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[[redirect:Film/CowboysAndAliens]]''Cowboys and Aliens'' may refer to:

* The comic book ''Comicbook/CowboysAndAliens''.
* The film based on it, ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''.
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31st Jul '11 1:26:03 PM Discar
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[[caption-width-right:338:Two great tastes that taste great together.]]

A 2011 film directed by JonFavreau (''Film/IronMan''), produced by StevenSpielberg and RonHoward, and starring HarrisonFord and DanielCraig, set in TheWildWest.

An amnesiac man by the name of Jake Lonergan wakes up in the middle of the desert with a strange metal device on his forearm. He soon finds himself to be a wanted outlaw being hunted by Federal Marshals and bounty hunters, but then discovers a much more pressing issue when mysterious lights begin to shine in the sky, and the device on his forearm activates to devastating effect.

Based on [[TheFilmOfTheBook the comic book of the same name]].

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!'''''Cowboys And Aliens'' provides examples of:'''

* ActionGirl: Ella.
* [[spoiler:AlienAmongUs]]: Ella.
* AlienInvasion
* AliensAreBastards: Dear God in heaven are [[CompleteMonster they]] [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel ever]] in this movie.
** [[spoiler: Well, all of them except for Ella that is, [[KillEmAll and they nuked]] [[EverybodysDeadDave her people too.]]]]
* ArmCannon[=/=]HandBlast: The device attached to Lonergan's arm packs a ''hell'' of punch.
* {{Badass}}: Lonergan. The movie opens with him calmly and easily killing a trio of bounty hunters while completely unarmed.
* BadassNormal: Pretty much everyone. Lonergan, Dolerhyde, the Apaches, and the list gets longer as the movie goes on.
* BittersweetEnding
* BizarreAlienBiology: The aliens have a secondary pair of arms that come out of their chest, which they seem to use for more delicate work than their main arms, which seem more suited for combat. This is also an AchillesHeel, as [[spoiler: using these arms also exposes their hearts]].
* BountyHunter: The people seen at the beginning of the trailer, who try to arrest Lonergan. They fail.
* ChekhovsGun: Emmett's knife, and Doc learning how to shoot.
** Doc would actually be more of a ChekhovsGunman. Also, one could argue that the aliens' gold-mining device is a Chekhov's Gun, since the corrosive effects of the gold dripping from the machine are shown numerous times before [[spoiler:Jake shoots the device and drops a mountain of liquid gold on the alien scientist (How's THAT for payback?)]].
*** A more reasonable explanation is simply that the hot molten gold [[spoiler: scorched the alien to death]]. Gold is not corrosive.
* CoolVersusAwesome: '''Cowboys. ''Versus. ALIENS.'''''
* {{Cowboy}}: Of course.
* CriminalAmnesiac
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Happens twice: first with the preacher and second with Nat.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: People in TheWildWest are being exterminated and driven off their land by foreign, technologically superior invaders who are there for the gold. The presence of [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Apaches]] starting at the halfway mark only makes [[ManifestDestiny the comparisons]] more obvious.
* EmotionlessGirl: Ella sort of comes off as this as she's particularly and uncannily calm in most of the situations she gets into. This is probably FridgeBrilliance as [[spoiler:she's not a human and turns out to be an alien.]]
* EnemyMine: Dolerhyde, Lonergan, and the townspeople working together to beat the aliens. This later expands to include a tribe of Apaches and Lonergan's old gang.
* [[spoiler:EverythingButTheGirl: The aliens' ship along with the aliens are destroyed, the abducted people are retrieved, and the town is growing prosperous in the end, but Lonergan ends up alone as both his his lover Alice and later Ella are dead.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: The aliens don't wear any clothing except maybe for their Arm Cannon bracelets. Of course, clothing, or shirts at least, would get in the way of the secondary arms in their chest.
* {{Fanservice}}: Olivia Wilde has a scene of her naked around a campfire in front of EVERYONE.
* FiveManBand: The main characters can fit into one of these.
** TheHero: Jake Lonergan
** TheLancer: Woodrow Dolarhyde
** TheBigGuy: Nat Colorado
** TheChick: Ella Swenson
** TheSmartGuy: Doc
** TheMentor: Meacham
** TagalongKid: Emmett Taggart
** TeamPet: Dog
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ella takes Lonergan's ArmCannon into the core of the alien ship and overloads it, destroying the ship, the aliens, and herself.]]
%% "Hey, It's That Guy!" goes on the trivia tab.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** How do the alien spaceships abduct people? With weapons that basically amount to ''lassos''.
** Comes full-circle during the climax, where a lasso gets used on an alien.
** And lets not forget Lonergan fighting the aliens with their own weaponry.
*** Not to mention that one alien [[spoiler: killed with their gold mining technology.]]
* [[HumansAreWarriors Humans Are Cowboys]]
* HumiliationConga: Spoiled brat Percy's first run in with Lonergan starts with a [[GroinAttack kick to the groin]], then getting arrested after accidentally shooting the deputy in a rage, then getting slammed into the bars of his cell by Lonergan and knocked unconscious (falling head first into his own piss bucket, no less), getting ''his arm broken'' by Lonergan so that the man could slip the cuffs off the two of them, and finally getting abducted by aliens. [[spoiler:[[IGotBetter He got better, physically and personality wise]].]]
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler:Alice and Ella.]]
* ItsPersonal:
** In addition to the protagonists whose loved ones are taken by the aliens, there's Ella's grudge against them for [[spoiler:wiping out her home planet and her people.]]
** And on the alien side of things, there's the alien that Lonergan stabbed in the eye while escaping their ship. During the climax, they run into each other again, and the alien seems to be taking great pleasure in trying to return the favor [[spoiler:until Dolerhyde stops him.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: A bit between Lonergan and [[spoiler:Ella. Of course, it results in nothing but a kiss as she pulls a HeroicSacrifice in the end.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: The alien's death by a shower of molten gold.]]
* LoveRedeems: Lonergan quit his gang because he fell in love with a prostitute named Alice and stayed with her.
* MacGuffin: For the cowboys, it's their loved ones trapped in the aliens' base. For the aliens, it's [[spoiler:Gold, Jerry, gold!]].
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Averted. Trailers suggested that Ella would get naked in some Fanservice-y pseudo-Native American ceremony. It turns out [[spoiler:that she's actually an alien. She's even initially mistaken for a Native American by Jake.]]
* TheMedic: Ostensibly Doc, although he never gets a chance to show how competent he might be--it seems every time someone calls him to help, the person's dead by the time he even makes it over to them. In fact, the only person who actually ''does'' anything medicinal is the Preacher when he stitches up Lonergan's wound early on.
** Also, Doc has no qualifications that we know of, apart from everyone calling him "Doc". His true occupation is a bartender at the local tavern.
* MeekTownsman: Doc...at first.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:The preacher.]]
* MysteriousWaif: Ella.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Again, '''Cowboys. ''Versus. ALIENS.''''' And if that's not enough, you've got Apache warriors there too.
* OutrunTheFireball: Dolerhyde and Jake running through the caves staying ahead of a blastwave.
* OutsideContextVillain: Alien invaders isn't exactly something the average 19th century cowboy would even ''consider''...
* PapaWolf: Dolerhyde turns out to be this.
* PetTheDog: Dolerhyde with Emmett (giving him a piece of apple and a knife) and later Nat (telling him that he's the son he's always wanted).
** Taken literally numerous times when Jake pets the black-and-white dog that accompanies the cowboys. It deserves it, too, seeing as how it acts as an able lookout on many occasions.
* PlayingAgainstType: HarrisonFord is a CorruptHick who rules the town with an iron fist.
* PreacherMan: The preacher, who's also something of a BadassPreacher.
* ProtagonistWithoutAPast: Lonergan.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Emmett's sideplot.
* RockBeatsLaser: Spacefaring aliens repulsed by revolvers, dynamite and arrows.
** Not to mention spears,[[spoiler: the knife that Emmett receives from Colonel Dolarhyde]], and a club wielded by an inexplicably powerful, unnamed Native American who splits the skull of one of the aliens ("explodes" is probably a more accurate word here).
*** This trope is subverted randomly throughout the movie at the creator's whim. A couple of examples are when Colonel Dolarhyde tries to save his Indian companion whom he adopted at a young age, and when the Colonel tries to rescue Jake from the vengeful alien surgeon. Both times, he puts about ten rounds into the offender, but it seems to have no effect.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Percy believes that since his father practically runs the town, he can do whatever he wants.
* SexyBack: Elle gets a nude shot.
* TheSheriff: Sheriff Taggart, who seems to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure (and is therefore sidelined for most of the film.)
* SpoiledBrat: Percy.
* StormingTheCastle: The attack on the alien mothership during the climax.
* TagalongKid: Emmett.
* TeamPet: The dog that follows Lonergan around from the beginning of the film.
* TookALevelInBadass: Doc and Emmett.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: When [[spoiler:Ella dies the first time]], the audience knows that [[IGotBetter she'll get better]] because this happens before the "naked in front of a bonfire" scene.
* WeirdWest
* TheWestern: [[XMeetsY With aliens.]]
* TheWildWest
* WorthlessYellowRocks: Averted. The aliens are invading for Earth's gold, which is as valuable to them as it is to humans. Possibly even more valuable since their more advanced technology seems to be electrically powered.
* XMeetsY
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[[quoteright:338:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/CowboysAndAliens1_3970.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:338:Two great tastes that taste great together.]]

A 2011 film directed by JonFavreau (''Film/IronMan''), produced by StevenSpielberg and RonHoward, and starring HarrisonFord and DanielCraig, set in TheWildWest.

An amnesiac man by the name of Jake Lonergan wakes up in the middle of the desert with a strange metal device on his forearm. He soon finds himself to be a wanted outlaw being hunted by Federal Marshals and bounty hunters, but then discovers a much more pressing issue when mysterious lights begin to shine in the sky, and the device on his forearm activates to devastating effect.

Based on [[TheFilmOfTheBook the comic book of the same name]].

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!'''''Cowboys And Aliens'' provides examples of:'''

* ActionGirl: Ella.
* [[spoiler:AlienAmongUs]]: Ella.
* AlienInvasion
* AliensAreBastards: Dear God in heaven are [[CompleteMonster they]] [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel ever]] in this movie.
** [[spoiler: Well, all of them except for Ella that is, [[KillEmAll and they nuked]] [[EverybodysDeadDave her people too.]]]]
* ArmCannon[=/=]HandBlast: The device attached to Lonergan's arm packs a ''hell'' of punch.
* {{Badass}}: Lonergan. The movie opens with him calmly and easily killing a trio of bounty hunters while completely unarmed.
* BadassNormal: Pretty much everyone. Lonergan, Dolerhyde, the Apaches, and the list gets longer as the movie goes on.
* BittersweetEnding
* BizarreAlienBiology: The aliens have a secondary pair of arms that come out of their chest, which they seem to use for more delicate work than their main arms, which seem more suited for combat. This is also an AchillesHeel, as [[spoiler: using these arms also exposes their hearts]].
* BountyHunter: The people seen at the beginning of the trailer, who try to arrest Lonergan. They fail.
* ChekhovsGun: Emmett's knife, and Doc learning how to shoot.
** Doc would actually be more of a ChekhovsGunman. Also, one could argue that the aliens' gold-mining device is a Chekhov's Gun, since the corrosive effects of the gold dripping from the machine are shown numerous times before [[spoiler:Jake shoots the device and drops a mountain of liquid gold on the alien scientist (How's THAT for payback?)]].
*** A more reasonable explanation is simply that the hot molten gold [[spoiler: scorched the alien to death]]. Gold is not corrosive.
* CoolVersusAwesome: '''Cowboys. ''Versus. ALIENS.'''''
* {{Cowboy}}: Of course.
* CriminalAmnesiac
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Happens twice: first with the preacher and second with Nat.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: People in TheWildWest are being exterminated and driven off their land by foreign, technologically superior invaders who are there for the gold. The presence of [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Apaches]] starting at the halfway mark only makes [[ManifestDestiny the comparisons]] more obvious.
* EmotionlessGirl: Ella sort of comes off as this as she's particularly and uncannily calm in most of the situations she gets into. This is probably FridgeBrilliance as [[spoiler:she's not a human and turns out to be an alien.]]
* EnemyMine: Dolerhyde, Lonergan, and the townspeople working together to beat the aliens. This later expands to include a tribe of Apaches and Lonergan's old gang.
* [[spoiler:EverythingButTheGirl: The aliens' ship along with the aliens are destroyed, the abducted people are retrieved, and the town is growing prosperous in the end, but Lonergan ends up alone as both his his lover Alice and later Ella are dead.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: The aliens don't wear any clothing except maybe for their Arm Cannon bracelets. Of course, clothing, or shirts at least, would get in the way of the secondary arms in their chest.
* {{Fanservice}}: Olivia Wilde has a scene of her naked around a campfire in front of EVERYONE.
* FiveManBand: The main characters can fit into one of these.
** TheHero: Jake Lonergan
** TheLancer: Woodrow Dolarhyde
** TheBigGuy: Nat Colorado
** TheChick: Ella Swenson
** TheSmartGuy: Doc
** TheMentor: Meacham
** TagalongKid: Emmett Taggart
** TeamPet: Dog
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ella takes Lonergan's ArmCannon into the core of the alien ship and overloads it, destroying the ship, the aliens, and herself.]]
%% "Hey, It's That Guy!" goes on the trivia tab.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** How do the alien spaceships abduct people? With weapons that basically amount to ''lassos''.
** Comes full-circle during the climax, where a lasso gets used on an alien.
** And lets not forget Lonergan fighting the aliens with their own weaponry.
*** Not to mention that one alien [[spoiler: killed with their gold mining technology.]]
* [[HumansAreWarriors Humans Are Cowboys]]
* HumiliationConga: Spoiled brat Percy's first run in with Lonergan starts with a [[GroinAttack kick to the groin]], then getting arrested after accidentally shooting the deputy in a rage, then getting slammed into the bars of his cell by Lonergan and knocked unconscious (falling head first into his own piss bucket, no less), getting ''his arm broken'' by Lonergan so that the man could slip the cuffs off the two of them, and finally getting abducted by aliens. [[spoiler:[[IGotBetter He got better, physically and personality wise]].]]
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler:Alice and Ella.]]
* ItsPersonal:
** In addition to the protagonists whose loved ones are taken by the aliens, there's Ella's grudge against them for [[spoiler:wiping out her home planet and her people.]]
** And on the alien side of things, there's the alien that Lonergan stabbed in the eye while escaping their ship. During the climax, they run into each other again, and the alien seems to be taking great pleasure in trying to return the favor [[spoiler:until Dolerhyde stops him.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: A bit between Lonergan and [[spoiler:Ella. Of course, it results in nothing but a kiss as she pulls a HeroicSacrifice in the end.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: The alien's death by a shower of molten gold.]]
* LoveRedeems: Lonergan quit his gang because he fell in love with a prostitute named Alice and stayed with her.
* MacGuffin: For the cowboys, it's their loved ones trapped in the aliens' base. For the aliens, it's [[spoiler:Gold, Jerry, gold!]].
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Averted. Trailers suggested that Ella would get naked in some Fanservice-y pseudo-Native American ceremony. It turns out [[spoiler:that she's actually an alien. She's even initially mistaken for a Native American by Jake.]]
* TheMedic: Ostensibly Doc, although he never gets a chance to show how competent he might be--it seems every time someone calls him to help, the person's dead by the time he even makes it over to them. In fact, the only person who actually ''does'' anything medicinal is the Preacher when he stitches up Lonergan's wound early on.
** Also, Doc has no qualifications that we know of, apart from everyone calling him "Doc". His true occupation is a bartender at the local tavern.
* MeekTownsman: Doc...at first.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:The preacher.]]
* MysteriousWaif: Ella.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Again, '''Cowboys. ''Versus. ALIENS.''''' And if that's not enough, you've got Apache warriors there too.
* OutrunTheFireball: Dolerhyde and Jake running through the caves staying ahead of a blastwave.
* OutsideContextVillain: Alien invaders isn't exactly something the average 19th century cowboy would even ''consider''...
* PapaWolf: Dolerhyde turns out to be this.
* PetTheDog: Dolerhyde with Emmett (giving him a piece of apple and a knife) and later Nat (telling him that he's the son he's always wanted).
** Taken literally numerous times when Jake pets the black-and-white dog that accompanies the cowboys. It deserves it, too, seeing as how it acts as an able lookout on many occasions.
* PlayingAgainstType: HarrisonFord is a CorruptHick who rules the town with an iron fist.
* PreacherMan: The preacher, who's also something of a BadassPreacher.
* ProtagonistWithoutAPast: Lonergan.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Emmett's sideplot.
* RockBeatsLaser: Spacefaring aliens repulsed by revolvers, dynamite and arrows.
** Not to mention spears,[[spoiler: the knife that Emmett receives from Colonel Dolarhyde]], and a club wielded by an inexplicably powerful, unnamed Native American who splits the skull of one of the aliens ("explodes" is probably a more accurate word here).
*** This trope is subverted randomly throughout the movie at the creator's whim. A couple of examples are when Colonel Dolarhyde tries to save his Indian companion whom he adopted at a young age, and when the Colonel tries to rescue Jake from the vengeful alien surgeon. Both times, he puts about ten rounds into the offender, but it seems to have no effect.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Percy believes that since his father practically runs the town, he can do whatever he wants.
* SexyBack: Elle gets a nude shot.
* TheSheriff: Sheriff Taggart, who seems to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure (and is therefore sidelined for most of the film.)
* SpoiledBrat: Percy.
* StormingTheCastle: The attack on the alien mothership during the climax.
* TagalongKid: Emmett.
* TeamPet: The dog that follows Lonergan around from the beginning of the film.
* TookALevelInBadass: Doc and Emmett.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: When [[spoiler:Ella dies the first time]], the audience knows that [[IGotBetter she'll get better]] because this happens before the "naked in front of a bonfire" scene.
* WeirdWest
* TheWestern: [[XMeetsY With aliens.]]
* TheWildWest
* WorthlessYellowRocks: Averted. The aliens are invading for Earth's gold, which is as valuable to them as it is to humans. Possibly even more valuable since their more advanced technology seems to be electrically powered.
* XMeetsY
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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: When [[spoiler:Ella dies, the audience knows that [[IGotBetter she'll get better]] because this happens before the "naked in front of a bonfire" scene.]]

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: When [[spoiler:Ella dies, dies the first time]], the audience knows that [[IGotBetter she'll get better]] because this happens before the "naked in front of a bonfire" scene.]]
31st Jul '11 8:29:48 AM monkeypizzasonic
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*** Not to mention that one alien killed with their gold mining technology.

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*** Not to mention that one alien [[spoiler: killed with their gold mining technology.]]
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* SexyBack: Elle gets a nude shot.


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* XMeetsY
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*** A more reasonable explanation is simply that the hot molten gold scorched the alien to death. Gold is not corrosive.

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*** A more reasonable explanation is simply that the hot molten gold [[spoiler: scorched the alien to death.death]]. Gold is not corrosive.
31st Jul '11 12:29:19 AM petrifiednightmares
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*** A more reasonable explanation is simply that the hot molten gold scorched the alien to death. Gold is not corrosive.
30th Jul '11 11:31:10 PM Blindy
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* FiveManBand: The main characters can fit into one of these.
** TheHero: Jake Lonergan
** TheLancer: Woodrow Dolarhyde
** TheBigGuy: Nat Colorado
** TheChick: Ella Swenson
** TheSmartGuy: Doc
** TheMentor: Meacham
** TagalongKid: Emmett Taggart
** TeamPet: Dog
30th Jul '11 9:27:50 PM SweetMadness
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* AccidentalInnuendo: [[spoiler: The alien scientist's death by a shower of melted gold.]]


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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: The alien's death by a shower of molten gold.]]
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