History Film / DjangoUnchained

23rd Jun '17 3:51:15 AM jormis29
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--> Who's STEPHEN? Stephen is a very old black man, who with his bald pate, and tufts of white curly hair on the sides, looks like a character out of [[CharlesDickens Dickens]] - [[CrossOver if Dickens wrote about House Niggers in the Antebellum South.]] Stephen has been Calvin's slave since he was a little boy. And in (almost) every way is the 2nd most powerful person at Candyland. Like the characters Basil Rathbone would play in [[Film/CaptainBlood swashbucklers]], evil, scheming, intriguing men, always trying to influence and manipulate power for their own self interest. Well that describes Stephen to a tee. The Basil Rathbone of House Niggers.

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--> Who's STEPHEN? Stephen is a very old black man, who with his bald pate, and tufts of white curly hair on the sides, looks like a character out of [[CharlesDickens [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] - [[CrossOver if Dickens wrote about House Niggers in the Antebellum South.]] Stephen has been Calvin's slave since he was a little boy. And in (almost) every way is the 2nd most powerful person at Candyland. Like the characters Basil Rathbone Creator/BasilRathbone would play in [[Film/CaptainBlood swashbucklers]], evil, scheming, intriguing men, always trying to influence and manipulate power for their own self interest. Well that describes Stephen to a tee. The Basil Rathbone of House Niggers.
18th Jun '17 11:52:13 PM crazyrabbits
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* TrailersAlwaysLie: Averted, the film is a blood and gore soaked nonstop action thrill ride in the vein of taken.

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: Averted, the film is a blood and gore soaked nonstop action thrill ride in the vein of taken.''Film/{{Taken}}''.
7th Jun '17 2:02:57 PM YieldingCrawler
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* TrailersAlwaysLie: The commercials make it out to be a Western with almost nonstop action, with a heavy emphasis on bounty hunting, and set up Candie to be some sort of mastermind (as well as implying, by juxtaposition, that he's one of the Brittle brothers, when they're only {{Starter Villain}}s). In the film, the action is only in a few parts (as is common with Tarantino's films), Candie isn't introduced or discussed until just over halfway through the film (and isn't especially intelligent; in fact, he doesn't figure out Schultz and Django's plan until his butler tells him), and the duo are only shown taking down a couple of relevant bounty targets -- the majority of their work was done off-screen.

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: The commercials make it out to be a Western with almost nonstop action, with a heavy emphasis on bounty hunting, and set up Candie to be some sort of mastermind (as well as implying, by juxtaposition, that he's one of the Brittle brothers, when they're only {{Starter Villain}}s). In the film, the action is only in a few parts (as is common with Tarantino's films), Candie isn't introduced or discussed until just over halfway through Averted, the film (and isn't especially intelligent; in fact, he doesn't figure out Schultz is a blood and Django's plan until his butler tells him), and gore soaked nonstop action thrill ride in the duo are only shown taking down a couple vein of relevant bounty targets -- the majority of their work was done off-screen.taken.
19th Apr '17 2:00:42 AM gjjones
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* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted, Schultz ends up dying because he let his emotions get the best of him, not to inspire Django. The subsequent course of events does lead to Django seeking glorious revenge however, both to reclaim his wife and avenge Schultz's death as well.]]
3rd Mar '17 1:32:41 PM chasemaddigan
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* MissingTrailerScene: Interesting example. As per usual on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack release, there is dialogue from the film interspersed throughout. In two instances, the tracks "In that case, Django, After you," and "5,000 Dollar Niggas" are from alternate or deleted scenes.
28th Jan '17 10:30:16 PM karategal
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*** Although, at least according to WordOfGod, this was an entirely unnecessary gambit based on incomplete information and ComplexityAddiction. Candie didn't give enough of a damn about Broomhilda to care who bought her and why, and would've let her go for a reasonable sum, making this a subversion.

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*** Although, at least according to WordOfGod, Word of God, this was an entirely unnecessary gambit based on incomplete information and ComplexityAddiction. Candie didn't give enough of a damn about Broomhilda to care who bought her and why, and would've let her go for a reasonable sum, making this a subversion.



* TakeThat: The proto-Klansmen's issues with their bags is a reference to Creator/JohnFord's accounts of his playing a Klansman in ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'', where he apparently was the one who kept holding up his hood so he could see. Quentin has been ''very'' vocal about how disgusting he finds Ford having taken the role--let alone brag about it--and WordOfGod is that this part of ''Django Unchained'' is specifically meant to be this trope.

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* TakeThat: The proto-Klansmen's issues with their bags is a reference to Creator/JohnFord's accounts of his playing a Klansman in ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'', where he apparently was the one who kept holding up his hood so he could see. Quentin has been ''very'' vocal about how disgusting he finds Ford having taken the role--let alone brag about it--and WordOfGod Word of God is that this part of ''Django Unchained'' is specifically meant to be this trope.
14th Jan '17 10:19:17 PM Fireblood
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Has often been said to be so to Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz's earlier film ''Film/IngloriousBasterds''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Has It has often been said to be so to Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz's earlier film ''Film/IngloriousBasterds''.



* ToThePain: Lara Candie and the ranchers devise a smorgasbord of possible deaths for Django in the wake of [[spoiler:Calvin]]'s death, including castrating his testicles and letting him bleed out. Stephen [[HintDropping casually remarks]] to each suggestion that the Le Quint Dickey Mining Company slaves have it ''way'' worse than any of that. What they do is they make you break big rocks into little rocks until the day you die. They take away your name, [[YouAreNumberSix give you a number]] and a sledgehammer, and say "Get to work!" No back-talk is allowed because if you do, they cut out your tongue (and you won't bleed out, because they're really good at it). You are worked until your back gives out, at which point they'll strike you over the head with a sledgehammer, and throw your body down the nigger hole. And ''that'' will be [[MakeAnExampleOfThem the story of you]].

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* ToThePain: Lara Candie and the ranchers devise a smorgasbord of possible deaths for Django in the wake of [[spoiler:Calvin]]'s death, including castrating cutting off his testicles and letting him bleed out. Stephen [[HintDropping casually remarks]] to each suggestion that the Le Quint Dickey Mining Company slaves have it ''way'' worse than any of that. What they do is they make you break big rocks into little rocks until the day you die. They take away your name, [[YouAreNumberSix give you a number]] and a sledgehammer, and say "Get to work!" No back-talk is allowed because if you do, they cut out your tongue (and you won't bleed out, because they're really good at it). You are worked until your back gives out, at which point they'll strike you over the head with a sledgehammer, and throw your body down the nigger hole. And ''that'' will be [[MakeAnExampleOfThem the story of you]].



** Late in the movie, Candie discovers the true identities and intentions of Django and Schultz, but gives them a chance to walk away with Django's wife, essentially giving them everything they want. [[spoiler: Rather then take advantage of this golden opportunity, Schultz completely blows it by shooting Candie, starting a shootout that gets himself killed and nearly gets Django killed as well. Even if Schultz really wanted to kill Candie, this still makes no sense. He could have simply walked away and then returned later to kill him at a more opportune time when he wasn't in the middle of Candie's mansion surrounded by armed guards.]]

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** Late in the movie, Candie discovers the true identities and intentions of Django and Schultz, but gives them a chance to walk away with Django's wife, essentially giving them everything they want. [[spoiler: Rather then take advantage of this golden opportunity, Schultz completely blows it by shooting Candie, starting a shootout that gets himself killed and nearly gets Django killed as well. Even if Schultz really wanted to kill Candie, this still makes no sense. He could have simply walked away and then returned later to kill him at a more opportune time when he wasn't in the middle of Candie's mansion surrounded by armed guards. It seems he just couldn't hold in his anger at Candie any longer.]]



** Also, Miss Lara. [[spoiler:You'd think might have used the opportunity while Django was carrying out his bloody revenge on Billy Crash to run away. Although it's quite likely that Django would still have an opportunity to shoot her anyway, she makes no attempt at all to ensure her own safety. Though she was likely petrified just seeing what Django has already done to those remaining plantation henchmen.]]

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** Also, Miss Lara. [[spoiler:You'd think might have used the opportunity while Django was carrying out his bloody revenge on Billy Crash to run away. Although it's quite likely that Django would still have an opportunity to shoot her anyway, she makes no attempt at all to ensure her own safety. Though she was likely petrified just seeing what Django has already done to those the remaining plantation henchmen.]]



* UnwillingSuspension: Happens to Django [[spoiler:after Candie's murder, awaiting to be sold to a mining company infamous for working slaves to death.]]

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* UnwillingSuspension: Happens This happens to Django [[spoiler:after Candie's murder, awaiting waiting to be sold to a mining company infamous for working slaves to death.]]



* VillainousFriendship: Calvin Candie and Stephen are shown to be genuine friends, with Stephen preserving Candie's authority at Candyland and basically running his plantation for him, and Candie providing Stephen with a dominant position in his organisation.

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* VillainousFriendship: Calvin Candie and Stephen are shown to be genuine friends, with Stephen preserving Candie's authority at Candyland Candieland and basically running his plantation for him, and Candie providing Stephen with a dominant position in his organisation.



* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Mr Candie discuss the theory of the "exeptional nigger" and considers Django as one. However [[spoiler: he founds out that Django actually wants his wife back]], he amends that he's actually an unexeptional nigger.

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* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Mr Candie discuss the theory of the "exeptional "exceptional nigger" and considers Django as one. However [[spoiler: he founds finds out that Django actually wants his wife back]], he amends that he's actually an unexeptional unexceptional nigger.
14th Jan '17 10:01:18 PM Fireblood
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* BountyHunter: King Schultz, and Django later as well.



* HarpOfFemininity: Candie's sister Lara plays Beethoven's "Für Elise" on one of these -- at least, she does until Schultz angrily demands her to stop.

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* HarpOfFemininity: Candie's sister Lara plays Beethoven's "Für Elise" on one of these -- at least, she does until Schultz angrily demands for her to stop.stop, since he can't stand to hear Beethoven in Candie's house.



* HitmanWithAHeart: King Schultz, to the point where it's hard to believe he kills people for money. Then again, we only see him shooting southerners, whom he considers barbaric.

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* HitmanWithAHeart: King Schultz, to the point where it's hard to believe he kills people for money. Then again, we only see him shooting southerners, whom he considers barbaric. All of them are also murderers, making it easier to tolerate.



* HypocriticalHumor: After Schulz casually guns down the sheriff, the Marshall turns up with a possie and demands his surrender. Schulz puts his guns away and asks for the Marshall's word that he won't be shot out of hand.

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* HypocriticalHumor: After Schulz Schultz casually guns down the sheriff, the Marshall turns up with a possie posse and demands his surrender. Schulz Schultz puts his guns away and asks for the Marshall's word that he won't be shot out of hand.



* IdiotHero: Justified, given the time period. Django starts off the film as well-educated as you'd expect the typical 1800s slave to be; he's ignorant, uneducated, and needs things repeated a few times before he fully grasps them. Under Schultz' influence and tutelage, though, he graduates to a competent, cunning badass with some GuileHero abilities.

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* IdiotHero: Justified, [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], given the time period. Django starts off the film as well-educated as you'd expect the typical 1800s slave to be; he's ignorant, uneducated, and needs things repeated a few times before he fully grasps them. Under Schultz' influence and tutelage, though, he graduates to a competent, cunning badass with some GuileHero abilities.



** A morally gray example, early in the film, Django and Schultz's target is a (possibly former) stagecoach robber... and a family man. Schultz wants Django to kill him while he's plowing the field with his son, and Django hesitates. Schultz chides Django, who was willing to kill people up until now ([[IronicEcho quoting his iconic 'kill white folk' line at him back]]), and reminds him that Bounty Hunting needs a clear head and a gray conscience. [[spoiler:Django takes the shot with guilt.]]

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** A morally gray example, early in the film, film. Django and Schultz's target is a (possibly former) stagecoach robber... and a family man. Schultz wants Django to kill him while he's plowing the field with his son, and Django hesitates. Schultz chides Django, who was willing to kill people up until now ([[IronicEcho quoting his iconic 'kill white folk' line at him back]]), and reminds him that Bounty Hunting needs bounty hunting requires a clear head and a gray conscience. [[spoiler:Django takes the shot with guilt.]]



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Django, oh so very much. Lampshaded:

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Django, oh so very much. Lampshaded:{{Lampshaded}}:



* IncestSubtext: A bit between Calvin and his sister. He gushes on and on about her beauty, and often kisses her on the cheek[[note]]which, given his francophilia, isn't all that remarkable[[/note]] whenever he can (even on the lips at some point). Throughout his on-screen time, he shows the most affection to her by far.

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* IncestSubtext: A bit between Calvin and his sister. He gushes on and on about her beauty, and often kisses her on the cheek[[note]]which, cheek[[note]]Which, given his francophilia, isn't all that remarkable[[/note]] whenever he can (even on the lips at some point). Throughout his on-screen time, he shows the most affection to her by far.



* InsultMisfire: When the Marshall tries to shame Schultz for murdering the sheriff.

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* InsultMisfire: When the Marshall Marshal tries to shame Schultz for murdering the sheriff.



-->'''Marshall:''' You mean like you did our sheriff? Shot him down like a dog in the street!

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-->'''Marshall:''' -->'''Marshal:''' You mean like you did our sheriff? Shot him down like a dog in the street!



** "auf Wiedersehen" and "goodbye".

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** "auf "Auf Wiedersehen" and "goodbye".



* {{Irony}}: During the raid scene, several raiders complain that they can't see, due to the bags on their heads. Big Daddy yells "Goddamn it, this is a raid! I can't see, you can't see, ''so what?'' All that matters is can the fuckin' ''horse'' see!" Not five years later, the Ku Klux Klan formed...and [[http://www1.assumption.edu/ahc/1920s/eugenics/unsignedKansasKKKpainting20.jpg guess what animal the bags were put on.]]
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The Regulators who decide to teach Schultz and Django a lesson are a disorganised mob who happen to get the idea to wear white hoods with eyeholes cut out. It's roundly considered that while it was a decent idea, they hadn't really thought it through... but there's a throwaway line that ''next'' time they do this, they'll put some effort into getting the hoods right and go "full regalia".

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* {{Irony}}: During the raid scene, several raiders complain that they can't see, due to the bags on their heads. Big Daddy yells "Goddamn it, this is a raid! I can't see, you can't see, ''so what?'' All that matters is can the fuckin' ''horse'' see!" Not five years later, the Ku Klux Klan formed... and [[http://www1.assumption.edu/ahc/1920s/eugenics/unsignedKansasKKKpainting20.jpg guess what animal the bags were put on.]]
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The Regulators who decide to teach Schultz and Django a lesson are a disorganised disorganized mob who happen to get the idea to wear white hoods with eyeholes cut out. It's roundly considered that while it was a decent idea, they hadn't really thought it through... but there's a throwaway line that ''next'' time they do this, they'll put some effort into getting the hoods right and go "full regalia".



* MissingTrailerScene: Interesting example - As per usual on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack release, there is dialogue from the film interspersed throughout. In two instances, the tracks "In that case, Django, After you," and "5,000 Dollar Niggas" are from alternate or deleted scenes.

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* MissingTrailerScene: Interesting example - example. As per usual on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack release, there is dialogue from the film interspersed throughout. In two instances, the tracks "In that case, Django, After you," and "5,000 Dollar Niggas" are from alternate or deleted scenes.



* NotSoAboveItAll: Inverted; King Schultz treats slavery as the stupid backwards practice of easily dispatched dumb rednecks, but Calvin Candie's brutality eventually breaks down his wall of irony.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: Inverted; {{Inverted}}; King Schultz treats slavery as the stupid backwards practice of easily dispatched dumb rednecks, but Calvin Candie's brutality eventually breaks down his wall of irony.



* NotSoSmallRole: Subverted -- Creator/AmberTamblyn is visible through a window in Daughertry. This is merely a nod to her father, Russ Tamblyn, star of ''Son of a Gunfighter'' (who also cameos in this film).

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* NotSoSmallRole: Subverted {{Subverted}} -- Creator/AmberTamblyn is visible through a window in Daughertry. This is merely a nod to her father, Russ Tamblyn, star of ''Son of a Gunfighter'' (who also cameos in this film).



** Also Schultz and Django

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** Also Schultz and DjangoDjango.



* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted to the point that it verges on parody. The 'nigger on a horse' gag as they ride into Daughtrey is clearly an homage to the 'welcoming the Sheriff' scene in ''BlazingSaddles'' -- right down to the porch-front reaction-shots.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted to the point that it verges on parody. The 'nigger on a horse' gag as they ride into Daughtrey is clearly an homage to the 'welcoming the Sheriff' sheriff' scene in ''BlazingSaddles'' -- right down to the porch-front reaction-shots.



* PunishmentBox: Runaway slaves in candyland are punished by being put in the "hot box", which is a concrete coffin in the ground. This being the humid, hot South, it's not a pleasant punishment.

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* PunishmentBox: Runaway slaves in candyland Candieland are punished by being put in the "hot box", which is a concrete coffin in the ground. This being the humid, hot South, it's not a pleasant punishment.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: A lot of people complained that the movie used the N-word too much, however, the N-word was one of the only ways to refer to black people in the 1850s; even they commonly used it to refer to themselves. People also complained about the way the slaves were tortured, according to Quentin Tarantino, most of the torture in the movie is based on real things that were done to slaves.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: A lot of people complained that the movie used the N-word too much, however, much. However, the N-word was one of the only ways to refer to black people in the 1850s; even they commonly used it to refer to themselves. People also complained about the way the slaves were tortured, tortured. according to Quentin Tarantino, most of the torture in the movie is based on real things that were done to slaves.



** Candie gives what he (and most of the intellectual community of his age) ''thinks'' is scientific one to Django when he finds out he's there to save Broomhilda, using [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrenology Phrenology]] to 'prove' that Euroepans people are more creative and independent than Africans, whom he says are more close-minded and submissive.
** Schultz, in turn, gives one to Candie, pointing out the shallowness of Candie's faux-Francophilia, and his hypocrisy, by pointing out Creator/AlexandreDumas was considered black.

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** Candie gives what he (and most of the intellectual community of his age) ''thinks'' is a scientific one to Django when he finds out he's there to save Broomhilda, using [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrenology Phrenology]] to 'prove' that Euroepans Europeans people are more creative and independent than Africans, whom he says are more close-minded and submissive.
** Schultz, in turn, gives one to Candie, pointing out the shallowness of Candie's faux-Francophilia, and his hypocrisy, by pointing out Creator/AlexandreDumas was considered black.
14th Jan '17 9:11:19 PM Fireblood
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* CompositeCharacter: In the original script, Candie had two main henchmen - the dim Billy Crash and the sadistic Ace Woody. Because Tarantino never stops tinkering with his scripts, even while filming, Ace Woody's part became smaller and smaller until Creator/KurtRussell left the project. The characters were then combined to created a dimwitted but vile Billy Crash.

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* CompositeCharacter: In the original script, Candie had two main henchmen - the dim Billy Crash and the sadistic Ace Woody. Because Tarantino never stops tinkering with his scripts, even while filming, Ace Woody's part became smaller and smaller until Creator/KurtRussell left the project. The characters were then combined to created create a dimwitted but vile Billy Crash.



* CountingBullets: Steven tries this but Django just switches guns.

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* CountingBullets: Steven tries this this, but Django just switches guns.



* CrapsaccharineWorld: Candyland is the most beautiful plantation in the movie -- if you can get past the abused slaves, the armed guards, and the sadism underneath its slick host.



* CreatorCameo: Quentin Tarantino plays one of the dimwitted Le Quint Dickey Mining Company slave transporter. This small role is actually critical to the plot.

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* CreatorCameo: Quentin Tarantino plays one of the dimwitted Le Quint Dickey Mining Company slave transporter.transporters. This small role is actually critical to the plot.



* CulturedBadass: Schultz. Speaks in a refined, proper manner and has a decent knowledge of German folklore. Knows English, French and his native German. He's also a GuileHero who's a pretty mean quickdraw and badass bounty hunter.

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* CulturedBadass: Schultz. Speaks He peaks in a refined, proper manner and has a decent knowledge of German folklore. Knows He knows English, French and his native German. He's also a GuileHero who's a pretty mean quickdraw and badass bounty hunter.



* CrapsaccharineWorld: Candyland is the most beautiful plantation in the movie -- if you can get past the abused slaves, the armed guards, and the sadism underneath its slick host.



* DeathInAllDirections: The Marshall and, by all appearances, the ''entire population'' of Daughtrey drawing down on King Schultz and Django outside the tavern.

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* DeathInAllDirections: The Marshall Marshal and, by all appearances, the ''entire population'' of Daughtrey drawing down on King Schultz and Django outside the tavern.
14th Jan '17 8:43:25 PM Fireblood
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Django and Broomhilda escape to the north and the hope of freedom - but they leave a ''hell'' of a lot of bodies in their wake, including Schultz (whose death was his own fault, not Django's, but still easily preventable). Most of them deserved it, though.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Django and Broomhilda escape to the north and the hope of freedom - but they leave a ''hell'' of a lot of bodies in their wake, including Schultz (whose death was his own fault, not Django's, but still easily preventable). Most of them deserved it, though.]]



* {{Bookends}}: The way Schultz deals with Speck brothers at the movie start by suddenly and surprisingly dropping a lantern and drawing a pistol (and subsequentially freeing Django and the rest of Speck slaves) is reminiscent of the end, where Django suddenly drops a candle and draws a pistol (and subsequentially frees Broomhilda and other Candyland slaves).
* BoomerangBigot: Stephen is equally as racist as his white entourage - if not more so. He ''especially'' hates free blacks like Django. [[spoiler:Especially when it's heavily implied Stephen is the real power in charge of Candyland, content in manipulating Candie's riches for his own gain. Which makes Stephen calling Django uppity in the end quite ironic.]] This is also Django's cover ID for infiltrating the Candie estate: He's a black slaver.

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* {{Bookends}}: The way Schultz deals with the Speck brothers at the movie movie's start by suddenly and surprisingly dropping a lantern and drawing a pistol (and subsequentially subsequentally freeing Django and the rest of Speck slaves) is reminiscent of the end, where Django suddenly drops a candle and draws a pistol (and subsequentially subsequentally frees Broomhilda and the other Candyland slaves).
* BoomerangBigot: Stephen is equally as racist as his white entourage - if not more so. He ''especially'' hates free blacks like Django. [[spoiler:Especially when it's heavily implied Stephen is the real power in charge of Candyland, content in manipulating Candie's riches for his own gain. Which makes Stephen calling Django uppity in the end quite ironic.]] This is also Django's cover ID for infiltrating the Candie estate: He's he's a black slaver.



* BottomlessMagazines: Averted, Django often has to take new guns from the guys he drops.

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* BottomlessMagazines: Averted, {{Averted}}. Django often has to take new guns from the guys he drops.
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