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** [[spoiler: King manages to survive multiple death flag tropes such as MentorOccupationalHazard and {{Retirony}}, and makes it home safe and in one piece right before the final battle wipes out most of what remains of the platoon.]]

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** [[spoiler: King [[spoiler:King manages to survive multiple death flag tropes such as MentorOccupationalHazard and {{Retirony}}, and makes it home safe and in one piece right before the final battle wipes out most of what remains of the platoon.]]



* BoobyTrap[=/=]SchmuckBait: Be careful opening that [[spoiler: box of documents]], guys.

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* BoobyTrap[=/=]SchmuckBait: BoobyTrap: Be careful opening that [[spoiler: box [[spoiler:box of documents]], guys.



* DeathByCameo: [[spoiler: Oliver Stone gets vaporized by a suicide bomber.]]

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* DeathByCameo: [[spoiler: Oliver [[spoiler:Oliver Stone gets vaporized by a suicide bomber.]]



* {{Determinator}}: The NVA.
* DirtyCoward: Sgt. O'Neill, who goes as far as to [[spoiler: hide under the corpse of one of his comrades to avoid fighting in the FinalBattle - understandable in the moment as he was about to be surely killed and had no other way to live, but then we find out he stayed there the entire battle while other soldiers got slaughtered.]].

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* %%* {{Determinator}}: The NVA.
* DirtyCoward: Sgt. O'Neill, who goes as far as to [[spoiler: hide [[spoiler:hide under the corpse of one of his comrades to avoid fighting in the FinalBattle - understandable in the moment as he was about to be surely killed and had no other way to live, but then we find out he stayed there the entire battle while other soldiers got slaughtered.]].



* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey
* EvilCounterpart[=/=]{{Foil}}: Elias and Barnes function as this; Chris even compares his conflict between the good and evil inside of him to their conflict.
* EvilIsHammy: Barnes.

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* %%* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey
* EvilCounterpart[=/=]{{Foil}}: EvilCounterpart: Elias and Barnes function as this; Chris even compares his conflict between the good and evil inside of him to their conflict.
* %%* EvilIsHammy: Barnes.



* FinalBattle: And how!

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* %%* FinalBattle: And how!



* GeneralRipper[=/=]ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Zig-zagged with Captain Harris. He was willing to court-martial Barnes and Elias if he finds out an illegal killing took place. [[spoiler:But during the FinalBattle, he orders the air strike on the base which killed many of his own men and the NVA attackers.]]

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* GeneralRipper[=/=]ReasonableAuthorityFigure: GeneralRipper: Zig-zagged with Captain Harris. He was willing to court-martial Barnes and Elias if he finds out an illegal killing took place. [[spoiler:But during the FinalBattle, he orders the air strike on the base which killed many of his own men and the NVA attackers.]]



** Chris earns a classic "good" scar on his cheek from his fight with Barnes. [[spoiler: As Chris leaves on the chopper after killing Barnes, he has a deep cut on his face almost [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim identical]] to [[YouAreWhatYouHate Barnes]]'.]]

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** Chris earns a classic "good" scar on his cheek from his fight with Barnes. [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As Chris leaves on the chopper after killing Barnes, he has a deep cut on his face almost [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim identical]] to [[YouAreWhatYouHate Barnes]]'.]]



* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Despite the enmity in between them, and despite the ruthlessness and remorselessness Barnes had demonstrated...[[spoiler: when Elias runs into Barnes in the jungle, it takes him a long while to realize one of them isn't walking away.]]

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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Despite the enmity in between them, and despite the ruthlessness and remorselessness Barnes had demonstrated...[[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Elias runs into Barnes in the jungle, it takes him a long while to realize one of them isn't walking away.]]



** [[spoiler: Chris frags Barnes with three rounds in the upper-right torso, exactly how Barnes shot Elias.]]
** [[spoiler: Bunny is jumped and executed by a Vietcong soldier, fitting retribution for his brutality toward the Vietnamese villagers.]]

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** [[spoiler: Chris [[spoiler:Chris frags Barnes with three rounds in the upper-right torso, exactly how Barnes shot Elias.]]
** [[spoiler: Bunny [[spoiler:Bunny is jumped and executed by a Vietcong soldier, fitting retribution for his brutality toward the Vietnamese villagers.]]



* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Elias]].

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* %%* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Elias]].



* TheMentor: Elias is faster, stronger and more experienced than his student Chris.

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* TheMentor: TheMentor:
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Elias is faster, stronger and more experienced than his student Chris.



* MessianicArchetype: Elias.

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* %%* MessianicArchetype: Elias.



* {{My Girl Back Home}}: Complete with [[FatalFamilyPhoto wallet picture]] and all.
* NaiveNewcomer: Chris, at first.

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* {{My Girl Back Home}}: MyGirlBackHome: Complete with [[FatalFamilyPhoto wallet picture]] and all.
* %%* NaiveNewcomer: Chris, at first.



* NewMeat: Chris and Gardner.

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* %%* NewMeat: Chris and Gardner.



* {{No One Gets Left Behind}}: Inverted.

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* {{No One Gets Left Behind}}: %%* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Inverted.



* RatedMForManly
* RealityEnsues: Despite Barnes' proven marksmanship, [[spoiler: Elias doesn't immediately die after he shoots him, and still manages to make it all the way to the LZ with the NVA shooting him repeatedly before he finally succumbs.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: See GlowingEyesOfDoom.

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* %%* RatedMForManly
* RealityEnsues: Despite Barnes' proven marksmanship, [[spoiler: Elias [[spoiler:Elias doesn't immediately die after he shoots him, and still manages to make it all the way to the LZ with the NVA shooting him repeatedly before he finally succumbs.]]
* %%* RedEyesTakeWarning: See GlowingEyesOfDoom.



* ScreamingWarrior[=/=]ShoutingShooter: All of the NVA soldiers during the FinalBattle.

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* ScreamingWarrior[=/=]ShoutingShooter: ScreamingWarrior: All of the NVA soldiers during the FinalBattle.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Junior bolts for dear life when he realizes he and Bunny are completely overrun by the NVA. [[spoiler:He doesn't make it.]] Not too much later, Francis pulls a variant of this, realizing that he's made it out of the final battle unhurt...and immediately remedying this by jabbing his trench knife into his thigh so he can be be sent home.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Junior bolts for dear life when he realizes he and Bunny are completely overrun by the NVA. [[spoiler:He doesn't make it.]] Not too much later, Francis pulls a variant of this, realizing that he's made it out of the final battle unhurt... and immediately remedying this by jabbing his trench knife into his thigh so he can be be sent home.



* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Elias is shot and left to die by Barnes, and is gunned down by the NVA as his comrades look on helplessly.]]
* TruthInTelevision[=/=]VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Ask any Vietnam veteran [[WarIsHell what the war was like]].
** The really big fight at the end is based on the New Years Day Battle of 1968 that Stone lived through.

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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Elias [[spoiler:Elias is shot and left to die by Barnes, and is gunned down by the NVA as his comrades look on helplessly.]]
* TruthInTelevision[=/=]VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: TruthInTelevision: Ask any Vietnam veteran [[WarIsHell what the war was like]].
** The really big fight at the end is based on the New Years Day Battle of 1968 that Stone lived through.
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* UnfriendlyFire: And more than once.

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* %%* UnfriendlyFire: And more than once.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The really big fight at the end is based on the New Years Day Battle of 1968 that Stone lived through.



* WideEyedIdealist: Taylor, at first.
* WouldHurtAChild: '''Dear God, Bunny.'''
* WouldNotShootACivilian: Averted ''terribly''.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Red O'Neill. Doubles as an OhCrap.

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* %%* WideEyedIdealist: Taylor, at first.
* %%* WouldHurtAChild: '''Dear God, Bunny.'''
* %%* WouldNotShootACivilian: Averted ''terribly''.
* %%* YouAreInCommandNow: Red O'Neill. Doubles as an OhCrap.
14th Sep '17 4:28:40 AM evilwillhunting
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** Bunny as well, although he's in it more for the killing than the glory.
14th Sep '17 4:27:46 AM evilwillhunting
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* JerkAss: Barnes, Bunny and Junior. Wolfe has his moments as well, especially towards the end.
14th Sep '17 4:25:42 AM evilwillhunting
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* IronicNickname: You'd ''think'' a soldier named "Bunny" would be docile and harmless. [[AxCrazy He's anything but.]]
12th Sep '17 11:33:44 AM YT45
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** [[spoiler:In fairness to him, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_protective_fire final protective fire]] is an accepted desperation tactic when a position is overrun or about to be overrun.]]

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** [[spoiler:In fairness to him, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_protective_fire final protective fire]] is an accepted desperation tactic when a position is overrun or about to be overrun.overrun, and he is in just as much danger from the air strike as everyone else, as he is literally calling it in on his own command post.]]
10th Aug '17 4:56:29 PM dcram76
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26th Jul '17 3:41:14 PM Digimonfan12
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* StoppedCaring: By the final battle, many of the soldiers have checked out.
-->'''Wolfe''': I just don't give a flying fuck anymore.
21st Jul '17 7:28:08 PM SventheCrusader
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* ShooOutTheClowns: King, who spends the film acting as Taylor's lighthearted, weed-smoking mentor, is sent home [[spoiler:just before most of the platoon is obliterated.]]
21st Jul '17 6:19:06 PM SventheCrusader
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* {{Hate Sink}}: Bunny and Junior, with the former being a racist low-functioning psychopath and the latter being a pathetic, [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil would-be-rapist.]]

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* {{Hate Sink}}: HateSink: Bunny and Junior, with the former being a racist low-functioning psychopath and the latter being a pathetic, [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil would-be-rapist.]]



* {{Hypocrite}}: Barnes gives Elias' posse a rambling speech where he casually insults them all, calling them a bunch of potheads trying to escape from reality, whereas he 'is reality.' The entire time he's drinking from a whiskey bottle, obviously piss drunk.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Barnes gives Elias' posse a rambling speech where he casually insults them all, calling them a bunch of potheads trying to escape from reality, whereas he 'is reality.' The entire time he's drinking from a whiskey bottle, absolutely ''slugging'' Jack Daniels and is obviously piss drunk.hammered on the stuff.



* OldSoldier: Captain Harris, who looks old enough to have served as far back as World War II.



* ThousandYardStare: [[spoiler:Chris after he kills Barnes]]. And just as dramatically, when Chris first arrives in Vietnam, one of the soldiers boarding the plane back to the States sports a doozy of one.

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* ThousandYardStare: ThousandYardStare:
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[[spoiler:Chris after he kills Barnes]]. And just as dramatically, when Chris first arrives in Vietnam, one of the soldiers boarding the plane back to the States sports a doozy of one.one.
** Captain Harris in the film's very last shot of him after the final battle. Dale Dye has said that this shot wasn't even planned or acted - Oliver Stone and the camera crew happened to film him in the middle of a legitimate flashback.
21st Jul '17 6:12:19 PM SventheCrusader
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Junior bolts for dear life when he realizes he and Bunny are completely overrun by the NVA. [[spoiler:He doesn't make it.]]

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Junior bolts for dear life when he realizes he and Bunny are completely overrun by the NVA. [[spoiler:He doesn't make it.]]]] Not too much later, Francis pulls a variant of this, realizing that he's made it out of the final battle unhurt...and immediately remedying this by jabbing his trench knife into his thigh so he can be be sent home.
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