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''BlackHawkDown'' (2001) is a war film produced by JerryBruckheimer and directed by RidleyScott and based on the book of the same title by Mark Bowden. It depicts the Battle of Mogadishu, a raid integral to the United States' effort to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The movie features {{Josh Hartnett}}, Tom Sizemore, EwanMcGregor, Eric Bana, Ewen Bremner, William Fichtner, SamShepard, Jason Isaacs, Glenn Morshower, and Orlando Bloom among many, many others.

In a raid, a task force of Delta Force soldiers, Army Rangers, and Special Operations Aviation Regiment attempt to capture two of Mohammed Farah Aidid's senior subordinates in the Bakaara Market neighborhood of Mogadishu. The mission is led by Major General William F. Garrison and was supposed to take no more than one hour. The extraction by the Delta team is successful, but the Somali militia, armed with [=RPGs=], shot down two Black Hawk helicopters, and the resulting rescue extends the mission to over 15 hours.
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!! This movie contains examples of:
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Not many, but a notable one is Hoot comforting Sgt. Eversmann after they were unable to save Smith.
* AllStarCast: Not many A-listers, but most people there are recognizable. Multiple cases of RetroactiveRecognition as well.
* AnachronismStew: Oakley Juliet sunglasses which weren't introduced until 1999.
** The JohnGrisham novel ''TheClient'' was not in paperback until the year after the movie is set.
** Writing the names of the soldiers on their helmets, though this was done intentionally so the audience could keep better track of the characters.
** Days of the New's "Die Born" which wasn't released until 2001.
** Hoot, for at least a few scenes, has an M4 carbine. It wouldn't have even been designed until the year after the film's events. Hard to notice, however, as other such carbines in the Army's hands are period-accurate Colt Commandos.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: At the very end of the film, Hoot is grabbing a bite to eat and gearing up to go back into the city on another mission, presumably to look for Durant, the helicopter pilot who was taken prisoner.
-->'''Hoot:''' Hey, we started a whole new week! It's Monday!
* ArcWords: "Nothing" / "It's nothing," and possibly "Don't go without me" are repeated throughout the movie.
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The comm lines are highly secure. Too bad the delay caused by them cause the ground team trying to reach the downed helicopters miss their turns, over and over again.
** Having high flying oversight from Orion P-3C spy planes: awesome. Having ''no'' radio communication with those planes: bad. The delay caused by getting the directions from the planes, to the Joint Operations Center, to the C-2 officers in the helicopter was more than a minute, and ended up resulting in the ''wrong directions'' (they were trying to direct the convoy to the wrong crash site).
* AwesomeYetPractical: Two Delta Force marksmen kill many times their number of enemy forces on their own with only semiautomatic rifles and pistols, before one takes a random shot through the forehead, after which the other is finally overwhelmed.
* '''{{BADASS}}''': [[WorldOfBadass Virtually every single named character]] - ie. nearly all of them- gets at least one moment, either big or small (eg. Not allowed in a warzone with a cast? Take your knife out and get ready to cut it off so your [=CO=] gives you permission to go anyway.) Special mention goes to Hoot and [=McKnight=] who both seem to have come down from Valhalla itself to take part in in this battle.
* BackedByThePentagon: Complete with the actors being trained by actual Rangers and Delta operators, and some of the participants in the actual battle appearing as extras in the movie. (Amusingly, this would be how one Ranger ended up in the Screen Actor's Guild.)
* BaldOfAwesome: Captain Steele... the movie version, anyway. Opinions vary as to his real-life counterpart. (In the book, Delta SFC Paul Howe had a poor view of the Rangers, but especially of CPT Steele.)
* BangBangBANG: Averted. The sound of the minigun is accurately portrayed.
* BasedOnATrueStory: Several notable things were changed for the movie, most concerning Eversmann. In real life he jumped on the convoy as it was pulling out the first time, and when it eventually returned to base, so did he. He did not participate in most of the combat depicted in the film, and his lieutenant, [=DiTomasso=], was more important at the first crash site.
* BashBrothers: Grimes and Sanderson develop this relationship. Twombly and Nelson are forced into it when the convoy leaves without them. And of course, the kings of this trope are the late Shughart and Gordon.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Grimes complains about sitting at a desk during major US Ranger conflicts. He finally gets his chance to go into combat... and gets hit by an RPG blast a few minutes in for his troubles. It only gets worse for him from there.
-->'''Grimes''': *blasted several feet away* FUCK THIS SHIITTTTT!
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Happens to Gallentine, who loses a thumb in the process (it's only hanging on by shred of skin).
* BulletProofVest: Played straight. Armored plating only works if you wear it.
** In one tragic case recounted in the book, this would prove to be the death of one Ranger who had been trying to emulate a Delta's method of taking cover without understanding the ''why'' of the method - causing the Ranger to expose his unprotected back.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Morocco stands in for Somalia, as the latter country's civil war was still ongoing during filming.
* CastTheExpert: In wide shots, those were actual Army Rangers fast-roping from UH-60s.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Lots, usually from the mouth of [=McKnight=], Hoot or Steele.
* CatchPhrase: "Hoo-ah!"
* TheCavalry: The Pakistani troops.
* CavemenVsAstronautsDebate: A heated argument between soldiers near the beginning of the movie over whether or not "limo" is a real word, regardless of its presence or absence in the dictionary, and therefore legal to use in a game of Scrabble.
* ChildSoldiers: One tries to shoot an American soldier, who conveniently trips at the right moment, causing the kid to shoot his own father on the other side.
* ColonelBadass: Colonel [=McKnight=] has a habit of walking round a war zone like bullets ain't flying all around him. Must be a symptom of the badass disease.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: A kid is holding a cell phone up in the air so the militia officer on the other end of the connection can hear the sounds of the helicopters' engines as they fly over. One of the Black Hawk pilots sees him and thinks he's waving at them.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Justified because they're a Delta squad.
** Later subverted when the two Delta marksmen are finally overrun.
* CoolGuns: Whereas the Rangers have only [=M16s=], some with [=M203=] grenade launchers, [=M249s=] and in one case a [=M60=], all with iron sights... the Deltas not only have different helmets and tactical vests but also Colt Model 727 (14.5" barrel)/733 (11.5") carbines with red-dot optics and weaponslights. An older [=CAR-15=] and an anachronistic [=M4A1=] are also seen. Shughart, one of the Delta marksmen, carries an old-style scoped [=M14=], and his partner Gordon carries a suppressed and accessorized [=M733=], both with camouflage paint schemes. Captain Steele and a Ranger medic also use the [=M733=], but without any accessories.
* DawsonCasting: 18-year-old PFC Todd Blackburn played by 23-year-old (at the time) OrlandoBloom.
* DangerDeadpan: The pilots of Super Six-One calmly report that they're going down after the chopper is hit, and the co-pilot even manages to make a deadpan joke to the pilot. Mike Durant of Super Six-Four is portrayed as a lot more nervous, but his voice is still calm and even as he reports that the chopper is going down. Super Six-One wasn't as badly hit as Super Six-Four, where the helicopter was damaged, but then lost the tail rotor, while Six-One essentially had an engine get destroyed, but still had more control over the aircraft.
* DeskJockey: As the above shows, Grimes.
* DeadpanSnarker: [=McKnight=].
-->'''Pilla''': Colonel, they're shooting at us!
-->'''[=McKnight=]''': *stares blankly* Well, ''shoot back!''
** The USAF Pararescueman working on the crew-chief of Super Six One
--> (Hanging an IV): After I'm done with this I'll whip you boys up some margaritas. The usual, no salt?
* DeathFromAbove: The MH-6 Little Bird helicopters, which make gun and rocket attacks that kill literally dozens of militia.
* DescriptionCut: "Convoy is encountering light resistance" (cut to the convoy getting shot up and blown up every which way)
** Of course, consider that two years earlier, the Army was fighting massive battles with armored vehicles and rocket artillery in Iraq and Kuwait. Mogadishu ''was'' light resistance, just a whole '''lot''' of it, and they had left their [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier armored]] [[TankGoodness vehicles]] behind.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Maybe. While the movie does depict heroism on the part of most of the soldiers involved, it also shows war as being [[{{Gorn}} extremely]] [[AnyoneCanDie unpleasant.]]
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: When Specialist Mike Kurth sees a woman about to pick up a gun. He yells for her not to do it...and unhesitatingly shreds her when she [[TooDumbToLive does]].
* DramaticGuncock: A Delta operator racks the charging handle on the [[{{BFG}} Ma Deuce]] after he takes the place of the Ranger who was just killed.
* EagleLand: TheDragon sarcastically claims that all Americans are Type 1, who don't drink, don't smoke, and live long, healthy, uninteresting lives.
** The HollywoodHistory at work (see below) means the film itself slides into this category.
* EliteArmy: 18 Americans died. Contrast that with the 1000-2000 [[RedshirtArmy Somalis]] killed.
** In fact, the mission is a textbook example in military operations: despite terrible odds, being ''horrendously'' outnumbered, undersupplied, and stranded in a location that was completely unfriendly, the Rangers and Delta ''still'' managed to successfully complete their mission (the capture of the high-value targets). They didn't leave Somalia because they ''failed'', but because their success was considered too costly in political terms.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: The bulk of the American units shown in the film; 75th Rangers, 160th [=SOAR=], and Deltas.
* FakeAmerican: Much of the cast.
* FastRoping: The first sign there's something wrong is when one of the squad members attempts this trope but misses because the chopper had to dodge an RPG.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Mike Durant, who survives the conflict as a Somali hostage.
* {{Fingore}}: Gallentine pretty much loses his thumb and just tapes it to his hand to keep it in place.
* FollowTheLeader: Meta-example: a few films, but many, many notable video games pay homage to this, including ''MetalGearSolid4'', ''ModernWarfare'', and ''ResidentEvil5'' amongst others.
* GatlingGood: The Little Bird and Black Hawk choppers are both equipped with miniguns, which basically [[ChunkySalsaRule shred their targets into meaty ribbons.]]
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The mission was supposed to last thirty minutes (technically, it does- the objective is completed early in the flim. The problem is the chaos that results from that objective).
* {{Gorn}}: All the time, considering the fact that war isn't pretty.
--> "There's a fucking ROCKET in him, sir!"
** One soldier, in the middle of a firefight, comes across a fellow soldiers severed hand, and immediately blinks out of combat mode as he wonders what to do with it (he eventually stuffs it into a pocket). In the RealLife incident, the soldier knew who's hand it was, and put it into the pocket of the soldier that had lost it, causing a bit of a ruckus back at the base later when an unprepared nurse found it and freaked out.
* GunshipRescue: During the gun battle at night, where AH-6J Little Birds were called in to provide fire support -- shredding any unfortunate Somalis caught in their sights.
* HeadbuttOfLove: Non-romantic example. At the end of the movie, two Rangers who have just returned safely to their base do this as a sort of manly, utterly exhausted alternative to a hug. [[TheMoreYouKnow In real life, when done with helmets on, this is known as "Turtle Fucking"]]
* HeroicSacrifice: The two Delta operators that go to help Durant take him from the chopper and place him in a nearby building, then go back to defend the chopper. This doesn't make much sense until you realize they didn't have enough men to guard the building. They were drawing the militia fighters away from Durant by using themselves as bait.
** In the book, it becomes significantly more clear that they knew ''exactly'' what they were doing by going in on foot. They didn't have a chance of extraction by helicopter, and they were aware that the pilot (Durant) was unable to move fast enough to be extracted by foot. They went in knowing that there was a good chance they would be overrun by the hundreds of militia members they could see from their vantage point in the helicopter, and they ''did it anyway''. There's a reason they were both awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions.
* HighPressureBlood: In one gruesome scene, arterial blood ''sprays'' the faces of the team trying to treat it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** The recoilless rifle.
** The kid and his dad that try to ambush a soldier as he exits a building. He slides to the ground as he exits the (couple feet high) door and the kid shoots his own dad instead.
* HollywoodHistory: While the movie is based on a true story, it removes any references that Malaysian Peace Keepers were also involved in the rescue of the downed Black Hawks. This angered the Malaysian government since the movie was implying the Malaysian did nothing when in reality Malaysian soldiers both fought and died together with their American counterparts in that rescue operation. The roles and actions of certain characters were changed as well, usually in the CompositeCharacter spirit.
* HoYay: {{Invoked}} by two Blackhawk pilots as argue over the legitimacy of the word "Limo" [[CavemenVsAstronautsDebate in a game of Scrabble]]:
-->'''''Wolcott''': You touch my limo and I'll spank you, Night Stalker. You hear me?''
-->'''''Durant''': Yeah. Promises.''
** An inevitable TruthInTelevision if you hang out with military personnel long enough. It has been described as "A very homoerotic game of chicken."
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: A Somali boy and his father attack a Ranger from both sides. The Ranger slips and falls, and the boy (shooting from the hip) shoots his own father.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Somalis keep their [=AKs=] on full-auto and tend to not aim all that much, whereas Delta Force and the Rangers take decently aimed single shots most of the time. The sheer number of Somalis makes this "spray & pray" strategy more effective than it would be otherwise.
* InHarmsWay:
-->'''Hoot''': ''When I go home people'll ask me, 'Hey Hoot, why do you do it man? What, are you some kinda war junkie?' You know what I'll say? I won't say a goddamn word. Why? They won't understand. They won't understand why we do it. They won't understand that [[BandOfBrothers it's about the men next to you]], and that's it. That's all it is.''
* InstantDeathBullet: Heavily subverted. The bullets used by both Delta and the Rangers were a new "penetrator" type, essentially light armor-piercing rounds. They had a particular tendency to ''not'' kill people who were hit by them, as the bullet wounds ended up being [[JustAFleshWound through-and-throughs]], instead of the rapidly expanding or tumbling effects usually observed by full-metal-jacket rounds. According to the book, it was extremely common to shoot three guys, only for two of them to get up and drag the third out of the combat zone.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hoot. There is a fair bit to go around- Steele is a bit of a DrillSergeantNasty, and several soldiers display some borderline racism- but Hoot in particular stands out as he seems more than a little callous about the whole conflict and about the lives lost. However, he is just hyper-professional, and encourages Eversmann not to doubt himself or how he handled the mission. In his last scene, he more or less says that the reason he fights is [[BandOfBrothers for the sake of the guy next to him.]]
* KillEmAll: ''Many'' people die. In the real conflict 18 Americans died, but so did an estimated 1000 to 2000 [[RedshirtArmy Somalis]].
** Note to self: Don't fuck with Delta. (According to the book, the two Delta marksmen may have personally killed as many as twenty to twenty-four Somali gunmen with their rifles and pistols before being overrun.)
** Though Delta and the Rangers were responsible for a number of kills, they also had significant air support - Black Hawks with gatling guns and, later,the Little Bird gun runs that accounted for significant portions of the damage. Even the M2 machine guns on the HMMVW's were responsible for heavy Somalian casualties: crew-served weapons are responsible for most fatalities in modern warfare.
* KindaBusyHere:
-->'''Lt. Col. Mc Knight''': ''How are things going? Things okay there, Struecker?''
-->'''Sgt. Struecker''': ''(Racing his Humvee down a city street while bullets ricochet all around) I don't wanna talk about it right now, Colonel. I'm busy!''
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: For a two hour long movie.
* ManlyTears: Near the end of the film, one of the Deltas is loading up to go back out to try to rescue those still out there (such as Durant) and Eversmann starts to do the same only to be stopped by the Delta who tells him he works better alone. As the Delta soldier walks away, the stress of battle finally hits Eversmann and he weeps visibly.
* MeaningfulEcho: During the battle, Grimes manages to make some coffee and gives it to Sgt. Sanderson. After the battle, Sanderson tries to return the favor but can only find tea.
* TheMedic: Two of them during the battle, one of whom, [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability notably]], was an Air Force [[ItsRainingMen Pararescueman]] in RealLife.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: The massive amount of civilian casualties mentioned in the book are only depicted in the film by a single shot of a man carrying his dead child.
* MilitaryMaverick: Special Forces units. The book details how these could cause friction with more conventional units... which ended up having some negative consequences in the field.
** Ironically, the 75th Ranger Regiment ''is'' a special operations unit too, just (according to the book) not viewed then as high on the totem pole. The trope was subverted though in the movie by the SOAR ("Night Stalkers"), who come off as relatively "conventional" in appearance.
* MustHaveCaffeine: A group of Rangers and Delta operators are bunkered up inside of a building, besieged by Aidid's militia. Grimes copes with the stress of the situation by finding a coffee pot somewhere and brewing some coffee, which he offers to one of the Deltas.
** [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]], of course, by Grimes' rant in the beginning of the movie about how he has spent his entire career in the Rangers making coffee during various important military campaigns. Despite being involved in the worst of the fighting, Grimes is still making coffee during the Battle of Mogadishu.
*** "Grimesy, you are squared away!"
* NicknamingTheEnemy: The Somalians are referred to as "Skinnies" by the Rangers, as they apparently were in real life. While many assume that this refers to the malnutrition of the locals, it's a reference to ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', which is a popular book among the battalion and on the reading list at West Point.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: The movie's CatchPhrase: "Leave No Man Behind", and accurately depicted as the RealLife policy of the Special Forces.
* NotSoDifferent: One of the Somali commanders tells the POW Mike Durant that about Americans and Somalis. According to him, despite the differences of the political systems of USA and Somalia, they're both militaristic nations who use violence to solve their problems, and they'll always use it, no matter how much they both want peace.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: General Garrison wanted [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier light armor]] and [[CoolPlane gunship support]][[hottip:*: notably an AC-130]] for his men, but the request was denied so they were stuck with Humvees, Black Hawks and Little Birds.
** The Quick Reaction Force is portrayed this way in the movie, when, upset that they were not informed of the raid, it takes them a little longer than it should to get all their forces assembled. In RealLife, they ''were'' informed of the raid, and were scrambling to get to ''both'' crash sites the second they were called (which was mere minutes after the first crash), but due to the Somalian Militia blocking off roads and setting up ambushes, they had to go all the way ''around'' the city, which took several hours. They were truly distressed that they weren't able to get to either crash site sooner.
* OhCrap: The look on the Aidid militia officer's face when he realizes [[spoiler: Delta has commandeered his recoilless rifle and are pointing it at him.]]
* OneWomanWail
* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted, as a man who got shot in the leg dies painfully (both for him and the viewers, [[NightmareFuel the scene they try to stop him from bleeding out from the femoral artery]] is [[NauseaFuel really graphic]]).
* PistolWhip: One of the Somalis that captures Durant uses his AK-47 as a makeshift club and smacks him across the face with the stock.
* {{Retirony}}: According to the book, most of the men in the platoon were just married, intending to marry, intending to get a new job or a promotion, a new father, an expecting father, etc. Justified in that these are all young men, who would naturally have plans for the rest of their lives.
* RockBeatsLaser: We occasionally see the Somalis' low-tech tactics. To neutralize the speed advantage of Helicopters, they'd just have someone hang around near the American base and set a tire fire when a large group left, to act as a warning.
* RunningGag: Grimes keeps getting shot with [=RPGs=]. Okay, so it's not a ''funny'' running gag. (In the actual campaign, Stebbins really did find himself near far too many explosions. Each time, his squadmates thought he was done, but each time he managed to survive somehow. He eventually makes it out of the combat zone with a badly injured foot.)
* SceneryGorn
* ShownTheirWork: Historical inaccuracies aside, the film was and remains one of the best portrayals of the [=US=] military in action, and of war in general.
* SoldiersAtTheRear: One soldier has always been away from the fighting, a fact he says isn't his fault. It's because he has a rare and valuable skill beloved by the corp that keeps him busy: He can type.
* SteelEarDrums: Averted. One character is left mostly deaf for the rest of the movie after a 5.56mm M249 squad automatic weapon is fired from within a foot from his head.
** Subverted at another point in the film; Grimes barely dodges a Somali RPG and is knocked off his feet and partially buried by the dirt churned up by the blast. When a Delta digs him up, the viewer sees things from Grimes' perspective, including temporarily distorted audio due to the blast momentarily deafening him.
---> '''Grimes''': I can hear bells ringin'!
* StockShoutOut: It's hard to find a First Person Shooter in a modern setting that doesn't have a reference to this movie somewhere.
** Indeed, Novalogic made [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Force:_Black_Hawk_Down an entire game based on the battle]], naturally with heavy leaning on the movie for inspiration.
* TitleDrop: "Black Hawk down, we have a Black Hawk down."
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: All of them, specially Durant, who is taken prisoner.
* TruthInTelevision: The film is based on true events, so every trope depicted is pretty much true.
* UnflinchingWalk: Everytime [=McKnight=]'s convoy stops, he gets out and strolls around, apparently oblivious to the bullets flying past his head, to find out what's wrong.
** In the commentary it's mentioned that [=McKnight=] figured if he's gonna die then he's gonna die and there's nothing he can do to stop it, so he sees no point in cowering or ducking.
** The book mentions that he was furious that the convoy kept stopping, since everytime it stopped, the Somalians would ramp up their fire. It was more dangerous to stay in the humvee, than it was to try to get it moving.
* UnPerson: The character of Grimes was created to replace John Stebbins. They renamed that character, since Stebbins is serving 30 years for raping his own pre-teen daughter.
* UrbanWarfare: One of the few modern depictions of this trope prior to works based on the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
* VerbalTic: The Rangers tend to use "hooah" almost as a punctuation mark, which is TruthInTelevision, as "Hooah" can, depending on context and tone, mean anything and everything except "No."
* ViewersAreGeniuses: One of the Delta operators tells Grimes to "Stay off the walls" with no explanation. If you are leaning against a wall in a firefight, two things might happen: Bullets striking the wall at a shallow angle might end up traveling along the wall and hit you, or an explosion will go off nearby and the wall will shake hard enough from the recoil to violently smash into you.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: "The only way to negotiate is to kill."
* YouAreInCommandNow: The Lieutenant responsible for Chalk 4 has a seizure on the eve of the battle, forcing Eversmann to lead his unit. Similarly, when Cpt. Steele's Rangers have too many wounded to continue to the crash site, Delta Sgt. Sanderson (RL Sgt. Howe) has to push on without him.
* WarIsHell
* ZergRush: The only strategy of the Somali warlords.
** Some of them tried to prevent it but the Somalians quickly lost control of their own people in some cases, leading to the rush. Most of the mercenaries, who were responsible for shooting down at least one Black Hawk, were more tactical.
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''BlackHawkDown'' (2001) is a war film produced by JerryBruckheimer and directed by RidleyScott and based on the book of the same title by Mark Bowden. It depicts the Battle of Mogadishu, a raid integral to the United States' effort to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The movie features {{Josh Hartnett}}, Tom Sizemore, EwanMcGregor, Eric Bana, Ewen Bremner, William Fichtner, SamShepard, Jason Isaacs, Glenn Morshower, and Orlando Bloom among many, many others.

In a raid, a task force of Delta Force soldiers, Army Rangers, and Special Operations Aviation Regiment attempt to capture two of Mohammed Farah Aidid's senior subordinates in the Bakaara Market neighborhood of Mogadishu. The mission is led by Major General William F. Garrison and was supposed to take no more than one hour. The extraction by the Delta team is successful, but the Somali militia, armed with [=RPGs=], shot down two Black Hawk helicopters, and the resulting rescue extends the mission to over 15 hours.
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!! This movie contains examples of:
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Not many, but a notable one is Hoot comforting Sgt. Eversmann after they were unable to save Smith.
* AllStarCast: Not many A-listers, but most people there are recognizable. Multiple cases of RetroactiveRecognition as well.
* AnachronismStew: Oakley Juliet sunglasses which weren't introduced until 1999.
** The JohnGrisham novel ''TheClient'' was not in paperback until the year after the movie is set.
** Writing the names of the soldiers on their helmets, though this was done intentionally so the audience could keep better track of the characters.
** Days of the New's "Die Born" which wasn't released until 2001.
** Hoot, for at least a few scenes, has an M4 carbine. It wouldn't have even been designed until the year after the film's events. Hard to notice, however, as other such carbines in the Army's hands are period-accurate Colt Commandos.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: At the very end of the film, Hoot is grabbing a bite to eat and gearing up to go back into the city on another mission, presumably to look for Durant, the helicopter pilot who was taken prisoner.
-->'''Hoot:''' Hey, we started a whole new week! It's Monday!
* ArcWords: "Nothing" / "It's nothing," and possibly "Don't go without me" are repeated throughout the movie.
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The comm lines are highly secure. Too bad the delay caused by them cause the ground team trying to reach the downed helicopters miss their turns, over and over again.
** Having high flying oversight from Orion P-3C spy planes: awesome. Having ''no'' radio communication with those planes: bad. The delay caused by getting the directions from the planes, to the Joint Operations Center, to the C-2 officers in the helicopter was more than a minute, and ended up resulting in the ''wrong directions'' (they were trying to direct the convoy to the wrong crash site).
* AwesomeYetPractical: Two Delta Force marksmen kill many times their number of enemy forces on their own with only semiautomatic rifles and pistols, before one takes a random shot through the forehead, after which the other is finally overwhelmed.
* '''{{BADASS}}''': [[WorldOfBadass Virtually every single named character]] - ie. nearly all of them- gets at least one moment, either big or small (eg. Not allowed in a warzone with a cast? Take your knife out and get ready to cut it off so your [=CO=] gives you permission to go anyway.) Special mention goes to Hoot and [=McKnight=] who both seem to have come down from Valhalla itself to take part in in this battle.
* BackedByThePentagon: Complete with the actors being trained by actual Rangers and Delta operators, and some of the participants in the actual battle appearing as extras in the movie. (Amusingly, this would be how one Ranger ended up in the Screen Actor's Guild.)
* BaldOfAwesome: Captain Steele... the movie version, anyway. Opinions vary as to his real-life counterpart. (In the book, Delta SFC Paul Howe had a poor view of the Rangers, but especially of CPT Steele.)
* BangBangBANG: Averted. The sound of the minigun is accurately portrayed.
* BasedOnATrueStory: Several notable things were changed for the movie, most concerning Eversmann. In real life he jumped on the convoy as it was pulling out the first time, and when it eventually returned to base, so did he. He did not participate in most of the combat depicted in the film, and his lieutenant, [=DiTomasso=], was more important at the first crash site.
* BashBrothers: Grimes and Sanderson develop this relationship. Twombly and Nelson are forced into it when the convoy leaves without them. And of course, the kings of this trope are the late Shughart and Gordon.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Grimes complains about sitting at a desk during major US Ranger conflicts. He finally gets his chance to go into combat... and gets hit by an RPG blast a few minutes in for his troubles. It only gets worse for him from there.
-->'''Grimes''': *blasted several feet away* FUCK THIS SHIITTTTT!
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Happens to Gallentine, who loses a thumb in the process (it's only hanging on by shred of skin).
* BulletProofVest: Played straight. Armored plating only works if you wear it.
** In one tragic case recounted in the book, this would prove to be the death of one Ranger who had been trying to emulate a Delta's method of taking cover without understanding the ''why'' of the method - causing the Ranger to expose his unprotected back.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Morocco stands in for Somalia, as the latter country's civil war was still ongoing during filming.
* CastTheExpert: In wide shots, those were actual Army Rangers fast-roping from UH-60s.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Lots, usually from the mouth of [=McKnight=], Hoot or Steele.
* CatchPhrase: "Hoo-ah!"
* TheCavalry: The Pakistani troops.
* CavemenVsAstronautsDebate: A heated argument between soldiers near the beginning of the movie over whether or not "limo" is a real word, regardless of its presence or absence in the dictionary, and therefore legal to use in a game of Scrabble.
* ChildSoldiers: One tries to shoot an American soldier, who conveniently trips at the right moment, causing the kid to shoot his own father on the other side.
* ColonelBadass: Colonel [=McKnight=] has a habit of walking round a war zone like bullets ain't flying all around him. Must be a symptom of the badass disease.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: A kid is holding a cell phone up in the air so the militia officer on the other end of the connection can hear the sounds of the helicopters' engines as they fly over. One of the Black Hawk pilots sees him and thinks he's waving at them.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Justified because they're a Delta squad.
** Later subverted when the two Delta marksmen are finally overrun.
* CoolGuns: Whereas the Rangers have only [=M16s=], some with [=M203=] grenade launchers, [=M249s=] and in one case a [=M60=], all with iron sights... the Deltas not only have different helmets and tactical vests but also Colt Model 727 (14.5" barrel)/733 (11.5") carbines with red-dot optics and weaponslights. An older [=CAR-15=] and an anachronistic [=M4A1=] are also seen. Shughart, one of the Delta marksmen, carries an old-style scoped [=M14=], and his partner Gordon carries a suppressed and accessorized [=M733=], both with camouflage paint schemes. Captain Steele and a Ranger medic also use the [=M733=], but without any accessories.
* DawsonCasting: 18-year-old PFC Todd Blackburn played by 23-year-old (at the time) OrlandoBloom.
* DangerDeadpan: The pilots of Super Six-One calmly report that they're going down after the chopper is hit, and the co-pilot even manages to make a deadpan joke to the pilot. Mike Durant of Super Six-Four is portrayed as a lot more nervous, but his voice is still calm and even as he reports that the chopper is going down. Super Six-One wasn't as badly hit as Super Six-Four, where the helicopter was damaged, but then lost the tail rotor, while Six-One essentially had an engine get destroyed, but still had more control over the aircraft.
* DeskJockey: As the above shows, Grimes.
* DeadpanSnarker: [=McKnight=].
-->'''Pilla''': Colonel, they're shooting at us!
-->'''[=McKnight=]''': *stares blankly* Well, ''shoot back!''
** The USAF Pararescueman working on the crew-chief of Super Six One
--> (Hanging an IV): After I'm done with this I'll whip you boys up some margaritas. The usual, no salt?
* DeathFromAbove: The MH-6 Little Bird helicopters, which make gun and rocket attacks that kill literally dozens of militia.
* DescriptionCut: "Convoy is encountering light resistance" (cut to the convoy getting shot up and blown up every which way)
** Of course, consider that two years earlier, the Army was fighting massive battles with armored vehicles and rocket artillery in Iraq and Kuwait. Mogadishu ''was'' light resistance, just a whole '''lot''' of it, and they had left their [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier armored]] [[TankGoodness vehicles]] behind.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Maybe. While the movie does depict heroism on the part of most of the soldiers involved, it also shows war as being [[{{Gorn}} extremely]] [[AnyoneCanDie unpleasant.]]
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: When Specialist Mike Kurth sees a woman about to pick up a gun. He yells for her not to do it...and unhesitatingly shreds her when she [[TooDumbToLive does]].
* DramaticGuncock: A Delta operator racks the charging handle on the [[{{BFG}} Ma Deuce]] after he takes the place of the Ranger who was just killed.
* EagleLand: TheDragon sarcastically claims that all Americans are Type 1, who don't drink, don't smoke, and live long, healthy, uninteresting lives.
** The HollywoodHistory at work (see below) means the film itself slides into this category.
* EliteArmy: 18 Americans died. Contrast that with the 1000-2000 [[RedshirtArmy Somalis]] killed.
** In fact, the mission is a textbook example in military operations: despite terrible odds, being ''horrendously'' outnumbered, undersupplied, and stranded in a location that was completely unfriendly, the Rangers and Delta ''still'' managed to successfully complete their mission (the capture of the high-value targets). They didn't leave Somalia because they ''failed'', but because their success was considered too costly in political terms.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: The bulk of the American units shown in the film; 75th Rangers, 160th [=SOAR=], and Deltas.
* FakeAmerican: Much of the cast.
* FastRoping: The first sign there's something wrong is when one of the squad members attempts this trope but misses because the chopper had to dodge an RPG.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Mike Durant, who survives the conflict as a Somali hostage.
* {{Fingore}}: Gallentine pretty much loses his thumb and just tapes it to his hand to keep it in place.
* FollowTheLeader: Meta-example: a few films, but many, many notable video games pay homage to this, including ''MetalGearSolid4'', ''ModernWarfare'', and ''ResidentEvil5'' amongst others.
* GatlingGood: The Little Bird and Black Hawk choppers are both equipped with miniguns, which basically [[ChunkySalsaRule shred their targets into meaty ribbons.]]
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The mission was supposed to last thirty minutes (technically, it does- the objective is completed early in the flim. The problem is the chaos that results from that objective).
* {{Gorn}}: All the time, considering the fact that war isn't pretty.
--> "There's a fucking ROCKET in him, sir!"
** One soldier, in the middle of a firefight, comes across a fellow soldiers severed hand, and immediately blinks out of combat mode as he wonders what to do with it (he eventually stuffs it into a pocket). In the RealLife incident, the soldier knew who's hand it was, and put it into the pocket of the soldier that had lost it, causing a bit of a ruckus back at the base later when an unprepared nurse found it and freaked out.
* GunshipRescue: During the gun battle at night, where AH-6J Little Birds were called in to provide fire support -- shredding any unfortunate Somalis caught in their sights.
* HeadbuttOfLove: Non-romantic example. At the end of the movie, two Rangers who have just returned safely to their base do this as a sort of manly, utterly exhausted alternative to a hug. [[TheMoreYouKnow In real life, when done with helmets on, this is known as "Turtle Fucking"]]
* HeroicSacrifice: The two Delta operators that go to help Durant take him from the chopper and place him in a nearby building, then go back to defend the chopper. This doesn't make much sense until you realize they didn't have enough men to guard the building. They were drawing the militia fighters away from Durant by using themselves as bait.
** In the book, it becomes significantly more clear that they knew ''exactly'' what they were doing by going in on foot. They didn't have a chance of extraction by helicopter, and they were aware that the pilot (Durant) was unable to move fast enough to be extracted by foot. They went in knowing that there was a good chance they would be overrun by the hundreds of militia members they could see from their vantage point in the helicopter, and they ''did it anyway''. There's a reason they were both awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions.
* HighPressureBlood: In one gruesome scene, arterial blood ''sprays'' the faces of the team trying to treat it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** The recoilless rifle.
** The kid and his dad that try to ambush a soldier as he exits a building. He slides to the ground as he exits the (couple feet high) door and the kid shoots his own dad instead.
* HollywoodHistory: While the movie is based on a true story, it removes any references that Malaysian Peace Keepers were also involved in the rescue of the downed Black Hawks. This angered the Malaysian government since the movie was implying the Malaysian did nothing when in reality Malaysian soldiers both fought and died together with their American counterparts in that rescue operation. The roles and actions of certain characters were changed as well, usually in the CompositeCharacter spirit.
* HoYay: {{Invoked}} by two Blackhawk pilots as argue over the legitimacy of the word "Limo" [[CavemenVsAstronautsDebate in a game of Scrabble]]:
-->'''''Wolcott''': You touch my limo and I'll spank you, Night Stalker. You hear me?''
-->'''''Durant''': Yeah. Promises.''
** An inevitable TruthInTelevision if you hang out with military personnel long enough. It has been described as "A very homoerotic game of chicken."
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: A Somali boy and his father attack a Ranger from both sides. The Ranger slips and falls, and the boy (shooting from the hip) shoots his own father.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Somalis keep their [=AKs=] on full-auto and tend to not aim all that much, whereas Delta Force and the Rangers take decently aimed single shots most of the time. The sheer number of Somalis makes this "spray & pray" strategy more effective than it would be otherwise.
* InHarmsWay:
-->'''Hoot''': ''When I go home people'll ask me, 'Hey Hoot, why do you do it man? What, are you some kinda war junkie?' You know what I'll say? I won't say a goddamn word. Why? They won't understand. They won't understand why we do it. They won't understand that [[BandOfBrothers it's about the men next to you]], and that's it. That's all it is.''
* InstantDeathBullet: Heavily subverted. The bullets used by both Delta and the Rangers were a new "penetrator" type, essentially light armor-piercing rounds. They had a particular tendency to ''not'' kill people who were hit by them, as the bullet wounds ended up being [[JustAFleshWound through-and-throughs]], instead of the rapidly expanding or tumbling effects usually observed by full-metal-jacket rounds. According to the book, it was extremely common to shoot three guys, only for two of them to get up and drag the third out of the combat zone.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hoot. There is a fair bit to go around- Steele is a bit of a DrillSergeantNasty, and several soldiers display some borderline racism- but Hoot in particular stands out as he seems more than a little callous about the whole conflict and about the lives lost. However, he is just hyper-professional, and encourages Eversmann not to doubt himself or how he handled the mission. In his last scene, he more or less says that the reason he fights is [[BandOfBrothers for the sake of the guy next to him.]]
* KillEmAll: ''Many'' people die. In the real conflict 18 Americans died, but so did an estimated 1000 to 2000 [[RedshirtArmy Somalis]].
** Note to self: Don't fuck with Delta. (According to the book, the two Delta marksmen may have personally killed as many as twenty to twenty-four Somali gunmen with their rifles and pistols before being overrun.)
** Though Delta and the Rangers were responsible for a number of kills, they also had significant air support - Black Hawks with gatling guns and, later,the Little Bird gun runs that accounted for significant portions of the damage. Even the M2 machine guns on the HMMVW's were responsible for heavy Somalian casualties: crew-served weapons are responsible for most fatalities in modern warfare.
* KindaBusyHere:
-->'''Lt. Col. Mc Knight''': ''How are things going? Things okay there, Struecker?''
-->'''Sgt. Struecker''': ''(Racing his Humvee down a city street while bullets ricochet all around) I don't wanna talk about it right now, Colonel. I'm busy!''
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: For a two hour long movie.
* ManlyTears: Near the end of the film, one of the Deltas is loading up to go back out to try to rescue those still out there (such as Durant) and Eversmann starts to do the same only to be stopped by the Delta who tells him he works better alone. As the Delta soldier walks away, the stress of battle finally hits Eversmann and he weeps visibly.
* MeaningfulEcho: During the battle, Grimes manages to make some coffee and gives it to Sgt. Sanderson. After the battle, Sanderson tries to return the favor but can only find tea.
* TheMedic: Two of them during the battle, one of whom, [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability notably]], was an Air Force [[ItsRainingMen Pararescueman]] in RealLife.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: The massive amount of civilian casualties mentioned in the book are only depicted in the film by a single shot of a man carrying his dead child.
* MilitaryMaverick: Special Forces units. The book details how these could cause friction with more conventional units... which ended up having some negative consequences in the field.
** Ironically, the 75th Ranger Regiment ''is'' a special operations unit too, just (according to the book) not viewed then as high on the totem pole. The trope was subverted though in the movie by the SOAR ("Night Stalkers"), who come off as relatively "conventional" in appearance.
* MustHaveCaffeine: A group of Rangers and Delta operators are bunkered up inside of a building, besieged by Aidid's militia. Grimes copes with the stress of the situation by finding a coffee pot somewhere and brewing some coffee, which he offers to one of the Deltas.
** [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]], of course, by Grimes' rant in the beginning of the movie about how he has spent his entire career in the Rangers making coffee during various important military campaigns. Despite being involved in the worst of the fighting, Grimes is still making coffee during the Battle of Mogadishu.
*** "Grimesy, you are squared away!"
* NicknamingTheEnemy: The Somalians are referred to as "Skinnies" by the Rangers, as they apparently were in real life. While many assume that this refers to the malnutrition of the locals, it's a reference to ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', which is a popular book among the battalion and on the reading list at West Point.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: The movie's CatchPhrase: "Leave No Man Behind", and accurately depicted as the RealLife policy of the Special Forces.
* NotSoDifferent: One of the Somali commanders tells the POW Mike Durant that about Americans and Somalis. According to him, despite the differences of the political systems of USA and Somalia, they're both militaristic nations who use violence to solve their problems, and they'll always use it, no matter how much they both want peace.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: General Garrison wanted [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier light armor]] and [[CoolPlane gunship support]][[hottip:*: notably an AC-130]] for his men, but the request was denied so they were stuck with Humvees, Black Hawks and Little Birds.
** The Quick Reaction Force is portrayed this way in the movie, when, upset that they were not informed of the raid, it takes them a little longer than it should to get all their forces assembled. In RealLife, they ''were'' informed of the raid, and were scrambling to get to ''both'' crash sites the second they were called (which was mere minutes after the first crash), but due to the Somalian Militia blocking off roads and setting up ambushes, they had to go all the way ''around'' the city, which took several hours. They were truly distressed that they weren't able to get to either crash site sooner.
* OhCrap: The look on the Aidid militia officer's face when he realizes [[spoiler: Delta has commandeered his recoilless rifle and are pointing it at him.]]
* OneWomanWail
* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted, as a man who got shot in the leg dies painfully (both for him and the viewers, [[NightmareFuel the scene they try to stop him from bleeding out from the femoral artery]] is [[NauseaFuel really graphic]]).
* PistolWhip: One of the Somalis that captures Durant uses his AK-47 as a makeshift club and smacks him across the face with the stock.
* {{Retirony}}: According to the book, most of the men in the platoon were just married, intending to marry, intending to get a new job or a promotion, a new father, an expecting father, etc. Justified in that these are all young men, who would naturally have plans for the rest of their lives.
* RockBeatsLaser: We occasionally see the Somalis' low-tech tactics. To neutralize the speed advantage of Helicopters, they'd just have someone hang around near the American base and set a tire fire when a large group left, to act as a warning.
* RunningGag: Grimes keeps getting shot with [=RPGs=]. Okay, so it's not a ''funny'' running gag. (In the actual campaign, Stebbins really did find himself near far too many explosions. Each time, his squadmates thought he was done, but each time he managed to survive somehow. He eventually makes it out of the combat zone with a badly injured foot.)
* SceneryGorn
* ShownTheirWork: Historical inaccuracies aside, the film was and remains one of the best portrayals of the [=US=] military in action, and of war in general.
* SoldiersAtTheRear: One soldier has always been away from the fighting, a fact he says isn't his fault. It's because he has a rare and valuable skill beloved by the corp that keeps him busy: He can type.
* SteelEarDrums: Averted. One character is left mostly deaf for the rest of the movie after a 5.56mm M249 squad automatic weapon is fired from within a foot from his head.
** Subverted at another point in the film; Grimes barely dodges a Somali RPG and is knocked off his feet and partially buried by the dirt churned up by the blast. When a Delta digs him up, the viewer sees things from Grimes' perspective, including temporarily distorted audio due to the blast momentarily deafening him.
---> '''Grimes''': I can hear bells ringin'!
* StockShoutOut: It's hard to find a First Person Shooter in a modern setting that doesn't have a reference to this movie somewhere.
** Indeed, Novalogic made [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Force:_Black_Hawk_Down an entire game based on the battle]], naturally with heavy leaning on the movie for inspiration.
* TitleDrop: "Black Hawk down, we have a Black Hawk down."
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: All of them, specially Durant, who is taken prisoner.
* TruthInTelevision: The film is based on true events, so every trope depicted is pretty much true.
* UnflinchingWalk: Everytime [=McKnight=]'s convoy stops, he gets out and strolls around, apparently oblivious to the bullets flying past his head, to find out what's wrong.
** In the commentary it's mentioned that [=McKnight=] figured if he's gonna die then he's gonna die and there's nothing he can do to stop it, so he sees no point in cowering or ducking.
** The book mentions that he was furious that the convoy kept stopping, since everytime it stopped, the Somalians would ramp up their fire. It was more dangerous to stay in the humvee, than it was to try to get it moving.
* UnPerson: The character of Grimes was created to replace John Stebbins. They renamed that character, since Stebbins is serving 30 years for raping his own pre-teen daughter.
* UrbanWarfare: One of the few modern depictions of this trope prior to works based on the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
* VerbalTic: The Rangers tend to use "hooah" almost as a punctuation mark, which is TruthInTelevision, as "Hooah" can, depending on context and tone, mean anything and everything except "No."
* ViewersAreGeniuses: One of the Delta operators tells Grimes to "Stay off the walls" with no explanation. If you are leaning against a wall in a firefight, two things might happen: Bullets striking the wall at a shallow angle might end up traveling along the wall and hit you, or an explosion will go off nearby and the wall will shake hard enough from the recoil to violently smash into you.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: "The only way to negotiate is to kill."
* YouAreInCommandNow: The Lieutenant responsible for Chalk 4 has a seizure on the eve of the battle, forcing Eversmann to lead his unit. Similarly, when Cpt. Steele's Rangers have too many wounded to continue to the crash site, Delta Sgt. Sanderson (RL Sgt. Howe) has to push on without him.
* WarIsHell
* ZergRush: The only strategy of the Somali warlords.
** Some of them tried to prevent it but the Somalians quickly lost control of their own people in some cases, leading to the rush. Most of the mercenaries, who were responsible for shooting down at least one Black Hawk, were more tactical.
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5th Dec '12 7:14:13 PM Mandolin
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* CoolGuns: Whereas the Rangers have only [=M16s=], some with [=M203=] grenade launchers, [=M249s=] and in one case a [=M60=], all with iron sights... the Deltas not only have different helmets and tactical vests but also "CAR-[=15s=]" (predecessors to the modern [=M4A1=]) with optics (mounted to the carry handle). One of the Delta marksmen carries an old-style [=M14=] with an optic, and the other a suppressed CAR-15-type with optic and suppressor, both with camouflage paint schemes. Captain Steele and a Ranger medic also use a CAR-15-type with even shorter barrels, but theirs are black/grey and without any accessories.

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* CoolGuns: Whereas the Rangers have only [=M16s=], some with [=M203=] grenade launchers, [=M249s=] and in one case a [=M60=], all with iron sights... the Deltas not only have different helmets and tactical vests but also "CAR-[=15s=]" (predecessors to the modern [=M4A1=]) Colt Model 727 (14.5" barrel)/733 (11.5") carbines with red-dot optics (mounted to the carry handle). One and weaponslights. An older [=CAR-15=] and an anachronistic [=M4A1=] are also seen. Shughart, one of the Delta marksmen marksmen, carries an old-style [=M14=] with an optic, scoped [=M14=], and the other his partner Gordon carries a suppressed CAR-15-type with optic and suppressor, accessorized [=M733=], both with camouflage paint schemes. Captain Steele and a Ranger medic also use a CAR-15-type with even shorter barrels, the [=M733=], but theirs are black/grey and without any accessories.
27th Oct '12 7:44:23 AM Illuminatus
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Morocco stands in for Somalia, as the latter country's civil war was still ongoing during filming.
27th Oct '12 7:41:25 AM Illuminatus
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* BashBrothers: Grimes and Sanderson develop this relationship. Twombly and Nelson are forced into it when the convoy leaves without them. And of course, the kings of this trope are the late Shughart and Gordon.


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** The USAF Pararescueman working on the crew-chief of Super Six One
--> (Hanging an IV): After I'm done with this I'll whip you boys up some margaritas. The usual, no salt?


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* MeaningfulEcho: During the battle, Grimes manages to make some coffee and gives it to Sgt. Sanderson. After the battle, Sanderson tries to return the favor but can only find tea.
27th Oct '12 7:26:43 AM Illuminatus
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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Not many, but a notable one is Hoot comforting Sgt. Eversmann after they were unable to save Smith.


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* YouAreInCommandNow: The Lieutenant responsible for Chalk 4 has a seizure on the eve of the battle, forcing Eversmann to lead his unit. Similarly, when Cpt. Steele's Rangers have too many wounded to continue to the crash site, Delta Sgt. Sanderson (RL Sgt. Howe) has to push on without him.
24th Oct '12 11:26:36 PM Westrim
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* ChildSoldiers: One tries to shoot an American soldier, who conveniently trips at the right moment, causing [[TearJerker the kid to shoot his own father on the other side.]]
** Though considering both Somali insurgents were on the [[CompleteMonster warlord's]] side and [[TooDumbToLive trying to senselessly murder an American soldier]] who was only there to help, they [[HoistByHisOwnPetard got what was coming to them]].

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* ChildSoldiers: One tries to shoot an American soldier, who conveniently trips at the right moment, causing [[TearJerker the kid to shoot his own father on the other side.]]
** Though considering both Somali insurgents were on the [[CompleteMonster warlord's]] side and [[TooDumbToLive trying to senselessly murder an American soldier]] who was only there to help, they [[HoistByHisOwnPetard got what was coming to them]].



** The kid and his dad that try to murder an American soldier as he exits a building (after recklessly spraying gunfire that could have killed the woman and children huddled inside). The soldier drops/slides to the ground as he exits the door and the kid shoots his own dad instead.

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** The kid and his dad that try to murder an American ambush a soldier as he exits a building (after recklessly spraying gunfire that could have killed the woman and children huddled inside). The soldier drops/slides building. He slides to the ground as he exits the (couple feet high) door and the kid shoots his own dad instead.
23rd Oct '12 11:25:09 PM MarshalValor
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* RunningGag: Grimes keeps getting shot with [=RPGs=]. Okay, so it's not a ''funny'' running gag. (In the actual campaign, Stebbins really did find himself near far too many explosions. Each time, his squadmates though he was done, but each time he managed to survive somehow. He eventually makes it out of the combat zone with a badly injured foot.)

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* RunningGag: Grimes keeps getting shot with [=RPGs=]. Okay, so it's not a ''funny'' running gag. (In the actual campaign, Stebbins really did find himself near far too many explosions. Each time, his squadmates though thought he was done, but each time he managed to survive somehow. He eventually makes it out of the combat zone with a badly injured foot.)
23rd Oct '12 11:24:02 PM MarshalValor
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** The kid and his dad that try to ambush a soldier as he exits a building. He slides to the ground as he exits the (couple feet high) door and the kid shoots his own dad instead.

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** The kid and his dad that try to ambush a murder an American soldier as he exits a building. He slides building (after recklessly spraying gunfire that could have killed the woman and children huddled inside). The soldier drops/slides to the ground as he exits the (couple feet high) door and the kid shoots his own dad instead.
23rd Oct '12 11:19:30 PM Westrim
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The recoilless rifle.
** Also the kid and his dad that try to murder an American soldier that took cover in a building, as well as nearly killing the scared Somali family huddled inside through their reckless spray of gunfire. The soldier drops to the ground just in time and the kid shoots his own dad instead.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HoistByHisOwnPetard:
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The recoilless rifle.
** Also the The kid and his dad that try to murder an American ambush a soldier that took cover in a building, as well as nearly killing the scared Somali family huddled inside through their reckless spray of gunfire. The soldier drops he exits a building. He slides to the ground just in time as he exits the (couple feet high) door and the kid shoots his own dad instead.
23rd Oct '12 11:11:21 PM MarshalValor
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* KillEmAll: ''Many'' people die. In the real conflict 18 Americans died, but so did an estimated 1000 to 2000 Somalis.

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* KillEmAll: ''Many'' people die. In the real conflict 18 Americans died, but so did an estimated 1000 to 2000 Somalis.[[RedshirtArmy Somalis]].
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