History Series / TheWildWildWest

18th Oct '16 3:19:20 AM Saveelich
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A 1960's TV series which combined two then-popular genres: TheWestern and the SpyDrama, following the anachronistic adventures of two Secret Service agents roaming the western United States during the UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant administration. James West (Robert Conrad) was a borderline [[TheAce Ace]], the ladykilling man of action, while his partner Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) was a GadgeteerGenius and MasterOfDisguise. (Based on his work in this series, Martin the actor easily qualifies as a ''RealLife'' example of the latter.) The duo battled a wild assortment of [[MadScientist mad scientists]] and criminal masterminds, their most persistent foe being the evil-genius dwarf Dr. Miguelito Loveless (Michael Dunn). Depending on how exacting a person's definition of "{{Steampunk}}" is, this series could be said to be the highest-profile example of the genre ever to appear on American live-action TV. It is the UrExample of CattlePunk.

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A 1960's TV series which combined two then-popular genres: TheWestern and the SpyDrama, following the anachronistic adventures of two Secret Service agents roaming the western United States during the UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant administration. James West (Robert Conrad) was a borderline [[TheAce Ace]], the ladykilling man of action, while his partner Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) was a GadgeteerGenius and MasterOfDisguise. (Based on his work in this series, Martin the actor easily qualifies as a ''RealLife'' example of the latter.) )

The duo battled a wild assortment of [[MadScientist mad scientists]] and criminal masterminds, their most persistent foe being the evil-genius dwarf Dr. Miguelito Loveless (Michael Dunn). Depending on how exacting a person's definition of "{{Steampunk}}" is, this series could be said to be the highest-profile example of the genre ever to appear on American live-action TV. It is the UrExample of CattlePunk.
15th Oct '16 5:23:51 AM Tarlonniel
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* {{Bandito}}: In "The Night of the Surreal [=McCoy=]", it turns out that ace gunslinger Lightnin' [=McCoy=] is one of these.



* FastestGunInTheWest: Jim, of course. The trope is made explicit in "The Night of the Surreal [=McCoy=]", where he has a climatic showdown with the eponymous gunslinger.



* TheStoic: Lightnin' [=McCoy=]. "He was very fast, Señor."
14th Oct '16 6:29:46 PM Geoduck
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* {{Bandito}}: In "The Night of the Surreal [=McCoy=]", it turns out that ace gunslinger Lightnin' [=McCoy=] is one of these.



* FastestGunInTheWest: Jim, of course. The trope is made explicit in "The Night of the Surreal [=McCoy=]", where he has a climatic showdown with the eponymous gunslinger.



* StuntDouble: Not for Conrad so much as his opponents.

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* StuntDouble: Not for Conrad so much as his opponents.TheStoic: Lightnin' [=McCoy=]. "He was very fast, Señor."
24th Jul '16 11:35:22 AM BURGINABC
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* ShownTheirWork: In at least one episode, the villains attempt to poison the protagonists with "prussic acid". This is, in fact, the term that was used for hydrogen cyanide during that time period.
1st Jun '16 5:38:52 AM Tarlonniel
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* PendulumOfDeath: In "The Night of the Deadly Blossom", Jim West and Japanese agent Ishuda are captured by the villain Barclay. In an effort to get Ishuda to talk, Barclay has West strapped to a table beneath a slowly descending pendulum blade. Barclay even mentions having got the inspiration from Poe's story.
1st Jun '16 2:55:25 AM foxley
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* PendulumOfDeath: In "The Night of the Deadly Blossom", Jim West and Japanese agent Ishuda are captured by the villain Barclay. In an effort to get Ishuda to talk, Barclay has West strapped to a table beneath a slowly descending pendulum blade. Barclay even mentions having got the inspiration from Poe's story.
1st Apr '16 2:30:43 AM Cindylover1969
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* LighterAndSofter: The reunion movies are very much comedies, to the point of {{camp}}, while the original series is a drama.

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* LighterAndSofter: The reunion movies are very much comedies, to the point of {{camp}}, while the original series is a drama. (The reunion movies were from the writer-director team behind ''Film/SupportYourLocalSheriff'', which explains a lot.)
15th Jan '16 6:23:29 AM RippenFan33
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* CreateYourOwnVillain: The first reunion movie features a young man seeking revenge on James West for killing his father.

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* CreateYourOwnVillain: The first reunion movie features a young man seeking revenge on James West for killing his father. [[note]] Or, to be more precise, causing his father to die from ulcers brought on by West repeatedly foiling his plans for world domination. [[CaptainObvious It was Loveless's son]] [[/note]]
27th Dec '15 10:59:35 AM MarkLungo
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* KeystoneArmy: The villain in ''The Night of the Red-Eyed Madman'' has built his followers into a cult based on AsskickingEqualsAuthority, with his basic premise being that they would be able to defeat larger bodies of conventional soldiers thanks to their superior melee combat training. When West beats him in a one-on-one fight his group realizes the whole thing was BS and surrenders en masse.

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* KeystoneArmy: The villain in ''The "The Night of the Red-Eyed Madman'' Madman" has built his followers into a cult based on AsskickingEqualsAuthority, with his basic premise being that they would be able to defeat larger bodies of conventional soldiers thanks to their superior melee combat training. When West beats him in a one-on-one fight his group realizes the whole thing was BS and surrenders en masse.



** Not a ''theme'' tune cameo, but at the end of "The Night of the Sabitini Death," we get a clip of the music typically played during the first scene of a ''GilligansIsland'' episode. See ActorAllusion on the trivia page.

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** Not a ''theme'' tune cameo, but at the end of "The Night of the Sabitini Death," we get a clip of the music typically played during the first scene of a ''GilligansIsland'' ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode. See ActorAllusion on the trivia page.
27th Dec '15 10:35:29 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* KeystoneArmy: The villain in ''The Night of the Red-Eyed Madman'' has built his followers into a cult based on AsskickingEqualsAuthority, with his basic premise being that they would be able to defeat larger bodies of conventional soldiers thanks to their superior melee combat training. When West beats him in a one-on-one fight his group realizes the whole thing was BS and surrenders en masse.
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