History Radio / Gunsmoke

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* ButtMonkey: Chester.
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* AbsenceOfEvidence: A few villains either end up this way or are introduced this way during an episode.

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* AbsenceOfEvidence: A few villains either end up going free this way or are introduced as a free man this way during an episode.



* BankRobbery: Very common plot element.



* BluffingTheMurderer: Played straight whenever it comes up.



* ClearMyName: The plot of "Matt For Murder".



* DomesticAbuse: A wife beating husband is very common.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** See HookerWithAHeartOfGold below.
** In the episode "Solomon River" [[spoiler: a recently widowed woman is raped by a man who was to deliver her goods to help her get by, but instead used it to take advantage of her in a moment of vulnerability.]] It's not obvious at first and of course the word [[spoiler: "rape"]] is never uttered.



* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: The episode "The Impostor".



* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Matt (with very few exceptions) will enforce the law, regardless of it's purpose, because he believes that that not enforcing the law during ties when he doesn't want to would devalue it and make it harder to enforce otherwise. He believes in no uncertain terms that a flawed law is better than no law.

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Matt (with very few exceptions) will enforce the law, regardless of it's purpose, because he believes that that not enforcing the law during ties times when he doesn't want to would devalue it and make it harder to enforce otherwise. He believes in no uncertain terms that a flawed law is better than no law.



* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Subverted, then played straight in the episode "About Chester".

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* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Subverted, then played straight in the episode "About Chester"."Maw Hawkins".



* SaveTheVillain: Matt would do this, only to make sure proper due process carried out. Results usually vary.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Matt will usually dish these out at a mob, or whenever Doc Adams is criticized.
* SaveTheVillain: Matt would do this, only to make sure proper due process is carried out. Results usually vary.vary.
* ShipTease: Matt and Miss Kitty. The two of them definitely seem to have feelings for each other, but they never officially become a couple.


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* TakeMeOutAtTheBallGame: Subverted in the episode "Ball Nine, Take Your Base!".


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* WantedPoster
9th Jan '17 4:40:07 AM PaulA
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** The very first episode was based on the (fictitious) start of [[BillyTheKid Billy the Kid's]] life of crime.
** The episode "The Brothers" ended on a [[WhamLine Wham Line]] regarding Frank and [[JesseJames Jesse James]].

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** The very first episode was based on the (fictitious) start of [[BillyTheKid Billy the Kid's]] UsefulNotes/BillyTheKid's life of crime.
** The episode "The Brothers" ended on a [[WhamLine Wham Line]] regarding [[UsefulNotes/JesseJames Frank and [[JesseJames Jesse James]].
8th Jan '17 7:14:57 PM Sukai
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* MissKitty
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* AbsenceOfEvidence: A few villains either end up this way or are introduced this way during an episode.
* AcquittedTooLate: A few episodes involve an alleged horse thief whose innocence was proven ''after'' he was lynched, much to Matt's chagrin.



* TheCoconutEffect: What's a Western without one?



* GoodIsNotNice The closest thing to a squeaky clean nice character is Chester, and even he has his moments.



* {{Jingle}}: Being a radio show from the [[TheFifties 50s]], it featured commercials complete with Jingles.



* {{Protectorate}}: [[USMarshal U.S. Marshal]] [[JustifiedTrope of Dodge City, Kansas]]



* SaveTheVillain: Matt would do this, only to make sure proper due process carried out. Results usually vary.



* TheCoconutEffect: What's a Western without one?

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* TheCoconutEffect: What's a Western without one?UnderestimatingBadassery


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* ViolenceIsDisturbing: Most of the violence portrayed is only (rarely) glorified in-universe.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Matt would rather talk things out or otherwise resolve things without a gunfight or fatality. It doesn't always end that way.
8th Jan '17 6:12:02 PM Sukai
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8th Jan '17 6:09:35 PM Sukai
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8th Jan '17 6:06:34 PM Sukai
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* DamselInDistress: Happens a lot.


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* HistoricalDomainCharacter
** The very first episode was based on the (fictitious) start of [[BillyTheKid Billy the Kid's]] life of crime.
** The episode "The Brothers" ended on a [[WhamLine Wham Line]] regarding Frank and [[JesseJames Jesse James]].
** Both Doc Holiday and Annie Oakley have entire episodes about (and named after) them.
** A non-outlaw example has Matt recommending "Wild Bill" Hickok to be a law officer.


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* ManOnFire: At the end of "Firey Arrest", you realize that the title of the episode was pretty literal.
* TheMeddlingKidsAreUseless: Usually results in some of the aforementioned [[DownerEnding downer endings.]] If an episode involves a [[HistoricalDomainCharacter real life outlaw]] from the [[TheWildWest Old West]], expect this to happen.
* MenacingStroll: Matt has his fair share of these.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Matt (with very few exceptions) will enforce the law, regardless of it's purpose, because he believes that that not enforcing the law during ties when he doesn't want to would devalue it and make it harder to enforce otherwise. He believes in no uncertain terms that a flawed law is better than no law.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Chester talks too much.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Subverted, then played straight in the episode "About Chester".
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Sometimes a character (usually [[DamselInDistress Kitty]]) is held hostage and Matt is forced to cooperate with the villain.
8th Jan '17 5:06:43 PM Sukai
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* AmputationStopsSpread: Subverted in the episode "Home Surgery" where [[spoiler: Matt amputates an old man's leg to keep him from dying of Gangrene, but it was too late and he ends up dying anyway.]]


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* CaughtInASnare: Happens to [[spoiler: Matt]] in the episode aptly titled, "Bear Trap".


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* CurbStompBattle: Every time Matt gets into a fist fight.
* DareToBeBadass: The ending of the "Bloody Hands" episode.
* DoorOfDoom: Several episodes involves Matt and other characters on one end of an open exit, with gunmen deliberately waiting outside to kill anyone who walks through on sight. Some characters don't recognize the threat and take on the challenge and it ends about as well as you'd expect.


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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Several plots are usually contained within a single day.


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* GraveRobbing: A major plot point in "Body Snatch".
* HeroicBSOD
** Happens to [[spoiler: Matt]] in "Bloody Hands" where [[spoiler: he quits after having to shoot outlaws a part with a shotgun.]] [[DareToBeBadass He gets better.]]
** Happens again in the episode "Matt's Decision", but it's less severe.


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* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Unless a character in question is a coward or just a plain murderer, two fighting characters will never get into a gunfight unless both parties are armed with a revolver, often [[SubvertedTrope subverted.]] [[AvertedTrope averted]] or [[PlayedForDrama played for drama.]]
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* ActionGirl: The episode "Hinka-Do" featured a homely woman taking over a local bar, who proved to be effective with a six shooter.


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* AfterActionPatchup: Happens often, primarily to Matt.
* AlwaysOnDuty: Being law enforcement in an area known for it's lawlessness, Matt Dillon (and on occasion Chester and/or Doc) often find himself being woken up from sleeping to tend to a problem. The problems can range in severity and the reasons for sleeping can too.


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* BangBangBANG: An elephant gun sounds the same as a shotgun, which sounds the same as a six shooter, which sounds the same as a rifle.
* BangingForHelp: On more than one occasion, Chester finds himself forcefully trading places with the prisoner of the week and abandoned with only the hope that Matt will hear him yelling for help.
* BigDamnHeroes: Matt is often fashionably late.
* CarnivalOfKillers: Was the general idea of the episode "Reward for Matt".


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* TheCoconutEffect: What's a Western without one?
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