History Comicbook / Commando

24th May '16 1:22:09 AM erforce
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The general tone is more ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone'' than ''SavingPrivateRyan''; the horrors of war are still there, but they don't overpower the stories. Over the years, the "Boy's Own Adventures" attitude has been toned down a bit, but it's still a mostly optimistic view of war, viewing it more as a necessary evil than a fun time for the boys.

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The general tone is more ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone'' than ''SavingPrivateRyan''; ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''; the horrors of war are still there, but they don't overpower the stories. Over the years, the "Boy's Own Adventures" attitude has been toned down a bit, but it's still a mostly optimistic view of war, viewing it more as a necessary evil than a fun time for the boys.
11th Nov '15 1:44:14 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* DependingOnTheWriter: Can often mean the difference between, for example, US troops being [[AmericaSavesTheDay a bunch of okay guys who want to help others live as free as they do]] or [[{{Eagleland}} stupid Yanks who think they can whatever they want]], whether TheBigGuy is a GentleGiant or a BoisterousBruiser, or whether or not AllGermansAreNazis.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: Can often mean the difference between, for example, US troops being [[AmericaSavesTheDay a bunch of okay guys who want to help others live as free as they do]] or [[{{Eagleland}} stupid stupid/overconfident/touchy Yanks who think they can do whatever they want]], whether TheBigGuy is a GentleGiant or a BoisterousBruiser, or whether or not AllGermansAreNazis.
1st Apr '15 11:12:44 AM TheUnsquished
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* GeneralFailure: One of these usually turns up - often on the British side. The reason they're allowed to be a BadBoss is because [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections he's got a relative who's high-up in the ranks]].
** One issue decided to play it UpToEleven, and have a stupid Italian officer whose uncle was

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* GeneralFailure: One of these usually turns up - often on the British side. The reason they're allowed to be a BadBoss is because [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections he's got a relative who's high-up in the ranks]].
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ranks]]. One issue decided to play it UpToEleven, and have a stupid Italian officer whose uncle was ''UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini''.



* ThoseWackyNazis: Given this comic's long life, every example given on this trope's page has come up at least once.
** Though it's far from unusual to see at least some Nazis depicted as honest, dutiful and brave, albeit on the wrong side.

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* ThoseWackyNazis: Given this comic's long life, every example given on this trope's page has come up at least once.
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once. Though it's far from unusual to see at least some Nazis depicted as honest, dutiful and brave, albeit on the wrong side.side.
* TranslationConvention: All of the characters, regardless of nationality, appear to speak English even if there are no native-English speakers present. Exclamations such as "Himmel!" and "Mein Gott!" and insults such as "Dummkopf!" and "Schweinhund!" usually go untranslated, however.
17th Mar '15 5:28:50 AM TheFarmboy
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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: There has '''never''' been a KarmaHoudini in '''any''' issue of Commando. '''''Ever'''''.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: LaserGuidedKarma: There has '''never''' been a KarmaHoudini in '''any''' issue of Commando. '''''Ever'''''.
8th Feb '15 3:20:50 AM TheUnsquished
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* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Ties in with PGExplosives above, as the aim was to avoid any images that were deemed too gory.
8th Feb '15 3:16:51 AM TheUnsquished
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* PGExplosives: As mentioned in the "Editing Commando" chapter of the 2011 ''50 Years A Home For Heroes'', the editors kept a close eye out for any unduly gory scenes in close-ups.
6th Feb '15 12:46:08 PM TheUnsquished
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* AussiesWithArtillery: Stories about [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Anzacs]] have long been a favourite for ''Commando'' readers; kind of an EnsembleDarkhorse, but for an entire armed force.



** One issue decided to play it UpToEleven, and have a stupid Italian officer whose uncle was '''''UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini'''''.

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** One issue decided to play it UpToEleven, and have a stupid Italian officer whose uncle was '''''UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini'''''.



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Averted... kind of. Not only has D.C. Thomson & Co. started putting out oversized trade paperbacks of some of classic stories, but every month they usually have at least four stories that are reprints of stories that are at least a few decades old.
29th Jan '15 10:05:55 AM TheUnsquished
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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo: For the most part; due to both writers and readers getting a little bored with nothing but stories about six years of human history, writers will branch out with stories set as far back as UsefulNotes/AncientRome, and other eras relevant to Britain's history, such as The UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar, The UsefulNotes/SecondBoerWar and UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.
** Interestingly, although not too surprisingly, The Holocaust has only been mentioned in a few issues.
** The most recently-set issues were about a cell of WesternTerrorists taking over an oil rig in [[TheNineties 1990]] and [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2008's]] #4123: ''Nightmare Holiday''; set in the same year, it deals with a Japanese civilian fleeing North Korean troops after 30 years of imprisonment.
*** There's another contender - #4404, ''Misfit Squad'', a story that partly takes place in 2011.
** The earlier Commando -stories also had stories set in space and computer simulations. Complete with the 50's-60's nowadays wacky take on space and computer technology.
28th Oct '14 4:32:40 PM LongLiveHumour
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** One issue decided to play it UpToEleven, and have a stupid Italian officer whose uncle was '''''BenitoMussolini'''''.

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** One issue decided to play it UpToEleven, and have a stupid Italian officer whose uncle was '''''BenitoMussolini'''''.'''''UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini'''''.
12th Jul '14 5:19:56 AM SpaceHamster
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*SurvivorsGuilt: Is a common trope, particularly in, but not limited to stories involving aerial combat. Commonly a bomber pilot loses half or his entire crew, or a fighter pilot loses his favourite wingman or the whole wing. It usually makes them become the heroic version of TheAtoner, DeathSeeker, or NotAfraidToDie, or any combination thereof. Often it is revealed however, that not everyone died as they believed, or that they are somehow convinced it was not their fault (often by the other survivor), and almost always they get over it at the end of the story.
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