, Sergeant Batista heavily implies this to intern Louis when he starts dating Batista's little sister Jamie. It's portrayed as just being overly protective of her, but the boyfriend in question turns out to be a scumbag regardless. Subverted later on when Jamie starts a secret relationship with Batista's colleague Quinn. He's supportive of it when he finds out, but wants Quinn to man up by applying for the vacant Sergeant post as Batista himself is now Lieutenant.
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You Killed My Father
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You Killed My Father: It takes several decades, but Dexter ultimately manages to track down and kill all the criminals who were responsible for his mother's murder by chainsaw (and, indirectly, Dexter's own obsession with murder), including the guy who wielded the weapon and the boss who ordered the hit.
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Detective Mole
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Detective Mole: More than once, most notably the entire plot of Season 2, when Dexter and the rest of Miami Metro are investigating the Bay Harbor Butcher—who is Dexter.
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Vampire Detective Series
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Vampire Detective Series: Dexter isn't technically a vampire, but he's obsessed with blood and kills only at night, so we'll take it. He fits all the requirements for the Vampire Detective Series except #4. (1) He is a cop (a blood analyst) (2) wants to be normal and (3) has a lot of daddy issues (his are 75% positive but it's a big deal). His daddy made him what he is, too. He (5) has lots of flashbacks about his earlier life, and he (6) only kills other killers. He fits even #4 after the Lumen story arc.
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Well-Intentioned Extremist: Miguel Prado seems extreme when compared to Dexter. And perhaps Dexter himself is an extremist when compared to Doakes. And Doakes probably is compared to most of the other cops. It's all a scale, really.
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Depending on the Writer
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Depending on the Writer: This affects all the characters to some extent, but it's most pronounced with LaGuerta, whose portray tends to vary wildly between being the Team Mom and by far and away the most sensible and competent of the main characters, or being a borderline incompetent who refuses to take responsibility for her mistakes and has no problem throwing others under the bus to aid her own career.
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Gross-Up Close-Up: The opening credits, depicting Dexter's morning routine, shown in extreme close-up and shot to be reminiscent of his hack-n-slash murders.
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Blood-Splattered Innocents: Dexter's flashbacks. Baby Harrison sitting in Rita's blood in the Season 4 finale.
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Evil-Detecting Dog: Animals in general, and dogs in particular, loathe Dexter. Subverted by Brother Sam's murderer being figured out by Dexter by the fact that it *didn't* bark at him in the kill footage.
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Pet the Dog: Dexter's relationship with Deb is full of this as he emotionally supports her, lets her live with him after she's traumatized by her kidnapping and saves Quinn, someone he strongly dislikes from prison for the sake of her happiness. Quinn giving Angel a huge check so he can open a bakery. Dexter's conversation with Jeremy in episode 7 where he sees himself in the boy and makes an attempt to reach out to and help him. Matthews may be a Politically Incorrect Hero who is vindictive to Laguerta, but he has a sincere soft spot for the Morgans due to his friendship with Harry. Despite all his hate for Dexter, Doakes actually tries to comfort him when he's planning to turn himself in.
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Once a Season: Dexter's apartment gets broken into by an antagonist at least once every season (by the Ice Truck Killer, James Doakes, Ramon Prado, the Trinity Killer, Stan Liddy, Travis Marshall, Isaak Sirko, and the Brain Surgeon).
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Third Act Stupidity: In the penultimate episode of Season 8, Dexter captures Big Bad Oliver Saxon but, instead of doing the practical thing by just killing him, decides to leave him to Deb. So, of course, Saxon ends up shooting Deb and escaping.
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Dexter used to be a cold-hearted, meticulous, intelligent killer with no capacity for emotion and empathy. He had to put up a front to hide all that by using his then girlfriend Rita and her children. Seasons 3 and 5 are evidence that he's turned into a bumbling idiot, allowing two other strangers to watch his kills and confessing his murderous activities to them. In addition he is more sloppy than ever; one example being the season five finale where he left his blood and fingerprints in the crashed stolen vehicle in a ditch for cops to eventually see. This may or may not be the result of the increasing toll that leading a dual life has, or even Death Seeker tendencies based on his increasing guilt.
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Acting in the Dark / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Adaptation Displacement / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Adaptational Early Appearance / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Afraid of Blood / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Air Guitar / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Alas, Poor Scrappy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
All Your Base Are Belong to Us / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Alone with the Psycho / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Amateur Sleuth / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Amazing Freaking Grace / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Ambiguously Evil / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
American Gothic Couple / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Amoral Attorney / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
An Odd Place to Sleep / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
...And That Would Be Wrong / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
And This Is for... / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Anger Montage / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Angry Black Man / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Animals Hate Him / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Annoying Laugh / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Anti-Climax / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Apology Gift / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Aren't You Going to Ravish Me? / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Arson, Murder, and Admiration / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Artistic Title / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Ashes to Crashes / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Asian and Nerdy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Audible Sharpness / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Awful Truth / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Back for the Dead / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bad People Abuse Animals / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Badass Decay / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Badges and Dog Tags / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bait-and-Switch Credits / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bald of Awesome / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Banging for Help / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bath Suicide / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Battle Trophy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Battleaxe Nurse / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Be Yourself / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bearer of Bad News / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bedmate Reveal / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Best Woman / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Better on DVD / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Big Bra to Fill / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Big Secret / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Birthday Party Goes Wrong / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Black Boss Lady / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Blood from the Mouth / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Blood Is Squicker in Water / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Blood-Splattered Innocents / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bloody Horror / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Body of the Week / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bondage Is Bad / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Born Detective / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bowling for Ratings / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Brain Food / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bratty Teenage Daughter / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Breaking Bad News Gently / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Brief Accent Imitation / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
British Brevity / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Brother–Sister Team / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Bully Hunter / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
But Not Too White / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Butter Face / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Calling Card / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cannibal Larder / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cannot Dream / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Can't Tie His Tie / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Captain Obvious Reveal / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cast Incest / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Caught Monologuing / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Character Name Alias / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Chew-Out Fake-Out / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Chiaroscuro / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Children Are Innocent / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Choke Holds / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Churchgoing Villain / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
City of Adventure / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Class Reunion / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Classical Music Is Cool / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Clear My Name / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Commander Contrarian / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Confess to a Lesser Crime / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Conspicuous Gloves / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Conspicuous Trenchcoat / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Conspicuously Selective Perception / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Consummate Liar / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Content Leak / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Conveniently Placed Sharp Thing / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cool and Unusual Punishment / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cool Uncle / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cop/Criminal Family / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cops Need the Vigilante / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cosplay / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Country Matters / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cover-up Purchase / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cradling Your Kill / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cramming the Coffin / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Creator Cameo / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Creepy Souvenir / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Crime of Self-Defense / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Criminal Mind Games / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Criminal Procedural / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Crocodile Tears / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Crying Wolf / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cut Himself Shaving / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Cute and Psycho / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Da Chief / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Daddy DNA Test / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Damned by Faint Praise / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Danger Takes a Backseat / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Dark Secret / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Dating Catwoman / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Daydream Surprise / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Dead All Along / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Dead Guy Junior / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Dead Person Conversation / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Deadly Bath / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Deadly Doctor / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Death by Origin Story / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Defective Detective / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Defiant to the End / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Demythification / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Demythtification / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Department of Child Disservices / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Depraved Dentist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Detective Mole / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Deuteragonist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Devil in Plain Sight / int_24e41891
 Dexter
seeAlso
Dexter
 Dexter
hasFeature
Diagnosis from Dr. Badass / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Did I Just Say That Out Loud? / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Did Not Die That Way / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Dinner and a Show / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Dirty Cop / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Dirty Harriet / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Disposable Sex Worker / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Ditch the Bodyguards / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Donut Mess with a Cop / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Double Tap / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Driving Question / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Drop Dead Gorgeous / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Drop the Hammer / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Drowning My Sorrows / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Drunk Driver / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Eccentric Exterminator / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Elephant in the Living Room / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Embarrassing Cover-Up / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Ending Aversion / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Establishing Series Moment / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Everyone Owns A Mac / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Evil Brit / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Evil-Detecting Dog / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Evil Is Hammy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Evil Parents Want Good Kids / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Executive Veto / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Exhaustion-Induced Idiocy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Exiled to the Couch / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
External Retcon / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Eye Am Watching You / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Failed Attempt at Drama / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Fair Cop / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
False Confession / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
False Rape Accusation / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Family Values Villain / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Fan Community Nicknames / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Fan-Disliked Explanation / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Fauxlosophic Narration / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Fictional Video Game / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Fiery Coverup / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Finger Gun / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Finger in the Mail / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Fingore / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
First Gray Hair / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
First-Person Smartass / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Five Stages of Grief / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Flagship Franchise / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Flaying Alive / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Food Porn / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Foot-Dragging Divorcee / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Forced to Watch / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Forensic Drama / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Formerly Fat / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Freak Out / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Friend to Psychos / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Frying Pan of Doom / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Full-Frontal Assault / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Fun T-Shirt / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Functional Addict / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
GPS Evidence / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Get It Over With / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Ghost Extras / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Ghost Story / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Give Me Back My Wallet / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Good Hair, Evil Hair / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Good Parents / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Gratuitous Spanish / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Gross-Up Close-Up / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hallucinations / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hannibal Lecture / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Happy Marriage Charade / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hard Head / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Harmful to Minors / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Have You Tried Not Being a Monster? / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Headbutt of Love / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Heel–Faith Turn / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hero Antagonist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hero of Another Story / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hey, You! / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
High on Homicide / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hired to Hunt Yourself / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hitler Ate Sugar / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hollywood Genetics / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hollywood Tone-Deaf / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hollywood Tourette's / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Horrible Judge of Character / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Horsemen of the Apocalypse / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Human Traffickers / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Hunter of His Own Kind / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Am a Monster / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Can Change My Beloved / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Can Live With That / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Cannot Self-Terminate / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Knew There Was Something About You / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I'll Kill You! / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Lied / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Shall Taunt You / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Warned You / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Work Alone / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
I Would Say If I Could Say / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
If Only You Knew / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Imagine Spot / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Immoral Journalist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Impossibly Mundane Explanation / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Inappropriate Hunger / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Incest Yay Shipping / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Incriminating Indifference / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Indulgent Fantasy Segue / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Inelegant Blubbering / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Infraction Distraction / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Inner Monologue / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Innocent Innuendo / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Instant Sedation / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Instrumental Theme Tune / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Interchangeable Asian Cultures / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Internal Affairs / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Intimate Psychotherapy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Ironic Nickname / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
It's Always Sunny at Funerals / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
It's Always Sunny in Miami / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Jurisdiction Friction / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Kidnapped by an Ally / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Kill Tally / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Killed to Uphold the Masquerade / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Killer Cop / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Kinda Busy Here / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Kinky Cuffs / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Kinky Spanking / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Kudzu Plot / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Lady Macbeth / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Land Downunder / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Language Barrier / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Language Fluency Denial / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Last Episode Theme Reprise / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Laughably Evil / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Lawful Good / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Let's You and Him Fight / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Living with the Villain / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Lonely Funeral / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Long-Lost Relative / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Lovable Sex Maniac / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Loves the Sound of Screaming / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Mad Artist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Magical Nanny / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Malevolent Architecture / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Malignant Plot Tumor / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Manic Pixie Dream Girl / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Master Poisoner / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Matricide / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
McLeaned / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Mid-Season Twist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Mighty Lumberjack / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Mirror Scare / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Mistaken for Cheating / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Mistaken for Junkie / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Mistaken for Misogynist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Monster Fangirl / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Monster Misogyny / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Montage Out / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Mood Dissonance / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Mood Lighting / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Moral Sociopathy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Morning Routine / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Murder by Mistake / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Murder Simulators / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Murder-Suicide / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Must State If You're a Cop / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
My Real Daddy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
My Sister Is Off-Limits! / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Names to Trust Immediately / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Narrating the Obvious / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Neck Snap / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Needle in a Stack of Needles / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Neurodiversity Is Supernatural / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Neutral Evil / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Never Hurt an Innocent / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Never Suicide / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Nightmare Fetishist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
'90s Anti-Hero / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Nipple and Dimed / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
No Delays for the Wicked / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
No Yay / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Noble Demon / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Not Blood Siblings / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Not His Sled / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
/ int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Not in Front of the Kid / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Not So Dire / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Not So Stoic / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Oblivious Guilt Slinging / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Obstructive Vigilantism / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Off on a Technicality / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Office Romance / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Offscreen Breakup / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Offscreen Inertia / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Omniscient Database / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
On the Rebound / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Once a Season / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
One Dialogue, Two Conversations / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
One of Our Own / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
One of the Boys / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Only in Florida / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Only in Miami / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Opening Shout-Out / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Orphaned Punchline / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Outlaw Couple / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Overarching Villain / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Overdrawn at the Blood Bank / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Overtook the Series / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Pac-Man Fever / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Pædo Hunt / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Parody Sue / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Parting-from-Consciousness Words / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Pater Familicide / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Pedophile Priest / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Perma-Stubble / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Photos Lie / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Please, I Will Do Anything! / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Poetic Serial Killer / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Posthumous Character / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Pre-Mortem One-Liner / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Pretty Little Headshots / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Prisons Are Gymnasiums / int_24e41891
 Profit
seeAlso
Dexter
 Dexter
hasFeature
Promotion to Opening Titles / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Pseudo Crisis / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Psycho Ex-Girlfriend / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Psycho Psychologist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Psychotic Smirk / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Public Secret Message / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Publicly Discussing the Secret / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Punch a Wall / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Punk in the Trunk / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Pyromaniac / int_24e41891
 RadarSystems
seeAlso
Dexter
 Dexter
hasFeature
Rage Against the Reflection / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Rain of Blood / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Random Smoking Scene / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Rape and Revenge / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Raven Hair, Ivory Skin / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Real Men Cook / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Rebuilt Pedestal / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Reflective Eyes / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Regularly Scheduled Evil / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Relationship Writing Fumble / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Reluctant Psycho / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Revealing Cover-Up / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Reverse Whodunnit / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Right for the Wrong Reasons / int_24e41891
 Ripliad
seeAlso
Dexter
 Dexter
hasFeature
Robbing the Dead / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Romantic Plot Tumor / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Rooftop Confrontation / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Room Full of Crazy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Rule #1 / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Rule of Pool / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Run for the Border / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Rustproof Blood / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sarcasm Failure / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sassy Black Woman / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Saved by the Coffin / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Scare 'em Straight / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Scare the Dog / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Scars Are Forever / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Scary Flashlight Face / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Scary Surprise Party / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Schedule Fanatic / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Scoundrel Code / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Scream Discretion Shot / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Secret Chaser / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Secret Keeper / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Secret Relationship / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Secret Society Group Picture / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Self-Made Orphan / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Self-Mutilation Demonstration / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sensei for Scoundrels / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Serial-Killer Killer / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Serial Rapist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Series of the 2000s / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sexy Mentor / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Shadow Archetype / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Shallow Parody / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Shoot the Television / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sibling Yin-Yang / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Siblings in Crime / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sickbed Slaying / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Skyward Scream / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Slashed Throat / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sleeping Dummy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sleeping with the Boss / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sleeping with the Boss's Wife / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Slumber Party Ploy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Snuff Film / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Socially Awkward Hero / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sociopathic Hero / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sociopathic Soldier / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sorry That I'm Dying / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Spicy Latina / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Spirit Advisor / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Spoiled by the Format / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Springtime for Hitler / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Stab the Salad / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Stalker Without a Crush / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Straight Edge Evil / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Strangled by the Red String / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Strapped to an Operating Table / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Strong Girl, Smart Guy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Suicidal Sadistic Choice / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Suicide Dare / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Suicide Is Shameful / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sunshine Noir / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Super Identikit / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Superhero Episode / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Superheroes Stay Single / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sure, Let's Go with That / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Suspicious Spending / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Suspiciously Clean Criminal Record / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sword over Head / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Symbolic Blood / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sympathetic Murderer / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Sympathetic P.O.V. / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
TV Telephone Etiquette / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Take Care of the Kids / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Taken Off Life Support / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Talk to the Fist / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Tattooed Crook / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Taxidermy Is Creepy / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Teeth Flying / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Terrifying Rescuer / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
That One Case / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
That's What I Would Do / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Big Board / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Butcher / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Cowl / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The First Cut Is the Deepest / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Illegal / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Internet Is for Porn / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Joy of X / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Killer Becomes the Killed / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Killer in Me / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Lab Rat / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Lad-ette / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Mob Boss Is Scarier / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Mountains of Illinois / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Nondescript / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Not-Love Interest / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Only One Allowed to Defeat You / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Ophelia / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Perfect Crime / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Plot Reaper / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Profiler / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Show of the Books / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Sponsor / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Team / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Topic of Cancer / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The Vamp / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
The World's Expert on Getting Killed / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Theme Serial Killer / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
There Are No Coincidences / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
There Will Be Toilet Paper / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
They Fight Crime! / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Third Line, Some Waiting / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
13 Is Unlucky / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Through His Stomach / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Tin Man / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Token Minority / int_24e41891
 TonyGoldwyn
seeAlso
Dexter
 Dexter
hasFeature
Torture Always Works / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Torture Technician / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Town Girls / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Trail of Blood / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Tranquillizer Dart / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Trapped by Mountain Lions / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Trapped in a Sinking Car / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Trauma-Induced Amnesia / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Treadmill Trauma / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Triple Shifter / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Trolling Creator / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Troubled, but Cute / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Two First Names / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Two Girls to a Team / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Tyrant Takes the Helm / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Übermensch / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Uncomfortable Elevator Moment / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Undercover When Alone / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Unholy Matrimony / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Use Your Head / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Used to Be a Sweet Kid / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Vampire Detective Series / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Variations on a Theme Song / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Victim of the Week / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Vigilante Execution / int_24e41891
 Dexter
hasFeature
Vigilante Man / int_24e41891</