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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })The Indian remake can be found here.The following takes place between 2001 and 2017. Events occur in real time.Spoilers ahoy! Read at your own risk. You Have Been Warned.Hit US TV Series starring Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, agent for a fictional US government agency, during some very bad days. Each season of the series takes place in Real Time over the course of a 24-hour period (each episode is one hour out of that day), during which Jack is called into service to Race Against the Clock and stop a terrorist threat.The first season revolved around an assassination plot on presidential candidate David Palmer. Jack's wife and daughter are kidnapped to make him assassinate Palmer on the terrorists' behalf; the only link the two of them have was a covert wetworks operation in Sarajevo, which turns out to be the motivation for the day's plots.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Each season since then has revolved around a large-scale terrorist threat to a major city, usually backed up by a Crazy-Prepared Big Bad, a well-thought-out Evil Plan, and, sometimes, a Diabolical Mastermind, typically revealed during a Wham Episode. So far, the threats have been nuclear bombs, a bio-weapon, a nerve agent, and more nuclear bombs, with some presidential assassinations along the way. All in a day's work, eh?The series is shot in strict real time, and with commercial breaks included covers a full 24 hours. (Without them it's about 18.) It uses of a lot of Split Screen, never employs Slow Motion, and displays ticking digital clocks as book-ends to commercial breaks and at various times during each act; these factors contribute to the sense that events are moving at a breakneck pace. It follows not only the adventures of Jack and other field agents, but also political intrigue centering around the people who give Jack orders back at CTU, and sometimes the people who give them orders, such as the President of the United States; the sitting President has been a starring character in every season but the first, and even then Jack reported to the candidate who would be voted into office between Seasons 1 and 2. Finally, it isn't scared of Player Punches; Anyone Can Die, to an extent that was only equalled when Game of Thrones took to the airwaves.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })The Hollywood Writers' Strike of 2007/8 kept the series off the air during 2008, with the exception of a two-hour Made-for-TV Movie, Redemption, which aired in November 2008 and acted as a teaser for the seventh season. The seventh season was a Retool which moved the action to the East Coast and generally improved on the fairly mediocre Season 6. Season 8 allowed it to take the title of "Longest-Running spy Show" by episode count away from Mission: Impossible, which had held the title since 1973. It premiered on 17 January 2010 and moved the action again, this time to New York. It marked the end of the show's contiguous run.The Movie, hinted at as early as Season 5, was scheduled to begin shooting in Spring 2012, but died at the hands of budgeting issues. Instead, it returned as a 12-episode mini-series called 24: Live Another Day (although the subtitle doesn't appear on screen), which took place in London and aired from May to July 2014. It involved the return of much of the central cast and crew.In January 2016, the show was slated for another return. Fox ordered a pilot for a Sequel Series called 24: Legacy. It takes place in the same continuity as the original show and features one returning cast member. Sutherland returned on the other side of the camera, as executive producer, but the showrunners the character of Jack Bauer did not appear. Legacy premiered following the Super Bowl on February 5 2017, and finished its first season on April 17. But in June of the same year, Fox announced that it was also to be Legacy's only season, as they cancelled the show, though the channel would at the same time state that they were still looking into creating another incarnation of the series.Anil Kapoor has driven forward an effort to create a Hindi-language remake of the show, also entitled 24 but called "24 (India)" here on the wiki to differentiate. Kapoor plays the main character, Jai Singh Rathod. The show aired on the Indian network Colors.A Japanese remake is coming in 2020 via TV Asahi.24 can be seen as a throwback to earlier works: a Dirty Harry for the War on Terror, or even a Republic Serial for the 21st century. It is also jokingly referred to as "the Jack Bauer Torture Hour", or "the Jack Bauer Power Hour". Try to guess why.
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Dashed Plot Line: Not with episodes (since each episode picks up exactly where the last left off), but with seasons, which are separated by several year intervals.
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Bench Breaker: In season eight, Jack escapes by smashing his chair and attacking his captor. There was also the season 3 occurence while he was being held by Nina Myers.
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Retired Badass: Jack, at the beginning of Day 8. Of course, this being 24, he soon gets pulled back in.
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And Then Jack Was a Terrorist: Regardless of his intents and the fact that he ultimately wound up doing the right thing for the right reasons rather than the wrong thing for the right reasons, Jack still put several innocent peoples' lives in jeopardy when was attacking the conspirators and/or their mooks and, in spite of the fact that he was a corrupt bastard, committed first-degree murder against the Russian Foreign Minister. His actions wind up getting him labeled as an international terrorist in the eyes of almost everyone in the world.
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Red Herring Twist: Season 2 ends with an assassination attempt on David Palmer, who falls to the ground in grave health. However, the resolution to this is never shown note except in 24: The Game for PlayStation 2, and Season 3 takes place three years later with a rejuvenated Palmer and a completely new plot.
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Dirty Coward: Charles Logan. Luckily, he's self-aware enough to step aside.
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Anyone Can Die: If you go to the Character sheet and do a Find for "Killed Off For Real," you'll find it eighty-six times. Countless characters get killed off in the show. Not even Jack Bauer is safe from death. In one season, Jack is killed off by accident while being tortured. The terrorists who tortured him did bring him back to life, because they wanted information, though, but they confirmed that he was dead.
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Though it does become an issue in Live Another Day, as it seems like a large part of why the show was brought back was to make a No Celebrities Were Harmed strawman of Julian Assange who actively helps terrorists.
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Friendly Target: Kim's friend, Janet York.
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Rasputinian Death: Janet York. She gets drugged, has her arm broken, gets drugged again, gets run over by a car, and is carelessly left in the middle of the street for at least a half-hour before an ambulance finally arrives. And when she's in surgery, she nearly flatlines. It isn't until a man impersonating her father mercilessly suffocates her in her hospital bed that she finally dies.
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One Last Smoke
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One Last Smoke: Played with in series 3, when terrorist Stephen Saunders demands that Ryan Chappelle be killed or he will release his weaponised virus. Chappelle tries to sneak out of the CTU building, claiming it's to smoke a cigarette. He even shows Jack his pack as evidence. Later though, just before Jack is forced to actually kill him, he admits that it was an attempt to run away.
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Plot-Triggering Death: David Palmer and Michelle Dessler in season 5.
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Heroic BSoD: Jack, mostly: after being told Kim is dead in Season 1, and the Manly Tears at the end of Season 3. Jack after Teri's death is pretty much the show's defining moment of this trope. He's like this for most of season 2; even after finally going back into action to stop the bomb, he still has a Death Seeker attitude for a good chunk of it. Michelle has one when she thinks Tony has been killed at the end of Season 4. Jack has a major one when he was forced to kill Curtis in season 6. In the same season, Morris has one after he's forced by Fayed to arm his suitcase nukes. Cole has a minor one after learning that Jack used him, murdered Dana Walsh in cold blood, and actually did want to assassinate the conspirators behind Hassan's murder instead of just exposing them. Audrey Raines has one after she is subjected to liquid copper torture for nearly two years between seasons 5 and 6 when she is held by Big Bad Cheng Zhi as leverage for a nuclear weapon circuit. Not only are the injections incredibly painful, they also destroys her mind, ultimately leaving her in a catatonic state. Miraculously, she seems to have recovered completely by Live Another Day...although Word of God says it took quite a few years and a lot of psychiatric care. In season 7, Renee has two minor ones: the first when she fails to save Dubaku's innocent girlfriend after promising she would protect her, and the second upon discovering Larry Moss' murder. In Live Another Day when Kate tells Jack Audrey is dead. Jack puts down his rifle and pulls out a handgun, and the look on his face makes it very clear what he was about two seconds from doing.
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Bill Buchanan's death. Most people saw it coming, even without the previews showing the explosion, but they never expected it to happen within the first ten minutes of the episode.
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I Don't Pay You to Think: In "12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M." from the premiere season, Kevin Carroll tries to explain to Ira Gaines about Jack Bauer having got the jump on him.
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Darker and Edgier: Not that the show wasn't dark already, but the final act of Season 8 takes things to a new extreme. President Hassan and Renee Walker are killed within the space of two episodes, Jack and President Taylor both commit their own Face–Heel Turn, leaving Chloe the only "good guy" trying to do the right thing and stop Jack's Roaring Rampage of Revenge before he starts a world war. Day 9 is overall more cynical from the beginning, with Chloe taking on a darker personality as a result of her family's death, Heller is slowly losing his mind to Alzheimers, and one of the most evil villains the series has seen to date, culminating in arguably the biggest Downer Ending of the series.
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Hero Antagonist: CTU, the FBI, the government, or any other law present will become this whenever Jack has to break the rules in order to get the job done or he's being framed by one of the antagonists, which is generally at least 2-3 times a season. This is completely flipped on its head during the final arc when Jack goes rogue and effectively becomes an outright antagonist for his revenge trip against the Russians (and Logan) rather than his usual Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! reasons. In this case, despite the fact that Jack is still treated as the protagonist, we're actually supposed to be moreso rooting for CTU (or at least the main cast trio of Chloe, Cole, and Arlo Glass) at this point over Jack.
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Allison Taylor, sort of. After Jumping Off the Slippery Slope by making a deal with Charles Logan to save the peace agreement without knowing all the variables, she digs herself deeper and deeper into a hole trying to cover it up, culminating in her basically threatening to blow Kamistan to hell with the entire might of the United States Military if Dalia Hassan does not sign the deal. And then, when she's a signature away from becoming a truly unredeemable character, she backs out and begins the process of making amends.
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You Can't Thwart Stage One: Pretty much every terrorist/conspiracy plot in the history of the show. And usually because people didn't shut up and listen to Jack Bauer in the first place. In particular, any time CTU calls for a perimeter to prevent the bad guys from escaping, it will, without question, fail.
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Heel–Face Door-Slam: Josef Bazhaev. Granted, his father had to convince him that he would be pardoned for his crimes, but still. Not even twenty seconds after he agrees to help the good guys, he gets shot. Later in that very same episode, Farhad Hassan grows a conscience (sort of) and agrees to help CTU. And then he's shot in the back in the next episode. In the series finale, Jason Pillar realizes that he and Charles Logan are cornered, and Pillar attempts to convince his boss that it would be best to come clean and help President Taylor find Jack and call off the hit on him. What does he get in return? Logan whacks him in the back of the head and proceeds to shoot him dead before attempting suicide, therefore taking the information to their graves. Particularly galling as the previous episode had Pillar tearfully confess that he had a daughter he wanted to return to.
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Tempting Fate: "You won't take the shot, it's too risky!" "I didn't think the president had the balls to go through with the agreement." The quote "Today is going to be the longest day of my life" originates from Jack's introduction of the show's first season. Seven seasons later...
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Evil vs. Evil: Used in several seasons, but the final season spins a surprising take on this trope by pitting Fallen Heroes Jack and President Taylor against one another. If Taylor gets what she wants, her peace treaty will succeed, but the motives behind President Hassasn's assassination will be covered up because of it and the injustice will be allowed to go on. If Jack gets what he wants, the conspiracy behind Hassan's death is exposed, but he'll also kill all those responsible, which includes several members of the Russian government, particularly its president, which would lead to worldwide war. Neither outcome is all that good. Cole's "there are no good guys" line late in the season pretty much sums up the current status of the show: Jack nor Taylor is really a "hero" at this point anymore. In fact, Cole and Chloe are essentially the only real characters really resembling heroes now, as they're attempting to go with the preferable solution to expose the conspiracy and not just instantly take the role of judge, jury, and executioner into their hands like Jack is now doing. Their efforts do in fact eventually lead both Jack and Taylor to see the light by the end (see Heel Realization below), although at this point both have arguably crossed a line that can never be undone.
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Cool Old Guy: Bill Buchanan.
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All There in the Manual: FOX's 24 website, everything you need to know.
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Artistic License – Biology: When it's revealed in Season 3 that the Cordilla virus has been modified to make its incubation period just one hour instead of the 14 hours it originally was, everyone acts as if this makes it a much bigger threat. If anything, this would actually make it less dangerous, since infected people would present symptoms much sooner and thereby be easier to quarantine, and also wouldn't be able to travel as far before the virus killed them, thereby limiting how much it could spread.
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Dressing as the Enemy: Usually when the bad guy imitates an FBI/CTU agent. Foiled in Season 7 when Jack uncovers an assassin dressed as FBI by noticing his incorrect shoes. In most cases, just as an FBI/CTU agent is alerted that there's an impostor, said impostor miraculously appears out of nowhere and shoots him (Seasons 4 and 7).
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Twist Ending: Five of the eight seasons.
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World of Badass: Because even the tech geeks, Damsel Scrappys, and peace-seeking presidents of random Middle Eastern nations are capable of bringing the pwnage.
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Soft Glass: Averted and played straight throughout the series. In Season 1, Jack picks up a blunt object off the ground in order to break a van's window and strikes it. It isn't until the third strike that the window breaks. Yet in Season 7, Jack manages to jump through the glass frame of a door and receive only a small gash on his hand.
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Death by Materialism
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Death by Materialism: There are dozens of greedy little bastards who are only in it for the money, and they are more than likely expendable. For instance, Michael Amador in Season 3, who went behind the Big Bad's back so he could score himself 240 million dollars. Later in the season, after escaping CTU custody, he meets one of the antagonist's associates so he can get more money and passports to leave the country. When he opens the briefcase, he realizes it's full of C-4. Cue Oh, Crap! face.
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Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Stephen Saunders' backstory after he was caught and presumed dead in Operation Nightfall.
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The Movie: Put on hold because the TV series kept happening. Was announced to go into production in early 2012, but then was delayed due to concerns about script and budget. Little is known about it, other than that the real-time format will not be used, with the movie instead depicting the events of a full day in an approximately two hour period. Additionally, it may be the first in a planned trilogy.
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Season 3: Stephen Saunders
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Senseless Sacrifice: A running theme in season 8. Sergei Bazhaev mercy kills his son who was dying of radiation poisoning. He eventually gets arrested, loses the nuclear fuel rods and his other soon dies. A young CTU agent named Owen runs out into the middle of a firefight to rescue a wounded CTU agent. As he dragged the man back to safety, both of them are shot. Fatally. Which sucks, because Owen wouldn't have sacrificed himself if the other agent wasn't stupid. However, Jack lies to Owen and says he saved him, so at least he died believing he performed a Heroic Sacrifice. A covert operation to kidnap President Hassan and deliver him to the terrorists to prevent the detonation of a dirty bomb results in massive casualties. He gives himself up to the remaining kidnapper. The two men who concocted this scheme are shocked to believe Hassan would have given up willingly if they just asked. Hassan's death was for nothing as it turns out the peace treaty he was trying to sign was built on a lie and his own widow turns his country against the West again.
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I Surrender, Suckers
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I Surrender, Suckers: Benton in Redemption.
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Mutual Kill
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Mutual Kill: In Season 9, Jordan Reed manages to put a few bullets into his assassin before bleeding out.
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: Do NOT mess with Jack Bauer's daughter. Tony Almeida, too. His recent turn to the dark side is really just a plan to get back at the bastard who killed his wife, who was pregnant with what would've been his first son at the time.
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Diabolus ex Machina
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Diabolus ex Machina: If you think the episode will have a happy ending, it won't. If you think the ending is bad enough, it will get worse.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: In euchre, the trump jack (considered the highest trump) and the jack of the same color (considered the second highest trump) are called bowers.
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Fingore
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In Live Another Day, CIA officer Kate Morgan, undercover as a CIA officer with a different mission, immediately spills everything about the fake mission while hiding what they're really up to. Other characters have been tortured without admitting anything. The only time torture achieves something, Naveed's wife is tortured to force him to comply with the terrorists' demands.
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Obstructive Bureaucrat
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In fact, the chance that any given character will be told some variant of "Don't bother me, I'm busy!" is directly proportional to the probability that they know or are paying attention to something important. See the particularly egregious case of Carrie in season 3. CTU is for the most part a whole organization of Obstructive Bureaucrats.
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Cute and Psycho
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Amira from the same season qualifies too.
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Decapitation Presentation
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Decapitation Presentation: "I'm gonna need a hacksaw".
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Crapsack World
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Crapsack World: Ostensibly set in the real world at that. Terrorist attacks are commonplace, and the government has allowed intense interrogations of guilty, or sometimes even innocent people, and for government agencies to have the ability to spy on every American, in an attempt to prevent said terrorist attacks, and is only successful sometimes. Almost every Authority Figure is either corrupt, or on the verge of becoming one, no matter how idyllic they are at the start.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's full surveillance package, used on Charles Logan in season 8.
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Everybody's Dead, Dave
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Everybody's Dead, Dave: Near the end of "Day 8: 1PM - 2PM", Pillar hears this from Mikhail Novakovich's wounded bodyguard, who reveals that Jack has already broken in and slaughtered everyone else.
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: Several; see the Headscratchers page for more info.
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Dragon Their Feet
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Day 3: Arthur Rabens and his vial of the virus.
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Genre Deconstruction
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Genre Deconstruction: You think James Bond had to deal with so much crap? A standard hero will defend us no matter how hard the bad guys make it. Jack will defend us no matter how hard we make it.
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Back for the Dead
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Back for the Dead: Milo, who returns in season 6 as a regular, does nothing of real importance and then dies. Subverted with Charles Logan in season 6, since he eventually returns in season 8.
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Shoot the Shaggy Dog
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It's pretty safe to assume at this point in time - nearly 14 years in-show - that Jack hasn't recovered from the Day 1 finale
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Offing the Offspring
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Offing the Offspring: Navi Araz attempts this in Day 4. Phillip Bauer kills his son Graem in Day 6. Sergei Bazhaev kills his radiation-poisoned son in Day 8. Margot Al-Harazi tries unsuccessfully to kill her daughter in Day 9.
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Bald of Evil: At least one just about every season. Joseph Wald on Day 2. Habib Marwan on Day 4. Anton Beresch on Day 5. Graem Bauer on Days 5 and 6. Abu Fayed on Day 6. Benjamin Juma and Alan Wilson on Day 7. Mikhail Novakovich on Day 8. Anatol Stolnavich on Day 9.
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Extremely Short Timespan
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Extremely Short Timespan: Each season takes place in twenty-four hours.
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Uncertain Doom
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Uncertain Doom: The fate of characters like Lynn Kresge, Behrooz Ahraz, John Keeler and Wayne Palmer have never been determined. Nobody knows if they lived or died.
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Walking the Earth
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Walking the Earth: What Jack does at the end of season 4, and again at the end of season 6 — which actually closes with a bit of the piano theme from The Incredible Hulk.
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Prisoner Exchange
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Day 2: Peter Kinglsey.
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Plot Armor
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Plot Armor: Kim Bauer and leaders of real countries can never be killed. The latter can however suffer grievous injuries which they may or may not recover from.
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Awesome, but Impractical
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Awesome, but Impractical: The IRK's nuclear program in season 8 which Pres. Hassan wanted to do away with because it was too expensive.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Offscreen Villain Dark Matter
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Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: A handful of characters can be this, what with how, in the world of 24, terrorists operating in the states can seemingly replenish/replace resources (manpower, money, privacy and weaponry) on a whim; but the man who takes the cake for this trope is Day 4's Habib Marwan. Marwan is constantly changing terror plots and escaping arrests/raids (he's the only character who's really a baddie for the whole season) — because of this, it seems that any moment Marwan is off-screen, he's having a really easy time securing more resources. And he's Crazy-Prepared like hell, too.
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Omniscient Database
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Omniscient Database: CTU's new and improved for Season 8, which takes Chloe some effort to catch up with. At one point, based on a query for the name of a suspect and where in the UN building she may be, the system shows simultaneous scans for all of the building, resulting in an instantaneous match.
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Bottomless Bladder
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Bottomless Bladder: Nine seasons, nine days, only two bathroom breaks (one in season four, another in Live Another Day) so far. And not for main characters. This could be justified by having characters go to the bathroom while they're off-screen, since nobody wants to watch someone take a toilet-break in the middle of the action. And most of the scenes taking place in bathrooms are because someone is talking on the phone and they don't want the CTU to know.
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Gas Leak Cover-Up
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Gas Leak Cover-Up: On Live Another Day, a drone attack on a house that the CIA was investigating is covered up as being a gas main explosion.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The fourth episode of Season 6 is notable for the terrorists actually detonating a nuclear weapon in a populated area.
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Depraved Bisexual
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Depraved Bisexual: Played with in the person of Mandy. She's a villain, and she's bisexual, but the two don't seem to have much relation to one another.
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Enigmatic Minion
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Enigmatic Minion: Tony Almeida in Season 7.
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Distaff Counterpart
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Distaff Counterpart: Jack Bauer—Renee Walker. It's what makes them such an appealing couple. In "Live Another Day", Jack now has another one with Kate Morgan. This time around, though, Chloe has one too in the form of Jordan Reed. They're pretty much a gender-flipped version of what Jack and Chloe used to be back in their CTU days.
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Dead Guy Junior
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Dead Guy Junior: Kim and her husband's daughter is named Teri.
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Scary Black Man
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Benjamin Juma and Alan Wilson on Day 7.
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Beard of Sorrow
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Beard of Sorrow: Jack Bauer at the beginning of Seasons 2 and 6. In both cases, the beard is shaved off before the end of the first episode. After his presidency, Charles Logan grows a beard too.
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Hollywood Nerd
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Hollywood Nerd: Milo, Morris, and others.
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Previously On…
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Previously On…: Almost every episode starts with one, due to the show's extremely serialized nature.
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Possibly the most gratuitous use of the trope in a live-action drama this side of Buffy, with repeated use of The Man Behind the Man and climbing up the Sliding Scale of Villain Threat combining to make for more urgent threats with every passing season.
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Kick the Son of a Bitch
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Kick the Son of a Bitch: In the first episode of Day 2, Jack murders Marshall Goren and chops off his head in order to infiltrate a terrorist cell. Considering that Goren was charged with eight counts of kidnapping a minor, two counts of child pornography, and first degree murder, it's hard to feel bad about it. Jack throwing Margot Al-Harazi out the window to her death in Day 9.
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Hollywood Healing
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Hollywood Healing: Throughout the show, Jack has been shot, stabbed, tasered, gassed, suffered broken ribs, had a heart attack, and been rendered clinically dead twice. He typically requires little more than half an hour of recovery time before he's shooting terrorists again. In Season 8, it takes him only ten minutes to shake off a stab to the stomach. In Season 7, Jack was infected by a prion based on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a condition for which there was apparently no cure. And then it turned out that a family member's stem cells might provide a cure after all, and Kim Bauer returned shortly thereafter.
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Significant Monogram
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Significant Monogram: Do Jack Bauer's initials remind you of anybody?
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Arch-Enemy
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Arch-Enemy: Jack has had three adversaries who qualify, thanks to their penchants for getting to him personally. Nina Myers, who kills Jack's wife at the end of Season 1 and unexpectedly pops up in the following two seasons to make his life hell. From Season 5 onward, President Charles Logan, a deceptively cunning Manipulative Bastard who eventually comes to hate Jack just as much as Jack hates him. Cheng Zhi. He already does a good job of getting on Jack's bad side by personally capturing and torturing him for two years in China (and similarly doing the same to Audrey when she comes looking for him). By Live Another Day, Cheng cements this status when he orchestrates Audrey's death and attempts to provoke a war between China and the US. In their final confrontation, Jack finishes him off with all of the vindictiveness that he'd inflicted on the Drazens back in Season 1.
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Dies Wide Open
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Dies Wide Open: Nina Myers, Christopher Henderson, Bill Buchanan, Omar Hassan, Dana Walsh, among many others.
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Hollywood Law
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Hollywood Law: One plot point in Season 2 features a coup against President Palmer, attempting to invoke the Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, to remove him from office by declaring him unfit to serve. The show makes it seem like it's a matter of a simple majority vote by the Cabinet, and the President is tossed out on his ear. In Real Life, the situation is far more complex. For one, the request to remove the President has to be submitted in writing to Congress, and the President is allowed to submit his own opinion on the matter. And long deliberations would likely ensue. The 25th Amendment, or at least Section 4, has never actually been invoked, so it's hard to say exactly what the process would look like. But it would undoubtedly take days, maybe weeks, and not a couple hours like on the show.
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Government Agency of Fiction: The Counter Terrorist Unit, which, according to tie-in material, is a fictional branch of the CIA.
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Best Served Cold
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Best Served Cold: After a season and a half, covering around four years, Jack finally exacts revenge on Nina Myers for killing his wife at the end of Day 1. Jack also finds Renee's killer around the end of Day 8... and interrogates him in one of the most disturbing and detailed torture sequences seen outside of film. Subverted with Tony finally meeting Alan Wilson face to face, as Jack and Renee disable him before he gets the chance. Of course, had he not been on a motive rant for several minutes, this wouldn't have happened. Played Straight with Jack killing Christopher Henderson at the end of season 5.
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: the characters are forever talking about how "this terrible day is finally over"... halfway through the season. In Season 8, this is a plot point: CTU picks up a culprit pretty quickly, and Chloe asks if this person might not be a decoy.
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Vapor Wear
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Vapor Wear: Kim, but also Nina in a sexy back scene in season 2.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: In season 8, Sergei Bazhaev shoots and kills his own son, who is suffering from radiation poisoning, so that his other son, Josef, will stop trying to treat him, despite the latter having already learned how to do so from a doctor, because of his paranoia that doing so will expose them.
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"Die Hard" on an X: whenever any location is taken over by terrorists, which is frequently. (For that matter, 24 itself could probably be described as "Die Hard on a clock.") According to Alan Sepinwall's The Revolution Was Televised, the show was originally conceived as essentially "Die Hard the Series." That changed when Kiefer Sutherland was cast in the lead, and the humor and general self-awareness was toned down significantly.
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Proper Lady: Dina Araz from season 4.
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Season 7: Jack forges an alliance with his own nemesis, Sen. Mayer, with the two men coming to an understanding and agreeing to try playing by each other's rules. ...Just before Mayer is killed for being in the way.
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Batman Gambit
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Season Three: As stated above, Jack, Gael, and Tony Almeida all worked together in an undercover mission with the Salazars to prevent the Cordilla virus from being released to the general population. The gambit doesn't entirely work, since the virus struck an L.A. plaza, and killed Gael in the process. Tony committed treason to save his wife Michelle from Saunders. Saunders was eventually captured, but Tony faces a possible 20-year sentence for collaborating with him. As for Jack... despite the mission ultimately succeeding, he was brought to tears for everything he did that day, which included being responsible for the deaths of some prison guards during the jail breakout, Claudia's death, and most shockingly, submitting to Saunders's demands and shooting his boss in the head to buy CTU time to apprehend Saunders.
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Teens Are Monsters
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Teens Are Monsters: Jadalla in Legacy. Amira from the same season qualifies too.
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Actor Allusion
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Actor Allusion: A fake passport for Nina Myers in Season 3 is under the name "Sarah Berkeley" — Sarah Clarke's married name (she married fellow cast member Xander Berkeley, who played George Mason). A subtle one is when Jack bites into a terrorist's neck, using his teeth. Gee, when was the last time he could do something like that? Paul McCrane's characters tend to die painful onscreen deaths. Guess what happens to Graem Bauer? Trip's wife is carrying twins, and they're kicking. She's lucky it's not triplets. The final two episodes of Season 8 are pretty much one giant one for Kiefer Sutherland's role in Phone Booth. Much like the Caller, Jack is smugly trailing a sniper rifle over a character while giving him directions over the phone. Before Rami Malek tried to stop a terror attack by the Dark Army on Mr. Robot which would cause deaths of thousands in an explosion, he portrayed a suicide bomber who was part of another terror attack by the Kamistani splinter cell in Season 8 so that he could avenge his father. Not to mention the fact that Jack even referenced his addiction to morphine on the show. Unfortunately, both he and Jack fail to stop the terror attacks from happening. The first episode of Season 9 isn't the first time in 2014 that Kiefer Sutherland had to infiltrate a CIA black site to rescue a female former ally from imprisonment and torture, as anyone who's played Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will know. Anyone who watches Game of Thrones knows that Michelle Fairley isn't unfamiliar with one of her sons being thrown out the window. Not to mention, watching her son die just before she does.
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Face Death with Dignity
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Face Death with Dignity: President James Heller calmly awaits the end in Live Another Day. Or so he'd have us believe.
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The Man Behind the Man
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The Man Behind the Man: Used throughout the series, but taken to the extreme in season 5 where the President of the United States turns out to be the mastermind behind the terrorist plot. Leading to a Hilarious in Hindsight moment where one of those terrorists tries to recruit The Man Behind the Man into his own conspiracy. And there is someone behind him advising him, and thus calling the shots.
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Character Development
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Chloe started out this way before getting some much-needed Character Development.
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Dangerous Workplace
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Dangerous Workplace: CTU has suffered nerve gas attacks, bombings, and a takeover by the Chinese mafia. In particular, becoming head or acting head of CTU is up there with Star Trek Red Shirt as one of the most doomed occupations in the universe.
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Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy
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Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: A biiiigggggggg one is gradually revealed from Seasons 5 to 7.
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Foregone Conclusion
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Foregone Conclusion: From the moment Jack was infected by the Prion variant in Season 7 - a bioweapon so deadly that there was no 100% certifiable cure - it was obvious he'd survive somehow, given at least that he'd already signed on for Seasons 7 and 8 back in 2007. The fact that Elisha Cuthbert's return that season was mentioned by the producers also drove the point home.
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Blessed with Suck
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Blessed with Suck: Jack, in a way.
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Cowboy Cop
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Cowboy Cop: Jack Bauer makes Dirty Harry look tame. And he's not even the only one.
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Every Car Is a Pinto
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Every Car Is a Pinto: In a first season episode, Teri and Kim escape from the terrorists by car and then Teri parks it at the edge of a cliff. She gets out, with Kim still in it (Kim's fine, but Teri doesn't know that, leading to her amnesia, discussed elsewhere here.) It, of course, is destroyed in a fiery explosion.
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Infant Immortality
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Infant Immortality: Often played straight. However, this being a show where Anyone Can Die, not every child is safe: In Season 5, Amy Martin is last seen screaming as Christopher Henderson makes an unexpected visit. Granted, what happens next is not actually shown, but considering that Henderson's just spent the last 40 minutes tracking her and her mom down, and is shooting EMTs just for being in the way... In Redemption, at least one African child is shown being gunned down by the People's Freedom Army. Live Another Day reveals that Chloe's son, Prescott, was killed in a hit-and-run accident some time after the events of Season 8. Also, right from Season 1, being pregnant didn't keep Teri from being killed by Nina.
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Broken Aesop
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Broken Aesop: In Season 8, the two military officers conspire against President Taylor to turn the IRK President over to the terrorists to get the terrorists to not detonate the nuke in New York City. They succeed, and, although they kill president Hassan, the terrorists DO disarm the nuke (which CTU would NOT have found and stopped in time otherwise). Taylor angrily denounces the pair of conspirators and has them arrested. So we get TWO broken aesops: 1. It is wrong to try to save the lives of tens of thousands, even if CTU is incompetent, because disobeying the president is far worse. 2. If you give terrorists what they want, they will comply with you and not cause further trouble.
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Manipulative Bastard
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Manipulative Bastard: ditto. During season three, both Nina Myers and Sherry proved to be the two biggest manipulative bitches in the series. Sherry had her key part to play in Alan's death, and Nina even managed to manipulate her interrogator. Charles Logan in season 8 full stop. How else to describe someone who can convince the President to stand down Jack Bauer without even lying?
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: See Pyrrhic Victory below.
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Torture Always Works
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Torture Always Works: Trope exemplar, but actually Zig-Zagged in practice. Jack Bauer and CTU seem to be under the impression that torture is more effective than it really is, when in fact even in-universe torture has a pretty high rate of failure, and often has negative consequences when it is used. In Day 2, Jack himself is captured and tortured (not for the last time), and the villains try to get him to give up the information they want, with the lead Torture Technician even getting exacerbated by how long it is taking. He tells Jack that they both know "everyone has a breaking point" and it would be easier on everyone if he just tells them now, but Jack still doesn't break, and he escapes shortly afterwards anyway. In Day 3, Nina Myers is captured by Jack and tortured by CTU for what she knows. She manages to resist, and when left alone manages to escape, with Jack tracking her down and opting just to shoot her dead instead. In Day 4, three innocent people- Agent Sarah Gavin, Secretary Heller's son, and Audrey's ex-husband Paul Raines- were tortured needlessly because they were either wrongly accused, were afraid to admit something private, or truly had no idea what was going on. In all three cases, actual physical evidence ended up saving the day. In all three cases, relationships were undermined if not outright ruined since the people torturing them were friends or family, or associates thereof. In Day 5, Audrey Raines herself is tortured, having been framed by the villains for selling building schematics to terrorists. The specific villain who had her framed and suggested she be tortured turned out to be ex-agent Christopher Henderson, and his motive was revenge because Jack had tortured him earlier in the season- he was guilty of the crimes he was accused of, but he didn't break either. In Day 6, Jack has been a captive of the Chinese for over a year and has been repeatedly tortured for information...with no success whatsoever. He is released as part of a deal that sees him being handed over a terrorist who wants revenge for Jack killing his brother- the terrorist also tortures Jack, but this one is justified since he isn't after information at all, and only wants Jack to suffer. Later that same Day, Jack tortures his own brother Graem when he finds out his company was robbed of weapons of mass destruction and he was trying to cover it up, with mixed results. Graem admits to being behind the assassination of David Palmer as well as numerous attempts on Jacks own life, but that wasn't what Jack was asking for- Graem only admitted to that to shock Jack enough to stop the torture, and is murdered by their also-evil father before he reveals anything else. In Day 8, Jack spends the entire final act of the episode torturing an agent, only to realize that the agent Took A Third Option which will require a different response. Even more notable is how the torture here is far more brutal than usual, even by Jack's standards, and yet the guy doesn't break. In Live Another Day, CIA officer Kate Morgan, undercover as a CIA officer with a different mission, immediately spills everything about the fake mission while hiding what they're really up to. Other characters have been tortured without admitting anything. The only time torture achieves something, Naveed's wife is tortured to force him to comply with the terrorists' demands.
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Story Arc
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Story Arc: Each season is essentially one complex story, with strings of episodes comprising what the 24 Wikia (on each season's page) likes to call "acts". Most seasons have two acts, some have three or four. For instance (it'd be a lot of space to list them all); Season 2 is split into two acts. The first act is about the CTU trying to find and search for the nuke, while the second act is about Jack trying to expose the forged evidence before the US strikes three innocent countries. There are also elements in each season that affect the following seasons.
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A Tragedy of Impulsiveness
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A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Theresa in Season 3 dooms the people who were infected with the Cordilla virus by impulsively killing Saunders, the only person who knows about the cure of said virus.
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Downplayed Trope
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Downplayed for Day 7: Iké Dubaku starts as out as the main villain in the first part of the season, but the prequel, Redemption, clearly established both Benjamin Juma as his higher-up and Jonas Hodges as Juma's ally.
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Ethereal Choir
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Ethereal Choir: Used as an ominous leitmotif for the Sentox nerve gas throughout Day 5.
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Dropped a Bridge on Him
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Dropped a Bridge on Him: Somewhat unavoidable for a show so prone to offing characters but mostly averted. The closest examples were probably both Milo (who seemingly just came back to do nothing and then get shot in the face) and Curtis in season 6 and Michelle in season 5. Tony just barely avoided it himself in the fifth season due to later being Not Quite Dead..
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Vladimir Bierko, who's played by Julian Sands, does not sound Russian at all. Maybe because the actor's British? Jack tries to pose as Alexis Drazen in Season 1. He fails when the guy he's talking to notices his accent changed. (And when he notices that "Alexis" suddenly developed amnesia.)
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Darkened Building Shootout
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Day 4: Habib Marwan.
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Killed to Uphold the Masquerade
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Killed to Uphold the Masquerade
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Guilt-Ridden Accomplice
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Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: There was one in season 2 who didn't want to go through with the terror attack they were planning. He and his colleague ended up killing each other.
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: President Omar Hassan of Season 8, pretty explicitly.
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Love Dodecahedron
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Love Dodecahedron: Dana Walsh, who is engaged to Cole Ortiz, and being sniffed after by Arlo Glass, and being harrassed by Kevin Wade, a figure from her life who sure acts like they were lovers at one point.
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Worthy Opponent
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Worthy Opponent: Christopher Henderson.
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Walking Disaster Area
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Walking Disaster Area: Whenever Jack is around, you can be sure that a bomb will go off, or deadly nerve gas will be released, or there'll be an attempt on the President's life, and the bodies will pile up. Kim eventually tells her father she cannot be around him any more, because whenever she is, people die.
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You Have Failed Me
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You Have Failed Me: The Big Bads and Dragons do not tolerate failure. Just ask Ira Gaines. Or Navi Araz. Or Vladimir Bierko. Or Phillip Bauer. Or Jonas Hodges. Or Margot Al-Harazi.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Generally, most of the Obstructive Bureaucrat characters will turn out to be this. George Mason. Ryan Chappelle, at least by Season 3, when he allows Tony to bring suicide pills to the infected hotel guests. Lynn McGill, as made clear by his Heroic Sacrifice. Tom Lennox. Frank Tramell in Redemption, who forces Jack to return to the United States to stand trial in exchange for Jack evacuating several children from Sangala. Tramell does at least show himself to be a man of his word.
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Jerk with a Heart of Jerk
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Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Miles Papazian. Just about every other character that's been in charge and manages to be a pain for most of the other protagonists usually succeeds in also showing some sort of good side by the time we last see them. Despite the insistence of Karen Hayes that he ultimately is somebody who can be trusted in spite of his attitude, Miles sells everyone out the first chance he gets.
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Would Hurt a Child
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Would Hurt a Child: The terrorists, and sometimes those who fight them.
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: The U.S. Secret Service seems to be this for the show, as they were the only government agency less competent and more corrupt then, well, CTU itself. Unless Aaron Pierce was on the scene, the Secret Service would always fail to protect their charges. This particularly apparent on Day 7, when the First Husband's bodyguard is a traitor and, later on, when General Juma captures the White House out from under their noses.
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CIA Evil, FBI Good
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CIA Evil, FBI Good: In Season 7, the FBI views the now-defunct CTU as a reckless, immoral institution.
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I Just Want to Be Normal
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I Just Want to Be Normal: Jack at the beginning of Days 5 and 8. He's finally retired and settled down as a civilian.....it won't last......
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Episode on a Plane
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Episode on a Plane: "Day Five: 2AM - 3AM," where Jack stows away on a flight in search of an incriminating recording. In Season 4, President John Keeler spends all of his screentime on Air Force One because of all the terrorist attacks happening across the country. Turns out this was intentional for the story, as Marwan's ultimate plan involves shooting the plane down. "Day 3: 7:00 - 8:00 PM" has Jack spend the entire episode on a plane heading to Mexico, while "1:00 - 2:00 AM" sees him on one for the entire return trip back to Los Angeles.
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Race Against the Clock
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Race Against the Clock: The entire show's premise and the sense of urgency that moves the drama is about this trope. It's also used as a moral justification for protagonist-done torture.
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Gory Discretion Shot
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Gory Discretion Shot: Played straight during the early seasons of the show (as stated above in Seasons 2 and 3). From Season 6 up, this trope was averted a couple times, and people being shot in the head (or in David Emerson's case, the neck) was shown on screen. When Season 8 came around, it got graphic. The viewers did not get to see a man being hacked apart by a machete in Redemption, so there's that at least.
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Archnemesis Dad
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Season 6: Abu Fayed, Phillip Bauer and Cheng Zhi
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Evil All Along
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Throughout all 8 seasons, there were in total three moments where a character who was a part of the current main cast was killed by a character that was also another current member of the main cast. These notably tied in with either the revelation that their murderer was really Evil All Along or that s/he was undergoing a Face–Heel Turn.
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Break the Cutie
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In Season 8, both President Taylor and Charles Logan have agreed that keeping the Russian scandal under wraps is the only way to save the peace treaty.
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Subverted many times, though, especially in Season 5 with Anton Beresch's men; the only casualties are the terrorists themselves. Also see Land Mine Goes "Click!".
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Season Five: Congratulations Jack! You saved L.A. from another nerve gas attack and exposed President Logan as the traitorous bastard he really is! Too bad your daughter hates you again, David Palmer, Michelle Dessler, and Tony Almeida are all dead, your old mentor tried to kill you, and the Chinese captured you as payback for your season four misdeeds.
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Not Quite Saved Enough: Happens numerous times, but Teri Bauer is easily the embodiment of this trope.
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Rated M for Manly
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Rated M for Manly: This is a series starring a no-nonsense special agent who isn't unwilling to torture his enemies.
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Downer Ending
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In the finale of Day 9, Audrey is saved from Cheng's shooter and everything is okay... until a second shooter comes out of nowhere and guns her down.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: Almost every episode ends with one.
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That's an Order!
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That's an Order!: Jack to NYPD Sergeant Amis in Season 8. Amis didn't listen and got killed along with his team.
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First Name Ultimatum
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First Name Ultimatum: Inverted in day 2, when, after his betrayal, Mike Novick starts to call President Palmer by his first name, only for Palmer to rebuke him and demand that he be referred to as 'Mr. President'. It's a sign that their once close friendship is over. Aaron Pierce ends his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to President Logan by calling him 'Charles', which was an ad-lib by Glenn Morshower.
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Smug Snake
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Smug Snake: Many, many villains on this show, but Nina Myers is one of the best. Her actions after her reveal up until her final episode make her a great enemy of CTU. All the more satisfying when Jack wipes that smug look off her face. Dana Walsh definitely becomes one after her Face–Heel Turn.
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Et Tu, Brute?
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Et Tu, Brute?: Happens to CTU in Season 8 after Jack goes rogue after killing Pavel, Renee's killer.
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Disproportionate Retribution: In retaliation for Renee's murder, Jack goes on a killing spree, including Dana Walsh, Pavel Tokarev, Mikhail Novakovich and all his bodyguards, and he intends to kill the Russian president too.
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Crazy-Prepared
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Crazy-Prepared: Jack, as well as whichever Big Bad he's facing at the time.
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Treasure Chest Cavity
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Treasure Chest Cavity: A computer chip surgically hidden.
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Sniper Duel
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Day 1: Ira Gaines.
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Motive Decay: In Day 5, Vladimir Bierko goes from trying to force the Russians out of his homeland to trying to kill as many American civilians as he can. In Day 8, Samir Mehran apparently does the same as Bierko when his plan to smuggle nuclear rods into the IRK fails. However, this is subverted when Samir's true plan is revealed: extorting Taylor into handing over Omar Hassan.
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Book-Ends: Season 4 begins and ends on the train tracks. In the Season 7 finale, Kim appears in only two scenes: the first one and the last one. Season 6 begins with Jack in Cheng Zhi's custody, being handed over from China to the US via Bill Buchanan. The final hour of the day has Cheng in Jack's custody, with Cheng bitterly telling Bill that China won't abandon him like the US abandoned Jack. For the series as a whole, both Seasons 1 and 8 have Jack start the day interacting with his family, in the hopes of creating a stronger foundation for Kim. They both also end with Jack being driven over the edge of despair due to the death of a love interest.
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Happy Ending Override
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Happy Ending Override: One of the show's recurring themes, along with Pyrrhic Victory. If a main character survives one season, chances are they'll either die in the next one, or whatever happy ending they got will immediately be undone. Special mentions go to: Tony Almeida. At the end of season 4, he's patched up with relationship with Michelle Dessler, and they intend to start over, away from CTU. In season 5, Michelle is killed. In season 7, Tony pulls a Face Hell Turn and ends up in prison. Chloe O'Brian. By the end of season 7, she's remarried to Morris, she has a child named Prescott, and she's helped the FBI avert multiple terrorist attacks. However, in Live Another Day, it's revealed that Morris and Prescott were killed in a car crash, and she wound up joining a radical organization that leaked several documents and secrets from the American government. And by the end of the season, her whole organization has been destroyed, and her new boyfriend is dead. Chase Edmunds. Despite having his hand hacked off at the end of season 3, he developed a stable relationship with Kim and planned on raising Angela with her. They broke up between season 4 and season 5. And when he reappears in the novel Deadline, he's killed by a biker. Audrey Raines. In Live Another Day, we find out that Audrey has been restored to full health, she's happily married, and her father is now president. She even reunites with Jack and tries to patch up her relationship with him. Despite everything she's managed to recover from after being tortured between season 5 and 6, it's all rendered moot when she's killed by a stray bullet in the finale. James Heller. After season 6, he, along with Mark Boudreau, succeeded in helping restore Audrey's mental health, and Heller even became president. But in Live Another Day, it's revealed he has Alzheimer's Disease, several civilians are killed in England by his country's drones, he decides to resign because of his mental health, and his daughter dies in the finale. And of course, Jack Bauer. Between season 7 and 8, Jack was nursed back to health thanks to Kim, and he finally started bonding with Kim's family again. Then season 8 comes along, and Jack is forced to spend his life on the run after he kills several Russian diplomats responsible for murdering Renee Walker. Live Another Day only worsens this, as he not only loses Audrey too, but he also surrenders himself to the Russian government.
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The Dragon
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Technically, Christopher Henderson was The Dragon to Charles Logan and his co-conspirators, playing a role in organizing David Palmer's and Michelle Dessler's deaths. A sniper named Haas was the one who shot Palmer; it is unknown who planted the car bomb that killed Michelle. Logan worked with Graem, as shown in Seasons 5 and 6, and it is implied he is working with others with a lot of power. This is then shown in Redemption and Season 7, with Private Military Companies being involved, and finally, Alan Wilson being revealed as one of the leaders of the overall conspiracy. Almost all the characters involved have various reasons for their involvement. If you watch Seasons 5 and 6, as well as Redemption and Season 7, and treat it as a Story Arc, you can see this (convoluted) plot play out. Additionally, Season 4 can be seen as having prequel elements to this whole Story Arc, since the events of Season 4 lead to Logan coming into power, allowing the whole arc to play out.
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Nobody Poops
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Nobody Poops: Lip service is paid to averting this in the early seasons, with scattered occasional references to characters needing to use the bathroom. Along with the narrative requirement that the events of the season take place in a particular 24-hour period, it's gone in later years. Dirty agents and agents wishing to work unseen often use toilet stalls for privacy, even in later seasons. The bathrooms are populated in those scenes by background characters who have (presumably) just used the facilities.
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No Bisexuals
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No Bisexuals: Averted; one of the minor villains in the first season has a female lover, and has a male lover in the fourth. Unusual for both the few bisexuals on television and anyone on this show, she ends up getting away in the first and second seasons, and not only being taken alive in the fourth, but being granted immunity.
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First Day from Hell
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First Day from Hell: Lynn McGill's first day as head of CTU Los Angeles involves his getting mugged by his junkie sister and her boyfriend, and that mugging leading directly to a nerve gas attack on CTU headquarters. Oh, and the sister gets executed, gangland style, to clean up loose ends. Oh, and McGill has to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save everyone from said nerve gas less than two hours later. Don't envy the guy who has to write the "fallen in the service of our country" letters to Mrs. McGill there.
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Hollywood, California
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Hollywood, California: The show's setting - nine out of ten major terrorist threats happen here. Finally relocated in Season 7.
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Meta Twist
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Meta Twist: At the end of season one, Nina is revealed to be the mole, and Jack's wife is killed. At the end of season two, President David Palmer has possibly just been assassinated. When the season three finale came along, everyone was expecting something big. What happens in the final moments? Jack breaks down crying. ...woah. The last clock of the series. Kim's arc. It looks like she's about to get kidnapped (again) by a crazy mountain man. Instead, he felt guilty about taking advantage of her and lets her go. The endings of "Day Three: 9am - 10am" and "Day Five: 12am - 1am." Normally, episodes close out with a final split screen showing all the major characters, followed by one last meaningful scene (often involving some sort of twist). The aforementioned two episodes, however, end immediately after their final split screens. Bill Buchanan's death. Most people saw it coming, even without the previews showing the explosion, but they never expected it to happen within the first ten minutes of the episode.
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Hero of Another Story
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Hero of Another Story: Tony Almeida, Curtis "Black Bauer" Manning, Mike Doyle, Renee Walker, (currently) Cole Ortiz, and more. Usually, they'll be the actual head of CTU Field Ops while Jack is on the run or being brought in for one last world-saving mission. In season 8, we're introduced to James Ricker, one of Jack's old partners. Or the sudden involvement of the FBI as the main heroes trying to stop terrorists attacks instead of the usual CTU. Justified in the fact that CTU had been disbanded.
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My Girl Is Not a Slut
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My Girl Is Not a Slut: Discussed at the beginning of the fifth season. Chloe has a one-night stand with a man (which her dialogue seems to indicate is the first time she's ever done such a thing), and becomes paranoid that people may start to think she's been sleeping around.
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BlackAndGreyMorality
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Black and Grey Morality: Most seasons fall under this standard. The show's villains are willing to torture people, and let innocent civilians die, to achieve their goals. So is Jack. Jack is aware that he is the Token Evil Teammate of CTU, and both he and others criticize him for being Not So Different... but he also doesn't change. As a result, the show itself lands in Gray and Grey Morality at its most optimistic, and skirts Evil vs. Evil extremes near the end of season eight when Jack goes full-on Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
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African Terrorists
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African Terrorists: Season 7.
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Eviler Than Thou
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And let's not forget Ramon and Hector Salazar from season 3, although that was more of a case of "evil and eviler."
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Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling
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Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Richie & Audrey Heller, Jenny & Lynn McGill and Jack & Graem Bauer.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: In Season 2, Jack has to work alongside Nina Myers, the woman who killed his wife. Towards the end of Season 5, Jack works with Christopher Henderson in order to stop Bierko. In Season 6, Jack is forced to team up with Charles Logan.
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Police are Useless
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Police are Useless: The show often emphasizes how ordinary police officers and even the guards at CTU itself are not immune to being overpowered by external/internal enemies. Several times have SWAT Teams been outdone or escaped (examples of characters who have accomplished this are Stephen Saunders, Arthur Rabens, Abu Fayed, Marwan repeatedly — and even Michael Amador who slaughtered via ambush an entire Delta Foce team. It's rather common in the series that security guards in the the CTU building are easily bypassed. Jack in Season Two when taking Kate to Wallace, Tony taking Jane to Stephen in Season Three and even the treason-convicted Nina Myers being able to almost escape the building (only stopped by Jack) during Seasons 1 and 3 Police officers are often making the jobs of the protagonists harder due to misunderstandings.
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Karma Houdini Warranty
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Karma Houdini Warranty: Nina Myers got away with the crimes she committed until Season 3 where she is finally shot and killed by Jack during an escape attempt from CTU.
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Air-Vent Passageway
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Air-Vent Passageway: Impossible to be a secret/federal agent and not use this at least once.
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Lodged-Blade Recycling
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Lodged-Blade Recycling: In season 8, Jack kills one of Vladimir Laitanin's men using a knife that he'd just been stabbed in the stomach with.
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Jitter Cam
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Jitter Cam: Handheld cinematography is a staple of the show.
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War for Fun and Profit
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War for Fun and Profit: The true reason for the events of days 2, 5, and 6.
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Pragmatic Villainy
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Pragmatic Villainy: Charles Logan scolded both Christopher Henderson for killing David Palmer and later Suvarov for killing Renee Walker, since both of these actions led to Jack Bauer thwarting Logan's plans .
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The Mountains of Illinois
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The Mountains Of Iowa: In season 4, a nuke is hidden in them.
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Corrupt Corporate Executive
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Season 2: Peter Kingsley The Game: Max
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Bulungi
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Bulungi: Sangala, in Redemption.
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Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
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Can't Get Away with Nuthin': In season 1, Kim and her friend sneak out after curfew to meet some boys... and, as a consequence, are kidnapped, beaten, possibly raped, and in Kim's friend's case, run over by a car and then murdered by the man who killed her father after she snuck out, and then impersonated him so he could track her down.
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Time Bomb: Constant. In the second season, it was determined that a suspect was lying because she claimed that she saw one of these with a big visible timer in a truck in the city, and a real bomb of that particular size would never look like that. The real bomb turns out to be very close by.
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Time Skip
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Time Skip: The conceit of each season of the series representing one full 24-hour day would necessitate a Time Skip of about a year each time. It's actually quite a bit more, with season 1 occurring during David Palmer's campaign for president and 24: Redemption, the made-for-TV movie preceding season 7, taking place on Inauguration Day when Allison Taylor takes office... twelve years later. A timeline of the presidency can be found here; a full timeline can be found here.
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Twenty-Fifth Amendment
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Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Seasons 2, 4, and 6. Implied to be the case with Season 8 as well. What's further tragic about Season 6 (or amusing, depending on how you look at it), is that Noah Daniels takes over for Wayne Palmer and apparently holds office for the rest of his term, when it's established that Palmer had only been President for roughly three or four months. This means that Daniels essentially served an entire term as a replacement President. And again in Live Another Day with Heller's resignation due to his Alzheimer's diagnosis.
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Starter Villain
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Starter Villain: Joseph Wald in Season 2. CTU spends the first few episodes hunting him down while he orchestrates an attack on their headquarters. Conrad Haas only appears in the first episode of Season 5, but during that episode, he manages to assassinate David Palmer and frame Jack Bauer, among other heinous acts. Davros, who spends the first few episodes of Season 8 slowly carrying out his plot to assassinate Omar Hassan.
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Convenient Terminal Illness
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Convenient Terminal Illness: Mason is dying of radiation poisoning and convinces Jack to let him fly a nuke on a suicide course into the desert.
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Charles Logan does this in Day 5 and seemingly does a Heel–Face Turn in Day 6. However, once Day 8 rolls around, it becomes obvious that it was a ploy to get his pardon, as he is back to his old tricks.
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Sacrificial Lion: There’s at least one per season. Season 1: Teri Bauer. Season 2: George Mason. Season 3: Gael Ortega and Ryan Chappelle. Nina Myers and Sherry Palmer serve as villainous examples. Season 4: Paul Raines. Season 5: Exaggerated. David Palmer and Michelle Dessler are both killed in the first episode before the first commercial break. Later on, Edgar Stiles, Lynn McGill, and Tony Almeida get killed (although Tony came Back from the Dead). Season 6: Curtis Manning, Hamri Al-Assad, and Milo Pressman. Redemption: Carl Benton. Season 7: Bill Buchanan and Larry Moss. Season 8: President Omar Hassan and Renee Walker, with Dana Walsh in a rare villainous case. Season 9: Jordan Reed and Audrey Boudreau.
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I Have Your Wife
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I Have Your Wife: Seasons one, three, four, six, seven, and ten. Don't get married in this show.
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And in Day 8, literally one hour AFTER what was mentioned in the spoiler above, Renee gets killed by a sniper bullet, after screwing Jack Bauer.
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Bavarian Fire Drill: From the page for the trope - "This is standard operating procedure for both the good and bad guys on 24."
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Even Evil Has Loved Ones
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If anything, Jack arguably starts to come to his a little earlier in the penultimate episode when he holds Jason Pillar at gunpoint and Pillar yells at him that all he's doing is carrying out a need for vengeance and not actually meting out justice, with Jack ultimately admitting he's right, but at this point feels he doesn't have anything else left, the end of which even sees him sparing Pillar after the guy begs for his life and that he wants to see his daughter again. This, combined with Chloe's What the Hell, Hero? speech to him, likely contributed greatly to his quick Heel–Face Turn early on in the finale.
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Lynn McGill, as made clear by his Heroic Sacrifice.
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Always Save the Girl: Played out by a variety of characters, both good and bad. Most notably, Dubaku doing this in Season 7 adds a lot of depth to the character. They befriended each other outside of work ("work") and she doesn't know he's a terrorist, meaning there's no need to clean up loose ends. No, the reason he asks her to flee the country is because, evidently, he genuinely cares for her. Subverted with the Day 1 finale. Also Subverted in season 8. Poor Renee... Deconstructed in Day 3 with the kidnapping of Tony Almeida's wife. His decision to throw pretty much everything out the window in order to save Michelle is 100% emotionally understandable... but it's also morally indefensible, and when the season ends, he's facing treason charges and prison time. Subverted one last time in the Live Another Day finale. Made even worse as Jack has saved Audrey multiple times over the course of seasons 4 through 6...only to have her suffer a textbook Take a Moment to Catch Your Death.
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Implacable Man
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And again in season 8 after Renee's death, resulting in him taking on Implacable Man status.
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He Knows Too Much
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He Knows Too Much: at least once a season, most notoriously in Season 1 (with the agent responsible to "unlink" Bauer and Palmer's pasts), Walt Cummings in Season 5, and President Taylor's son in the backstory of Season 7. David Palmer discovering Charles Logan's involvement in selling nerve gas to terrorists is what led to his assassination.
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Author Appeal
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Author Appeal: Creator Joel Surnow is a major contributor to conservative causes and political candidates, and the show definitely represents a conservative, ends-justify-the-means worldview. Having said that, it depicts liberals, from President David Palmer (the only character explicitly identified as a Democrat) to Senator Blaine Mayer, as reasonable and sympathetic characters who (usually) don't stray into Strawman Political or Author Tract territory. Though it does become an issue in Live Another Day, as it seems like a large part of why the show was brought back was to make a No Celebrities Were Harmed strawman of Julian Assange who actively helps terrorists. The number of former Star Trek (particularly Enterprise) actors who appeared on the show dramatically increased since Brannon Braga and Manny Coto joined on as executive producers. Peter Weller in particular has appeared in four Coto-produced shows (Odyssey 5, Enterprise, 24, and Dexter). Tony Almeida is frequently seen drinking out of a Chicago Cubs mug because the actor, Carlos Bernard, is a huge fan of the team.
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Dying as Yourself
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Dying as Yourself: President Heller's reason for attempting to surrender during Live Another Day, to allow him to die on his own terms before he loses his mind to Alzheimer's disease. Subverted when he survives the ordeal and, at the end of the season, waits for the disease to take him over.
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Empty Quiver
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Empty Quiver: The plots of every even-numbered season (2, 4, 6, and 8) involve Islamic extremists getting ahold of nuclear weapons.
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Hot-Blooded
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Hot-Blooded: Jack Bauer is A FEDERAL AGENT! Who wants EVERYTHING DONE NOW! Because he's RUNNING OUT OF TIME! Plus, he HASN'T PEED ALL DAY!
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All Asians Know Martial Arts
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All Asians Know Martial Arts: Played straight with Cheng Zhi.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist A Death In The Lime Light
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A Death in the Limelight: Despite not having a big role in Season 8, Marcos Al-Zacar gets an entire episode that focuses on him and his family's roots. But he dies moments after he finally surrenders to Jack Bauer near the end of said episode.
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"What Now?" Ending
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"What Now?" Ending: seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 9.
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Techno Babble
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Techno Babble: So much, especially from Chloe O'Brian.
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The Good, the Bad, and the Evil
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The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: In the final season, Cole and Chloe as the good, Jack himself and President Taylor as the bad, and President Logan and Russian President Suvarov as the evil.
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Unstoppable Rage
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Unstoppable Rage: Jack goes on one at the end of season one when Nina lies to him about Kim dying. And again in season 8 after Renee's death, resulting in him taking on Implacable Man status.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Spenser Wolff from season 5, who was a wolf in sheep's clothing.
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Disc-One Final Boss: The first main bad guy of the season is almost never the mastermind. Day 1: Ira Gaines. Day 2: Syed Ali and Marie Warner in pursuit of the nuke. Day 3: Ramon Salazar and Michael Amador Day 4: Omar and Navi Araz. Day 5: James Nathanson, Anton Beresch and Walt Cummings. Averted in Day 6: Abu Fayed remains the primary threat from Episode 1 to Episode 17 (although at one point it becomes a Big Bad Duumvirate with Dmitri Gredenko). After Fayed's defeat, the story moves on to a separate group of villains and a mostly unrelated threat. Downplayed for Day 7: Iké Dubaku starts as out as the main villain in the first part of the season, but the prequel, Redemption, clearly established both Benjamin Juma as his higher-up and Jonas Hodges as Juma's ally. Day 8: Davros, soon followed by Sergei Bazhaev and Farhad Hassan. Averted in Day 9 (Live Another Day): Margot Al-Harazi shows up two episodes in and remains the Big Bad for the majority of the season. After her death, a different group of villains take over the plot, albeit using the same override device that Margot was using. Day 10 (Legacy): Jadalla is the Big Bad for most of the season, until he is killed by Eric two episodes before the finale. The real villain is Ibrahim, who was thought to be dead for most of the season.
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"Shut Up" Kiss: Jack, to Renee.
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Unwanted Harem
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Unwanted Harem: Dana Walsh, in a gender-flip of the trope: not only a fiancé, but an ex-boyfriend bugging her and a coworker sniffing around her heels. (Of course, she is Starbuck, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised.)
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And the Adventure Continues
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And the Adventure Continues: Season 3 ending.
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Vorpal Pillow
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Vorpal Pillow: John Quinn uses this on an elderly hospital patient to create a diversion.
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Bar Brawl
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Bar Brawl: How Abu Fayed was captured, of all things.
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Up to Eleven
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Up to Eleven when he gets a man to talk by shooting his innocent wife in the leg.
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Straw Character
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Creator Joel Surnow is a major contributor to conservative causes and political candidates, and the show definitely represents a conservative, ends-justify-the-means worldview. Having said that, it depicts liberals, from President David Palmer (the only character explicitly identified as a Democrat) to Senator Blaine Mayer, as reasonable and sympathetic characters who (usually) don't stray into Strawman Political or Author Tract territory. Though it does become an issue in Live Another Day, as it seems like a large part of why the show was brought back was to make a No Celebrities Were Harmed strawman of Julian Assange who actively helps terrorists.
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Godzilla Threshold
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Godzilla Threshold: The Series. Jack himself is a walking, talking personification of the threshold.
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Idiot Ball
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The CTU in general holds the Idiot Ball a lot of the time... In Day 1, a major subplot centers around finding the mole in the organization and bringing them to justice. The stupid part is, that in Episode 2, they uncover conclusive evidence that Nina Myers is the mole, and everyone is instructed to not reveal any vital information while she's present. A few hours later, the CTU appears to have completely forgotten who the mole is, but they still suspect that there is a mole. Somehow, everyone is surprised when Nina Myers betrays Jack and his family at the end of the day, despite having learned that she couldn't be trusted about 20 hours earlier! The CTU has, on average, AT LEAST some mole per season. For a government agency working to fight terrorists, they sure don't do a good job of vetting the people they hire. Despite having moles in the organization all the time, and in spite of the classified work they do, NOBODY has apparently bought or installing surveillance microphones in the CTU Headquarters, much less in the bathrooms. Every time someone working in the CTU-HQ is talking on the phone, if they have something to hide, they will be having the phone call in the CTU's bathrooms. No exceptions.
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Being Good Sucks
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Being Good Sucks: Oh does it ever in this world. Jack, Chloe, the Palmer family, Allison Taylor, they all lose everything they have and all their loved ones by the time the series ends. Yet every time they are given the choice of helping or walking away, they will always choose to help no matter the cost to them.
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Police Brutality
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Police Brutality: Jack ends up on the receiving end when mistaken for a cop killer.
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If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten
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If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: In Season 3, an undercover Jack is forced to shoot his partner, who followed him to Mexico. Luckily, the gun was empty: it was a test.
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Put on a Bus
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Jack. Teri (Day 1), Claudia (Day 3), Renee (Day 8), and Audrey (Day 9) provide ample evidence for this. He even ended up shooting Nina himself in Day 3. Kate Warner and Diane Huxley were lucky enough to just get Put on a Bus, though.
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Our Presidents Are Different
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Our Presidents Are Different: David Palmer was the first black President on a major TV programme. Some political commentators claimed after the 2008 election that Palmer's strong character (as written by Republicans, no less!) made a certain man from Hawai'i more acceptable and resulted in his election. Similarly, President Allison Taylor, portrayed by Cherry Jones, is the first female President of the United States. So does this mean Palin in 2012 then?
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Stranger Behind the Mask
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Stranger Behind the Mask: Starting around season five, the show set up a huge conspiracy with who was behind the events that carried over for that day, and partly leaked over to season six as well. Come the second half (and especially the last third) of season seven, the conspiracy is played out once again, and assumed to be reaching its endgame, come the season seven finale. Finally, the viewers watch rogue agent Tony Almeida get to The Man Behind the Man, and made some rather nasty decisions to reach him. So when we see the guy, it's... Alan Wilson, someone the viewers never spotted at any point or have any connection to, whatsoever. What made this twist even more jarring is that during this very season, the writers introduced Jonas Hodges, a much more engaging and charismatic villain who could've been a worthy choice to be the conspiracy leader. But instead, we have this.
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From Bad to Worse
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From Bad to Worse: Happens during each season and many single episodes until the end of the day. And even then, after Big Bad is finally dead, expect a Bittersweet Ending.
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Dirty Bomb
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Dirty Bomb: The bread and butter of the series. By the time Season 6 has rolled around, there were six dirty bombs that need to be found and neutralized, and they fail on at least one of them.
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Exposition
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Exposition: Many episodes begin with expository dialogue filling the viewers in on the current crisis and/or what happened at the end of the previous hour. Day 4 is especially bad about this.
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Consummate Liar
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Consummate Liar: Charles Logan.
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Villain Decay
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Villain Decay: In Season 5, we find out that Mr. Bluetooth and a small organization of men are really behind the colossal conspiracy that took place that day. He even got away with it all. So when Season 6 came along and it was revealed that Mr. Bluetooth was really Graem Bauer, a weasly Smug Snake with family issues, it didn't please too many fans.
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Super Cell Reception
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Super Cell Reception: Cell phones can do anything. Anything. This is subverted for humor in a parody video that claimed to be the "lost pilot" of 24 from 1994:
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Weapons Understudies
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Weapons Understudies: The Russian sub is played by an American one.
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Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: God DAMN you, Tony!
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Handshake Refusal
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Handshake Refusal: In season 5, Jack Bauer reacts this way to his daughter's new boyfriend. Bill Buchanan does this to Hamri Al-Assad in Season 6, though later he offers his own hand after it becomes clear that Assad is serious about cooperating with the U.S.
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Opening Narration
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Opening Narration: The majority of episodes in Season 1 began with Jack narrating the premise and ending with him saying "this is the longest day of my life".
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Season Six: Jack stopped both Fayed's and the Chinese's plans, but his brother and father both died, trying to kill him, and despite getting Audrey back, she became catatonic from getting tortured by the Chinese. The fact that Audrey's father, Secretary Heller, gave Jack a "The Reason You Suck" Speech when Audrey lost her mind didn't help at all. No wonder Jack was pissed at him by day's end.
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murder.com
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Murder.com: During Season 4, the terrorists attempt this on James Heller, but Jack rescues him.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Nice job disobeying orders and following Jack to Mexico so you can break the tracking device in his watch, Chase. From the same season, nice job going into the hotel despite specific orders not to do so and not only failing to save the guests and staff at the hotel from the Cordilla virus, but also getting your own team killed as well, Michelle. Nice job bringing in Charles Logan to advise Pres. Taylor on getting Russia to sign the peace treaty, Sec. Kanin. For putting the CTU in trial and causing its disbandment, Mayer, who is one of the Senators of the government, was killed by Quinn in the end. Job well done, U.S. Government.
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Foiler Footage
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Foiler Footage: There were two alternate endings of the first season filmed: one with Teri escaping torment, and one with a Really Dead Montage.
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Tragic Hero: Loads, man.
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Large Ham
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Large Ham: Jack Bauer's angrier moments are basically a showcase for how loudly Kiefer Sutherland can emote. Hector Salazar deserves special mention. "CLAUDIAAAAAAA!" "Just know that you'll be blowing away a BILLION dollars!" When Jonas Hodges lets loose, he really lets loose. "I've got a government that I served FAITHFULLY! For THIRTY YEARS!"
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EMP
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EMP: In Season 4, a defense contractor detonates an EMP to destroy evidence that they were (unknowingly) helping the Big Bad. In Season 8, terrorists use one against CTU New York by allowing them to take in an escaped captive.
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Trip's wife is carrying twins, and they're kicking. She's lucky it's not triplets.
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Contamination Situation
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Contamination Situation: After Jack contracts a pathogen from a bio-weapon, the entire second half of the seventh season is a string of contamination episodes.
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Mexican Standoff: The end of one episode of Season 7 sees the FBI aiming guns at an army of private mercenaries.
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Necessarily Evil: Sherry Palmer proved herself to be incredibly ruthless and cunning in the first three seasons, but she justifies her actions because she knows worse things could happen. Of course, her husband thinks she's just a bitch. He's probably right. In Season 8, both President Taylor and Charles Logan have agreed that keeping the Russian scandal under wraps is the only way to save the peace treaty.
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What Happened to the Mouse?: Happened quite often, as characters would be introduced in semi-important roles only to vanish without explanation. After Season 4, this was often referred to as being "Behroozed". The writers made a bad habit of this since season four. Behrooz's disappearance started the trend, but no example was as egregious as the President of the United States in season 4 after Air Force One got shot down in the middle of the season. His status was left up in the air, but since Charles Logan replaced him in season 5, he's either dead or incapacitated. Frustratingly enough, this happened again with season 6's POTUS Wayne Palmer after he unsafely gets pulled out of a coma, only to collapse hours later, and get replaced by VP Daniels. After season 6's brief subplot with the Logan clan, both Charles and Martha Logan's statuses were left in the air. Logan nearly died from getting stabbed, but returned in season 8 while Martha was alluded to have attempted or committed suicide, but her fate was still left hanging. It seems as if the writers prefer to leave characters out of commission without quite declaring them dead, so they can be brought back at anytime, but the ambiguity got irritating after a while. And yet again with Simone Al-Harazi in Day 9.
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Fake Nationality
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24: Redemption: Jack was able to save a group of high-risk children from Songalian terrorists (read: Africans), but his old army buddy Carl Benton sacrificed himself and Jack ended up having to be brought to trial for his actions throughout the series.
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Back from the Dead
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Back from the Dead: Tony, in season 7 Jack himself is nearly tortured to death during Day 2. His heart actually stops and he's declared dead at the end of an episode. There is also the matter of him faking his death in Day 4 and returning in Day 5. Both Big Bads from Season 1 and 3 are supposed to be dead, killed in the same historical wet-works operation; the first was the target, the second one of Jack's men. Surprise!
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Dehumanization
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Dehumanization: In Redemption a bunch of Child Soldiers are being trained to kill by presenting them with a trussed up enemy and denying his humanity, calling him a "cockroach" and having them chant "Kill the cockroach!"
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Did Not Get the Girl
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Did Not Get the Girl: Jack's eternal fate, helped partially by a dose of It's Not You, It's My Enemies. And he's not exaggerating that score either, seeing as five of his Love Interests end up dead over the course of the series (Teri Bauer, Nina Myers, Claudia Hernandez, Renee Walker, Audrey Heller Raines Boudreau). He does have three other love interests who are still alive (Kate Warner, Diane Huxley, and Marilyn Bauer), but he's no longer with them.
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Jack kills Drazen by shooting him TWELVE TIMES! Renee stabbing Vladimir Laitanan fifteen times also qualifies. Jack stabbing Mikhail Novakovich with a fireplace poker after already shooting him in the head. Along with how he disemboweled Pavel Tokarev in the previous episode. President James Heller is (apparently) killed with a direct hit by an anti-armor AGM-114 Hellfire missile. He, however, was taken to safety Just in Time.
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Macross Missile Massacre: Used in the Season 6 finale to destroy the oil platform where Phillip Bauer has taken refuge.
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Artistic License – Medicine
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The Reliable part is averted in Season 4, when Paul Raines dies after Jack forces the doctors at gunpoint to work on another patient with critical information, after a fairly pathetic attempt to save his life. See Artistic License – Medicine for more details.
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Wham Episode: Scattered across the series, but season 5 undoubtedly has the highest concentration of them. It's pretty safe to assume at this point in time - nearly 14 years in-show - that Jack hasn't recovered from the Day 1 finale The fourth episode of Season 6 is notable for the terrorists actually detonating a nuclear weapon in a populated area.
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Voice with an Internet Connection
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Voice with an Internet Connection: Various analysts, most notably Chloe O'Brian, at CTU providing Jack with information while on a mission.
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Deadly Nosebleed: A symptom of the cordilla virus.
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Stairs Are Faster
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Stairs Are Faster: Jack Bauer proves this trope when he outruns Ted Cofell's elevator, beating him to his limo. Justified since Jack bought himself time by pulling the fire alarm, stopping the elevator for about half a minute.
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Cliffhanger: Almost every episode ends with one, as do most of the seasons, especially the finales of Seasons 2 and 5. One notable aversion to this trope is the finale of Season 3.
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Diabolical Mastermind
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Season 4: Habib Marwan
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Not My Lucky Day
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Not My Lucky Day: Jack Bauer never has a good day on this show. Inverted on Day 6. An Arabic civilian is denied access on a bus because the driver thought he was a terrorist (since the country had been bombed repeatedly by Muslim terrorists). About a minute later, a suicide bomber blows up the very same bus the civilian did not get on.
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Season 5: Exaggerated. David Palmer and Michelle Dessler are both killed in the first episode before the first commercial break. Later on, Edgar Stiles, Lynn McGill, and Tony Almeida get killed (although Tony came Back from the Dead).
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Five-Man Band
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Five-Man Band: The unofficial CTU crew from Season 7 effectively becomes one for a while:
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: EVERYONE is expendable on this show the second someone deems them useless.
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Not Named in Opening Credits
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Not Named in Opening Credits: Dennis Hopper in season one, Sarah Clarke in season two and three - any time they want a surprise appearance, really. A bizarre case is during the first half of the 2-Hour Finale to Season Six, where James Morrison is uncredited after being written out a few episodes earlier, but appears before the episode's credits even begin rolling. In a non-surprise appearance example, Harris Yulin was uncredited throughout all of Season 2, as he personally wanted his name to be credited on its own and not share the space with any other actor's name. When this was denied for him, he then asked to not receive any credit for his appearances. William Devane does not appear in the opening credits of Live Another Day 9x09 because the previous episode's cliffhanger showed him (supposedly) being blown to bits at Wembley Stadium. His name is the first to appear in the closing credits, though. Averted in episode 10 of Live Another Day with Tzi Ma - his name is listed in the opening credits, albeit after the usual cast so it's possible that viewers (including this troper's whole family) missed it.
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Burner Phones
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Burner Phones: This was seen all the time, especially given that the characters seemed to be on the phone half the time anyway. Oftentimes they, including Bauer, didn't want to be traced, hence the regular use of burner phones. Also played with in various ways such as placing a phone in another vehicle to trick any tracking that might be done.
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Children Forced to Kill
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Children Forced to Kill: Redemption included some children being trained to kill by the followers of an African general.
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Take a Third Option
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In Day 8, Jack spends the entire final act of the episode torturing an agent, only to realize that the agent Took A Third Option which will require a different response. Even more notable is how the torture here is far more brutal than usual, even by Jack's standards, and yet the guy doesn't break.
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Bus Crash: Chloe's husband Morris and her son Prescott apparently died between season 8 and Live Another Day.
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Villainous Breakdown: At the end of Day 7, Tony Almeida goes into an enraged rant as he is arrested. In Day 8, Sergei Bazhaev gives a more subtle example as he weeps in front of Jack. In Day 9, Margot Al-Harazi completely loses her cool after discovering Heller's death was faked and sends the final drone on a suicide attack against Waterloo Station.
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Heel Realization: Jack and Taylor both get respective ones in the series finale when they realize that their actions are doing far more harm than good. Jack gets his near the beginning after Chloe convinces him that killing Logan and Suvarov would lead to war, while Taylor has hers near the end after a video will Jack leaves makes her realize that everything she's been doing ever since following Logan's plans has perverted her ideals. If anything, Jack arguably starts to come to his a little earlier in the penultimate episode when he holds Jason Pillar at gunpoint and Pillar yells at him that all he's doing is carrying out a need for vengeance and not actually meting out justice, with Jack ultimately admitting he's right, but at this point feels he doesn't have anything else left, the end of which even sees him sparing Pillar after the guy begs for his life and that he wants to see his daughter again. This, combined with Chloe's What the Hell, Hero? speech to him, likely contributed greatly to his quick Heel–Face Turn early on in the finale.
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One Degree of Separation: Day 9 has an awful lot of unlikely connections happening in London. Before the day's events take place, Jack and Chloe were both in London for different reasons (the former working for Karl Rask, the latter working with Open Cell). Even better, the two only meet up because Chloe happens to be affiliated with one of the season's minor villains. The President is James Heller, who's in London with his daughter Audrey. True, Jack only involves himself in the story because Heller is President, but it's still a big coincidence that Jack, Chloe, and Heller/Audrey are all in London under different circumstances. Another possible example is the business relationship between Karl Rask and Margot Al-Harazi; given that Jack didn't learn of Margot's involvement until the season's third episode, this association between his boss and the Big Bad seems very coincidental. A feasible explanation is that Jack was able to discover the terrorist threat because of his work with Rask, but if so, it's never stated. Steve Navarro and Adrian Cross are in cahoots. Cheng Zhi shows up as the season's final Big Bad, and later turns out to be working with Anatol Stolnavich, who also happens to be involved in the subplot regarding Jack's extradition to Russia.
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Tuckerization: The creators of the show held an eBay auction for fans who wanted their name in the show. The winner's name was given to Lou Diamond Phillips' prison-warden character. Who, of course, was killed. Bet the fan loved seeing that.
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Badass Bystander: The 2 Arab brothers who run a gun store in Day 4. Carl Gadsen, the port authority supervisor who gets caught up in Season 7's events. While it's acknowledged that he's fearful of dealing with the Stark commandos (particularly as he has a pregnant wife to take care of), he goes along with Jack's plan to lead the group on. His refusal to die with a shot in the back, instead demanding that his killer look him in the eye when pulling the trigger, is remarkably courageous. Which makes it all the better when Jack saves his life at the last second.
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Death Is Not Permanent: If your name is Tony Almeida. Or Jack Bauer, although in his case, the terrorists who tortured him until his heart stopped probably weren't doctors, so they might just have assumed he was dead within seconds of his heart stopping. They only resuscitated him because he had information that they wanted.
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Bodyguard Crush: Aaron Pierce & Martha Logan in season 5 (they are involved by 6) and Tarin & Kayla in season 8. Bodyguard Betrayal.
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Live Another Day also has Tzi Ma's name credited at the beginning of its tenth episode, ruining Cheng Zhi's surprise reappearance as the Big Bad over half an hour before he actually shows up.
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Men Are the Expendable Gender
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Men Are the Expendable Gender: Played straight. Even though there are some female deaths, they're generally meaningful, and the number of men killed off massively outnumber them; in spite of the fact that Jack killed 309 people over the course of the series, only five were female.
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Season 8: Charles Logan and equally corrupt Russian President Yuri Suvarov. Jack Bauer becomes this in the final 6 episodes though makes a Heel–Face Turn in the last episode.
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Decoy Leader
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Gambit Roulette
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Gambit Roulette: for the above reason. Marwan. Tony in Day 7 very much goes here, with almost all of it relying on all the events of the day being one major coincidence after another to help him track down and murder Alan Wilson.
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Better to Die than Be Killed
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Better to Die than Be Killed: Used by several terrorists, sometimes to avoid being taken alive for information gathering. Though this completely backfired with Charles Logan, who's going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: Graem to Jack, "We're the same!". Jack is kind of a magnet for these given his tendency to break the rules. Season 7 has two; first an organization that hires disaffected soldiers as mercs, then Hodges, who tries to say that both he and Jack are being punished by the government for serving their country. Season 8 throws a couple of these too. A disillusioned Cole states that Jack and Pillar are nothing but the same, and even Pillar later tells Jack that he's as much a murderer as the ones he goes after.
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Greater-Scope Villain
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Greater-Scope Villain: The Germans in Day 1. Alexander Trepkos and Max in Day 2. Graem (and Phillip) Bauer in Day 5. Benjamin Juma in Day 7, until he finally shows up in Episode 11. Alan Wilson in Day 7 (and, retroactively, Day 5). The Russians in Day 9.
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Evil Counterpart
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Evil Counterpart Jack - Stephen Saunders in Season 3, Christopher Henderson in Season 5, Tony Almeida in season 7, and Cheng Zhi in Live Another Day. Inverted with Cole in season 8: He's actually the good counterpart to Jack by the end. Because of this, Jack gets to be the only character on both sides of this trope. Michelle Dessler - Carrie Turner Karen Hayes - Miles Papazian Inverted with the FBI at the beginning of season 7: they're technically the good counterparts to the "unofficial CTU" lineup of Jack, Chloe, Bill, and Tony, who are essentially a rogue group, though they're both working towards the same goal of stopping Dubaku.
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Death by Cameo
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Death by Cameo: Averted by Connor Trineer's one episode appearance in Season 7 as a security guard. Lampshaded by Tony in the very same episode.
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Split Screen
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Split Screen
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Took a Level in Badass
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Took a Level in Badass: Quite a few people. Almost any time Jack teams up with a random mook or civilian, that person will instantly jump up several levels in badass, as if it's caused by sheer physical proximity. For example, on Day 4, attorney Paul Raines and two teenage store clerks, under Jack's command, manage to hold off an elite, well-trained, and far better-armed commando unit. Henry Taylor single-handedly not only found out his son truly didn't kill himself, but who his murderer was. Even after he was poisoned with a drug that paralyzed him from the neck down, he managed to fight off the toxin and strangle his son's killer to death with his bare hands.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: Perhaps an unintentional one early during Season 5 with Spenser Wolff being found out as an unwitting mole. In Live Another Day, Heller's "death" was not followed by a silent clock. The next episode reveals that he survived.
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Made of Iron
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Made of Iron: Jack Bauer shouldn't be able to walk by the halfway point of a typical season, and that's before you take sleep deprivation into account. By the time a season is over, it's not uncommon to have seen him bleed from the mouth, forehead, or arm at least once. Here's some of the worst ones. If this doesn't prove how much of a badass Bauer is, then nothing will: Day 1: Grazing bullet wound to the gut. Overall, it's one of the more minor ones on this list. Also had to contend with Nina after this. Day 2: Survives a plane crash in the first half of the season. Is later captured and literally tortured to death. He got better. Day 5: Ribs cracked during his fight with assassin Hank. In the fifth episode. Day 6: More torture (at the start of the season no less). Later on, Jack gets cracked ribs. Day 7: Infected by a biological weapon. Quite possibly the worst one. Day 8: Superficial knife wound early in the season. Serious stab wound in the final hours. Didn't seem too bad at first, but as Jack walks away from the wall he's leaning on, there is a very serious bloodstain on the wall. Shot in the season finale, and even survives a serious car wreck before the end.
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Leitmotif
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Leitmotif: It's not uncommon to hear parts of the main theme whenever Jack appears on screen. Several other characters have music associated with them as well.
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Random Events Plot
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Random Events Plot: Season 4. Oh, dear God, season 4. Try to keep up: The terrorists derail a train to steal a briefcase, then abduct the Secretary of Defense and plan to execute him live on the internet, but it's really a Trojan Horse to get viral programming code to spread across the web and use the mysterious briefcase to override every nuclear power plant in the US and cause them to melt down. Once that's averted, it's revealed the defense contractor that built the Override may be complicit in the day's events and hire mercenaries to kill Jack Bauer, who's investigating them. So far, fairly coherent. Then things go awry. The defense contractor subplot is dropped as quickly as it's introduced in favor of a series of increasingly ludicrous and convoluted terror attacks. It turns out the nuclear power plant meltdowns were just to keep Air Force 1 in the air so a mercenary can steal a jet fighter and shoot it down. Not content with murdering the leader of the free world, that turns out to be a play for recovering the nuclear football from the crash site, which terrorist leader Habib Marwan then uses to locate a nuclear warhead in transit in the mountains of Iowa, which he then installs in a missile assembled in someone's garage, and then uses to try and nuke Los Angeles. Which would have happened anyway if he'd succeeded in melting down every nuclear power plant. And all the while, Marwan evades capture from CTU no less than four times. And this plot isn't even the focus! Mostly it's happening in the background while CTU bickers like children and are preoccupied with out-of-nowhere subplots like the legal crisis over mercenary Joe Prado, the sudden return of recurring baddie Mandy, or Jack Bauer's raid on the Chinese Consulate. Whew. Are you exhausted yet?
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It's Personal
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It's Personal: In Redemption, Jack killed Ike Dubaku's brother, who was torturing him, so Ike followed him into jungles, where Benton tried to kill him. However, Ike's brother was never mentioned again in Season 7.
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Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop
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Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: CTU, and to a lesser extent most American government agencies (not to mention the governent itself), is woefully bad at its job, despite its rep as a premier counter-terrorist unit. Its agents and support staff are frequently either blackmailed, let personal issues get in the way of handling a major crisis, or turn out to be The Mole (sometimes there are several operating at once — other times innocent people are easily framed, even tortured for "confessions"); Jack himself has fallen victim to the first two failings several times. It has also been attacked on multiple occasions, including by biological and chemical weapons they were supposed to be hunting down. But its worst record is the numerous terrorist attacks that happen on its watch, and especially the fact that they often find out only hours before they are scheduled to take place. Several are successful, including a couple of small-scale nuclear attacks, nerve gas attacks, biological terrorism, and numerous high-level assassinations. The rest are thwarted only at the last minute, and often with lots of casualties. It's a miracle that there is a state left to defend.
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Killed Mid-Sentence
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Killed Mid-Sentence: Subverted in case of Renee Walker. She stopped talking not because she was dead, but because she was wounded to death. Played straight with the interrogator of Dana Walsh. "You won't take the shot because ... " <headshot>
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Assassination Attempt
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Assassination Attempt: Mandy infects President David Palmer with a poisonous toxin. President Omar Hassan is assassinated. Members of the Palmer Administration conspire to assassinate the President. Aaron Pierce foils an assassination attempt on the Russian President Yuri Suvarov and his wife Anya. Audrey Raines was close to assassinating Christopher Henderson, but her morality got the best of her.
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Benevolent Boss
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Benevolent Boss: Although the show seems to specialize in Bad Bosses, there are some pretty good ones, notably President David Palmer. President Taylor seems to be headed this way as well. Bill Buchanan, although relatively mid-level on the political food chain, qualifies. Despite conflicting loyalties, when push comes to shove, Karen Hayes also becomes this.
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Artistic License – Religion
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Artistic License – Religion: In Season 2 between 6:00 and 7:00 PM, Kate Warner agrees to enter a mosque to finger the Big Bad who went there for salat (prayer). The mosque has a separate area for women to pray which is true for many mosques, but those mosques usually have a separate entranceway for the males and females and have a more opaque divider than just a shade if the female section is beside or behind the male section (or a two way mirror, where the reflective portion would be facing the male section so the men can't see into the female section). Also, when she enters she gets chastised by a male mosque congregant for being "late" to prayer after she takes off her shoes. Any Muslim can join the iqamah (group prayer) in the middle and make up the rakats (movements) themselves after the congregation finishes theirs (for example, if the congregation prays 1 out of 4 rakats before you join the prayer, after you and the congregation finishes those 3 remaining rakats, you individually continue on prayer with the one you missed). Not only that, but that male (the "Greeter") should be at prayer at the moment and not talking to a veiled female in the mosque with suspicion as if he's a security guard!
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Eye Scream
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Vladimir Laitanan tried to rape Renee in the past (it's strongly implied that he did rape her, and that it was covered up), and manages to blackmail her into sex during a second undercover mission, but when he actually tries to rape her in Season 8, she responds by stabbing him in the eye 15 times.
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Time for Plan B
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Time for Plan B: Andre Drazen in Day 1.
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It Gets Easier
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It Gets Easier: Characters opposed to torture early in the season, tend to be more willing to do so later in the season. Subverted with Renee; she becomes more willing to torture as the series progresses, but hates herself even more for doing it. Done with Kim Bauer when it comes to killing. She is very opposed to shooting Gary Matheson, who's been trying to kill her for awhile, the first time, but shoots him second time with a lot more ease. She still breaks down afterward, though. In Season 3 however, she does not appear to be bothered by it at all.
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Cop Killer
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Cop Killer: Local police officers often act as Red Shirts to CTU officers.
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Blown Across the Room
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Blown Across the Room: Jack in Day 8. Justified by the physics, for once: he helps a repentant suicide bomber duck himself into a half-open oxygen chamber. Most of the blast is absorbed by the thick metallic door, but the door still throws him across the room. Then later on in Day 8, Chloe, Hastings, and Kayla Hassan are blown across the room by an electro-magnetic pulse. Again, in Day 8, when Cole gets comically hit by a flash bang◊.
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Da Chief
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Da Chief: Usually the head of CTU, or the Regional Director. In a severe crisis, the President of the United States takes on this role. To the point where, when watching Day 1 again, the US President seems strangely absent.
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MacGuffin: The incriminating recordings in Seasons 2 and 5. The "nuclear football" in Season 4. The sub-circuit board in Season 6. The CIP device in Season 7. The override device in Season 9.
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Rule of Three
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Rule of Three: The series' first three seasons were set up as loosely connected acts with a Myth Arc (mostly around the character of Nina and her relation to Jack). Seasons 4 through 6 also have a myth arc of powerful men pulling strings inside the US Government (some of which return in season 7) and Jack's conflicts with the Chinese Government. Redemption, 7, and 8 deal with the Presidency of Allison Taylor. Three myth arcs of three. Each Season also has 3 acts, which change according to who the villains are, what their plan is, and what CTU's investigation is. Throughout all 8 seasons, there were in total three moments where a character who was a part of the current main cast was killed by a character that was also another current member of the main cast. These notably tied in with either the revelation that their murderer was really Evil All Along or that s/he was undergoing a Face–Heel Turn.
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Karma Houdini: Even though he never killed anyone on the show, Jonathan Matijevich, the thief of the identity of the reporter and the would-be assassin of President Palmer on Day 1, evaded arrest, and the show established that he was an experienced assassin. Alexander Trepkos might be this for Day 2, but Wayne's comment in Day 3's opening implies that he was arrested. Max from Day 2, though he was finally defeated in The Game. Mandy. Justified by the fact that the government needed her to stop Marwan and had to let her go. Although he is still a saint compared to some of the other presidents in the show, David Palmer's actions in season 3 led to the deaths of 4 people, and all he did to atone was withdraw from the election. Day 5 has a rather infuriating one: Miles Papazian, Logan's mole who erased the recording implicating Logan. The crown of this trope for the show belongs to Day 9 with the unnamed gunman who killed Audrey and is able to escape from Kate, as he's never seen again for the rest of the finale. As it stands, he's the only person to directly kill someone close to Jack and not suffer some sort of grisly death at his hands like Conrad Haas or Pavel Tokarev have.
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The ratio of bullets fired at Jack Bauer to bullets that actually hit Jack Bauer is... not high.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Charles Logan. He plays at President Buffoon in order to maintain his President Evil cover.
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Real Time
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Real Time: "The following takes place between 3AM and 4AM." The first few episodes of Season 1 and the first episode of Season 2 outright state that "events occur in Real Time." This message occasionally recurs in later installments, typically around the start of a season. Subject to the practical limitations of network TV, of course. An episode is considerably less than an hour of actual time, due to the multiple commercial breaks per episode, which are all shorter than the time shown to have passed in the story, so as to make it fit while still advancing a full hour in-story.
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Working with the Ex
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Working with the Ex: Happens quite a bit in 24. Tony and Michelle find themselves working together at CTU in the 4th season. Also, David Palmer ends up having to work with Sherry quite a bit, even asking for her help one time.
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Chronic Hero Syndrome
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Chronic Hero Syndrome: Whether he's shot, stabbed, declared dead, in a depression, recovering from two years in Chinese captivity, or just plain getting jerked around by his boss, Jack cannot stop trying to save people. Even being labeled a terrorist doesn't stop Jack from trying to save people.
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Alas, Poor Villain
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Alas, Poor Villain Sherry Palmer, for all her scheming, gets a moment of emotional vulnerability as she pleads with Julia to put the gun down, but then Julia shoots and kills her before killing herself. Jonas Hodges. He cooperates with the authorities to prevent the world from finding out that he's alive, and yet in doing so, he is unable to see his family again. And then he gets blown up by a car bombing. Dana Walsh gets this in-universe, with Cole at least. Despite the fact that she was The Mole and betrayed him, he can't help but feel disgusted after finding out that Jack murdered her in cold blood even after she begged for her life.
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Red Shirt
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Red Shirt: As stated on the page for this trope, "Any CTU field agent who isn't Jack Bauer or the season's Colonel Makepeace is a red shirt." The security guards literally wear red shirts. Civilians who are forced either by the villains or Jack Bauer to cooperate with them are EXTREMELY likely not to live for long. If either of those gives anyone their word, that person's dead.
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Episodes are marked as a time-period of 1 hour (e.g. 1:00am-2:00am or 4:00pm-5:00pm).
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Save the Villain
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Save the Villain: Played with in several seasons, but almost never done straight, since it's usually for pragmatic reasons instead of idealistic ones. Examples include Habib Marwan in Day 4 and Simone Al-Harazi in Day 9.
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The Dead Have Names
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The Dead Have Names: Second season: In the aftermath of the detonation of a nuclear bomb, the National Guard has quelled unrest in Georgia by firing rubber bullets into a crowd, but accidentally ended up killing a young Middle Eastern boy. When President Palmer's advisors relate this to him, he asks what the boy's name was, and Lynne Kresge admits that they don't know. Palmer's not satisfied with this. "The boy had a name. Find out."
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Myth Arc
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Myth Arc: 1-3, 4-6, and Redemption 'til the end each make a loosely connected story through the seasons. Season 7 attempts to bookend the conspiracy plots of Seasons 5 and 6 with its establishment of Alan Wilson as the man who implemented the deaths of David Palmer and Michelle.
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Nice job ordering Renee's murder, Suvarov. You were about to get away with everything until you decided to piss Jack Bauer off. Nice job putting Jack into a position where he has to go into hiding rather than being taken prisoner and is thus free to later thwart the Sentox Gas conspiracy, Mr. Cummings. Well done telling Jack that Kim had died so that he could kill the Drazens in a rage, thus exposing your guilt when he found out about the lie, Nina. If you had said nothing, Jack might've died in the final assault, or at the very least would have been none the wiser to your complicity. Not to mention it probably would have kept you from killing his wife, thus leading Jack to later fill you with lead years later in revenge. Nice job blackmailing Boudreau, Stolnavich. You just gave Jack access to someone with all the information necessary to bring you down when you were inevitably implicated in the terrorist plot. Nice job trying to murder your son, Navi Araz. Now both he and your wife have turned against you and agreed to help Jack stop the meltdowns.
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Oh, Crap!: In Day 8, when Charles Logan realizes who's coming for him, pretty much all he can do is let out a terrified "THAT'S JACK BAUER!!" Jack himself does this in Day 4, when Chloe offers to talk after an incident with Audrey Raines. His reaction to the offer is one of pure horror.
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Alphabet News Network
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Alphabet News Network: Since the show aired on FOX, it often showed news broadcasts from FOX News, but also sometimes used its own version of CNN called CNB. This also appeared on Homeland and Tyrant, both also by 24 showrunner Howard Gordon.
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Final Boss
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Final Boss: Day 1: Victor Drazen, followed by a briefer less-dramatic Post-Final Boss against Nina Myers. Day 2: Peter Kinglsey. Day 3: Arthur Rabens and his vial of the virus. Day 4: Habib Marwan. Day 5: He's faced in the penultimate episode (Vladimir Bierko), as there are no deaths in the finale. Day 6: Phillip Bauer Day 7: Tony Almeida Day 8: The government pursuers Day 9: Cheng Zhi Day 10: Tony Almeida
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Arc Villain: See Big Bad and Disc-One Final Boss below.
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Pyrrhic Victory
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Season Eight: The grand daddy of Jack Bauer Pyrrhic Victories. Jack loses Renee to a Russian sniper, he crossed many moral and personal boundaries to prove President Taylor's covering up the Russian involvement of Omar Hassan's death, and because of that, he can't contact Kim or his granddaughter again because he's on the run from both Russia AND the United States. Furthermore, the peace treaty never got signed, and even if it did, the signing would've caused never-ending animosity between the United States and Kamistan (24's Pakistan Expy). No matter what Jack did, this ensured the terrorists' victory. Along with that, Suvarov got away with everything he did, despite his followers winding up dead. It's almost a misnomer to call this a victory .
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Take a Moment to Catch Your Death
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Subverted one last time in the Live Another Day finale. Made even worse as Jack has saved Audrey multiple times over the course of seasons 4 through 6...only to have her suffer a textbook Take a Moment to Catch Your Death.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Chloe, in spades. Jack, Nina, and Tony sometimes get in on the action too.
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Fake Kill Scare
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Fake Kill Scare: used by Jack Bauer when he pretends to kill the son of Syed Ali, a terrorist he is interrogating.
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Face–Heel Turn
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Dana Walsh definitely becomes one after her Face–Heel Turn.
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Stupid Boss: Just about every season brings in an incompetent boss figure at CTU (or the FBI in Day 7). With the sole exception of Bill Buchanan, pretty much all of them have fit this mold (and often with shades of Obstructive Bureaucrat or the Tyrant Takes the Helm). George Mason and Ryan Chappelle do get better as they go along in Season 2 and 3, respectively. Same goes for Senator Blaine Mayer, who, after seeming like he's about to change from Bauer's greatest political enemy to his most powerful ally, gets killed by an assassin seconds later. And Larry Moss from Season Seven, who got killed off just as he was starting to get the hang of working with Jack. Lynn McGill seemed to have his turnaround extremely quickly (when he recognized Jack's outdated duress code), only for his pride to get nearly half of CTU killed.
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Catchphrase
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Catchphrase: Oh boy, let's begin... "My name is Jack Bauer, I'm a Federal Agent." "I'm a federal agent! A FEDERAL AGENT!" (Or, in the case of Renee Walker, after Jack hasn't been a federal agent for a while, "My passenger is a federal agent! She's a FEDERAL AGENT!") "Dammit!" The 24 Wiki has a chart for how many times "damn it" is said on an episode-by-episode basis. Oh, and there's a video of every damn it too, damn it. "We're running out of time!"/"There's no time!" "Sonofabitch!" "I'm sorry but you're going to have to trust me!" "Do it, DO IT NOW!" "Right now you don't have a choice." "Alright?" "Where's the X?" or "Tell me where the X is!" "Who are you working for?!" "What are you talking about?" "How did this happen?". President Taylor's dialogue consists of pretty much nothing but this line for the first half of Season 8. "Right now he/she/it is our only lead." Jack wants you to "PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR HEAD AND INTERLOCK YOUR FINGERS!" "I give you my word." Jack likes to say things in his normal voice, THEN SAY IT AGAIN IN A LOUDER VOICE! ("Was Air Force One just hit? WAS AIR FORCE ONE JUST HIT!!!") Sherry Palmer: "Let me help you." This is nearly always an Oh, Crap! moment, at least for the audience. "We're in the middle of an international crisis!" "Chloe, I need you to do something for me". Tony's particular inflection of the word "Yeah". "Move!" "Copy that." "Set up a perimeter." Every single time Jack puts another character in a sleeper hold (which is quite a bit), it's always followed up with him saying "Don't fight it."
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Luxury Prison Suite
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Luxury Prison Suite: Charles Logan in Season 6.
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Abusive Parents
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Abusive Parents: In Season 1, Rick hints that his mother is one. Gary Matheson in Season 2. Navi Araz in Season 4. Margot Al-Harazi in Season 9.
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Fate Worse than Death
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Fate Worse than Death: Pissing off Jack Bauer. Alternatively, Audrey Raines after her visit to China. To go more in-depth, she gets captured by the Chinese Big Bad/Man Behind The Man, and is the bargaining chip for the circuit board. Unfortunately, before the deal is made, she is tortured and overdosed with near-fatal amounts of liquid copper, which not only traumatizes her but leaves her in a half-paralyzed, Heroic BSoD'd state, and proving that the Big Bad is savvy. By the end of the season, she's recovering at home and Jack Bauer promises her father to step away so he can no longer be a danger to her, with the silent clock running at the end of the episode to honor his sacrifice. Jack also counts here; since the Chinese got him first, he he had to go through twenty months of torture like Audrey did before he was released. And he never said anything while he was there, so he was useless to the Chinese. As of the end of the series, Charles Logan after a botched suicide attempt that leaves him with severe brain damage, code-speak for becoming a vegetable for the rest of his life.
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I Did What I Had to Do
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I Did What I Had to Do: word-for-word from Jack's mouth several times, which is part of the reason some people view him as a Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Hero or Sociopathic Hero. He gets away with it due to: being right most of the time; being the Chaotic Good Only Sane Man (as opposed to the Manipulative Bastard bad guys and Lawful Stupid good guys); being fully aware that all this Dirty Business makes him a bad person; and copious infusions of Rule of Cool / Mundane Made Awesome. The presidents (Palmer and Taylor especially) are portrayed as fighting constantly to not take the easy way out; to them, the ends do not justify the means. (The ones who do think that way are inevitably portrayed as villainous.) Confusingly, we're meant to perceive them as being just as heroic as Jack is, despite making the opposite decision he usually does. Taylor changes her mind after a chat with Charles Logan. In a lesser extent, David Palmer also applies. In season three, he hired Sherry Palmer to take care of Alan Milliken when he threatened to pull financial support for David's re-election, because [brother] Wayne Palmer slept with Milliken's wife, Julia. Granted, he probably didn't expect Sherry to basically kill him by not giving him his medication, but after what she did to David in the first two seasons, what exactly did he expect? More importantly, during season four, he signed off on the undercover operation to capture a Chinese consolate, which ended with another Chinese representative killed by friendly fire. Although Palmer and Jack knew the risks of the operation, they went through with it anyway to save LA from Marwan. Palmer's statement to Charles Logan when he panicked over the idea? "Sometimes, we got to get our hands dirty to do what needs to be done."
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Retcon
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Retcon: The show seems to keep changing its mind as to who was responsible for the deaths of David Palmer and Michelle Dessler. In Season 5, Christopher Henderson claims responsibility. Then in Season 6, Graem Bauer claims it was his idea (though he may have been making it up to unsettle Jack). And in Season 7, it suddenly becomes Alan Wilson who was responsible for the deaths. Technically, Christopher Henderson was The Dragon to Charles Logan and his co-conspirators, playing a role in organizing David Palmer's and Michelle Dessler's deaths. A sniper named Haas was the one who shot Palmer; it is unknown who planted the car bomb that killed Michelle. Logan worked with Graem, as shown in Seasons 5 and 6, and it is implied he is working with others with a lot of power. This is then shown in Redemption and Season 7, with Private Military Companies being involved, and finally, Alan Wilson being revealed as one of the leaders of the overall conspiracy. Almost all the characters involved have various reasons for their involvement. If you watch Seasons 5 and 6, as well as Redemption and Season 7, and treat it as a Story Arc, you can see this (convoluted) plot play out. Additionally, Season 4 can be seen as having prequel elements to this whole Story Arc, since the events of Season 4 lead to Logan coming into power, allowing the whole arc to play out.
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Retool
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Retool: Season 4 attempted this by redesigning CTU and dismissing every previous main cast member except for Jack note Chloe O'Brian and President John Keeler also returned, but they were only recurring characters at the time. However, a large number of popular characters returned as guest stars later in the season. Season 7 broke tradition by taking place in Washington DC instead of Los Angeles, and by replacing CTU's role with the FBI (CTU having been dismantled after a government probe into torture committed by Jack and others).
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Evil Is Not Well-Lit
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Evil Is Not Well-Lit: During Seasons 5 and 7 respectively, James Nathanson◊ and Iké Dubaku◊ operate out of some excessively dark bases.
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Fake Defector
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Fake Defector: Gael in season 3, Tom Lennox in season 6, Jack on numerous occasions, Tony in Season 7. For both sides.
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live: So, so, so many secondary characters. Most of them last about two or three episodes before effectively committing suicide by stupidity. An especially glaring example is Consul Koo Yin. If there's anything to be learned from his untimely passing, it's probably that you shouldn't stroll in front of a bunch of guards who are busy shooting at something.
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They Do
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They Do: Tony & Michelle, Bill & Karen and Jack & Renee. Strongly implied with Martha Logan and Aaron Pierce.
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Ten Little Murder Victims
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Ten Little Murder Victims: done at a nation-wide scale during Season 7 to apprehend all the members of Juma's conspiracy, who had infiltrated pretty much every level of government administration and the Congress.
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Forgotten Fallen Friend
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Forgotten Fallen Friend: Repeatedly and consistently averted. Major characters who die are repeatedly mentioned after their deaths, and many get Manly Tears, Heroic BSODs, and a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. The death of Teri Bauer is what ultimately casts a haunting shadow over all of Jack's actions for every season following the first one. In the first season finale, when Jack calls Nina out for the crimes she committed, he specifically cites Richard Walsh, Jamey Farrell, and Robert Ellis as friends and co-workers who suffered because of her actions. Thrown into Jack's face a few times. Specifically, in Season 7, Larry Moss points out that people who hang around Jack tend not to survive, mentioning Teri Bauer, Ryan Chappelle, and Curtis Manning as proof. Though this falls a bit flat, as Ryan's death was commanded specifically by the President himself under orders from Stephen Saunders and would've likely been forced to occur whether Jack was present or not, and Curtis died because he was unwilling to listen to a direct order from Jack, instead letting his personal motives interfere with CTU's primary objective. Regardless, it goes to show how the body count is kept in mind well after the deaths occur.
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Morality Chain
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Morality Chain: Renee's death seems to have been one morality chain too far for Jack.
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Sadistic Choice
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Sadistic Choice: In season 3, Jack was forced by convicts to play Russian Roulette. Play a deadly game or die.
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Rats in a Box
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Rats in a Box: In season 2, CTU agents put Bob Warner and Reza Nayieer in a room together in order to determine who transferred the funds to Syed Ali. Reza cracks and offers to show the CTU agents how the funds were transferred, but they find out that Reza's fiancé Marie — the last person CTU or the audience would suspect — transferred the funds, and she kills Reza and the agents investigating the funds.
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Everyone Is Related
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Everyone Is Related: A large majority of the characters in Season 6 are all Bauers, or spouses/offspring of such.
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Knight Templar
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Knight Templar: Quite a few.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: In the Day 4 prequel, after Erin Driscoll has just fired Jack Bauer.
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Clear My Name
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Clear My Name: Jack has to do this at least once a season.
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Berserk Button: Jack Bauer has a few: Don't Touch Renee Walker. Unfortunately for him, Pavel pushed this button in Season 8. By killing Renee. Keep any negative opinions of Kim Bauer out of your head — let alone any plans to harm her — otherwise Unpleasant Things will happen. Actually, you're better off just not killing anyone Jack Bauer likes. It will not end well for you.
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Plucky Comic Relief
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Plucky Comic Relief: Milo (season one), Edgar, Chloe.
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Realpolitik: In "3:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M." from the fifth season, Jack Bauer argues with James Nathanson, who is trying to justify the killing of former president David Palmer, whom Jack greatly admires and has personally saved the life of more than once. Nathanson spins a story about how Palmer's death was a necessity, but Jack's not buying it.
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The Resolution Will Not Be Televised
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Max from Day 2, though he was finally defeated in The Game.
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Malignant Plot Tumor: China between season 4 and 6.
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On the other hand, Bill Buchanan and Karen Hayes seem to be Happily Married, even when they're having to work at cross purposes.
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In season 3, Chase's hand being chopped off to get rid of the virus attached to his wrist. The pain was so intense, Chase passed out after he lost his limb. The fact that this event was foreshadowed to horrifying effect made the act even more agonizing to watch.
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Sliding Scale of Continuity: Each season is a continuous real-time story arc.
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In Day 8, Samir Mehran apparently does the same as Bierko when his plan to smuggle nuclear rods into the IRK fails. However, this is subverted when Samir's true plan is revealed: extorting Taylor into handing over Omar Hassan.
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Stuffed into the Fridge: Renee Walker was sniped in Jack's apartment minutes after having sex with the guy. Michelle Dessler for Tony. Audrey gets killed in the Live Another Day finale just to enforce Jack's decision to kill Cheng.
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Midair Collision
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Midair Collision: It wasn't shown on screen, but it was invoked by terrorists, using a MacGuffin to crash two planes together.
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Jurisdiction Friction: Averted mostly. While CTU has butted heads with other agencies, usually the severe nature of a terrorist threat causes folks to put aside their differences. One exception, of course, is the friction between CTU and FBI in Season 7. CTU doesn't actually exist anymore, but friction arises when the FBI is unhappily required to reactivate old CTU servers. In the 24: Live Another Day novel Deadline, a character thinks to himself about the fact that contrary to the way things are usually portrayed in the movies, the arrival of the FBI generally doesn't spark an immediate rivalry with law enforcement agencies.
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Big
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Big "NO!": Usually by Jack, but his best examples would be in the Season 4 finale after Habib Marwan killed himself and in Season 7 after Blaine Mayer was murdered. His Big "NO!" actually echoed. In Legacy, Ibrahim has one of these when Eric snipes Jadalla.
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Fanon
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Though the show's production team have never given out an official timeline (in an attempt to maintain a consistent "present-day" sense with each season), it's commonly-accepted Fanon that the entire series spans from 2002 to 2016. Given that the series ran from 2001 to 2010, this trope actually does apply.
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Badass Bookworm: Just because someone is a computer technician, doesn't mean they can't do awesome things with an assault rifle. Chloe rocks.
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In Legacy, Ibrahim has one of these when Eric snipes Jadalla.
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Unfortunately, this was subverted again, because one of the Mooks survived the mine explosion and later wound up becoming The Dragon during Season 7.
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Qurac: The Islamic Republic of Kamistan in day 8. Previous Middle Eastern terrorists simply didn't have their country of origin revealed.
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Hope Spot: Season 7: Jack forges an alliance with his own nemesis, Sen. Mayer, with the two men coming to an understanding and agreeing to try playing by each other's rules. ...Just before Mayer is killed for being in the way. The very first scenes of the first episode of Day 8, with Jack enjoying family life with his granddaughter, are just heartbreaking to watch again once you know how that season — and the entire series — ends. Later in Day 8, Jack and Renee have sex for nearly forty minutes and enjoy themselves after a rough night... shortly before a sniper kills Jack's new squeeze. Reza Naiyeer in Season 2. During a pretty rotten afternoon, Reza starts feeling a little better when his ex-fiancée changes her mind and says she still wants to marry him. Then at the end of that episode, he finds out she's a terrorist, and she kills him. Near the end of "Day 6: 4pm - 5pm," a bound-and-gagged Tom Lennox tries to twist a pressure valve so that he can raise an alarm and warn someone about the bomb. It's just enough to make us think he might succeed in thwarting the assassination attempt... but he doesn't. In the finale of Day 9, Audrey is saved from Cheng's shooter and everything is okay... until a second shooter comes out of nowhere and guns her down. On Day 3: 6AM - 7AM, after receiving Stephen Saunders' demand that Ryan Chappelle be executed, CTU believes they have finally found Saunders' location. Everything seems to be building up to a dramatic capture only for Chase to find the location is a ruse, leaving no option but for Chappelle to be executed.
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And Starring: For the main cast members: Dennis Haysbert in Seasons 1-3 William Devane in Season 4. Jean Smart in Season 5. Regina King in Season 6, though she only appeared in 9 episodes. Carlos Bernard gets it in Season 7, with Janeane Garofalo taking the "With" credit. Cherry Jones gets it in season 8, and Freddie Prinze, Jr. receives the "With" credit. In "Live Another Day", Benjamin Bratt is given the "With" credit, while Kim Raver gets the "And" credit. For recurring characters and guest stars: In Season 1, under "Special Guest Star", Lou Diamond Phillips gets the "With", while Dennis Hopper gets the "And". Sarah Clarke receives it in Seasons 2 and 3. Season 4 gives it to Reiko Aylesworth under the "Special Guest Star" credit, while Shohreh Aghdashloo receives it in the "Guest Starring" list. Although only for one episode, Season 5 gave it to Tzi Ma. Season 6 had quite a few. Ricky Schroeder earned it under the "Guest Star" credit, while under "Special Guest Star", Jean Smart received the "With" mention and James Cromwell, Kim Raver, and Gregory Itzin received the "And" credits. It goes to Will Patton for Season 7. Bob Gunton, Callum Keith Rennie, Jurgen Prochnow, Michael Madsen, Eriq La Salle, and Mare Winningham were credited as this in Season 8. For "Live Another Day", it went to Stephen Fry.
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Bulletproof Vest
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Jack killing Mikhail Novakovich, along with most of Novakovich's guards, in Day 8. Only the bloody aftermath is shown.
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The Dulcinea Effect
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The Dulcinea Effect: Jack had spent less than 40 hours in Renee's company and decided to throw away his life and all his moral standards to go after the people responsible for her death. Justified in that Jack has lost so many people he cared about over the years and his reaction to Renee's death probably had little to do with Renee herself and more to do with simply being the straw that broke the camel's back. One thing to keep in mind about the complexity of their relationship. Of all the women Jack had known in his life, she is the ONLY one who accepted him for what he was and could relate to him. Not even Audrey or Terry could say those things. And there's the fact that she's just as crazy as he is.
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Fallen Hero
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Fallen Hero: Numerous examples. Ira Gaines' backstory revealed him as having been a Navy SEAL before he became a ruthless mercenary. Stephen Saunders was a member of Jack's Special Forces team that was assigned to take out Victor Drazen, and Christopher Henderson was Jack's mentor. Tony is the series' embodiment of this trope. The final season is memorable for having both Jack himself AND President Taylor becoming this.
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Shout-Out: As mentioned before, we've got Star Trek alumni on the production staff now. In season 7, two suggestions to replace departing members of Taylor's administration were Rick Berman and Bob Justman, who were also longtime Trek staff. In an episode of Season 1, Milo gives his computer password as "foothill94022", a reference to a community college where Michael Loceff, the episode's writer, teaches online classes. Season 8 has an assassin named Davros. Of course, he's not nearly as effective as his namesake — but then, he fucked with Jack Bauer. Not to mention the CTU agent literally named Tom Baker. Jack breaking out a pair of pliers and a blowtorch to use on Pavel seemed to be a reference to Pulp Fiction. In a reverse shout-out, the Department of Homeland Security launched a surveillance technology development program aimed at protecting airliners from terrorist missiles. It's called "Project CHLOE", because the then-Director of DHS is a fan of 24.
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Subverted a few times through the years. Day 3 has the virus being released at the hotel, and later Ryan Chappelle being executed. In Day 8, Samir Mehran follows through on his plan to assassinate Omar Hassan. Double subverted in Live Another Day: James Heller decides to surrender himself and let Margot Al-Harazi kill him, and that's exactly what happens...until the very next episode reveals he was able to fake his death at the last minute.
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Description Cut In "3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M." from Day 1, Jack chews Nina out upon her arriving back at CTU when had meant for her to stay with Teri and Kim at the safe house to make them feel safe. She assures him, "They are safe, Jack. I settled them in. Paulson and Breeher are taking good care of them and the extra security team is in place." As she's speaking this, the show's trademark splitscreen shows them in a car fleeing for their lives, followed by a slam cut to this scene. Similarly, in "10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M." from Day 2, Kim Bauer and her charge, the young Megan, are arriving at CTU after being told to do so by Tony Almeida. "Where are we?" asks Megan to Kim, who assures her, "Don't worry, we're safe here." Splitscreen cut to the counter on the Time Bomb currently in place at CTU, which is set to go off in about eight minutes.
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Informed Ability: Ronnie Lobell is introduced as the new Director of Field Operations in Season 4, a position normally held by badasses such as Jack Bauer and Curtis Manning (and in supplemental prequel material, Christopher Henderson). He dies after just two episodes.
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Taking You with Me
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Taking You with Me: Most suicide terrorists suffer from this. Subverted many times, though, especially in Season 5 with Anton Beresch's men; the only casualties are the terrorists themselves. Also see Land Mine Goes "Click!". Unfortunately, this was subverted again, because one of the Mooks survived the mine explosion and later wound up becoming The Dragon during Season 7. Jack attempts this once in both seasons 6 and 7. In season 6, he attempts to make a trade with Cheng Zhi in a room that he's secretly rigged with explosives and plans on activating as soon as the trade is finished even though it would kill the both of them, but the arrival of a CTU team ruins this and allows Cheng to escape. In season 7, after Juma takes the White House hostage, Jack attempts to ignite a gas tank that will kill some of the soldiers as well in addition to being enough of a distraction to make Juma drop his guard. Bill winds up doing this instead.
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Corrupt Corporate Executive: Seasons 2, 4, 5, and Redemption. 7 takes this to its logical extreme.
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Redshirt Army
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Red Shirt Army: If Jack ever receives any sort of SWAT team or Special Forces back up, you can expect them to bite it before the next commercial break. It's almost a Running Gag how many times Secret Service details are wiped out without causing so much as a single casualty to their attacker.
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Spoiler Opening: Usually averted when a former cast member is going to make a surprise return, but the season five opener had Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida) returning to the main cast and Reiko Aylesworth (Michelle Dessler) still listed as a guest star. Seeing as how at the end of season four, Tony and Michelle had left CTU to settle down and start a family, seeing only one of them returning to the main cast is a big hint that Michelle doesn't survive the episode. The irony is that Carlos Bernard only appears in six of the 24 episodes in the season and is only awake in four of them (at one point, Jack is falsely told that Tony has woken up, leading to an appearance, and then he appears as a corpse in the episode immediately after he dies), so the return to the main cast is actually rather unwarranted. Also done in the case of the second season: Penny Johnson Jerald (Sherry Palmer) had been missing from several episodes and then returned late in the season during one episode as a surprise cliffhanger. The only problem was that she'd been listed during the opening credits, thus ruining the surprise. Notably, a few other rare times, the series would intentionally omit a main cast member to avert this trope. Season six is guilty of this as well with Cheng Zhi (Tzi Ma) and Phillip Bauer (James Cromwell) having last-minute "surprise" reappearances in two respective episodes, both of which are ruined by listing the actors during the opening credits. In an interesting aversion of the trope, the season's 23rd episode omits James Morrison from the opening credits, despite Bill's return happening before the first commercial break. Live Another Day also has Tzi Ma's name credited at the beginning of its tenth episode, ruining Cheng Zhi's surprise reappearance as the Big Bad over half an hour before he actually shows up.
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Serial Escalation
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Serial Escalation: A staple of 24 storytelling.
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Living MacGuffin
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Living Macguffin: Josh Bauer near the end of Season 6. Dana Walsh in Season 8, when every character becomes focused on getting the specifics of Russia's Evil Plan from her.
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Aaaaaaaand it now comes full circle to Jack Bauer in season 8. He spent the final quarter of the season on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, resulting in the near-assassination of Russian President Suvarov. Fortunately, he came to his senses at Chloe's pleading, before instigating World War Three.
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Cassandra Truth
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Cassandra Truth: The extent to which Jack's bosses cooperate with him is inversely proportional to the extent to which Jack knows, and can stop, the bad guys' plans. In fact, the chance that any given character will be told some variant of "Don't bother me, I'm busy!" is directly proportional to the probability that they know or are paying attention to something important. See the particularly egregious case of Carrie in season 3. CTU is for the most part a whole organization of Obstructive Bureaucrats.
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Anti-Villain
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Anti-Villain / Villain Protagonist: Jack effectively becomes this for the last stretch of the eighth season. Although Taylor, Logan, and eventually Suvarov are presented as the major antagonists and what they're doing is wrong, the show itself makes things clear that Jack, despite the cause he's fighting for, isn't exactly being all that admirable right now either.
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Day 9 is overall more cynical from the beginning, with Chloe taking on a darker personality as a result of her family's death, Heller is slowly losing his mind to Alzheimers, and one of the most evil villains the series has seen to date, culminating in arguably the biggest Downer Ending of the series.
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Heartbeat Soundtrack
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Heartbeat Soundtrack: Replaces the ticking clock in the Season Two finale.
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Slap-Slap-Kiss
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Slap-Slap-Kiss: Subverted with Renee and Jack. After she slaps him twice, she breaks down crying in his arms. Word of God is that originally they were going to kiss, but it never came out right; and was ultimately dismissed as being too clichéd.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters (The openings of the early episodes of a season can get very long... the later episodes, not so much.)
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World Half Empty: Corporate and Governmental corruption is rife, all Jack's victories seem pyrrhic at best, and the majority of those we meet who are working to uphold justice and freedom seem to have the lifespan of butterflies. Lampshaded in Season 7; as a terrorist prepares to execute a port security guard that Jack and Tony had coerced into helping them earlier, Tony remarks to Jack that both of them knew the guard was dead the moment he got involved. Subverted, as Jack seems to decide that saving one man wasn't worth tipping off the terrorists that they were involved... then, just as the guard is about to be offed, Jack decides to take the shot anyways, and the guard becomes one of the very few innocents on 24 who survives being involved with terrorists.
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Running Time in the Title
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Long Bus Trip
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Long Bus Trip: Kate Warner, Chase Edmunds, Tom Lennox, Nadia, Driscoll... You know what, it's almost easier to list characters that didn't just up and leave without warning to never return...
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What the Hell, Hero?: So many examples that it could just as well have its own page of them. Probably the greatest example comes in the series finale where Jack's Roaring Rampage of Revenge reaches the point of nearly starting WW 3 until Chloe successfully talks him down at the last minute.
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Western Terrorists: Stephen Saunders' organization appears to consist mostly of British people. At least, its leadership does. Live Another Day has Londoners involved in its plot — appropriately, since it takes place in London.
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Post-Final Boss: Nina Myers in Season 1. Mandy in Season 2. The Secret Service agent who had to be swiftly tricked into believing he killed Jack in Season 4.
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Dark Action Girl: Mandy, and Nina in Seasons 2 and 3.
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Joker Jury: In season 4, the Secretary of Defense is put on trial by terrorists.
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The Chessmaster: Many, but particularly personified by Alan Wilson in season 7. He is essentially the man behind every single event in seasons 5 and 7, meaning that he was behind David Palmer's assassination, Charles Logan's scandalous presidency [including the Sentox nerve gas conspiracy], and the assassination of Tony's wife Michelle and their unborn son. It's amazing how he ended up lasting a full TWO seasons unscathed until the finale of season 7. Truly, he's the Biggest of all the Bads in the series thus far. And exposition concerning Renee's return in Day 8 implies that he got away with absolutely everything while she got scolded by the powers that be for torturing him.
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Rabid Cop: Jack Bauer, although he is - all together now — "A FEDERAL AGENT!".
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Vitriolic Best Buds: Day 8. Logan and Suvarov.
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Put Them All Out of My Misery: At the end of season 9, Jack of all people gets such a moment. Upon learning about Audrey's death, Jack shuts down in a fit of abject misery for a moment, during which he is nearly Driven to Suicide, getting as far as taking his gun into his hand with the clear intention of using it on himself. But in the middle of this, his sorrow gradually gives way to intense, white-hot anger, and instead of shooting himself, he instead performs a Blast Out, managing to gun down every single one of Cheng's bodyguards in his blind fury, before he punctuates the blood bath by decapitating Cheng himself with a sword.
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Evil Only Has to Win Once: The terrorists would always succeed with at least one of their plans every season with CTU preventing further attacks at the last moment.
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Dead End Job: The President of the United States. During the series there are 7 acting presidents shown on screen and two more off screen (Palmer's VP is acting president in The Game and whoever was President during season 1) across 8 seasons and in the series finale the current President resigns!
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Hijacked by Ganon: In late Season 8, Charles Logan pulls this when he blackmails the Russians into going along with his cover-up conspiracy, which involves them signing the very treaty they were trying to get out of. In Live Another Day, after Margot Al-Harazi's death, it seems that Adrian Cross will take over as the primary villain. And then Cheng Zhi reappears, kills Cross and establishes himself as the final Big Bad.
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Action Girl
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Action Girl: Renee Walker. She becomes a borderline Dark Action Girl in Season 8. Kim Bauer in season 7. CIA Agent Kate Morgan in Season 9.
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Elaborate Underground Base: The top secret detention facility where Victor Drazen was sent in Season 1. On Day 2, President Palmer and his staff operate out of what's known as the Northwest Regional Operations Complex until the bomb is recovered, then transfer to working in the LA District headquarters. On Days 4 and 6, Presidents Logan and Palmer (No, the other one) take shelter in the White House bunker due to the imminent nuclear threat.
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Torture Technician
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Torture Technician: Starting with Season 3 (at the latest), CTU has one on hand whenever they need to interrogate a suspect.
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Red Herring
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Red Herring: In "Day Three: 8am - 9am", Stephen Saunders sends henchmen after an undisclosed female target; shortly afterward, the car carrying Kim Bauer and Jane Saunders is followed by an extremely suspicious biker. As it turns out, the biker is innocent, and Saunders' target is Michelle Dessler. During Day 5, the audience is led to suspect Charles Logan's vice president Hal Gardner as the corrupt government official behind the Sentox conspiracy. It actually turns out to be Logan himself.
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I Was Never Here
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I Was Never Here: Sherry Palmer says this to Julia Milliken.
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Contrived Coincidence: Day 1 takes place on both Primary Day and—it is later revealed—the two-year anniversary of Operation Nightfall. The latter is the true reason for the Drazens going after David Palmer; the fact that it fell on such a big day for Palmer's presidential campaign is entirely incidental. Nina Myers' return in Day 3, where she shows up as the other bidder for an auction in which Jack happens to be taking part. Tony and Michelle's (separate) returns to CTU in Day 4. In Day 6, Abu Fayed turns out to have stolen his suitcase nukes from Graem and Phillip Bauer. Even ignoring Graem and Phillip's involvement in the unrelated events of Day 5, what are the odds that Fayed would have two separate connections to Jack and to Jack's estranged family? In Day 7, Jack just happens to be in Washington DC, where Tony, Chloe, and Buchanan are carrying out an underground operation to fight the terrorist threat. Day 9 (Live Another Day) brims with them. See One Degree of Separation below.
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Hilarious in Hindsight
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Leading to a Hilarious in Hindsight moment where one of those terrorists tries to recruit The Man Behind the Man into his own conspiracy.
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Reasonable Authority Figure
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Reasonable Authority Figure: David Palmer, Wayne Palmer, George Mason (eventually), Bill Buchanan, Karen Hayes, Allison Taylor, Omar Hassan, and Brian Hastings... after a few verbal bitch-slaps from Chloe. Larry was well on his way to this when he was killed, and even early on was somewhat more sympathetic than many CTU/FBI Directors of past seasons. Strangely enough, many of the terrorist masterminds in the show are also this. Instead of executing their subordinates at the first sign of protesting against their actions, most terrorist leaders stop to think things through when their subordinates remind them of the bigger picture. Abu Fayed decides not to hunt down Jack Bauer in revenge for killing his brother when his subordinate reminds him that they have plans beyond just a single man, and Samir Mehran doesn't try to boost his ego when his subordinate informs them that Omar Hassan isn't going to break under torture to deliver a falsified confession as they wanted, and simply decides to execute him. Ivan Erwich does come close to killing one of his subordinates for speaking out, but he did have a very good point.
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A Million Is a Statistic
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A Million Is a Statistic: Averted. In Season 6, a suitcase nuke detonates, killing over 12,000 people, and it's horrifying, despite occurring immediately after the death of Curtis Manning. It's regularly referenced for the rest of the season, and the number of casualties keeps increasing.
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Despair Event Horizon
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Despair Event Horizon: Renee's death for Jack in Day 8. All that's left for him is a massive Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Michelle's death for Tony, which sets him off so bad by the end that he's working against the good guys and the bad guys. Audrey's death for pretty much everyone in Day 9.
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Mid-Season Twist
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Mid-Season Twist Season 1: Jamey Farrell is The Mole working for Ira Gaines. Season 2: Kim finds the dead body of Carla in the trunk of her car. Season 3: The events of the first 7 hours is part of an elaborate sting operation. Season 4: Tony Almeida returns. Season 6: Phillip Bauer is involved in the terrorist plot. Season 9: Steve Navarro is revealed to have framed Adam Morgan for selling secrets to the Chinese.
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Heroic Second Wind
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Heroic Second Wind: Jack. Subverted in the Day 8 finale, but that might have had something to do with a bullet wound to the chest.
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Caught on Tape
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Caught on Tape: In the fifth season, former President David Palmer is assassinated and the wife of current president Charles Logan, Martha Logan, is convinced it has something to do with something he wanted to tell her. She says that they had a phone conversation the night before in which he expressed that he wanted to talk to her in person about a matter of national security. So somebody dredges up a recording in which Palmer says that "it's hardly a matter of national security" but he wants to invite her to charity dinner. Of course, everyone dismisses her as crazy because she's had mental issues in the past and is on meds, but later it turns out the recording is doctored or fake.
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Gambit Pileup
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Gambit Pileup: So...who actually ordered Palmer's assassination? Good lord, Live Another Day. First a small-time hacker defects from his organization to try to sell a military override device to Margot Al-Harazi seeking revenge on President Heller for her husband's death. She's killed, then it turns out the leader of the hacker group, Adrian Cross, had created it with the intent of breaking through the strategic infrastructure of every country's military, which he plans to distribute to the entire world. Then it turns out that the device was originally commissioned by Cheng Zhi, with the intent of starting a war between the United States and China.
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Bald of Awesome
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Bald of Awesome: As mentioned above, Wayne Palmer. Mike Novick, too, particularly in Seasons 4 and 5. Aaron Pierce. Morris O'Brian. First Gentleman Henry Taylor pulls this off in the first half of Season 7 when he tracks down his son's murderer and kills him with his own hands while drugged.
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Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
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Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: YMMV, but during the last several episodes of Day 8, Dana Walsh moves in this direction. She acts in a slightly more likable manner when Jack confronts her with news of Renee's death, saying that it shouldn't have happened and that she's sorry. Later, she acts like a damsel in distress when the private interrogation group comes to pick her up, quite pathetically begging Chloe to save her. And her waterboarding torture is clearly played to show the terrible depths to which President Taylor has sunk in order to get the peace treaty signed.
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Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique
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Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Has its own page (unsurprising, considering it's the Trope Namer).
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Know When to Fold 'Em
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In the series finale, Jason Pillar realizes that he and Charles Logan are cornered, and Pillar attempts to convince his boss that it would be best to come clean and help President Taylor find Jack and call off the hit on him. What does he get in return? Logan whacks him in the back of the head and proceeds to shoot him dead before attempting suicide, therefore taking the information to their graves. Particularly galling as the previous episode had Pillar tearfully confess that he had a daughter he wanted to return to.
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Whole Plot Reference
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Whole Plot Reference / Homage: Several of 24's story arcs are highly similar to the British series Spooks, which also aired throughout the 2000s. They include the counter-terrorism team being locked in their office because of a nerve gas threat, the hero teaming up with Alexander Siddig as a potentially-untrustworthy Muslim ally, a plot to crash airplanes together in midair, and a hacker breaking into the traffic light network to cause havoc and blackmail the government (before Live Free or Die Hard as well). There are more similarities, as well, but are just generic enough to be stock war on terror plots, like a season revolving around Iran's — or "Kamistan's" — nuclear program and a subsequent peace deal derailed by terrorism. The first few episodes of Season 5, detailing a plot to bring Jack out of hiding by killing his friends, are very reminiscent of the intro to Commando. Jack's entire character arc in the last third of Season 8 is remarkably similar to the one Willow Rosenberg has in the last few episodes of the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (coincidentally, writer David Fury was an executive producer on both shows and wrote episodes from both arcs). Similarities include them getting a fleeting moment of happiness with their love interest only for the love interest to be shot dead, going on a heartbroken Roaring Rampage of Revenge and brutally torturing and executing the murderer, and eventually winding up in a position to cause The End of the World as We Know It, only to be talked out of it and come back to their senses thanks to their best friend's intervention.
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Authority Equals Asskicking
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A similar scenario occurs when President Hassan caps a mook in Jack and Renee's blind spot. Also, depending on your view of the entire hostage scenario, turning himself in and getting executed rather than be indirectly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans seems like a BDM, too.
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No Party Given
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No Party Given: David Palmer is explicitly identified as a Democrat in the first season. No other politicians are given explicit party identification, but these can be easily deduced from the known fact of Palmer's affiliation. The presidential administrations tend to include more prominent examples of hawkish Democrats and dovish Republicans than one would expect in Real Life.
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Double Subversion
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Double subverted in Live Another Day: James Heller decides to surrender himself and let Margot Al-Harazi kill him, and that's exactly what happens...until the very next episode reveals he was able to fake his death at the last minute.
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Not Quite Dead
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The writers made a bad habit of this since season four. Behrooz's disappearance started the trend, but no example was as egregious as the President of the United States in season 4 after Air Force One got shot down in the middle of the season. His status was left up in the air, but since Charles Logan replaced him in season 5, he's either dead or incapacitated. Frustratingly enough, this happened again with season 6's POTUS Wayne Palmer after he unsafely gets pulled out of a coma, only to collapse hours later, and get replaced by VP Daniels. After season 6's brief subplot with the Logan clan, both Charles and Martha Logan's statuses were left in the air. Logan nearly died from getting stabbed, but returned in season 8 while Martha was alluded to have attempted or committed suicide, but her fate was still left hanging. It seems as if the writers prefer to leave characters out of commission without quite declaring them dead, so they can be brought back at anytime, but the ambiguity got irritating after a while.
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Mandatory Twist Ending
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Mandatory Twist Ending: Almost every episode.
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Kill Him Already!
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Kill Him Already!: Marwan, oh lord Marwan in season four.
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Gorn
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Gorn: In season eight, Jack disembowls and kills Pavel trying to get a sim card, as well as revenge against Pavel for killing Renee. Followed by how Jack killed Mikhail Novakovich by stabbing him with a fireplace poker and all of his guards in the next episode. It all happened off-camera, but the blood was EVERYWHERE. Season 2 as a whole was really damn violent. The water torture scene that opens up the first episode was sickening, but that was nothing compared to when Big Bad Sayed Ali killed a non-CTU federal agent who helped Kate Warner find out if Reza's a terrorist or not. A. MOOK. USED. A. BUZZSAW. ON. THE. AGENT'S. BACK. Ugh. The viewers who complained about the torture during season 6 must not have been watching 24 that year. Abu Fayed using a drill on Morris in season 6. In season 6, the especially gut-wrenching scene where Asad sticks a knife into a man's kneecap. In season 3, Chase's hand being chopped off to get rid of the virus attached to his wrist. The pain was so intense, Chase passed out after he lost his limb. The fact that this event was foreshadowed to horrifying effect made the act even more agonizing to watch.
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Insistent Terminology
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Insistent Terminology: A meta example. Among a lot fans, 24 does not have seasons, it has Days. It not universal though, as this very page can attest. There are also exemptions, like The Game and Redemption.
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Bald, Black Leader Guy
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Bald, Black Leader Guy: Wayne Palmer; also his brother David, aside from not being bald. Doubles as Bald of Awesome on Wayne. Also, General Benjamin Juma
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Percussive Maintenance
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Percussive Maintenance: Name-checked in 8x01.
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Fanservice Pack
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Fanservice Pack: Chloe O'Brian.
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The Mole
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The Mole: At least three per season. The number of people in the US government, and especially CTU, who are actually working for terrorists/foreign powers is appalling. In Season 7, the FBI is found to be riddled with them. Back in full force in Season 8, though. Earlier on, Jack Bauer and the rest of the cast confront and arrest conspirators because they disobeyed presidential orders, even though they had a very good reason to do so; this is portrayed as a heinous crime that Jack frowns upon. Later, he does the same damn thing a few episodes later. Season 9 reveals that the CIA is not immune to the phenomenon.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Big Damn Heroes: Jack and various members of CTU get these moments quite often. Renee Walker saves Jack and Cole with only a handful of bullets and five seconds in Season 8 after the two spent more than half of the episode shooting at terrorists pinning them down. Renee saved Jack from one guy who was about to put a bullet in his brain after Jack took out most if not all of the other terrorists with his sidearm. A similar scenario occurs when President Hassan caps a mook in Jack and Renee's blind spot. Also, depending on your view of the entire hostage scenario, turning himself in and getting executed rather than be indirectly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans seems like a BDM, too.
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Jerkass
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Along with terrorists are the Jerkasses who manage to make up for their actions, the most heroic of cases being Ryan Chappelle.
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Cain and Abel
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Cain and Abel: Jack and Graem, Omar and Farhad And let's not forget Ramon and Hector Salazar from season 3, although that was more of a case of "evil and eviler." And in some way, Jack and Tony themselves.
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Silent Credits
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Silent Credits: the famous beeping clock at the end of an episode (and twice before an Act Break) is silenced for scenes of emotional impact where the clock would ruin it, and ambient noise plays instead (for example, for Ryan Chappelle's death, a train in the background). Only one instance (Edgar's death) has had the credits completely silent. May also be the Trope Codifier.
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Cartwright Curse
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Cartwright Curse: Jack. Teri (Day 1), Claudia (Day 3), Renee (Day 8), and Audrey (Day 9) provide ample evidence for this. He even ended up shooting Nina himself in Day 3. Kate Warner and Diane Huxley were lucky enough to just get Put on a Bus, though. Chloe seems to carry the curse as well, as most of the men she's been close to (Edgar, Milo, Morris, Adrian) have all kicked the bucket.
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Wall Jump
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Wall Jump: Jack does this in the final episode of Season 2 when fighting Peter Kingsley's goons in the L.A. Coliseum. This breaks the goon's arm.
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People's Republic of Tyranny
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In Redemption, at least one African child is shown being gunned down by the People's Freedom Army.
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Put on a Bus to Hell
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Put on a Bus to Hell: Chase Edmunds; he gets his hand cut off, and when Kim shows up in Season 5, it's heavily implied he turned into a bit of a Jerkass not long after Jack's faked death caused them to split up. Chase was also last mentioned as living in Valencia, which got nuked in Season 6, so he possibly got a Bus Crash on top of all that.
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"World of Cardboard" Speech: Jack explaining his moral dilemmas in the season 7 finale. It is, for lack of a better term, awesome and heart-rending.
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Redemption Equals Death
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Redemption Equals Death: There are some terrorists who are convinced that what they're doing (or did) was wrong and try to help Jack or CTU to make up for it (or do it to get immunity). It usually doesn't end well, especially with Dina Araz. Along with terrorists are the Jerkasses who manage to make up for their actions, the most heroic of cases being Ryan Chappelle. Jack just barely manages to avert the latter part of this trope in the series finale. After coming back to his senses, he realizes that the masterminds behind the Hassan murder coverup will arrest Chloe if they know they're consorting together, so he forces her to shoot him and allows himself to be taken into custody, even though it's clear they'll eliminate him immediately. Fortunately, Allison Taylor managed to have a change of heart, and working with Chloe, Cole, and Arlo, save him just seconds before he's executed.
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Torture First, Ask Questions Later
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Torture First, Ask Questions Later: Jack's interrogation technique sometimes doesn't actually allow for the victim to answer.
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Evil Brit: Stephen Saunders and his organization Season 3.
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Twenty-Four Minutes into the Future: Goes a long way in explaining the almost magical efficacy and efficiency of the technology used on the series. Though the show's production team have never given out an official timeline (in an attempt to maintain a consistent "present-day" sense with each season), it's commonly-accepted Fanon that the entire series spans from 2002 to 2016. Given that the series ran from 2001 to 2010, this trope actually does apply. This would put Live Another Day roughly around the time of 2020-2021.
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Not My Driver
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Not My Driver: Jack pulls this on Ted Cofell.
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Everybody Owns a Ford
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Everybody Owns a Ford: Ford is a major sponsor of the show, and savvy viewers quickly figured out that only the heroes drive them. This spoiled a major plot twist in season 2, when the vaguely mysterious Muslim who drove a Ford Thunderbird was innocent, while his blonde, all-American, import-driving wife turned out to be a traitor.
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Would Hit a Girl: Done quite a bit, most notably with Bauer's interrogations of Nina Myers (who he rammed into the wall after grabbing her by the throat) and Dana Walsh (who he slapped around and bashed her head against the interrogation desk). Up to Eleven when he gets a man to talk by shooting his innocent wife in the leg.
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All Your Base Are Belong to Us
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All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Happens to CTU repeatedly, almost to Once a Season levels.
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Static Character: In Season 8, Arlo Glass seems to fit this trope. Throughout the entire season, we hardly get to know him, and his interaction in the plot hardly ever exceeds analyzing the monitors at CTU. Despite this, he appeared in EVERY EPISODE of the season, the only character to do so besides Jack (The Hero), Cole (the Big Guy/Lancer), and Chloe (The Smart Guy and Jack's True Companion).
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Product Placement: What phone Jack uses, what car he drives, and even the laptop he has is usually determined by whoever paid the most money that season. 24 loves its Ford cars and Palm phones. Day 1 had Nokia phones and Palm PD As. Whenever a news broadcast is seen on the show, it's usually either Fox News or a fictional network that's not Fox News but may be vaguely reminiscent of CNN or Al Jezeera. In season 7 and 8, we find the Hyundai Genesis has a nice infotainment system and backup camera. Live Another Day features the 2015 Chrysler 200. Particularly notable since the action takes place in London, and the 200 isn't even sold in the UK.
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Good People Have Good Sex
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Good People Have Good Sex: Intentional or not, it seems that villainous characters on the show don't last very long in bed. A great example of this is in Season 8, with Renee Walker. The sex she has with villain Vladimir Laitanan to maintain her cover? Five minutes, give or take. The sex she has with hero Jack Bauer when they get their long-awaited Relationship Upgrade? Nearly the entire episode.
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Love Makes You Evil
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Love Makes You Evil: Tony and eventually Jack both nearly caused the deaths of anywhere from hundreds to thousands of innocent people, all to avenge the death of a loved one.
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An Axe to Grind
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An Axe to Grind: Season 8 Premiere: Jack Bauer + 2 Mooks + Fire Axe = 2 dead Mooks.
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Dude, Where's My Respect?: You would think saving America from destruction, every, single, season, would give Jack some credibility with his CTU superiors or the government. You would be wrong. Every new President needs to be reminded who this Jack Bauer person is, and every season a parade of Obstructive Bureaucrats will ignore him, detain him, or try to kill him. Averted in Live Another Day, where in the space of five hours Jack goes from international fugitive to being given the President's blessing on his efforts to stop the terrorist attacks.
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Death Equals Redemption
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Death Equals Redemption: Marcus Alvers identifies the Big Bad in Season 3 after he realizes he's showing symptoms of the Cordilla virus. Victor Aruz in Season 8. He waits until he's seconds away from death before revealing that the hitter has an accomplice in Omar's adminsitration.
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Love Makes You Crazy: Tony Almeida's turn as a Double Agent is a Batman Gambit to gain the trust of the villain so that he can kill the bastard to get revenge for the death of his wife and unborn son.
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Joseph Wald on Day 2.
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Faking the Dead
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Faking the Dead: Jack in the end of season 4. Jack fakes Nina Meyers' death in Season 1 and Renee Walker's in season 7. Both ended up dead for real in subsequent seasons, the former by Jack's hand.
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Series Fauxnale: Day 4.
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The Power of Friendship
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The Power of Friendship: Believe it or not, this is what ultimately turns Jack Bauer back from the dark side in the day 8 finale and prevents him from assassinating the Russian president, Yuri Suvarov. When Chloe O'Brian comes for him to try to talk him down, he asks her why she came and she replies that she had to, as she's his friend.
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You Killed My Father
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You Killed My X: Used to ludicrous extremes, but features most prominently in Season 7 with Henry Taylor and Tony Almeida, who both lost their sons (one living, one unborn).
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Team Dad: Bill Buchanan.
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Then later on in Day 8, Chloe, Hastings, and Kayla Hassan are blown across the room by an electro-magnetic pulse.
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Well-Intentioned Extremist The season 7 finale reveals Tony to be one. Renee's thumb-chopping in Season 8 shows her to have become this. Even Jack is shocked. Rob Weiss and General Bruckner commit treason against the U.S. by turning Omar Hassan over to the terrorists in order to get them to disable a bomb that will otherwise be detonated in New York. President Taylor has become this, as her absolute determination to get the peace deal realized makes her cover up evidence of the Russians' role behind the day's events, and authorizing torture on Dana Walsh, even though she could simply write an immunity deal for her. Aaaaaaaand it now comes full circle to Jack Bauer in season 8. He spent the final quarter of the season on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, resulting in the near-assassination of Russian President Suvarov. Fortunately, he came to his senses at Chloe's pleading, before instigating World War Three.
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Pet the Dog: Strangely enough, Sergei Bazhaev gets one after his Kick the Dog moment; after shooting his younger son, who was dying of radiation poisoning, Sergei calls in a priest and asks him to perform quick funeral rites and then have him buried "out back" instead of at a cemetery. When the priest protests, saying it's "not right", Sergei remains adamant on the point, and says, "You just make it right. Say all the prayers. Where I end up, I don't care. But this boy is with the angels."
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Death Seeker
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Jack after Teri's death is pretty much the show's defining moment of this trope. He's like this for most of season 2; even after finally going back into action to stop the bomb, he still has a Death Seeker attitude for a good chunk of it.
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hasFeature
Deconstructor Fleet / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Decoy Leader / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Decoy Protagonist / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Defiant to the End / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Definitely Just a Cold / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Defusing the Tyke Bomb / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Dehumanization / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Depraved Bisexual / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Designated Evil / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Designated Victim / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Deus Ax Machina / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Deus Exit Machina / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Deuteragonist / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Development Gag / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Dewey Defeats Truman / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
/ int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Died in Your Arms Tonight / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Disguised Hostage Gambit / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Disney Death / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Disney Villain Death / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Disposable Love Interest / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Disposable Woman / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Divided We Fall / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Divorce Is Temporary / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Do Not Adjust Your Set / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Do with Him as You Will / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Domestic Abuse / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Doom Doors / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Doom Magnet / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Double Reverse Quadruple Agent / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Double Tap / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Down L.A. Drain / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Down on the Farm / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Downer Beginning / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Dragon Their Feet / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Dragon with an Agenda / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Dramatic Gun Cock / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Dueling Hackers / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Dunking the Bomb / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Dyeing for Your Art / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Dying Declaration of Hate / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
EMP / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Easy Amnesia / int_457b671e
 Eden FX
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Edited for Syndication / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Electric Torture / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Empty Promise / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Empty Quiver / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Engineered Public Confession / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Enhance Button / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Enhanced Interrogation Techniques / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Episode on a Plane / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Episode 0: The Beginning / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Equal-Opportunity Evil / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Establishing Series Moment / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Eurabia / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Every Car Is a Pinto / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Everybody is Single / int_82d6b461
 24
hasFeature
Everybody Owns a Ford / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Everybody's Dead, Dave / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Everyone Owns A Mac / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Everything Is Online / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Evil All Along / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Evil Brit / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Evil Chancellor / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Evil Costume Switch / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Evil Matriarch / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Ex-Big Bad / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Exact Eavesdropping / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Exact Time to Failure / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Expanded Universe / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Expansion Pack Past / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Expository Hairstyle Change / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Extreme Graphical Representation / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Extremely Short Timespan / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Eye Awaken / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Eye Catch / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
FBI Agent / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Failsafe Failure / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Failure Is the Only Option / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fake Defector / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fake Guest Star / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fake Kill Scare / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fake Nationality / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fake-Out Make-Out / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fake-Out Opening / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fake Russian / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
False Friend / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
False Reassurance / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fatal Family Photo / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Father, I Don't Want to Fight / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Faux Death / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Femme Fatale Spy / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fictional Counterpart / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fiery Coverup / int_457b671e
 Films By Alfred Hitchcock
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Final Season Casting / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Finding Judas / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Fingore / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
First Day from Hell / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
First Law of Resurrection / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
555 / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Flare Gun / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Flashed-Badge Hijack / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Flaw Exploitation / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Flip-Flop of God / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Flipping the Table / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Foiler Footage / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Forced to Watch / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Forgets to Eat / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Forgotten Fallen Friend / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Four-Star Badass / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Freak Out! / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Frozen in Time / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Functional Addict / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Game-Breaking Injury / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Gas Leak Cover-Up / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Gentle Giant / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Get It Over With / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
/ int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Gilded Cage / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Give My Regards in the Next World / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Good Hair, Evil Hair / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Good People Have Good Sex / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Government Agency of Fiction / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Government Procedural / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Graceful Loser / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Gratuitous German / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Grave-Marking Scene / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Guilt-Ridden Accomplice / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Guns Akimbo / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Gut Feeling / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Gut Punch / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Halfway Plot Switch / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Ham and Cheese / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hammer and Sickle Removed for Your Protection / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hand Off / int_82d6b461
 24
hasFeature
Handguns / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Handshake Refusal / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Happy Ending Override / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Harder Than Hard / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hassle-Free Hotwire / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hauled Before a Senate Subcommittee / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Have You Told Anyone Else? / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
He Knows Too Much / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Head-in-the-Sand Management / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Heartbeat Soundtrack / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Heel–Face Door-Slam / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Heel–Face Mole / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hellhole Prison / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Helmets Are Hardly Heroic / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hero Antagonist / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hero of Another Story / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hero on Hiatus / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Heroes Gone Fishing / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Heroes Want Redheads / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Heroic RRoD / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
He's Back / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hesitant Sacrifice / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
This entry is trivia, which is cool and all, but not a trope. On a work, it goes on the Trivia tab. Hey, It's That Guy! / int_82d6b461
 24
hasFeature
Hey, You! / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
/ int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hiding Behind the Language Barrier / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
High Turnover Rate / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hijacked by Ganon / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
His Name Is... / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hollywood, California / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hollywood Darkness / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hollywood Genetics / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hollywood Nerd / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Honest Corporate Executive / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Honey Trap / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Hostage Video / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
I Am One of Those, Too / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
I Am the Noun / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
I Don't Pay You to Think / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
I Don't Want to Die / int_82d6b461
 24
hasFeature
I Gave My Word / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
I Have a Family / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
I Have Your Wife / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
I Know Your True Name / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
I Was Never Here / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Iconic Outfit / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Iconic Sequel Character / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Idiosyncratic Cover Art / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Idiosyncratic Ship Naming / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
If I Do Not Return / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Ignored Epiphany / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Impersonation Gambit / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Impromptu Tracheotomy / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Infrared X-Ray Camera / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Inspector Javert / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Instant Sedation / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Intercontinuity Crossover / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Interface Spoiler / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Internal Affairs / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Interrogated for Nothing / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Interrupted Suicide / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Interservice Rivalry / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Iron Lady / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
It Gets Better / int_82d6b461
 24
hasFeature
It Has Only Just Begun / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
It Was with You All Along / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
It Works Better with Bullets / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
It's Going Down / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
It's Up to You / int_457b671e
 Ivy League
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Ivy League for Everyone / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Jigsaw Puzzle Plot / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Jitter Cam / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Joker Jury / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Jumping Off the Slippery Slope / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Jurisdiction Friction / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Justified Title / int_457b671e
 Kal Penn
seeAlso
24
 Kate Mara
seeAlso
24
 Kids Incorporated
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Killed by Request / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Killed Mid-Sentence / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Killed to Uphold the Masquerade / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Kirk Summation / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Knee-capping / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Knight in Sour Armor / int_457b671e
 La Femme Nikita
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Lady Macbeth / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Last Breath Bullet / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Last Episode, New Character / int_457b671e
 Layout of a Season
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Leeroy Jenkins / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Left Hanging / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Let Them Die Happy / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Let's You and Him Fight / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Life-or-Limb Decision / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Lockdown / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Lodged-Blade Recycling / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Logging onto the Fourth Wall / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Long Bus Trip / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Long-Lost Relative / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Long-Runner Cast Turnover / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Loser Has Your Back / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Love to Hate / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Luxury Prison Suite / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Macross Missile Massacre / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Magic Countdown / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Magical Defibrillator / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Make It Look Like a Struggle / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Make Sure He's Dead / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Malignant Plot Tumor / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Man Bites Man / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mandatory Unretirement / int_457b671e
 Mark Sheppard
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Married to the Job / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mauve Shirt / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
McLeaned / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Memetic Loser / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Men of Sherwood / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mentor Occupational Hazard / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Meta Twist / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mid-Development Genre Shift / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mid-Season Twist / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Midair Collision / int_82d6b461
 24
hasFeature
Middle Eastern Terrorists / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Midseason Replacement / int_457b671e
 Mie Sonozaki
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Mile-High Club / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Military Maverick / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Minor Major Character / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Misplaced Retribution / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mistaken for Terrorist / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mistakenly Attacked Mole / int_457b671e
 Mixed Archetypes
seeAlso
24
 Mnogo Nukes Other
seeAlso
24
 Modern Battlefield Weapons
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Modesty Bedsheet / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mole in Charge / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Moment of Silence / int_457b671e
 Monkees Equals Monkees
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Mook Carryover / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mook Horror Show / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Moral Dissonance / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
More Expendable Than You / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
More Hero Than Thou / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Multi-Ethnic Name / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Murder by Inaction / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
murder.com / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Murder-Suicide / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Murderous Thighs / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
My Greatest Failure / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Mystery Magnet / int_457b671e
 Nancy Cartwright
seeAlso
24
 24
hasFeature
Near-Villain Victory / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Necessarily Evil / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Neck Snap / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Nerves of Steel / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Never Found the Body / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Never Suicide / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Next Sunday A.D. / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Nice to the Waiter / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
No Endor Holocaust / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
No One Could Survive That! / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
No Party Given / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
No Such Thing as H.R. / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
No Theme Tune / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
No Time to Explain / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Noble Bigot with a Badge / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Noble Top Enforcer / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Non-Action Big Bad / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Non Chess Motif Examples / int_82d6b461
 24
hasFeature
Normally, I Would Be Dead Now / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Not Even Bothering with the Accent / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Not My Driver / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Not Named in Opening Credits / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Not Quite Dead / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Not Quite Saved Enough / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Nothing Is the Same Anymore / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Noughties Drama Series / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Obstructive Bureaucrat / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Offscreen Villain Dark Matter / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Off with His Head! / int_4589f2fe
 24
hasFeature
Offscreen Inertia / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Old Hero, New Pals / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Once a Season / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
One Last Job / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
One Last Smoke / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
One Riot, One Ranger / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
One-Woman Wail / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Only I Can Kill Him / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Only in It for the Money / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Only the Author Can Save Them Now / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Only the Leads Get a Happy Ending / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Opening Narration / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Our Hero Is Dead / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Our Presidents Are Different / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Out-of-Character Moment / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Out of Focus / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Outrun the Fireball / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Overarching Villain / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Overt Operative / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Padding / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Panthera Awesome / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Parallel Porn Titles / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Parental Betrayal / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Parody Episode / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Password Slot Machine / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Peace Conference / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
People's Republic of Tyranny / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Person as Verb / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Phone-Trace Race / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Playing Both Sides / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Plot Armor / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Plot Immunity / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Plot-Powered Stamina / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Poison Is Corrosive / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Politician Guest Star / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Post-9/11 Terrorism Movie / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Post-Script Season / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Power Hair / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Powers That Be / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Pragmatic Hero / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Pre-Mortem One-Liner / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Predecessor Villain / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Present Day / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
President Evil / int_457b671e
 24
hasFeature
Pretty Little Headshots / int_457b671e