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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Hannibal is a peculiar genre mash-up of Forensic Drama and Gothic Horror created by Bryan Fuller, based on the character of Hannibal Lecter. The series follows FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) as he investigates difficult serial killer cases for Special Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne). Requiring further assistance, psychiatrist Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) recommends they enlist the help of the world-renowned psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), to both consult on cases and keep Will from becoming too caught up in the horrors of his job.Wait, did we mention Hannibal Lecter is secretly a cannibal and serial killer?Set before Red Dragon, the novel that started the Thomas Harris books and led to the award winning film series, the show frequently leans on Hannibal's double life and his "friendship" with Will and co. as they solve grisly murders. Not only is the show notable for its writing, it also built on an infamous cocktail of Scenery Gorn and Food Porn — expect beautifully constructed meals made with Mystery Meat, and corpses mutilated in some unique and artistic ways.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Premiering on NBC on April 4th, 2013, the show was later renewed for a second season in 2014, and a third in 2015. The show quickly gained popularity by drawing Fuller and Harris fans together, and for spawning an enthusiastic fan base that has been skillfully and gleefully mirrored by the official blog (MAJOR UNMARKED SPOILERS). As to the full arc, Fuller announced an ultimate six-season plan for the show: after the two original seasons, the third-through-fifth were to be a re-ordered, re-imagined version of the book seriesnote The books in release order: Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising before the show closed on an original ending come Season 6.Unfortunately, NBC cancelled the show in June 2015 (and only a few episodes into Season 3) due to poor ratings, adding it to the pile of Fuller shows cancelled just a few seasons in. Fuller and Martha de Laurentiis initially expressed some optimism about finding a new home for a fourth season, but nothing developed. Netflix picked up the streaming rights in 2020, and Hannibal quickly became one of the platform's most popular shows. That success raised hopes for a potential revival, though that remains purely speculative.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })SPOILER WARNING: Following the show's conclusion, spoilers can (and will) be unmarked for the first two seasons to prevent the page being whited out.
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Canon Foreigner: Several, as the Adaptation Expansion leaves lots of undefined ground to cover and requires people to fill it: every killer after Garrett Jacob Hobbs, Dr. Du Maurier, Dr. Sutcliffe, Mrs. Komeda, Miriam Lass...
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Anyone Can Die: Several recurring characters have been killed, including Franklyn, Abigail, Beverly, and Gideon.
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Rape as Drama
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Hannibal shoves a long, thin object down Will's throat to force him to do something against his will, for which he will be blamed afterwards. Will even has a traumatic flashback to it later, which makes it seem extremely similar to a situation of Rape as Drama.
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Crucified Hero Shot
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Crucified Hero Shot: Inverted in "Mukozuke", in that it's actually Hannibal with his arms outstretched (and also his forearms slashed nearly to the bone, and a noose around his neck.)
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Trailers Always Spoil: In "Sorbet", we are introduced to one of Hannibal's patients, Franklyn, and his "friend" Tobias. The promo for "Fromage" gave away that Tobias was a killer too, and he and Hannibal wound up attacking each other. The Season 2 trailer seems to give away that Jack and Alana will discover Hannibal's secret, and he will try to kill them, as well as the Wham Line by Bedelia where she tells Will she believes his claims about Hannibal. The promo for "Mukozuke" reveals that Will's attendant in charge of transporting him to and from trial killed the bailiff. The trailer for "Primavera", the second episode of Season 3, reveals that Will, Jack, and Alana all made it out of Hannibal's house and have tracked him down to Florence.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: Most of Bryan Fuller's shows are black comedies concerned with death, but Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies balanced the dark and the whimsical (the latter being unafraid to cross over into cutesy), whereas Hannibal tips the balance far in favor of dark. Minus the whimsy, the humor is more of the "what the hell did I just laugh at?" variety.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: Hannibal shoves a long, thin object down Will's throat to force him to do something against his will, for which he will be blamed afterwards. Will even has a traumatic flashback to it later, which makes it seem extremely similar to a situation of Rape as Drama. Will's methods for dealing with Hannibal in the second season are essentially seduction. "You gotta make [a fish not interested in the bait] bite, even though he's not hungry. [...] You have to create a reality where only you and the fish exist. Your lure is the one thing he wants, despite everything he knows." He, in turn, plays up his vulnerability and the twisted parts of his nature to appeal to Hannibal and keep him interested. "Tome-wan" confirms this: Will and Jack openly discuss capturing Hannibal, and Will reassures Jack that he's "a pretty good fisherman".
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Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
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Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Will goes from doing some morally ambiguous, but still understandable things, (such as trying to have Hannibal killed) to something unambiguously evil in the episode "Naka-Choko". He takes that much further during the course of Season 3 until in the end he gives fully into his murderous side: he brutally kills Dolarhyde side by side with Hannibal and he enjoys it, telling Hannibal what they just did is "beautiful".
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Villainous Cheekbones: The second clue that Hannibal is a bad guy. First is that his name rhymes with cannibal.
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Bridal Carry: The mighty impractical way Hannibal carries an unconscious Will out of Muskrat Farm. Notably, a reference to the movies and novels' canon, where Hannibal carries an injured Clarice this way out of the same place.
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Never Trust a Trailer
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Never Trust a Trailer: The promos for "Futamono" showed Hannibal seducing Alana, and implied that he was only doing so as petty revenge against Will. In the actual episode, Hannibal does it to establish an alibi for himself. The season three/series finale Wrath Of The Lamb advertisements showed Hannibal's lines "Your wife, your child, they belong to me" alongside shots of Will and Molly, when really he's speaking to Alana about Margot and their son, and Will had nothing to do with the scene at all.
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Tonight, Someone Kisses
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Tonight, Someone Kisses: The trailer for "Futamono" shows Alana in bed with Hannibal. A delightfully twisted version of this trope, or possibly done not as an enticement but a fair warning.
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Scare Chord: The highly unsettling opening title sequence. Watch here. It's particularly sinister in "Savoureaux", where the theme music inexplicably plays at a far lower pitch than usual. While it's unclear whether or not this was intentional, it's very effective. The lingering, far-too-intimate shot of the opera singer's vocal cords in "Sorbet" is a literal one. Same goes for the MO of the murderer in the following episode "Fromage", who posed a victim like a cello and exposed his vocal cords to use as strings. Which Will, in his empath-trance, gets to play. Sleep well.
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The Blank
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In "Buffet Froid", troubled killer Georgia Madchen happens to walk in on Hannibal Lecter just as he's tearing Dr Sutcliffe's skull open. However, Georgia suffers from Cotard's Syndrome and cannot recognize faces, so when Hannibal turns to look at her, she perceives him as The Blank. Just as quickly, we cut back to reality to observe Hannibal's face as he hands her a pair of scissors to frame her for the crime.
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The Chick. Freddie Lounds.
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Human Resources: Hannibal and other murderers are shown eating people beyond just carving them up, such as one killer who places victims in diabetic comas so to grow mushrooms on their decaying bodies. Heavily implied too when Hannibal is shown serving mushroom tea and beer, which is presumably made the same way.
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Those Two Guys: Jimmy Price and Brian Zeller.
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Pay Evil unto Evil
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Not that Will starts the series as a killer willingly, but as his character develops from twitchy and nervous to composed and confident under Hannibal's influence, he does eventually start committing more murder attempts and actual murders, realizing more and more that it feels good to do bad things to bad people. He starts the series shooting Garrett Jacob Hobbs to death, went after Abel Gideon, he killed Randall Tier in self defense after Hannibal sent him his way, almost shoots Clark Ingram for being human garbage, goads Hannibal into breaking Mason's neck hoping it would kill him, and eventually he and Hannibal take down the Great Red Dragon together. He eventually reveals in the finale that he considers these acts "beautiful."
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Green-Eyed Monster: Will and Jack both think that if they act as if they believe that Abel Gideon is the Chesapeake Ripper, it will provoke the real one into proving them wrong. Hannibal's actions show that they're right; even though he is most likely aware of the plan, it clearly infuriates him to see someone else take credit for his crimes. It's insinuated in Season 2 that one of the reasons Hannibal is so obsessed with Will is that he's actually envious of Will's empathetic abilities. As Will's and Hannibal's relationship grows more romantic in Season 3, they become jealous of each other's partners. Will behaves rather aggressively towards Bedelia, while Hannibal goes as far as trying to get Will's family killed.
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Diagonal Billing: Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen are given equal billing in the opening credits, with their names alternating positions from episode to episode.
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Ambiguous Situation: In the season three finale, after embracing following the murder of Dolahyde, Will pushes himself and Hannibal off of the cliff and into the Atlantic ocean. It's possible he intended for both of them to die once he fully succumbed to the violent urges Hannibal had spent the entire series trying to bring out, but it's also possible Will did so in an attempt to evade the FBI. He warns Bedelia of his plan to let Hannibal escape beforehand, and that Hannibal will most likely come after her, implying this was his plan. On the other hand, there was likely a much less dangerous way for them to both escape. This is assuming this really happened, and is not just one of Will's intricate hallucinations.
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With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Concern for Will's mental health as a profiler, if he happens to "get too close" when empathizing with killers, prompts Jack to compel Will into therapy with psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter.
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Also used more frequently as of Season 2. The premiere often uses a Notice This shot to draw attention, and this overlaps with dead bodies and even of Hannibal's cheek when he's being swabbed for DNA. Also done with Will remembering Hannibal setting him up, which comes with graphic shots inside of Will's esophagus.
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Heroic Dog: Winston follows Will and tries to nudge him awake when he starts sleep walking. The second time, the dogs' barking wakes him before he sleepwalks off his own roof. In a later episode, the dogs' worried grizzling wakes Will up and alerts him to the fact that Georgia Madchen is under his bed.
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I'm a Humanitarian
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I'm a Humanitarian: Dr. Hannibal Lecter, obviously. Also, the Minnesota Shrike, who displays Hannibal-like tendencies when he guts and removes the liver from one victim... then sews it back in when he notices it's cancerous because, as Will realizes through his gift, "There was something wrong with the meat." Everyone who eats or drinks something that Hannibal puts in front of them — which is most of the cast by this point (even Will's dogs, who just love the doctor's homemade sausage).
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As Will slowly descends into madness, the Black Comedy is gradually toned down. Naturally, this sets up the very bitter ending to the first season well.
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Adaptation Expansion: And how. This show is Adaptation Expansion: The Series— a few flashback scenes from the books were combined with a minor change in the second Red Dragon movienote Unlike the book and Manhunter, Hannibal and Will were changed to be old friends as Hannibal helped consult on FBI cases. and blown up into what Bryan Fuller describes as "missing novels" in Thomas Harris's book series. This is also expanded through old friendships and FBI roles being expanded upon. For example, Drs. Katz, Price, and Zeller are called on at different points in the books, but this was changed to them being FBI forensic specialists who all work as a trio. The same goes for Abigail and Garrett Jacob Hobbs, who are occasionally mentioned in the books and the former of whom Will recalls briefly meeting with again after the incident. Come the TV show, Hobbs' impact on Will is thoroughly explored in the first season, and Abigail is a direct part of Will's life — to the point he even finds himself caring greatly about her.
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Ironic Echo: Will echoes his "I don't find you interesting" speech to Hannibal in Season 2: On returning to the Hobbs residence in "Savoureux", Will asks Hannibal if they're going to re-enact the crime, echoing Abigail's question from "Potage". Events indeed unfold like a re-enactment — the scene ends with Will fetched up in the corner of the kitchen, bleeding from a bullet wound, whispering Garrett Jacob Hobbs' haunting refrain: "See? See?" Season 1's "Rôti" features Will's desperate, pleading "Please don't lie to me" to Hannibal, begging his friend to bring him back to reality as he slips into a seizure. Later, in Season 2's "Su-zakana", Will confronts Hannibal with "Don't. Lie. To. Me." in the midst of a therapy session, informing Hannibal that he won't put up with his continuing dishonesty.
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Walking Spoiler: Bryan Fuller's twitter prematurely revealed that the villain of Season 2 is Mason Verger. Readers of the book know that, even with the unique canon of the series, things won't work out well when Hannibal gets his hands on him.invoked
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Captain Ersatz
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Captain Ersatz: Since the show doesn't have the rights to characters introduced in The Silence of the Lambs, several of these are used: Miriam Lass, for Clarice Starling. She's a plucky young FBI trainee hand-picked by Crawford to help in the hunt for a notorious serial killer. Franklyn Froidevaux, Hannibal's obsessive and annoying patient, and his close male "friend" Tobias Budge are Ersatzes for Benjamin Raspail and Jame Gumb. While the former remains faithful to the book character (up to and including being dispatched by Hannibal), Budge wound up being very different. Kade Prurnell, an official from the office of the Inspector-General, for Paul Krendler.
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Mythology Gag: During the development process of The Silence of the Lambs, the name Dr. Gideon Quinn was used for the character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter due to Dino DeLaurentiis owning the rights to the name. He later allowed the makers to use the real names for free. In the series, Eddie Izzard plays a serial killer named Dr. Gideon. In "Buffet Froid", Hannibal reveals that he and Dr. Sutcliffe, a neurologist, went to study at Hopkins, either referencing the books or the relevant actor. Much of the depiction of Will's house in Wolf Trap and his home life, and the descriptions of them given to other characters, comes from Thomas Harris' accounts of where and how he lived while writing Red Dragon (i.e. collecting stray dogs, going on long walks at night, the house looking like "a boat at sea"). Some scenes or chunks of dialogue are taken straight from the books — Will fantasizes about killing Hannibal the same way a Nazi dies in Hannibal Rising, Hannibal delivers the "fox hears a rabbit run" bit in the Season 2 finale, etc.
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Birds of a Feather
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Birds of a Feather: Despite being drastically different people, twitchy, unsociable, empathetic Will finds a deep connection with the charming, approachable, sadistic Serial Killer Hannibal Lecter due to their shared emotional distance from other people and the loneliness they've both suffered as a result, enough that he gives up any semblance of a normal life to be with him since his company and affection proves that addictive to him.
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
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Season three has Bedelia unwillingly taking Will's place as Hannibal's partner in hiding, the two playing married couple with intimacies such as him washing her hair in the bath and eventually sharing one kiss with her. All this while he, of course, is pining for Will who single-handedly sails across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe in order to find him. Will and Bedelia spend the rest of the season viciously snarking at one another like petty rivals in a love competition. Will wins their game at the end of the series by reciprocating Hannibal's love, with Bedelia's leg ending up on their dinner plates.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: To Millennium.
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Impersonating an Officer: Dolarhyde steals a police car, which enables him to approach the convoy transporting Hannibal without attracting attention. He then kills the officers and FBI agents escorting the prison van by shooting them through the cruiser's window.
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Catapult Nightmare
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Catapult Nightmare: Will suffers from one in "Apéritif", after reliving the nature of the crimes he had been profiling. He wakes up rather violently from another such dream in "Potage", soaked in sweat. His dreams get steadily worse and his awakenings more troubled. In "Trou Normand", both Will and Abigail have them as their sanity gets steadily frailer.
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Black Comedy Cannibalism
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Black Comedy Cannibalism: The cannibalistic subtext in some of Hannibal's lines has a twisted sort of humor. "Sorbet" takes it up to eleven in its final scene: Hannibal serves his immaculately prepared victims to his "friends" as they applaud him. In "Tome-wan", a drugged-out Mason Verger eats his own nose and pleasantly remarks that it tastes like chicken gizzard. Four words: "You slice the ginger."
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Frame-Up
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Frame-Up: Hannibal does this a few times throughout the series. Season 1 ends with Will imprisoned in the Baltimore State Hospital for Hannibal's killings, and in "Yakimono" Chilton finds himself the target of the Chesapeake Ripper manhunt after Hannibal leaves the corpse of Abel Gideon and a few FBI agents at his house.
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The Bad Guy Wins: In the first season finale, "Savoureux", Will is incarcerated due to overwhelming evidence that he's the copycat killer and violently insane, Abigail is presumably dead, and no one suspects Hannibal — except for Will, who knows, but won't be believed. Hannibal's the one outside the cell, by all appearances innocent of any wrongdoing and free to go on as he has before. Taken even further in the second season finale, "Mizumono". Hannibal escapes to France with Bedelia, after leaving Will, Abigail, Jack and Alana to die in his house.
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Depraved Bisexual
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Depraved Bisexual: Mason Verger qualifies, but given that he's far from the only major bi character (with Alana currently in a same-sex relationship and Hannibal and Will having had relationships with women and being in love with each other, despite their sexuality being unstated), the unfortunate implications of the trope are pretty well averted.
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You Didn't Ask
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You Didn't Ask: Used cleverly in "Su-zakana". Will finds Peter sewing up a dead horse, and Peter confirms he placed Clark inside, so he could feel how his victims felt. It's several minutes until Peter clarifies he didn't kill Clark before putting him inside.
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I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine
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I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen were both in King Arthur, with Dancy as Galahad and Mikkelsen as Tristan. It was actually Dancy who recommended Mikkelsen for the part of Lecter, as the two had grown to be close friends during the film's production. Nina Arianda, who co-starred with Hugh Dancy in a Broadway production of Venus In Fur, plays Will's wife Molly in Season 3.
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Twisted Christmas
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Twisted Christmas: The Frist household in "Œuf".
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Deconstructor Fleet: A theme in "Futamono" is a deconstruction of the third act of a psychological thriller, and "Shiizakana" is a deconstruction of the slasher movie. The first season could arguably be seen as a deconstruction of Hannibal's Draco in Leather Pants status in popular culture, through Bait the Dog. Hopkins' adaptations in particular often made Hannibal sympathetic through his Affably Evil nature, and the fact that many of his victims were Asshole Victims. While this Hannibal has these traits to an extent, the show slowly draws attention to the more selfish motives behind his crimes, and doesn't shy away from or downplay how his actions end up affecting good, genuinely decent people, like Will.
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Full-Name Basis: Will Graham, Jack Crawford, Garrett Jacob Hobbs, Alana Bloom... every character but Hannibal usually gets this treatment.
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Miriam Lass is shown taking a shower, and despite the Censor Steam we can see she's very toned and shapely; the effect is undercut by both her traumatic experience and her arm missing below the elbow.
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Waking Up Elsewhere: Will passes out at Muskrat Farm at some point after Cordell telling him he's going to remove his face without anesthesia and before he and Hannibal getting out. He reawakens in his bed in his house in Wolf Trap, safe and redressed — Hannibal's work.
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Disapproving Look
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Disapproving Look: In "Takiawase", this reaction occurs among a number of others as Jack and his team discover just how much of a nutcase the episode's killer is.
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Gender Flip: Freddy Lounds and Alan Bloom, both male from the books, are now Fredricka "Freddie" Lounds and Alana Bloom.
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Mad Artist
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Mad Artist: The show is brimming with them. Hannibal carries out his copycat murders in a very artistic fashion. Another serial killer arranges human body parts into a totem pole, while another installs the bodies of his victims in an eye-shaped "mural".
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The Croc Is Ticking
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The Croc Is Ticking: Awful scratching, irregular drumming, and an awful buzzing noise — along with the drone of an Aboriginal instrument called a bullroarer — always foretell the appearance of the feathered stag in Will's hallucinations, which alludes to the fact that his developing relationship with Hannibal haunts him. In Season 2, this carries over to the wendigo.
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Official Couple
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Season three shows Will juggling a normal marriage to sweet, uncomplicated Molly and his continued magnetic draw toward his serial killer cannibal ex-psychiatrist. He ultimately chooses Hannibal.
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Ascended Meme: The official NBC Hannibal tumblr tagged a picture as "Hannigram," followed by, "What you didn't think we noticed your ships? You must be new." In the show itself, "... And the Woman Clothed with the Sun" has Freddie Lounds refer to Will and Hannibal as "murder husbands" in print, reflecting their time spent together in Europe. Murder Husbands has been their Idiosyncratic Ship Name within the fandom since the show's first season.
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Murder the Hypotenuse
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Murder the Hypotenuse: Hannibal tries to do this to Molly and Walter by proxy through Dolarhyde, while it was likely Will's decision to go after his former love rival Bedelia at the end of the series.
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OnceAnEpisode
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Considering that people dining with Hannibal happens Once an Episode (and in "Sorbet", involves a roomful of one-percenters who rave about previous feasts), we seriously don't know how to DESCRIBE what the reaction to Hannibal's arrest will be; since the books only touch on this briefly,note The Baltimore elite are said to suffer a sudden rash of alcoholism, institutionalization, and crippling anorexia. how this unfolds on screen has yet to be seen.
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Contagious Cassandra Truth: Hits no less than five characters in Season 2 as Will slowly begins to convince people of Hannibal's true nature: "Sakizuki" has first is Bedelia du Maurier, who is correctly scared shitless of Hannibal and skips town. Second is in "Takiawase" with Beverly Katz, who gets murdered by Hannibal. "Yakimono" has Chilton, whose dawning realization prompts Hannibal to set in motion the Frame-Up of Chilton he'd been plotting for two years. "Kō No Mono" has two with Jack confirmed as in the loop with Will, and also has Alana finally believe him when she sees Freddie.
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Ate His Gun
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Ate His Gun: An elaborate subversion in the case of Francis Dolarhyde.
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Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Reba, like many blind people, doesn't want any pity, and tells this to Dolarhyde in no uncertain terms when they first meet. Dolarhyde, who's very sensitive about his cleft palate scars, seems to appreciate this attitude.
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Batman Gambit
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Batman Gambit: Hannibal pulls these off nearly Once an Episode, and they always work, though as of Season 2, Will (Hannibal's most frequent gambit target in Season 1) seems to have built up a tolerance. Tobias Budge makes an off-color "joke" to Franklyn about wanting to play a man's vocal cords like a cello and, knowing Franklyn would hear about the murder and gossip to Hannibal about the coincidence. All of this is so Tobias can send a message via proxy to Hannibal in hopes that they can be serial killer friends. Shortly after Hannibal tells Gideon where he can find Alana, he tells Will — who just regained consciousness from a seizure — that he's going to check up on Alana because Gideon is on the loose. He also stops Will from trying to go himself, telling him he needs to rest up, casually sets down Will's gun (which he previously confiscated) as well as the keys to his own car, and leaves the room saying he's going to phone Jack. A moment later, he re-enters with no intention of calling Jack, and has a distinct lack of surprise finding that Will, the keys, and the gun have vanished.
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Shoot the Money: The first half of Season 3 takes place in Florence, and they make sure to show practically every major city landmark.
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Actor Allusion
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Actor Allusion: Laurence Fishburne plays the head of a government agency and it isn't the first time he had to deal with a main character who flip-flops between being embraced and hunted down by said agency. Alana helps Will through hearing imaginary animals. And for those familiar with Bryan Fuller's plans for later seasons of Wonderfalls, someone is wrongly institutionalised by their psychiatrist. Ellen Muth plays a character named Georgia who believes that she's dead. Lance Henriksen - lead actor in Millennium, to which Hannibal is a Spiritual Successor - guest stars in Trou Normand. He ends the scene double-tapping his chair, with a sound effect lifted from the Millennium opening theme. Will's line "Don't psychoanalyze me. You won't like me when I'm psychoanalyzed," could be a reference to another Ed Norton (who played Will Graham in the 2002 movie Red Dragon) role as the Hulk. The extended fight scene between Jack and Hannibal in the season 2 opener "Kaiseki" apparently came about when Laurence Fishburne noticed the filming of the Tobias/Hannibal fight in season 1 (the episode "Fromage") and mentioned to Bryan Fuller "You know, I'm pretty good at fight scenes too." In "The Great Red Dragon", Chilton mentions that "Blood and Chocolate" should have been the subtitle of his book. This is a reference to the movie "Blood and Chocolate", in which Hugh Dancy starred.
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The Smart Guy
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The Smart Guy: Frederick Chilton (though "smart" may be generous...).
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Foregone Conclusion: At some point — maybe not in the series itself, but inevitably — Hannibal will be exposed as a serial killer by Will and imprisoned in Chilton's asylum, and and Will would be forced to retire from the FBI. Eventually subverted in Season 3, with Hannibal willingly turning himself in, so that Will would always know where to find him. Will does retire, but when Jack Crawford pulls him back in to work on the Red Dragon case, Will ends up hatching a deliberately flimsy plot that ends with Hannibal breaking out of prison, and the two of them kill the Red Dragon together and fall off a cliff in each other's arms. According to early interviews, Fuller has roughed out several years worth of plot, calling Season 1 the "bromance" between Hannibal and Will, and Season 2 "the ugly breakup", while Season 4 is "basically Red Dragon", which in turn might possibly feature Freddie Lounds' death, if they plan to kill her off in the series. A more minor example, independent from the books, is the flash-forward at the beginning of Season 2, which confirms that neither Hannibal nor Jack will be meeting their demise in the interim. The fate of Mason Verger is essentially true to the book version.
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Curb-Stomp Battle: Jack versus Hannibal round 2. Hannibal doesn't even land a hit, and is forced to hobble away with serious wounds, and only survived due to luck.
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Parental Substitute
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Parental Substitute: Hannibal in particular seems to be becoming this for Abigail. And then she hallucinates that Hannibal is her father and Alana is her mother when drugged up on mushrooms. Alana is aware of this as a definite risk, and is trying to prevent it from happening, as it would not benefit Abigail's long-term good to replace her parents with her doctors. Made more explicit in "Trou Normand" wherein Hannibal is convincing Will to lie about Abigail's involvement in the murder of Nicholas Boyle and describes the two of them as "her fathers." In "Relevés", Will takes on the role of her father in his more sinister aspect.
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Nay-Theist
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Nay-Theist: Hannibal, who appears to believe in a god much like himself — one that deeply enjoys killing people.
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Blatant Lies: Delivered by Mason Verger (newly disfigured and handicapped thanks to Hannibal) to Jack, in order to avoid implicating Hannibal, near the end of "Tome-wan".
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Manipulative Bastard: Hannibal Lecter in spades. It seems obvious, but the premiere of Season 2 has made it even more so. Hannibal wants Will to act on his darkest urges (or, as he calls them, "inspirations") to manipulate and kill. Will knows that Hannibal was the copycat killer, but is imprisoned for those crimes. Therefore, Hannibal has effectively put Will in a position where he has to perform some dark deeds in order to get revenge on Hannibal. Intersecting with his Psycho Psychologist and Morally Ambiguous Doctorate tags it's begun to be suggested that while acting as a therapist Hannibal "treats" patients by helping them to realize and act upon desires that would, in general society, be deemed as destructive. This is evidenced in his treatments of Will, Margot, and Randall Tier. Subverted towards Will. While Hannibal initially tries to manipulate Will, and will keep trying to influence him throughout the series, Bedelia points out that Will since getting out of jail is well aware of this, and she's right. In fact, while Will is definitely subject to the pull Hannibal has on him, the kind of manipulation that Hannibal used on a lot of his former patients doesn't work on him, and in the second half of Season 2 he gradually eliminates the power imbalance. Will. Although it might not look like it, Will can be as apt as Hannibal at manipulation. He had a plan to make Hannibal kill Mason so he'd be caught in the act, and he succeeded at making Hannibal turn himself in by rejecting him — which he claims he did on purpose to get that result. Another example is putting the hand on Chilton in the picture, imagining this move would make the Dragon go for Chilton and get Chilton karmic punishment for what he wrote on Hannibal, as he later admits to Bedelia. This is not a direct manipulation of Dolarhyde, but it's a manipulation of events and of unsuspecting people (Chilton) so that Will's likely to obtain a wanted result.
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Bittersweet Ending: To the series. Dolarhyde is killed by Will and Hannibal. Will and Hannibal finally make amends by killing together, only for Will to end their embrace by hurling them both hundreds of feet down into the ocean. Chilton is alive but horribly injured. Jack is alive but completely alone. Alana and Margot flee the country with their son, presumably waiting for their promised visit from Hannibal. Bedelia is last seen at a table set for three, drugged, terrified, and with her own cooked leg served on a platter. However, Hannibal and Will have basically been confirmed to be alive and on the run together, and, neither Fuller nor the principal actors have ruled out the possibility of some future continuation of the story.
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Killed Offscreen: Abigail Hobbs in Season 1's "Relevés", then subverted, followed by Beverly Katz in Season 2's "Takiawase".
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Love Theme: "Love Crime" is the official love theme for Will and Hannibal. It's played in their final scene together. An instrumental tune that sounds like part of that song can also be heard at other crucial points in season three, for example at the end of "Antipasto" when the heart sculpture for Will is first displayed in the church, or at the end of "The Great Red Dragon" when Hannibal and Will meet again for the first time after three years.
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Villainous Crush: Though the initial relationship started with a friendly, if not manipulative, curiosity, Hannibal's feelings for Will in seasons two and three bloom into an intense, all-consuming love. It becomes so powerful that Hannibal willingly surrenders himself to the FBI when Will told him he wanted nothing to do with him anymore. Will, for his part, ends up reciprocating Hannibal's romantic feelings and leaves his wife, step-son and any semblance of a normal life behind in order to be with him, whether or not he intended for it to be in death or on the run.
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Like in the books, Hannibal is said to be Lithuanian. Mads Mikkelsen just uses his natural Danish accent, however.
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Serial-Killer Killer: Hannibal murders Tobias and Georgia in Season 1, and the "muralist" killer in Season 2. However, he does these to protect/aggrandize himself rather than satisfy a desire for vigilante justice. Not that Will starts the series as a killer willingly, but as his character develops from twitchy and nervous to composed and confident under Hannibal's influence, he does eventually start committing more murder attempts and actual murders, realizing more and more that it feels good to do bad things to bad people. He starts the series shooting Garrett Jacob Hobbs to death, went after Abel Gideon, he killed Randall Tier in self defense after Hannibal sent him his way, almost shoots Clark Ingram for being human garbage, goads Hannibal into breaking Mason's neck hoping it would kill him, and eventually he and Hannibal take down the Great Red Dragon together. He eventually reveals in the finale that he considers these acts "beautiful."
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Villainous Rescue: In "Dolce", Will faces death as Hannibal begins cutting his head open in order to eat his brain. Some time later, Will awakens and realizes he was saved by... Mason Verger.
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Xanatos Speed Chess: Season 2 becomes this between Hannibal and Will. Hannibal seems to be attempting to strike a balance between continuing to manipulate Will, without pushing his insanity or manipulating the evidence to the point where he'll be found viable for the death penalty, while Will intentionally plays everyone's perceptions of his psychosis to manipulate them from behind bars in order to set Hannibal up for his inevitable fall.
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Cradling Your Kill: In "Entrée", Hannibal nuzzles and kisses the top of the head of a victim he's suffocating, almost like a parent kissing a child goodnight.
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Bang, Bang, BANG
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Bang, Bang, BANG: A partial aversion to the norms of this trope in regards to volume level. In "Fromage", Will fires a gun right next to his and a murderer's ears, temporarily deafening both of them.
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Adopt the Dog
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Adopt the Dog: Employed halfway through the first episode, to help us like the odd and decidedly unsocial Will Graham. He may not do well in social situations or know how to get along with people, but caring for his seven rescued stray dogs proves that he's compassionate at heart — in distinct contrast with Hannibal Lecter.
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Adult Fear: In "Mizumono", Will helplessly watches as Hannibal slices Abigail's throat open, too grievously injured to protect her from the same man who had secretly kidnapped and controlled her since the first season. The episode ends with Will — horribly injured and bleeding out on the kitchen floor — desperately trying to staunch the blood flow from Abigail's throat. In "The Great Red Dragon", Dolarhyde fatally maims two parents (stabbing Mr. Leeds in the neck and shooting Mrs. Leeds in the stomach), leaving them bleeding out and unable to help as he murders their children.
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Butt-Monkey: Dr. Chilton, and how. This poor guy gets surgically disemboweled in Season 1, framed for an appalling series of murders and shot in the face in Season 2, and, after finally landing on his feet with a book deal and facial reconstruction surgery, is kidnapped by a serial killer who bites his lips off and immolates him from head to toe in Season 3. He may have some Jerkass tendencies, but he definitely needs a break.
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"The Wrath of the Lamb": Hannibal and Will kill Dolarhyde in a brutal melee, before embracing each other and throwing themselves off a bluff to their deaths. However, there are no bodies at the bottom...
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Big Fancy House: Several are seen throughout the series. Hannibal's exquisitely decorated Baltimore town house and office building. The mansion on Muskrat Farm, the Verger family estate. Dr. Frederick Chilton's mansion, complete with a walk in underground wine cellar. The Lecter Estate in Lithuania.
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Death by Adaptation: In Season 1's finale, "Savoureux", Abigail Hobbs dies despite surviving in the books. Subverted in Season 2, but, in the Season 2 finale, "Mizumono", this happens to Abigail again as, despite being revealed as alive, she is fatally wounded. Subverted again in Season 3's second episode, "Primavera", as it is revealed she in fact survived the attack, only to be un-subverted at the end of the same episode when it was revealed she was just a figment of Will's imagination. It adds a whole new, heartbreaking meaning to Will's claim in Red Dragon that he had "been to visit her." Beverly Katz appears in Red Dragon, but is killed long before those events play out in this version.
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Scenery Porn: If a scene isn't gruesome, it is frankly gorgeous to look at. Sometimes, even the most gruesome scenes are gorgeous in their arrangement, detail and color, like works of art exploring variations on red-brown.
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Combat Pragmatist: A staple in every fight in the series. Hannibal isn't above playing dirty in his occasional scuffle, what with the risk he's at if he's caught. In "Fromage", he even snaps Tobias' elbow in a ladder before bludgeoning him with a statue, and in "Takiawase" he flips off the lights so he can throttle Beverly. In the fight between Jack and Hannibal in Season 2, kitchen knives, dishcloths, shards of glass, pans, and a fridge door are all used as weapons by the two combatants. Used to its logical extent by Jack when fighting Hannibal in Italy. He sneaks up on his foe after taking off his shoes and playing covering music, disarms him, throws him through two glass cabinets, maims him with a meat hook, and then keeps his enemy on the ground while he repeatedly punches him in the face. His victim only has the chance to throw one decent blow, and it misses.
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Break the Cutie: Everything that happens to Abigail Hobbs after she wakes up only seems to drive her closer to, at the very least, mental instability. Will is constantly pushed to use his empathy to find serial killers, and it is slowly eroding his mental state. Hannibal is... not helping.
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Lonely Together
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Lonely Together: A huge basis for Hannibal and Will's odd but (eventually) mutual relationship. The former is distanced by his intelligence and removal from the rest of humanity, while the latter is so overcome with his intense empathy disorder that he actively avoids other people. Turns out Hannibal adores Will's extraordinary senses and the challenges he presents, while Will is drawn in with Hannibal's charisma, intelligence and later his unwavering romantic attention.
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Improvised Weapon: Hannibal is a great fighter, and uses whatever is at hand, including the refrigerator door and his cooking apron.
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Sleepwalking
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Sleepwalking: By "Coquilles", Will develops a bad case of this, waking up in the middle of nowhere and having to be picked up by a cop car. Later in the episode, the sound of his dogs barking wakes him up, to find he somehow managed to get out onto the roof.
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Wham Line: "Trou Normand": "I helped him." Abigail admits to Hannibal that she really did help her father kill the girls, because she sensed that it was her or them. From "Sakizuki": Bedelia whispering "I believe you," to Will. "Futamono": "Miriam."
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Wham Shot: "Savoureux": When we last see Will, he's institutionalized in an asylum. "Takiawase": When investigating Hannibal's basement, Beverly turns on a light switch and we see that Hannibal is standing behind her. In "Futamono", Jack peers down into a pit in one of Hannibal's abandoned lairs, and finds Miriam Lass alive and missing an arm. In "Yakimono", a literal wham shot occurs. Chilton is shot by Miriam after extensive brainwashing by Hannibal. The end of "Ko no Mono" reveals that Freddie Lounds is still alive.
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Festering Fungus: Invoked by the pharmacist who grew mushrooms in the bodies of the diabetic victims he buried.
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Suspect Existence Failure: The eponymous cannibal occasionally amuses himself by causing serial killings that he isn't responsible for to have Suspect Existence Failure.
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The Big Guy
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The Big Guy: Beverly Katz, unfortunately for her.
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Body Horror
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As a prequel series, this is to be expected. Note, however, that the setting means they're probably worse off alive; a prime example of this is in "Rôti", as Chilton is required to survive and remain a recurring antagonist, which means he's found semi-conscious and partially eviscerated instead of dying at Gideon's hands.
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Kade Prurnell, an official from the office of the Inspector-General, for Paul Krendler.
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Multi-Part Episode: "Apéritif/Amuse-Bouche/Potage": The Minnesota Shrike case and Abigail's coma. "Sorbet/Fromage": Hannibal coming to grips with his desire for friendship, and just who he sees as a potential friend. "Relevés/Savoureux": The final stages of Hannibal's plan to break Will down completely are set in motion. "Kaiseki/Sakizuki": The beginning of Will's incarceration, the end of Bedelia's professional and personal relationship with Hannibal, and the hunt for the killer who preserves his victims' bodies in resin. "Shiizakana/Naka-Choko/Ko no Mono/Tome-wan": Will and Hannibal seem to become explicitly partners in crime, Will and Jack set to work in earnest trying to lure and catch Hannibal, and the abusive relationship between Mason and Margot Verger is spotlighted.
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Bookends: In "Relevés", Abigail is apparently killed in the same spot where she almost bled to death in the first episode. In the "Savoureux", Will falls on the same spot that Garrett Jacob Hobbs did after Jack shoots him (non-fatally) and stares at Hannibal as he says, "See?" The Season 2 finale, "Mizumono", has two, both referencing "Aperitif". Firstly, Will calls Hannibal and only says "They know," just as Hannibal did for Hobbes. Secondly, as Abigail's mother figure (before her mother, now Alana) lies horrifically wounded on the front porch, Abigail's father figure (before her father, now Hannibal) cuts Abigail's throat in the kitchen as Will can only watch helplessly. Before Hannibal saved Abigail's life, now he undoes his rescue as Will again tries to hold her wound closed and is unable to. The very first scene of the show has an Early-Bird Cameo by Francis Dolarhyde, who (as Bryan Fuller confirmed) committed the murder Will is investigating. The second half of the final season is centered around actually hunting and arresting Dolarhyde in fitting with the Red Dragon story line. The first and last episodes of Season 3 feature someone eating their own legs.
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Cardiovascular Love
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Cardiovascular Love: No, literally. Hannibal makes a sophisticated, anatomically correct heart origami out of a Vitruvian Man illustration, and also he actually goes and shapes a corpse into a human-sized anatomically correct heart for Will.
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Affably Evil
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Affably Evil: Hannibal may murder and eat people, but that doesn't stop him from being a renowned socialite and friendly psychiatrist. Dr. Gideon is generally calm and non-threatening, but he drains a victim of their blood into medical blood bags he labels "Please deliver to The Red Cross." From "Takiawase", Katherine Pimm has altruistic intentions behind the apparently painless yet decidedly grotesque Body Horror she inflicts on her victims. Matthew Brown, at least in regards to Will Graham. On the other hand, he definitely classifies as Faux Affably Evil to the bailiff he killed and to Hannibal.
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Mathematician's Answer
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Mathematician's Answer
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Three-Way Sex: A strange variation on this, as the people involved (Will, Hannibal, Alana, and Margot) aren't all having sex with each other, but through a kind of Imagine Spot, the audience sees it this way. It makes even more sense in retrospect, given who ends the series romantically involved with whom.
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The Empath
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The Empath: A non-supernatural version (to a degree; the ability is exaggerated to the point of being a super power) — the "pure empathy" that Hannibal describes in him leads Will to uncannily accurate crime scene readings. It also really sucks for him, as the impressions he gets of the killers linger in his nightmares and gradually change his personality the longer he is around Hannibal.
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Raincoat of Horror
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Raincoat of Horror: As a Shout-Out to American Psycho, the title character wears a clear raincoat to prevent his fine suits from being soiled during his murders.
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Threat Backfire: Will's threat to Freddie only gives her another quote to work with in writing him off as a lunatic.
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Idiosyncratic Ship Naming
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In the show itself, "... And the Woman Clothed with the Sun" has Freddie Lounds refer to Will and Hannibal as "murder husbands" in print, reflecting their time spent together in Europe. Murder Husbands has been their Idiosyncratic Ship Name within the fandom since the show's first season.
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Body Motifs: Eyes, mouths/tongues, and ears. Will is heavily associated with eye imagery because he sees, and Hannibal with mouths for the obvious reason and because he manipulates people through speech both in his profession and out. It's also not coincidental that all the motifs are related to the senses.
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Second Act Break Up: The reason Hannibal ends up turning himself in.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: In "Entrée", Jack gets the help of Freddie Lounds to try to provoke the Ripper into action. Season 2 has Will and Hannibal (albeit grudgingly for the former) vs. Mason Verger. Season 3 features Alana teaming up with Mason Verger to capture Hannibal, then later assisting Hannibal in order to stop Mason from killing Will. In the series finale, Will and Hannibal also team up to kill the Red Dragon, although they're clearly allies by this point.
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Animal Motif/Arc Symbol: The black deer with feathers for fur that shows up in Will's dreams. Fandom has dubbed it the Ravenstag. The ravenstag represents Hannibal and Will's relationship. A stag sculpture is seen in Hannibal's office. It appears again when Hannibal uses the aforementioned sculpture to kill Tobias. As Will's encephalitis worsens, he has increasingly frequent hallucinations of deer and buck antlers. In "Savoureux", the Wendigo appears for the first time in place of Hannibal himself from Will's point of view when Will realizes what Hannibal really is.invoked From the very beginning of the series, Will has an affinity for dogs. Like dogs, he is a naturally empathetic creature. Fittingly, Alana likens Hannibal to a cat in Season 3, noting the pride and refinement that he holds so dear. The Vergers get their own prevalent Animal Motifs in Season 2, with Mason's obviously being pigs and Margot's apparently being horses. This makes sense, as Margot is rightfully insecure and craves freedom, and Mason is... a pig. Season 3 seems to make a case for Hannibal and snails. Both move through life slow and methodically and take their time to consume their food. Perhaps the most famous example from the Thomas Harris novels, Season 3 finally introduces Francis Dolarhyde and his obsessive connection to William Blake's The Great Red Dragon paintings.
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Embodiment of Vice: The Wendigo is traditionally an embodiment of gluttony/greed. Hannibal is also somewhat obviously an embodiment of pride, given his noticeable displays of various forms of superiority to other characters and constantly flashy attire. Mason is essentially the anti-Hannibal, in that he's equally murderous but lacks Hannibal's twisted code of honor. Rather than committing evil deeds based on Blue-and-Orange Morality, he does what he does out of a sheer delight in the suffering of others.
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Forced to Watch
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Forced to Watch: Dr. Gideon not only performs a local anesthetic vivisection on Chilton (i.e. gutting him whilst he's semi-conscious), but he kidnaps Freddie and forces her to watch and manually keep Chilton breathing.
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Intercontinuity Crossover: One of the Gardener's would-be victims in "Amuse-Bouche" is Gretchen Speck (she dropped the Horowitz in the divorce). She's even played by the same actress. And in true Bryan Fuller fashion, Celebrity Paradox kicks in here, as Caroline Dhavernas is in both. As different people. Ellen Muth shows up as a "Mulholland Drive type reinterpretation" of George from Dead Like Me. Her character, Georgia Madchen, last name translates roughly to "Lass", and she has Cotard's syndrome, believing she is dead but still existing in some form, like Georgia Lass in Dead Like Me. George and Reggie's last name on Dead Like Me was Lass. A "Miriam Lass" shows up as one of Jack's proteges.
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Love Will Lead You Back
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Love Will Lead You Back: Will is very clear in "Digestivo" that he doesn't want to think about Hannibal anymore or know where he is or what he is doing. Hannibal makes it so Will knows exactly where he is, hoping this will happen. Despite all of Will's claims to the contrary, this is de facto what happens.
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The Mountains of Illinois
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The Mountains of Illinois: Wolf Trap, VA, where Will lives, is nowhere near as remote and spacious as the show portrays it. In fact, the county in which it resides (Fairfax) is the most populous county in Virginia and in the Baltimore-DC metropolitan area; it is most certainly not "the middle of nowhere" as Will describes it in "Naka-choko".
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Evil Tastes Good
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Evil Tastes Good: Hannibal, obviously, but Will later partakes in cannibal dinners alongside him, though mostly as a way to endear Hannibal to him.
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Dissonant Serenity: Abel Gideon seems only mildly peeved when he realizes that Hannibal has amputated his leg with the intent of serving it up to him as dinner. Then he tucks in and gives his compliments to the chef. Hannibal watches a living man emerge from inside a horse with mild curiosity, at most.
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Time Skip: Two in the third season. The first takes place in "Antipasto", which is set a few months after the events of "Mizumono". The second, in "The Great Red Dragon", is three years, skipping from 2015 to 2018.
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Pragmatic Adaptation
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Pragmatic Adaptation: Having Freddie be a well-known blogger rather than a print tabloid reporter makes much more sense given the reality of the newspaper industry these days. It also means that her stories can have an immediate impact on the plot rather than having to wait for her to submit the story and for it to be published. Similarly, Francis Dolarhyde's method of selecting victims is updated since very few people are transferring home movies from film to videotape these days. He now finds them through the vague avenue of "social media".
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Parental Incest: Garrett Jacob Hobbs was, shall we say... a tad obsessed with his daughter. Not quite in the way the trope suggests, but the way he did go about it isn't any less disquieting.
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The Lancer
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The Lancer: Jack Crawford.
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The Leader
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The Leader: Will Graham.
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Sacrificial Lion
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Sacrificial Lion: Beverly Katz. In "The Number of the Beast is 666", Frederick Chilton is severely mutilated, demonstrating that Francis Dolarhyde has been consumed entirely by the Dragon.
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Psycho Psychologist
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Intersecting with his Psycho Psychologist and Morally Ambiguous Doctorate tags it's begun to be suggested that while acting as a therapist Hannibal "treats" patients by helping them to realize and act upon desires that would, in general society, be deemed as destructive. This is evidenced in his treatments of Will, Margot, and Randall Tier.
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He Knows Too Much
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He Knows Too Much: Chilton, Bedelia, Will, Beverly, and Miriam.
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Gilligan Cut: When discussing organ harvesting as a possible motive for the organ removal of murder victims. Missing intestines prompt Zeller to suggest looking for someone with a short bowel, "or the Ripper's making sausages." Cut to Hannibal in the kitchen making sausage. Alana suggests that Will needs a fool to help him in his plan to catch Dolarhyde. Cut to Chilton.
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Meaningful Echo: Season 2's second arc combines a significant example this with foreshadowing for "Mizumono". Specifically, Hannibal compares the effect of Abigail's death to the shattering of a teacup. Mentioning how he wishes he could reverse time to fix it, the grand finalé has Hannibal effectively do so; following Will's betrayal, however, Hannibal mentions smashing the teacup again, and slashes Abigail's throat in front of Will, again severely damaging Will in a seemingly irreparable way.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Abigail Hobbs shares her name with a fourteen-year-old girl who, along with her father William, was accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials. Bedelia Du Maurier doubles as this and a Shout-Out; Daphne Du Maurier specialized in stories of psychological manipulation. Franklyn Froidevaux, being a Benjamin Raspail Expy, got his first name from "Benjamin Franklin," and his last name is a street that runs parallel to Raspail in Paris. The killer from the first two episodes of Season 2 whose victims form a flesh-tone color palette is named James Gray, while his last victim is named Roland Umber. Matthew 27:3-10 describes the suicide by hanging of Judas Iscariot. After subduing and accusing him of betraying Will, Matthew Brown tortures, crucifies, and then hangs Hannibal. The man who takes care of animals in "Su-zakana" is named Peter Bernardone. Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, was born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone. In "Shiizakana", the killer is named Randall Tier, and is obsessed with animals. "Tier" is German for "animal." As in the books, Mason Verger's name combines the name of a religious group associated with power and secrecy with a last name meaning a layperson assistant in church rites, reflecting the Verger family's power and secrecy, its association with the church (Southern Baptist, in this instance), and Mason's inferior but useful skills as a sadist and manipulator when he is drawn into the "game" between Will and Hannibal. The man whose identity Hannibal steals after choosing him as a murder victim for his rudeness is called Dr. Fell. As in, "I do not like thee, Dr. Fell" (and, also, as in a Dean of Christchurch College, the person supposedly referenced in that rhyme).
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Talking in Bed
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On the subtler side there's Hannibal's scene in "Futamono" Talking in Bed the morning after with Alana, which in any other context would be sweet but, given who one party is, becomes nightmarish.
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Driven to Suicide: Season 2 has Bella Crawford, not that it works. Only Hannibal could make saving someone's life an act of such evil.
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Casting Gag
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Casting Gag: Gillian Anderson as Hannibal's psychotherapist, Bedelia Du Maurier. Anderson is well known for playing Dana Scully, a character inspired by Clarice Starling. The connection becomes even more apparent when Hannibal and Bedelia go into hiding together after Season 2, which mirrors Hannibal and Clarice's eventual fate in the books. Zachary Quinto as Bedelia's's dead patient, Neal Frank. Quinto is known for playing mentally unbalanced characters and previously worked with Bryan Fuller on Heroes. In a twist, Neal is actually an innocent victim. He merely called out Bedelia and Hannibal on their callous treatments and ended up dead because of it. Ellen Muth who played Georgia Lass on Dead Like Me plays Georgia Madchen. Apart from having the same first name and a last name with the same meaning, both are young women who are still walking around even though they believe they died years before, both help people pass on into the next life (though in different ways), and both physically see people differently than others do. It is one step removed from a crossover.
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Christmas Episode
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Christmas Episode : Albeit a grim one, "Œuf" takes place at Christmas time.
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One Dialogue, Two Conversations
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One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Any time anyone speaks to Hannibal.
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Opposites Attract
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Opposites Attract: Played with. Hannibal is incredibly fascinated with Will's empathy and it seems that Will's empathy is one of the reasons he's so deeply in love with him. It's suggested multiple times that it's because of the great potential for goodness and cruelty he sees in that empathy, rather than simply because it's something he doesn't have, but it's still worth noting that Will's empathy is diametrically opposite to the way Hannibal sees the world. Funnily enough, one of the other reasons Hannibal and Will love each other so much seems to be that they are so similar in being different from everybody else.
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Erotic Eating
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Erotic Eating: The scene where Will and Hannibal eat ortolans was shot to invoke oral sex.
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Up to Eleven
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Taken Up to Eleven in "Sorbet", in which Hannibal throws a fancy dinner party and the camera pans up the table, showing how it's laden with terrifyingly delicious-looking human organ meats, before finally showing Hannibal give a short but sweet speech:
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Unbroken Vigil
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Unbroken Vigil: First Hannibal and then Will is seen sleeping on a couch in Abigail Hobbs's hospital room, waiting for her to wake up.
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Gaslighting
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Gaslighting: In "Buffet Froid", we find out that Will has encephalitis, so at least some of his issues are due to physical problems with his brain, not just psychological ones. Hannibal makes sure he doesn't find out, and continues to lie to him about what's real and what isn't, so he can push Will further. Neal Frank realized that Hannibal was also doing the same to him and cut off their patient-therapist relationship. Hannibal sends him to Bedelia instead, and Bedelia recommends the same treatment to him. An upset Neal starts choking and dies.
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Serial Killer
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Serial Killer: Obviously.
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Colour-Coded for Your Convenience
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"Antipasto" jumps back and forth between four different time periods, each with its own color palette and/or aspect ratio.
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Spared by the Adaptation
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Spared by the Adaptation: Freddie Lounds. Chilton takes her place as Dragon bait, though he survives the treatment.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: "You see?", "What do you see?" or some variant, which references Will's empathy with serial killers, whether he's coming closer to being one, or whether he's coming close to noticing what's right in front of his face. "This is my design" is Will's mantra whenever he's channeling at a crime scene, or explaining for his students. "[He/I] wanted to see what would happen." From Season 3: "Observing or participating?"
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Aspect Montage
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Aspect Montage: Quite frequently in Hannibal's kitchen. Usually focusing on whatever he's preparing. Used for the crime scenes as well.
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Brother–Sister Incest: The Verger twins. Not explicit in the show, but Katharine Isabelle revealed in an interview that Mason feels that he is, in his own twisted way 'in love' with Margot, and has had (most likely non-consensual) sex with her in the past.
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God Is Evil
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God Is Evil: Discussed. This is Hannibal's view: "Killing must feel good to God too-he does it all the time." Later, he speculates whether, if God exists, his killing people could actually be called "good" or "evil". In "Ko no Mono" Hannibal also states that his own "modest actions" pale in comparison with God's. Discussed once again in "Tome-wan", where Hannibal speculates that to God innocence is offensive, thereby explaining the suffering of innocents.
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From Bad to Worse
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Following this point, the hallucinations grow so frequent that there's no point listing individual examples.
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Stout Strength
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Stout Strength: Jack Crawford looks as if he's let himself go a bit while working behind a desk, but he is still incredibly strong.
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The Nose Knows
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The Nose Knows: Hannibal is well established as having an exceptional sense of smell; not only can he correctly guess the make of perfume or aftershave that people are wearing, he claims to be able to tell if they're ill from their scent: "I knew my teacher had stomach cancer before he was even diagnosed." This was used as foreshadowing for Bella Crawford's lung cancer diagnosis in "Coquilles", and to hint that Hannibal smelled Will's encephalitis months before his symptoms developed. In Season 2, he uses his sophisticated sense of smell to solve crimes. For example, he detects the scent of a cornfield on a dead body, leading him to realize that the victim escaped from a corn farm before dying. Also in Season 2, after Bedelia claims that Hannibal is dangerous, he shows up at her house in his plastic murder suit to find Bedelia has emptied her house apart from some of the larger items (such as furniture). Her perfume bottle is left behind, left in plain sight so Hannibal knows that she knew he would come, and that he can't find her with his senses. Continuing with Season 2, Hannibal realizes Will has betrayed him when Hannibal picks up traces of Freddie's scent on Will.
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Rain of Blood
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Rain of Blood: In "Potage", the body of one of Abigail's friends is found this way, blood seeping through the floorboards above.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Currently Dramatic Irony, but there's going to come a point where Jack realizes how many lives he could have saved by letting Matthew Brown hang Hannibal instead of saving him.
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Freak Out
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Freak Out!: In "Trou Normand", Will has a borderline panic attack when he suddenly finds himself in Hannibal's office, having no memory of how he got there, and having lost at least three hours. This is not helped by his discovery the next day that he was apparently acting completely normal during his black-out, to the point that Crawford didn't notice anything at all different about him, meaning that presumably he gave a summation of what he saw, helped build the profile and innocuously took his leave without acting unusually in any way — or, at least, any more unusually than Will tends to act at crime scenes.
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How We Got Here
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How We Got Here: The first episode of Season 2, "Kaiseki", opens with Jack and Hannibal fighting, with Hannibal wounding Jack before it flashes back twelve weeks to the ending of the previous season.
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Outlaw Couple
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Outlaw Couple: Hannibal and Will would have become this if season four had come to fruition. Word of God has confirmed they would have spent the season pack hunting together, likely in Cuba.
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Dysfunction Junction
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Dysfunction Junction: Yeah, these people have issues. Most are FBI agents, which means regular exposure to the worst of humanity. A couple are psychiatrists, which has its own special neuroses as a profession. The rest are victims or killers. And then there's Will. The cannibalistic serial killer is probably the most together one of the bunch.
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Artistic License – Animal Care
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Artistic License – Animal Care: At dinner with Hannibal, Jacks wife turns down foie gras on the basis of cruelty; Hannibal reassures her that he patronizes an ethical, cruelty-free butcher. However, the accusations of cruelty regarding foie gras are rooted in the fact that the duck or goose must be force fed for weeks to ensure their liver is as fatty as possible; this is an unavoidable step, regardless how ethical the butcher.
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Has Two Mommies
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Has Two Mommies: Alana and Margot's son. Invoked with Abigail throughout the series. Will and Hannibal both think of themselves as her substitute father, and they're first framed as her parents jointly when Hannibal says they "are her fathers now" in season 1. Hannibal's escape plan in season 2 largely revolves around the project of running away together as a family; Will indulges in this same fantasy when he finds out. Later on in season 3, in opposition to Molly giving Will a (step-) son, Hannibal claims he "gave Will a child" first.
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Middle Child Syndrome
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Middle Child Syndrome: It's used as a plot point to identify the killers in "Œuf".
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Ambiguously Evil
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Ambiguously Evil: Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier. Season 3 reveals that she has a fairly messed-up view of morality, preferring the idea of killing something injured instead of nursing it back to health. A flashback also reveals she initially tried to help a patient choking on his own tongue, but then became overwhelmed with the control she had over him and killed him by sliding her whole arm down his throat.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: After Hannibal prevents Will from killing him, Clark Ingram is never seen or mentioned again. What exactly became of Miriam Lass after "Yakimono" (presumably, psychiatric care) is never directly confirmed onscreen. After seeing Hannibal in custody, Chiyo walks away into the woods and right out of the story, never to be seen or heard from again.
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Romance Arc
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Romance Arc: Although the show starts off looking like a procedural, it slowly reveals itself as (or evolves into) a big prolonged example of this, with the relationship between Will and Hannibal taking the central focus.
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Above Good and Evil
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Later, he speculates whether, if God exists, his killing people could actually be called "good" or "evil".
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Black-and-Gray Morality
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Black-and-Gray Morality: No one's really innocent and everyone has unexpected facets. The titular Villain Protagonist is The Corrupter as well as a cannibal, but he's acted against people who are arguably worse than he is. The other protagonist Will Graham has crossed many moral lines in pursuing/cozying up to Hannibal in an attempt to entrap him. The show's morality is so complex that two of the sleaziest characters from Season 1 — Dr. Frederick Chilton and Freddie Lounds — have heroic moments in Season 2.
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Bait-and-Switch
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"Digestivo" avoids showing Hannibal killing Cordell and rescuing Will, for the sake of a Bait-and-Switch on the viewers.
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Murder-Suicide
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Murder-Suicide: Arguably what Will tries to do in "The Wrath of the Lamb" as a last attempt to save himself/his and Hannibal's potential future victims knowing that he won't be able to stop, but so that he and Hannibal can still die in each other's arms. According to the cliffhanger and Word of God, it fails. They survive and are now on the run together.
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Villain with Good Publicity
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Hannibal may murder and eat people, but that doesn't stop him from being a renowned socialite and friendly psychiatrist.
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Fire/Water Juxtaposition
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Fire/Water Juxtaposition: Hannibal and Will are associated (using scenery, favored environments, perception or their tools) with fire and water, respectively, which symbolizes their respective natures. Hannibal is often filmed in front of his fireplace, just loves flambé cooking (using alcohol on a hot pan to create a jet of flame to cook the food), describes Will's illness/madness — which he cultivates — with fire metaphors (such as oil spill), and has used fire as a murder weapon. He's brilliant and eye-catching, vital, loves life, but he's terribly destructive and changes whatever he touches; the deliberate Lucifer inspiration makes it all the stronger (since Lucifer means 'light-bringer', and is, of course, associated with hellfire). Will is a fisherman; sweats a lot; likes and repairs boats; is filmed in the shower; hallucinates rain, floods, trickles, waves and cliffs of ice (including one when he outright dissolved in water); and retreats to a serene mental river in Season 2. His empathic gift means he takes the shape of others like water in a vessel, and he can seem deceptively dreary and cold, as well as easily "diluted" and diverted, subject to constant change and motion — always from without. Someone can't touch him without changing him. That doesn't mean he's not dangerous, too, in his own way. Fittingly, he kills Hannibal with water. In "Mukōzuke", where was Hannibal nearly killed on Will's request? At a swimming pool. The episode also had the repeated symbolism of water with blood seeping into it.
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The Vergers get their own prevalent Animal Motifs in Season 2, with Mason's obviously being pigs and Margot's apparently being horses. This makes sense, as Margot is rightfully insecure and craves freedom, and Mason is... a pig.
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill: What happens to Dolarhyde in "The Wrath Of The Lamb". The guy is beaten savagely by Hannibal and Will, stabbed twice in the legs, twice in the back, axed in both knees, then stabbed and cut across the stomach at the same time his throat is ripped out. Needless to say, he doesn't survive the treatment.
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Anachronic Order: "Antipasto" jumps back and forth between four different time periods, each with its own color palette and/or aspect ratio. Season 3 in general: the first three episodes are more or less in chronological order, while the fourth takes place before the first one.
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Mr. Exposition: In Season 1, Will alternates investigating serial killers with teaching about them at the FBI academy, and his lectures are a useful tool for giving the audience background information on crimes and killers that weren't shown on screen.
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Artistic License – Medicine
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Artistic License – Medicine: Hannibal, Bedelia, and Alana are all psychiatrists, but are usually providing counseling, not medication, to their patients. Typically psychiatrists would see patients about medication and treatment of mental illness, more than just talk therapy — that's a psychotherapist's job. Justified in Will's case, since his relationship with both Hannibal and Alana isn't a doctor-patient relationship in the typical sense. Alana also tells Abigail that she isn't a medical doctor. Psychiatrists go through medical school, the same as any other MD. Perhaps also justified in that Alana may be trying to simplify matters for a layman/reassure Abigail that her goal is something very different from aiding her physical recovery.
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Mystery of the Week
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Mystery of the Week: Subverted at least as often as used. There are some one-off killers, but it's also quite common for a killer to be significant for two episodes (often because the FBI has to deal with the complications of his death).
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: "Savoureux", the first season finale. Abigail is implied to have been killed by Hannibal. Bedelia is revealed to know something about what Hannibal does. Hannibal frames Will for Abigail's murder, as well as the Copycat Killer murders. Jack is forced to shoot Will when Will threatens Hannibal with a gun. Will figures out what Hannibal really is, and is committed to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Alana is grief-stricken and guilt-ridden for Abigail's death and Will's apparent tumble over the edge, in spite of all her warnings and all her efforts to help him. Even Will's dogs are taken into custody. No one comes out of this episode unscathed. Except for Hannibal. "Takiawase": Beverly Katz is killed after discovering Hannibal's secret. "Futamono": One of Hannibal's murders exonerates Will and Miriam Lass is discovered alive by Jack. "Yakimono": Frederick Chilton is framed by Hannibal for his crimes, and then shot by Miriam. "Tome-wan": Mason Verger gets his just (and extremely gruesome) desserts, and afterward, Hannibal declares that he will reveal his true self to Jack. "Mizumono": Hannibal leaves Jack, Will, Alana and Abigail to die in his house after psychologically and physically tormenting every one of them. Once again, Hannibal is unscathed, though he has fled the country. "Contorno": At long, long last, Jack gives Hannibal what he deserves, beating him to a bloody pulp and throwing him out of a window. "Digestivo": Mason dies and Hannibal surrenders to the police. "The Number of the Beast is 666": Chilton is mutilated and set on fire by Dolarhyde. "The Wrath of the Lamb": Hannibal and Will kill Dolarhyde in a brutal melee, before embracing each other and throwing themselves off a bluff to their deaths. However, there are no bodies at the bottom...
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: Most people who wind up as ingredients for Hannibal's meals are this. Well, at least as far as he is concerned. Though suffice to say, Mason Verger really had it coming (both times).
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Autocannibalism
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Autocannibalism: Hannibal inflicts this on Abel Gideon in "Futamono," with more details of it revealed in "Antipasto." Also, Mason Verger cuts off his own nose and eats it in "Tome-wan". Foreshadowed a few episodes earlier, when he touches his newly-bloodied nose, licks his fingers, and seems to enjoy the taste. The Stinger for the Season 3 finale had Bedelia sitting at a table waiting in fear, her thigh cooked and steaming on a platter.
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GPS Evidence
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GPS Evidence: In "Sakizuki", after finding corn residue caught in the cracked resin on the victim's skin, the FBI — and Hannibal, separately — track the killer's hideout by simply traveling upstream until they find corn.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: Season 2 introduces Mason Verger, who has spent a lifetime abusing his sister Margot, who depends on him for her money, up to and including forcing a hysterectomy on her and ensuring that the doctors leave a big scar to brand her. Hannibal arranges for him to suffer a comparable level of harm, leaving him facially disfigured, paralyzed below the neck, and dependent on Margot.
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Rule of Symbolism
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Rule of Symbolism: There are a lot of visual metaphors on this show, sometimes shown through Will's hallucinations and thoughts, and other times shown through the Monster of the Week's crimes.
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Five-Man Band
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Five-Man Band: The Leader: Jack Crawford. The Lancer/Token Evil Teammate: Hannibal Lecter. The Smart Guy: The Science Team — Jimmy Price, Brian Zeller, and Beverly Katz. The Big Guy: Will Graham who is the most active in the field and most frequently comes into confrontation with the killers. The Chick: Alana Bloom Will's assembled team in Season 2 to apprehend Hannibal could count. The Leader: Will Graham. The Lancer: Jack Crawford. The Smart Guy: Frederick Chilton (though "smart" may be generous...). The Big Guy: Beverly Katz, unfortunately for her. The Chick. Freddie Lounds. The Sixth Ranger: Alana Bloom. She only realizes what's going on in the finale of Season 2 though.
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A Glass of Chianti
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A Glass of Chianti: When Alana visits Hannibal's office, she requests a beer. He provides it (in a special variety he brews in wine barrels to give it certain subtle flavors), but for himself pours a glass of wine. Red, naturally. Of course, Hannibal is also the Trope Namer.
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Children Forced to Kill
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Children Forced to Kill: The reason the fourth episode, "Œuf", was yanked from the schedule was because the killer of the week brainwashed children into killing their families, which Bryan Fuller felt was in poor taste after certain events. Luckily, it wasn't cut from international broadcasts, and made available later.
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Betty and Veronica
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Betty and Veronica: Alana Bloom's two potential love interests are troubled but ultimately heroic FBI agent Will Graham and sociopathic, manipulative, people-eating Serial Killer Hannibal Lecter. Except outwardly their roles are inverted: Will is an emotionally fragile, increasingly unstable friend she has strong feelings for but equally strong reasons why they shouldn't get involved, and Hannibal is a steady, educated colleague who shares many of her interests. Season three shows Will juggling a normal marriage to sweet, uncomplicated Molly and his continued magnetic draw toward his serial killer cannibal ex-psychiatrist. He ultimately chooses Hannibal.
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Faux Affably Evil
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Matthew Brown, at least in regards to Will Graham. On the other hand, he definitely classifies as Faux Affably Evil to the bailiff he killed and to Hannibal.
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Hired to Hunt Yourself
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Hired to Hunt Yourself: At one point Jack asks Hannibal if he would "Help (us) catch the Ripper," not knowing, of course, that Hannibal himself is the Chesapeake Ripper. Hannibal's response: "How could I refuse?"
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Big Bad
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Big Bad: Overall, Hannibal is more of a villain deuteragonist in this series. Mason Verger is one of the main antagonists of Season 2 and he's unambiguously the Big Bad in the first half of Season 3, with Francis Dolarhyde being the Big Bad in the second half. Mason is the most consistent of Will/Hannibal's enemies, appearing in about a third of the episodes.
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Sleep Cute
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Sleep Cute: A very, very strange one at the end of "Apéritif". Made decidedly sinister at least for the audience, with Hannibal falling asleep by Abigail's sickbed, holding her hand. Less creepily, Will falls asleep in the same room, and at one point awakens to discover that Alana arrived, wrapped him in a blanket, and began to read aloud to Abigail.
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Continuity Reboot: The show isn't a prequel to the films, but an adaptation of Red Dragon that exists in its own continuity and makes changes to some of the characters and events (i.e. Freddie Lounds is now a woman named Fredricka). Bryan Fuller's original plan was to include book villain Mason Verger in the second season, directly adapt Red Dragon in Season 4 and do The Silence of the Lambs in Season 5. Instead, Fuller opted to move his adaptation of "Red Dragon" up to the second half of Season 3 — which also includes adapted material from Hannibal and Hannibal Rising. NBC's dropping of the series in June 2015 rendered discussion of future season plans moot.
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Pragmatic Villain: In "Fromage", when a killer questions why Hannibal invited him to dinner:
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Not So Different: In "Entrée", Freddie and Will snidely mention to each other that, in the list of professions psychopaths are disproportionately drawn to, journalism is number six and law enforcement is number seven. Especially interesting is that chefs are number nine on the list, yet therapists are on the inverse as the third least common profession for psychopaths. Considering the mix, Hannibal is probably not a psychopath, but something worse.
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom: All right, not so much unwitting, but so far Freddie has unintentionally managed to sic two threats on Will or someone close to him. Time will only tell if she keeps up this track record...
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The Family That Slays Together
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The Family That Slays Together: What Will, Hannibal and Abigail were supposed to become if Will and Hannibal's plan at the end of Season 2 had succeeded.
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Wendigo
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One True Love
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One True Love: As it progresses, the show revolves more and more around the idea that this is what Hannibal and Will are for each other. Both Will and Hannibal believe the other is this for them, as reluctant as Will is to face the consequences of that notion. Similarly, the narrative favors the idea that they cannot find another person whom they ultimately would want to be with more than each other, and that one could never stop being drawn to the other, because they accept each other unconditionally and understand each other so profoundly and uniquely. This is both their salvation and their damnation — whole new levels of it.
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In "Buffet Froid", Hannibal reveals that he and Dr. Sutcliffe, a neurologist, went to study at Hopkins, either referencing the books or the relevant actor.
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Camera Abuse
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Camera Abuse: When Will gets into the mind of Garrett Jacob Hobbs and hallucinates slitting Abigail's throat, her blood flies everywhere, spattering the camera lens.
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Elopement: The second half of season two of has Hannibal and his patient/frienemy/soulmate Will plotting on murdering Will's boss Jack and leaving their old lives behind together, complete with plans to go to Italy and to have Abigail, whose survival Hannibal had been keeping secret to surprise Will, join them. It doesn't work out according to plan since Will's loyalties were deeply conflicted. In season three, Hannibal and Will do escape alive after viciously killing Dolerhyde together, admitting mutual romantic feelings drenched in blood before Will throws them into the ocean. Although his true intentions (whether he wanted them to survive or not) aren't know because the show was cancelled in its prime, Word of God has confirmed that they did survive and would spend a hypothetical season four on the run as an Outlaw Couple.
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Leitmotif
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Leitmotif: The Goldberg Variations Aria by Bach, recognizable as the classical music playing after Lecter attacks his guards in Silence of the Lambs. It appears normally as one of Lecter's themes as well as in a slowed, softer variation for Will Graham (such as when he first rescues and bathes Winston in the pilot). This then later returns for the penultimate episode of season two (albeit slowed significantly and then composed over), and for season three it expands on that by having the low tempo version reappear as a softer choir version for a dual motif for whenever Lecter and Graham cross paths.
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Secret Keeper
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Secret Keeper: Hannibal and Abigail become this to each other in Season 1. She knows he called her house, he knows she killed someone and helped hide the body. In "Trou Normand" Will figures it out, but Hannibal persuades him to stay silent, thus bringing him into the circle.
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Sarcastic Confession: Often paired with Dramatic Irony, what with Hannibal being one of the most famous fictional cannibals/sociopaths. Also notably invoked in the Season 2 premiere:
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Doomed by Canon: As a prequel series, this is to be expected. Note, however, that the setting means they're probably worse off alive; a prime example of this is in "Rôti", as Chilton is required to survive and remain a recurring antagonist, which means he's found semi-conscious and partially eviscerated instead of dying at Gideon's hands. Also subverted on occasion, with book and film characters (albeit not the starring ones) occasionally dying. Especially notable in Season 2 is Beverly Katz, who acted as a forensic scientist during the events of the Red Dragon novel. Later on, during the series' adaptation of Red Dragon, Chilton is set ablaze in a wheelchair instead of Freddie Lounds. The canon also gives us Mason Verger's ultimate fate. Inspector Pazzi. We know he's doomed from his first appearance. Dolarhyde doesn't survive Season 3, though the circumstances of his death are different.
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Death Is the Only Option
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Death Is the Only Option: The only one Will sees after admitting he loved the brutal pack hunting he just did with Hannibal.
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: "Entrée" has Will put himself in the mind of a killer who gouged out a woman's eyes with his thumbs. "Takiawase" continues the trend, with a killer who performs twisted lobotomies by sticking metal pins in people's eyes.
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Will also exhibits signs of this as his character development progresses. While a part of him tries to retain a conventional morality, another part pulls him towards a more personal moral code. For example, it becomes more and more acceptable to him that another person suffer if he thinks they deserve it (like Mason, or Bedelia and Chilton). At the same time, he forgave Hannibal after he killed Abigail and cut Will open, he doesn't seem to think Hannibal deserves to suffer, and accepts him unconditionally even though he's a serial killer and a cannibal — which for conventional morality wouldn't make sense. The fact that his criteria for who deserves pain are so personal is actually one of the things that make Will all the more dangerous and unpredictable.
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Rule of Drama/Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Some of the logistical aspects of the murders strain credibility. Officially, Hannibal has secret steam tunnels under his house, but the other killers have no such benefits.
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The Un-Smile
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The Un-Smile: After Will suffers a seizure in "Rôti", Hannibal guides him through a simple series of tests for possible stroke victims (that are used in reality by non-cannibal medical professionals). The last test is getting the subject to smile to check their facial muscle control. Will's not really a smiley individual at the best of times, but the expression he makes in this instance (when he's swaying on his feet, soaked in sweat, pale as a corpse, and about as cheerful as a high-casualty train wreck), despite ticking all the boxes for "smile", is nightmarish. And what makes it even more chilling is the way Hannibal smiles back in genuine pleasure.
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Only Known by Their Nickname: Bella Crawford's real name is actually Phyllis — but, as she says, Jack only calls her that when they're arguing. He gave her the nickname when they met in Italy; appropriate, as it's Italian for "beautiful".
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Meme Acknowledgment: It got to the point where, by the third season, even Bryan Fuller himself was using the term "murder husbands" to describe Will and Hannibal's complex relationship. invoked
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Matthew Brown speaks with a lisp, walks with a slouch, and behaves like a twitchy, absent-minded orderly who's just trying to go about his job like any other normal person. In reality, he is Will's secret admirer and an intelligent, well-built, calculating murderer whom nobody suspects, not even Hannibal.
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Garrett Jacob Hobbs is clearly meant to be one of infamous Real Life Serial Killer Ed Gein, going by his hunting themes and desire to use all parts of his victims.
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Working with the Ex
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Working with the Ex: The second half of season three has Will seeing Hannibal again after three years apart after Will rejected him and Hannibal refused to live free without him. Though he is officially there for the FBI and the Red Dragon case, it's made abundantly clear that in reality, he mostly just wanted to see Hannibal again.
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Cop and Scientist
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Cop and Scientist: With Will the cop (or, rather, FBI, but it's close) and Hannibal the scientist.
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Dramatic Irony: The audience knows that Hannibal is a cannibalistic serial killer, but none of the other characters do - yet. In "Potage", Will gives his FBI Academy students a lecture on the Minnesota Shrike copycat murder, which he believes was committed by a far more dangerous and sadistic killer who'll be harder to catch. Naturally, Hannibal drops in for the last few minutes and watches keenly. In the same episode, Abigail wants to recreate the morning of her parents' deaths, telling Alana "You can be my mom," and Will "You can be my dad," before turning to Hannibal and saying, "And you be the man on the phone!" Hannibal, of course, did call Garrett Jacob Hobbs to warn him that he was about to be discovered as the Minnesota Shrike. And in a strange way, Will did "become" her father using his gift of empathy. In "Kaiseki", the episode opens with a Flash Forward to Jack attacking and fighting Hannibal, which ends with Hannibal seriously wounding Jack and pursuing him. Returning to the present, the duo then proceeds to enjoy lunch together and discussing Will's guilt, which will presumably cause their fight in twelve weeks.
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Held Gaze: Happens often between Hannibal and Will during moments of connection between them. Given Will's distaste for eye contact and his inability to do this with any other character, it's done to symbolize their unique, pure understanding of the other.
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Reflecting Hannibal's liking for fine food (and the rude), every episode title is based upon foods and culinary terms: The first season episodes were French terms, listing out the various courses of an Haute-Cuisine dinner in order: "Apéritif" (the pilot), "Potage", "Œuf", "Entrée", etc. The second season uses Japanese terms for its episode titles, such as "Kaiseki" (first episode, named after a formal, multicourse Japanese meal), and the rest of the season's episodes form a list of the 12 courses of a winter Kaiseki dinner: "Takiawase", "Yakimono", etc... The third season uses the courses of a formal Italian dinner, based on where most of the season was set. The second half of the season is named after the four Great Red Dragon paintings by William Blake.
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Halfway Plot Switch: The first half of the third season revolves around the hunt for Hannibal in Italy (based upon the novel Hannibal). The second half jumps ahead a few years to the investigation of the Tooth Fairy (based on Red Dragon). Also an example in the second season. The first half revolves around Will's attempt to be freed from prison and expose Hannibal, while the latter half focuses on both the Verger siblings, and Will's continued attempts to have Hannibal's crimes discovered.
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Chekhov's Skill: Will's empathy abilities have a more practical use when he's framed and arrested as the Copycat Killer; recalling his reconstruction of Dr. Gideon's escape, he dislocates his thumb to slip off his handcuffs and escape custody.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Chilton has a pretty epic freak-out in "Yakimono", when the true extent of Hannibal's frame-up is revealed and FBI agents are found butchered throughout his home.
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Setting Update: Red Dragon was originally set in 1979, and both of its film adaptations were ambiguously set in the mid-80's. Due to the show's contemporary nature, it now takes place in the early 2010's.
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Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
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The folded-corpse-heart-origami-headless-wendigo of "Primavera" qualifies. It's like a Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot of Nightmare Fuel.
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"Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: From "Potage":
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I Ate WHAT?!
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I Ate WHAT?!: Abigail's reaction when she remembers that her father let nothing from his hunts go to waste... so he would have fed his family meat from his victims. Considering that people dining with Hannibal happens Once an Episode (and in "Sorbet", involves a roomful of one-percenters who rave about previous feasts), we seriously don't know how to DESCRIBE what the reaction to Hannibal's arrest will be; since the books only touch on this briefly,note The Baltimore elite are said to suffer a sudden rash of alcoholism, institutionalization, and crippling anorexia. how this unfolds on screen has yet to be seen. Will has a rather restrained (but still horrifying) case in "Takiawase", when he realizes just what Hannibal's been doing with the trophies from his kills, flashing back to the "protein scramble" of homemade sausage and eggs that Hannibal served him back in the pilot.
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Webisode
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Webisode: "Œuf" was cannibalized (their words) into one and put online for reasons already detailed above.
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They Do
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In Season 1, Alana shows romantic interest in both Will and Hannibal, but keeps her distance for various reasons. By the middle of Season 2, Alana and Hannibal are lovers.
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Villain Episode
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Villain Episode: In Season 1, the two-parter "Sorbet/Fromage" is this for Hannibal and "Rôti" is this for Dr. Abel Gideon.
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Hypocritical Humor: Meta-example. Jack states that he first met Will at the opening of the "Evil Minds Research Museum". He says that Will didn't like the name because he felt "the title mythologized banal and cruel men who didn't deserve to be thought of as super-villains", even though Hannibal and many other killers on this show are portrayed exactly as that, as they are far more competent and dangerous than most Real Life serial killers and their murders are much more elaborate and even artistic.
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Love Triangle
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Love Triangle: A few throughout the seasons. Season one has Will crushing on the kind, smart and altogether stable Alana Bloom with the two even sharing a kiss, but she rejects him for both their own good. Meanwhile, she takes up spending more personal time with Hannibal. Will's feelings for her completely dissolve by season two when she refuses to believe that Hannibal is the Chesapeake Ripper. Season two features Hannibal exclusively dating Alana while he courts Will in secret, almost mentoring him in the art of murder, and plans on starting a new life with him and Abigail. When Alana visits Will to ask him if he killed Freddie Lounds in "Ko No Mono", we get this tense exchange: Season three has Bedelia unwillingly taking Will's place as Hannibal's partner in hiding, the two playing married couple with intimacies such as him washing her hair in the bath and eventually sharing one kiss with her. All this while he, of course, is pining for Will who single-handedly sails across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe in order to find him. Will and Bedelia spend the rest of the season viciously snarking at one another like petty rivals in a love competition. Will wins their game at the end of the series by reciprocating Hannibal's love, with Bedelia's leg ending up on their dinner plates.
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And Show It to You
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And Show It to You: In "Rôti", Gideon takes out several of Dr. Chilton's organs while he has him awake but under anesthesia. He doesn't quite get to his heart but probably would have if Jack hadn't shown up.
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Dénouement
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Dénouement: Season 2 continues to tie up several points from the previous season, such as in "Takiawase", where Will's degrading health is finally explained; he remembers Hannibal controlling him by encouraging his encephalitis, and by making him photosensitive (to give him seizures). Season 3 does the same for Season 2, with the first half being dedicated to resolving the plot points introduced in "Tome-wan" and "Mizumono".
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Perverted Sniffing: Repeatedly shown in the promos when Hannibal does this and Will asks, "Did you just... smell me?" The scene in question is taken from "Coquilles".
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The Film of the Book
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Direct from the novel Hannibal, "Tome-wan" gives us Mason blissfully cutting off bits of his own face to feed to the dogs thanks to Hannibal's drug cocktail, then having his neck broken. It's especially notable in that neither the book nor The Film of the Book depict the scene in as much graphic detail as the show.
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The general consensus among viewers is that most sex scenes in the show are uncomfortable to watch; particularly the long, drawn out fivesome in "Naka-Choko," despite most of the participants being quite attractive. This is quite deliberate, given that one participant is a serial killer and another is only there so she can get pregnant to escape her insane brother. It Makes Sense in Context.
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Kink Meme: Found here.
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Genius Bruiser: Hannibal Lecter.
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You Just Told Me
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You Just Told Me: In "Naka-Choko", this is how Freddie learns of Alana's relationship with Hannibal.
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Queer Romance
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Queer Romance: As romances between two guys tend to be.
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In Love with the Mark: What prevents Will from wanting Hannibal dead or captured at the end of Season 2, and Hannibal from killing Will after his betrayal in the same episode. Although at the time of the events the romance was still purely subtextual, by the time it becomes textual at the end of Season 3, it's been made abundantly clear that this was the reason. The same happens again at the end of Season 3 when neither Hannibal nor Will are capable of killing the other despite the fact that by doing so the killer might survive. Because they cannot do this, they end up in a scenario where they will likely both die when Will pushes them over the cliff together and Hannibal does nothing to stop him.
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Act of True Love: Hannibal moves between Will and the window of his cliff-side home knowing the Dragon is watching them and that he might shoot in "The Wrath Of The Lamb" even though Will said he intends to "watch [Dolarhyde] change him", a.k.a. kill him. Will is supposed to do so, but when Dolarhyde goes for his dagger, Will reaches for his gun. His intent to kill Dolarhyde before he can hurt Hannibal is confirmed immediately after when Will and Hannibal defend each other during the fight, at that point hunting together. Will willingly participating in cannibalism (apparently finally "seeing" Hannibal completely) with Hannibal seems to bring the psychiatrist genuine exuberance.
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Break Them by Talking: Lawrence Wells happily surrenders because his murders are his only legacy (no children) and prison would be luxury compared to the retirement he could afford. Then Jack and Will tell him that he actually did have a child, a son that was his last victim, who was hidden from him because, Will suggests, his lover could see what kind of person Lawrence really was. By the end of that scene he's looking a lot less smug.
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Love Informant: Bedelia acts as this to Will when she confirms that Hannibal is in love with him.
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Mindlink Mates: a downplayed, non-magical version aided by Will's empathy and the exceptional intimacy between Will and Hannibal. While Hannibal and Will don't actually share a consciousness, they understand each other so deeply that they're able to reproduce the other faithfully in their respective Mind Palaces, making it "as if" the other were actually interacting with them. For example, Will uses this to have an effective conversation with his Mind Palace version of Hannibal in "Secondo" that helps him better understand the real Hannibal's childhood, and Hannibal points out that he and Will share certain chambers in the palace and he found a 'victorious' version of Will there in "Digestivo". This was also played with in the discarded season 3 stinger, where the viewer is left to wonder if Hannibal and Will are truly in the Norman Chapel or if perhaps they're now metaphorically together in their shared Mind Palace.
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California Doubling: Takes place mostly on the east coast of the United States, but is filmed in Canada.
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Subverted. At the end of "Shiizakana", Will's killing of Randall Tier takes place off-screen, but the next episode goes back and shows it (albeit with Will imagining the Wendigo/Hannibal in Randall's place).
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Character Focus: Will Graham is the protagonist and the series tracks his character arc most prominently. Usually an episode will further his development (or degeneration) and examine different aspects of his personality — his mental state, his impoverished background, his fears, his romantic feelings for Alana, his developing trust in Hannibal and his paternal instincts towards Abigail. However, some episodes bring other characters into the spotlight in addition to Will. Their moments in the sun parallel Will's arc, probably deliberately. "Potage" and "Trou Normand" focus on Abigail and her continuing struggle with the aftermath of her father's crimes. "Sorbet" and "Fromage" focus on Hannibal realizing he is lonely and solidifying his attachment to Will. "Entrée" and "Coquilles" focus on Jack, his reasons for pursuing the Chesapeake Ripper so intently, and a personal crisis closer to home. "Rôti" focuses on Gideon's revenge against his psychiatrists for "scrambling" his identity, including Dr. Chilton who convinced Gideon that he's the Chesapeake Ripper. "Antipasto" focuses on Hannibal and Bedelia and is the only episode where Will doesn't even appear.
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Significant Sketchbook: In "Buffet Froid," Hannibal asks Will to draw a clock face in a sketchbook. When he draws it, he thinks he sees a perfectly normal clock face, but Hannibal sees the numbers and hands jumbled up. This is an actual test used by psychiatrists to detect cognitive dysfunction. In "Savoureux," Alana asks Will to repeat the test to prove that he is mentally ill and did not consciously commit the murders for which he is accused, but the evidence is negligible as they realise he could have faked the test. Hannibal produces a normal drawing of clock face which he shows to Alana, claiming it was drawn by Will, when in reality he drew it himself.
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Dull Surprise: Hannibal's reaction◊ to Mason casually stabbing his office furniture in "Tome-wan." Given Hannibal's usual stoicism, however, this particular use of the trope rather effectively conveys his revulsion.
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Stuffed into the Fridge: Beverly Katz is killed and put on gruesome display for the others to see. Bryan Fuller has actually stated that she was created specifically to be killed off and provide angst for Will. In fact, it was going to happen in Season 1, but then they decided to develop her more so her death would provide even more angst. However, Hetienne Park, who played Katz, went on record as saying that she didn't believe her character had been simply "fridged". Read her argument here.
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Xanatos Gambit: In Season 1, Hannibal sends Gideon after Alana and then Will after Gideon. No matter the outcome, Hannibal would have come out ahead. Will seriously wounds Gideon, removing Hannibal's plagiarist but leaving Hannibal's hands clean, and making Will even more unstable; however, had Gideon killed Alana, Will would have been guilt-ridden and (again) less mentally stable, forcing Will back to Hannibal for help. Hannibal pulls another major instance in Season 2's "Futamono". Worried that Jack is on to him, Hannibal murders several people but holds an animal meat dinner party which, in the event Jack tests his food for human DNA (which happens), Jack would be thrown back off the trail. Then, in order to abduct Abel Gideon, Hannibal sleeps with Alana Bloom, whom he apparently drugs unconscious in order to keep her asleep, while he kidnaps Gideon; when Jack then tries to pin Gideon on Hannibal, he has Alana provide his alibi for the night, completely debunking the claims that Hannibal is the Chesapeake Ripper. In "Shiizakana", Hannibal sets Randall Tier on Will. If Randall kills Will, Hannibal removes his greatest threat. If Will kills Randall, Hannibal has furthered his corruption because he knows that if Will gets a chance to kill, he'll start to enjoy it. Will pulls one of his own in "Ko no Mono" by refusing to kill Mason and instead setting him against Hannibal; no matter who wins, Will gets some measure of revenge on an otherwise untouchable person he has good reason to loathe.
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Hope Spot: In "Entrée", Jack describes hearing Miriam Lass' voice, which turns out to be a recording, as being this for him, since for a moment he honestly believed she was still alive. In Season 2's "Futamono", the above is subverted, where it is revealed that Miriam is alive. In the first season finale, Alana discovers that Will is suffering from a neurological disorder he isn't aware of. It seems ripe for a Pulling the Thread story line that will prove Will's innocence and perhaps expose Hannibal's malfeasance... but no, Hannibal effortlessly spins it to avoid all blame and reinforce the Frame-Up.
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Gentleman and a Scholar: Hannibal is this, being improbably (but not impossibly) talented in a number of fields, but also seen as witty, charming and urbane. The fact that he's European probably helps cover up some of his slightly odd mannerisms, at least the ones that are publicly displayed.
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Subverted. At the end of "Shiizakana", Will's killing of Randall Tier takes place off-screen, but the next episode goes back and shows it (albeit with Will imagining the Wendigo/Hannibal in Randall's place). "Digestivo" avoids showing Hannibal killing Cordell and rescuing Will, for the sake of a Bait-and-Switch on the viewers.
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Internal Reveal: Unless someone had been completely isolated from popular entertainment for twenty years, it's no secret what Hannibal Lecter really is, and even if that were the case his special diet is revealed to the audience in the very first episode. Part of the drama is waiting to see how/when Will will discover it.
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Fan Disservice: It's a safe bet that whenever nudity shows up it'll be this, from a naked girl impaled on a stag's antlers to a mural of naked people stitched together (without censorship, even). On the subtler side there's Hannibal's scene in "Futamono" Talking in Bed the morning after with Alana, which in any other context would be sweet but, given who one party is, becomes nightmarish. The general consensus among viewers is that most sex scenes in the show are uncomfortable to watch; particularly the long, drawn out fivesome in "Naka-Choko," despite most of the participants being quite attractive. This is quite deliberate, given that one participant is a serial killer and another is only there so she can get pregnant to escape her insane brother. It Makes Sense in Context.
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Big Bad Wannabe: Cordell and Matthew Brown are good examples. Cordell imitates Hannibal's erudite language and meal planning, but in comparison to the original, he's a clear copy. Brown hopes to kill Hannibal (and almost does), but is stopped just before he takes his place.
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Shout-Out
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Bedelia Du Maurier doubles as this and a Shout-Out; Daphne Du Maurier specialized in stories of psychological manipulation.
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The first season could arguably be seen as a deconstruction of Hannibal's Draco in Leather Pants status in popular culture, through Bait the Dog. Hopkins' adaptations in particular often made Hannibal sympathetic through his Affably Evil nature, and the fact that many of his victims were Asshole Victims. While this Hannibal has these traits to an extent, the show slowly draws attention to the more selfish motives behind his crimes, and doesn't shy away from or downplay how his actions end up affecting good, genuinely decent people, like Will.
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Taking You with Me
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Taking You with Me: Will embraces Hannibal after they kill Dolarhyde together... and hurls them both off of a cliff.
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Will's empathy occasionally seems to go beyond a simple combination of savantism and neurodiversity into outright psychic powers. There's also the Angel Maker, whose targets were all sadistic criminals, but we never found out how he knew that, only that he perceived them as having flaming, demonic skulls for heads, seemingly from the first time he set eyes on them.
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Antagonist Title: Hannibal Lecter is the arch-villain; Will Graham is the protagonist.
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Nothing Is Scarier: "Takiawase" never shows us what Beverly discovered in Hannibal's basement that scared her stiff. After the season finale, Bryan Fuller confirmed that it was Abigail. (But that may not have been all she saw.)
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Harassing Phone Call: Jack gets some in "Entrée". But instead of a voice being on the other line, it's a recording of Miriam Lass.
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Next Sunday A.D.
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Next Sunday A.D.: After the Time Skip in Season 3, episode eight onward takes place in mid-2018.
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Season one has Will crushing on the kind, smart and altogether stable Alana Bloom with the two even sharing a kiss, but she rejects him for both their own good. Meanwhile, she takes up spending more personal time with Hannibal. Will's feelings for her completely dissolve by season two when she refuses to believe that Hannibal is the Chesapeake Ripper.
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Regularly Scheduled Evil: The Chesapeake Ripper kills three people around every two years. The audience, but not the FBI, later learns why: that's when Hannibal is hosting his dinner parties. Of course, he actually kills a lot more often than that; he just doesn't kill in that style.
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Deliberately Monochrome: The flashbacks depicting Jack and Miriam Lass in "Entrée" come close, being heavily desaturated — but some color, most noticeably red (as in blood), is still discernible. Also the flashback scene at the end of "Trou Normand" where it shows that Abigail did indeed help her father murder those girls by acting as bait. In "Antipasto", the same color scheme is used during flashbacks between Hannibal and Abel Gideon.
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Armor-Piercing Slap: Despite Bella being a cancer patient recovering from an overdose, and Hannibal being a powerful sociopathic murderer, you can see her slapping him actually hurts him (even if not physically).
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True Love Is Exceptional: Will starts the series infatuated with Alana, who is arguably one of the sanest characters in the series. Stable, heart of gold, idealistic — Will seems to look for this in general. Molly is also a bright-spirited person who seems fundamentally good, and she's not involved with crime. It turns out Will's One True Love in the end is a psychopathic serial killer.
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After Action Patch Up: Hannibal takes care of Will's busted knuckles in "Naka-Choko" and again of his bullet wound in "Dolce".
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Refuge in Audacity
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Foreshadowed a few episodes earlier, when he touches his newly-bloodied nose, licks his fingers, and seems to enjoy the taste.
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Writing Around Trademarks: Because MGM owns the rights to Silence of the Lambs.
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Jury Duty
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Jury Duty: Beverly tries and fails to get out of it off-screen. During "Relevés", it causes her to be away during a major turn in the Chesapeake Ripper case, at a time when Will could really have used the support, before Jack finally gets her out of it.
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Cry into Chest: Abigail cries into Hannibal's chest in "Trou Normand" after revealing that she helped her father lure out his victims. "Dolce" has Hannibal cradling a distressed Will to his chest after the latter suffers from a gunshot wound. An especially emotional version of this happens in the Season 3 finale. Will isn't crying per se, but he still lays his head on Hannibal's chest, overwhelmed after killing Dolarhyde with him and seeking comfort from his beloved.
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The Chessmaster
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The Chessmaster: While seemingly evident, Hannibal is truly revealed as this in "Yakimono". The discovery that Miriam has been brainwashed during her extended captivity means Will realizes the Ripper has planned everything up to Chilton's framing for years.
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Only Barely Renewed: The show was given the 10 o'clock Thursday time slot, which is notorious at NBC for getting bad ratings that often lead to shows' untimely deaths (for context, the show Hannibal replaced was Do No Harm, which had the lowest premiere ratings in TV history). Predictably, despite good reviews, the show had below-average ratings and there was much speculation that it would either be cancelled or moved to a different network. However, thanks to large DVR numbers and an incredibly passionate social media fan base, NBC decided to renew it for a second season, and later even a third.
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Cannibal Larder: Hannibal is shown to keep the organs of the people he kills stored in his freezer for later use. An unusually-tidy example.
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The Unfettered
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The Unfettered: Most of the killers on the show qualify as this, though Hannibal is their unfettered king. No morality or threat of capture stops him from eating and manipulating people for his pleasure.
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Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them
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Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Will can't live with Hannibal, and he can't live without him.
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Between Will and Hannibal in Season 3, mostly as a result of Will's Moral Dilemma about admitting he enjoys killing, which makes him keep his distance from Hannibal. In the Season 3 finale, Will reveals through his actions that he reciprocates Hannibal's feelings and they finally share a tender embrace after the joint killing of Dolarhyde.
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bedelia Du Maurier is savvy enough to get the heck out of dodge after she refuses to be Hannibal's psychiatrist anymore — which proves to be very wise, since he breaks into her house clearly dressed to kill her. Chilton attempts this when Hannibal frames him for multiple murders - Jack Crawford captures him, though. Alana, Margot and their son go into hiding when Hannibal escapes.
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Religious Horror
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Religious Horror: Hannibal Lecter is portrayed as a satanic figure, deceiving, corrupting, and destroying those around him. To boot, Season 2 abounds with religious references. When Hannibal installs James Grey in his own human "mural", it is intended to reflect the light of God from above. When Hannibal looks down on the mural from the opening of the grain silo, it's reminiscent of medieval art in which God looks down on Earth from above. Hannibal refers to Matthew 26:69-75 in "Hassun", telling Jack that he cannot deny Will a third time. Finally, in "Mukōzuke", Matthew Brown arranges Hannibal like Jesus on the cross and nearly hangs him for being a Judas. Mads Mikkelsen plays Hannibal Lecter as if he were Lucifer, so the whole series serves as this if one sees Hannibal as a literal Satanic figure.
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Battle Couple
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Season 3 features Alana teaming up with Mason Verger to capture Hannibal, then later assisting Hannibal in order to stop Mason from killing Will. In the series finale, Will and Hannibal also team up to kill the Red Dragon, although they're clearly allies by this point.
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Everyone Can See It
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Everyone Can See It: Almost every character within Hannibal and Will's orbit (aside from Jack, arguably) starts becoming more and more aware as of Season 2 onward of the intense magnetic draw happening between them. Freddie, Chilton and Bedelia especially are aware of the subtle romantic aspect of Hannibal's courtship, warning both Alana and Jack of the repercussions of trusting the intentions and loyalties of either of them.
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The Sixth Ranger: Alana Bloom. She only realizes what's going on in the finale of Season 2 though.
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A God Am I: Jack seems to enjoy Hannibal comparing him to God just a little too much in "The Number of the Beast is 666." Possibly a result of the Sanity Slippage that nearly every major character has experienced over the course of the series.
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Orgy of Evidence: In "Savoureux", Will deduces that he was being framed because while he might believe he was capable of killing Abigail in his increasingly confused mental state, there was no way he'd accept that he was also responsible for the murders of the copycat killer.
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Hallucinations: Will suffers from them very often, such as in "Coquilles" when he has a conversation with the "Angel Maker", even though the man's just killed himself. In "Sorbet", Jack has one of Will on a morgue table, looking like a corpse, complete with autopsy scar, and missing the same arm cut from Miriam Lass's body. In "Fromage", Will repeatedly hallucinates hearing trapped or hurt animals, and in "Trou Normand" we see him lecturing to his class until Alana comes in and asks if he's rehearsing. He then realizes the room is empty. Following this point, the hallucinations grow so frequent that there's no point listing individual examples.
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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Will has a non-supernatural variation; Hannibal describes him as having "pure empathy," which allows him to understand and get inside the head of anyone, even people who disgust or terrify him. Naturally, as an FBI profiler, he encounters many such minds and suffers greatly for his "gift."
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In the first season finale, Alana discovers that Will is suffering from a neurological disorder he isn't aware of. It seems ripe for a Pulling the Thread story line that will prove Will's innocence and perhaps expose Hannibal's malfeasance... but no, Hannibal effortlessly spins it to avoid all blame and reinforce the Frame-Up.
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Alone with the Psycho: It occurs several times during "Entrée" with Dr. Abel Gideon. And unsurprisingly, with Hannibal. Examples are: At the end of "Entrée" with Miriam and Hannibal. At the end of "Relevés", when Abigail realizes that Hannibal is a serial killer, and he reveals that he's a lot worse than her father. In the Season 1 finale "Savoureux", Hannibal with Will — but to everybody else, it seems that Will is the psycho. At the end of "Takiawase", Beverly discovers Hannibal's basement and reacts in horror. She flicks on the lights, which suddenly reveals him standing behind her. At the end of "Naka-Choko", when Freddie Lounds discovers the shed in which Hannibal and Will have hidden the dismembered body parts of Randall Tier, she finds herself with Will who certainly appears to her as (and may in fact be becoming) a psycho. In "The Number of the Beast is 666" Chilton is kidnapped and tortured (physically and psychologically) by Dolarhyde. In the end of the same episode and the start of "The Wrath of the Lamb", with Reba and Dolarhyde.
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Hilarious Outtakes: Yup. An extended Gag Reel is on the Season 1 DVD for those who wish to enjoy Mads Mikkelsen repeatedly failing to catch a potato.
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Cruel Mercy: In "Takiawase," after Hannibal promises to assist Bella in committing suicide at her request and momentarily allows her to drift into a painless death, he flips a coin and decides to revive her, prompting an angry response from his patient. Later in the season, her health is shown to have deteriorated considerably. Also the case for Clark Ingram, Peter's social worker, who the latter opted to knock out and stuff alive into a horse's uterus rather than kill him in "Su-zakana."
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Miriam Lass, an eager-to-please and brilliant trainee under Jack, seems a clear-cut Clarice Call-Forward; much of the dialogue between her and Crawford echoes that between Clarice and Crawford at the start of the film... with the twist reveal that she discovered Hannibal was the Ripper in the same way Will did from the books (with the diagram of Wound Man). She just didn't make it to a phone before Hannibal found her out too. Miriam Lass is also this for Will Graham, due to the above discovery about Hannibal.
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Expy: Dr. Abel Gideon is one for Hannibal, with many phrases from the book used about Hannibalex. (such as Chilton feeling like his secretary due to all the fan-mail and relishing in how rare it is to observe a true sociopath in captivity) being used about him. Much of Abel Gideon's character is a homage to Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Hannibal Lecter. The name 'Gideon' is a reference to Hannibal's original name in the script for Silence of the Lambs before they knew they could use Hannibal's name due to rights issues. In "Rôti", Gideon sits down across a table from Hannibal, demonstrating a clear contrast between the Anthony-Hopkins-like characterization adopted by Eddie Izzard as Gideon and Mads Mikkelsen's own take on Hannibal. The irony is palpable; Gideon has been made to believe he was the Chesapeake Ripper, so Izzard imitates the acting style of the original Chesapeake Ripper as played by Hopkins. Miriam Lass, an eager-to-please and brilliant trainee under Jack, seems a clear-cut Clarice Call-Forward; much of the dialogue between her and Crawford echoes that between Clarice and Crawford at the start of the film... with the twist reveal that she discovered Hannibal was the Ripper in the same way Will did from the books (with the diagram of Wound Man). She just didn't make it to a phone before Hannibal found her out too. Miriam Lass is also this for Will Graham, due to the above discovery about Hannibal. Garrett Jacob Hobbs is clearly meant to be one of infamous Real Life Serial Killer Ed Gein, going by his hunting themes and desire to use all parts of his victims. Between James Grey's method of abducting his victims, his value of their skin, and his similar name, he is very reminiscent of Jame Gumb. Matthew Brown's a serial killer who occasionally slurs his speech with an obsession with an (alleged) serial killer already incarcerated and goes to kill someone under his direction. In other words, he seems to have been inspired by Francis Dolarhyde. He is also an orderly at Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane like Barney Matthews, whose name sounds similar. However, despite some viewer speculation, it has been confirmed by the writers that Matthew is not the Red Dragon. Franklyn Froidevaux has similarities to the book character Benjamin Raspail, one of Hannibal's patients whom he killed for being whiny and annoying.
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Gorn: Many of the killers leave their victims in states that you just can't look away from. And then there's Hannibal in the kitchen. All in all, the gore in this series is simply detailed enough to go on par with Crossed.
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"Psycho" Strings: Used throughout the score, and they go into overdrive when we enter Will's mind.
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Hate Sink: In Season 1, Freddie Lounds. In Season 2, Mason Verger.
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Magic Realism
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Magic Realism: It's subtle, but quite possible to read the series this way, especially given Bryan Fuller's past works. Hannibal could be a fallen angel who finds humankind both intriguing and delicious. Will's empathic gift could be some type of second sight. The proliferation of gruesomely beautiful crimes around the setting could be due to some sort of dark influence drawing and aggravating those tendencies in people who are already murderous (possible Hannibal himself, if you run with the Satan parallels). There will never be explicit confirmation of any of these things, but the series can be readily viewed through that lens if you want.invoked
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OOC Is Serious Business: In "Mukōzuke", Freddie tells Jack not to enter a crime scene out of what appears to be genuine compassion.
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Ambiguous Disorder
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Ambiguous Disorder: Zig-zagged with Will, who is directly asked by Jack if he has an autism-spectrum disorder but doesn't elaborate much beyond saying "closer to Asperger's and autistics than narcissists and sociopaths." Bryan Fuller commented in an interview that, "[With Asperger's] you can't read social cues. He has an empathy disorder where he reads too much and it overwhelms him." Hannibal is commonly considered to be a psychopath or sociopath, but it's stated several times upon his arrest and subsequent institutionalization that he's such a unique case psychologically that he doesn't fit any established categories that psychiatrists use and accept.
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Mason is essentially the anti-Hannibal, in that he's equally murderous but lacks Hannibal's twisted code of honor. Rather than committing evil deeds based on Blue-and-Orange Morality, he does what he does out of a sheer delight in the suffering of others.
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Monster of the Week
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Monster of the Week: The serial killers are used as this, but it doesn't happen every episode.
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Artistic License – Geography
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Artistic License – Geography: The climax of "Apéritif" has the team rush from near Hibbing, Minnesota to Bloomington, Minnesota. Either Hobbs inexplicably waited three hours after Hannibal's phone call to try to kill Abigail, or the team traveled two hundred miles in a few minutes. Although it is possible that it took some time for him to react violently towards his family out of panic.
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Garden of Evil
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Garden of Evil: One killer has a garden out in the forest where he grows mushrooms on the bodies of people he's induced into diabetic comas.
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Flash Forward: The Cold Open for the Season 2 premiere, "Kaiseki", is a brutal fight between Hannibal and Jack that ends on a cliffhanger; no context is given, and we immediately jump back 12 weeks to a Jack and Hannibal sharing a friendly meal together.
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The Marvelous Deer
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The Marvelous Stag: Except that the stag in the show is more haunting than magical.
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Early-Bird Cameo: Expected for a prequel series. Bryan Fuller has confirmed that this even overlaps with minor details, such as a serial killer lecture Alana gives in the first series matching Francis Dolarhyde's modus operandi. invoked
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Decomposite Character: As the rights to Clarice Starling are held by MGM, her character is split into two. Clarice's role as Jack's young protege is taken over by new character Miriam Lass while Clarice's complicated relationship with Hannibal is given to Alana and Will.
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Food Porn: Hannibal prefers to cook his own meals, even the conventional ones, and he's a gourmet-level chef (detailed here). Hence, all the food we see him prepare looks utterly delicious, be it roast "beef", "sausage" and egg, or human lungs. It's subtly yet potently suggested that any time Hannibal serves any guest any kind of meat, it's human. It's essentially Food Porn Fan Disservice — the fact that it all looks so damned mouth-watering despite this makes everyone in the audience feel like they're Humanitarians by proxy. Taken Up to Eleven in "Sorbet", in which Hannibal throws a fancy dinner party and the camera pans up the table, showing how it's laden with terrifyingly delicious-looking human organ meats, before finally showing Hannibal give a short but sweet speech: Even Hannibal's storage of wine and beer are made with human parts.
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Wreathed in Flames
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Wreathed in Flames: Elliot Budish, the "Angel Maker", sees each of his victims crowned in flame. While obviously a hallucination brought about by his brain tumor, it hints at the demon within.
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The Secret of Long Pork Pies
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The Secret of Long Pork Pies: Hannibal serves meals to a number of people, all of which contain that most intelligent of meats and all of which garner praise for his cooking. By the end of episode 2, he's made unwitting cannibals of both Will Graham and Jack Crawford.
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Survival Mantra: "It's [time], I'm in [location] and my name is Will Graham." In "Savoureux", "I know who I am."
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Never Found the Body: In "Relevés", not only is Abigail given a suspiciously off-screen "death" by Hannibal, but the next episode "Savoureux" has the only confirmed piece of Abigail found revealed as the ear Will vomits up. In the Season 2 finale, it's revealed that she had been alive and under Hannibal's control the whole time. Hannibal and Will disappear into the ocean. Justified since they survived their fall and are now on the run.
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Organ Theft
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Organ Theft: Hannibal deliberately suggests that this is the modus operandi of the "killer" of "Sorbet", who was a trainee-doctor trying to make a quick buck taking non-vital organs from his patients to sell, but unfortunately lacked the training/skill to keep them alive afterwards. Conveniently, this allows the Chesapeake Ripper (Hannibal) to murder several people for their organs without the crimes being attributed to him.
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Earn Your Happy Ending: Alana and Margot decidedly came out on top, despite the final season being full of hints that Hannibal would kill them both. Except for the fact that the final scene heavily implies Hannibal (and Will) are alive. Hannibal is not one to leave things undone so he would eventually go after them.
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Together in Death
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Together in Death: Averted. Though Will's true intentions are unknown given the show's cancellation, The Stinger and Word of God both confirm that he and Hannibal survived their clifftop plunge.
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Sequel Goes Foreign: Unlike Seasons 1 and 2, which take place solely on the east coast of the US, Season 3 takes place in France, Italy and Lithuania in addition to the states.
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Mushroom Samba: In "Œuf", Hannibal uses psychotropic mushrooms in a tea as a means to treat Abigail. She hallucinates that Hannibal and Alana are her father and mother. An even darker example occurs in "Tome-wan" when a cocktail of very powerful drugs helps induce severe hallucinations, giddy euphoria, and self-mutilation and auto-cannibalism in Mason Verger. In "Dolce" a drugged-up Will hallucinates his and Hannibal's faces growing out of Wendigo horns, then blurring together like two puddles of ink.
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All Lesbians Want Kids
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All Lesbians Want Kids: Margot is desperate for a male heir to take over the family business so she can be free of Mason. In season 2, she sleeps with Will to get pregnant, and after that doesn't work out she and her girlfriend Alana steal Mason's sperm so Alana can get pregnant and they can have a son together.
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Impossibly Delicious Food
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Impossibly Delicious Food: Everyone who tastes Hannibal's cooking seems to love it, despite (or because of) the fact that his meals are — unbeknownst to them, of course — nearly always human flesh.
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Shoo Out the Clowns: As Will slowly descends into madness, the Black Comedy is gradually toned down. Naturally, this sets up the very bitter ending to the first season well. This is becomes inverted in Season 2, which is arguably even darker than Season 1 but also considerably funnier. It is worth noting, however, that as the season goes on the two comic relief characters (relatively speaking) suffer greatly from Hannibal's proximity: Chilton is shot through the face, and bringer of Black Comedy Mason Verger is quite deservedly mutilated by Hannibal.
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Deadly Pharmacist: The Gardener induces his "fertilizers" into diabetic comas. It turns out that he's a pharmacist who selects diabetics who come to pick up their medicine.
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Beware the Nice Ones
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Will. Although it might not look like it, Will can be as apt as Hannibal at manipulation. He had a plan to make Hannibal kill Mason so he'd be caught in the act, and he succeeded at making Hannibal turn himself in by rejecting him — which he claims he did on purpose to get that result. Another example is putting the hand on Chilton in the picture, imagining this move would make the Dragon go for Chilton and get Chilton karmic punishment for what he wrote on Hannibal, as he later admits to Bedelia. This is not a direct manipulation of Dolarhyde, but it's a manipulation of events and of unsuspecting people (Chilton) so that Will's likely to obtain a wanted result.
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Ridiculously Cute Critter
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Ridiculously Cute Critter: The fandom really loves Will's dogs, especially Winston.
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Theme Naming
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Theme Naming: Most episodes are named after dishes, with Season 1 being French cuisine (e.g. "Potage" and "Coquilles"), Season 2 being Japanese cuisine (e.g. "Kaiseki" and "Sakizuki"), and the first half of Season 3 being Italian cuisine ("e.g. "Antipasto", etc.). This changes in the second half of Season 3, where the episodes are named after William Blake paintings ("The Great Red Dragon", "and the Woman Clothed in the Sun", "and the Woman Clothed With Sun", etc.). One killer who chose victims based on skin tone in order to make a color palette was named James Grey. One of his victims was Roland Umber.
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Will They or Won't They?
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Will They or Won't They?: In Season 1, Alana shows romantic interest in both Will and Hannibal, but keeps her distance for various reasons. By the middle of Season 2, Alana and Hannibal are lovers. Between Will and Hannibal in Season 3, mostly as a result of Will's Moral Dilemma about admitting he enjoys killing, which makes him keep his distance from Hannibal. In the Season 3 finale, Will reveals through his actions that he reciprocates Hannibal's feelings and they finally share a tender embrace after the joint killing of Dolarhyde.
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Gross-Up Close-Up
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Gross-Up Close-Up: Used to add unease when Hannibal is cooking — since Hannibal is infamous in real life for being a cannibal, gratuitous close-ups up are frequent when meat is being prepared. Also used more frequently as of Season 2. The premiere often uses a Notice This shot to draw attention, and this overlaps with dead bodies and even of Hannibal's cheek when he's being swabbed for DNA. Also done with Will remembering Hannibal setting him up, which comes with graphic shots inside of Will's esophagus.
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Kill the Lights
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Kill the Lights: When Beverly finds Hannibal's Torture Cellar and realizes the truth about him, Hannibal quickly turns the lights off before lunging for the kill. It's a tactical decision, since Beverly has a gun but Hannibal knows the room's layout, and it lets him kill her.
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Evil Is Petty
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Evil Is Petty: Mason constantly mocks Alana for her previous relationship with Hannibal, largely in the form of snide blowjob jokes.
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Shown Their Work
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Shown Their Work: In regards to the Food Porn/Gorn the show revels in, as well as many of the details regarding food itself. Hannibal's food preparation methods, ranging from how he uses his cutlery, the way he stirs food in a pan, his cooking methods, the presentation of the food, and even the apropos of what the dish is meant to represent, are so intentionally detailed that the blog of the show's food stylist is dedicated to not only how the food is made to resemble human flesh, but how to prepare it.
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My Real Daddy / int_36c89d24
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Sadist / int_36c89d24
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Scenery Censor / int_36c89d24
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The Alcoholic / int_36c89d24
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The Corrupter / int_36c89d24
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The Dandy / int_36c89d24
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The Empath / int_36c89d24
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The Golden Rule / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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The Marvelous Deer / int_36c89d24
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The Nose Knows / int_36c89d24
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The Profiler / int_36c89d24
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The Secret of Long Pork Pies / int_36c89d24
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The Show of the Books / int_36c89d24
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The Stinger / int_36c89d24
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The Un-Smile / int_36c89d24
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Theremin / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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These Hands Have Killed / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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They Do / int_36c89d24
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They Fight Crime! / int_36c89d24
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Things That Go / int_36c89d24
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Threat Backfire / int_36c89d24
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'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain / int_36c89d24
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To Know Him, I Must Become Him / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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Tomboyish Name / int_36c89d24
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Tongue Trauma / int_36c89d24
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Tonight, Someone Kisses / int_36c89d24
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Twisted Christmas / int_36c89d24
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Unnervingly Heartwarming / int_36c89d24
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Useless Spleen / int_36c89d24
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Villain Takes an Interest / int_36c89d24
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Villain with Good Publicity / int_36c89d24
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Villainous Cheekbones / int_36c89d24
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Violence Is Disturbing / int_36c89d24
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Wandering Walk of Madness / int_36c89d24
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Wardens Are Evil / int_36c89d24
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Webisode / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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Wicked Cultured / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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Winged Humanoid / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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Wreathed in Flames / int_36c89d24
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Writing Around Trademarks / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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You Have to Believe Me! / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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Your Son All Along / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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Lipstick Lesbian / int_36c89d24
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Love Theme / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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Not Good with People / int_36c89d24
 Hannibal
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