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->''"We ain't in the prisoner-takin' business. We're in the killin' Nat-zi business. And cousin, business is a-BOOMIN'."''
-->-- '''[[BradPitt Lt. Aldo Raine]]'''

'''''Inglourious Basterds''''' (2009) is the sixth film by Creator/QuentinTarantino. It is told in five chapters:

#Chapter 1: Once Upon a Time in Nazi-occupied France
#Chapter 2: The Inglourious Basterds
#Chapter 3: A German Night in Paris
#Chapter 4: Operation Kino
#Chapter 5: Revenge of the Giant Face

Set in an AlternateHistory version of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, this movie is about a group of Jewish-American commandos and their loose-cannon hillbilly leader and numerous plots to assassinate the Nazi leadership. The Jewish soldiers are known to the Germans as "The Basterds," a terrifying group who massacre as many [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] as they can find, scalping each one but leaving a single man alive to [[TheDreaded spread the word of their deeds]]. Oh, but not without [[MakeAnExampleOfThem carving a swastika into his forehead]] with a bowie knife.

A young German sniper finds himself the subject of Goebbels' latest propaganda film, the premiere of which he decides to relocate to a small cinema owned by a girl he takes a liking to. Unbeknownst to him, this girl is a Jew whose family was massacred by the Nazis four years earlier, and she takes the opportunity of so many [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi leaders]] coming to her cinema to take revenge. Upon finding out about the premiere, the Basterds also plot to destroy Hitler and his high command at the event despite being pursued by the SS officer who slaughtered the cinema owner's family.

This being Tarantino, an orgy of violence is inevitable and duly happens.

A large source of confusion derives from Tarantino letting the script get out of hand (read '''miniseries'''). This planned miniseries was scrapped when a friend of Tarantino told him he's the only director who actually gets him to go to the theater. So he scrapped most of the plot and backstories, and what was left was a movie in which the titular Basterds were not quite focused on.

On a sad note, the film is the final collaboration between Tarantino and editor Sally Menke, who edited all of his films until her death in 2010.

'''Huge spoilers lie ahead.''' In fact, it's best you go see the movie before looking at the tropes. Trust us, it's worth the 2-1/2 hours.

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!!The Basterds provide inglourious exampels of the following trope:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: For a supposed action film, its quiet (and often dramatic) moments seem to outnumber the actual action parts of the movie.
* AdolfHitler: Naturally. Unlike most other depictions, he is [[spoiler: messily shot to death to the point that his face is disfigured.]]
* AdvertisedExtra: A commonly cited complaint against the film is that the Basterds themselves come off as this.
* AffablyEvil: Landa is often impeccably polite to the people he interrogates, though he will occasionally throw in very pointed questions.
* AffectionateParody: Way too many people, possibly those who haven't watched a lot of old movies, don't realize that most of this movie is composed of send-ups of classic scenes from World War Two movies (particularly the bar scene, with the SS officer noticing the accent and the massive shootout, with even the bartender taking out a gun), all done on a bigger, flashier, and more melodramatic scale. It also includes music from ''Film/KellysHeroes'' [[spoiler: in the scene where one of the Basterds in the movie theater is going upstairs back into the theater to alert the other to get ready to kill Hitler]]. As they say, Creator/QuentinTarantino isn't in the business of making movies about anything in particular. He is in the business of making movies about movies.
* AlternateHistory: [[spoiler:AdolfHitler and most of the Nazi head of state are killed in a French movie theater in June 1944.]]
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Aldo Raine is an interesting case. He's placed in charge of a unit of commandos who are all Jewish, but we never learn if he's Jewish himself. Nothing about his name or personality suggests that he's Jewish, but he does seem to have a personal hatred for Nazis that goes beyond simple enemies of war. WordOfGod says his hatred of Nazis has to do with his years fighting TheKlan (who, ironically, were despised by the Nazis despite their common anti-Semitism). The scar on his neck was likely from a lynching. Whether this is because he's Jewish, part-Native American, or some other reason is unknown.
* AmericaWinsTheWar:
** Subverted. On the surface, it looks like a group of Jewish American commandos is going to turn the tides of WWII. In reality, [[spoiler: their plot to kill Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis would have failed spectacularly; the Basterds win only thanks to a Nazi turncoat (whose very presence would have wrecked the plan if he didn't decide to become a GloryHound), a vengeful French Jewish girl and her French African partner -- who will quite possibly never get the credit for their exploit. In fact,]] their involvement almost ''thwarts'' the plan. Had the Basterds not tried anything, Shosanna would have killed the Nazi leadership without a hitch. On the other hand, had Landa done his duty as head of security then probably nobody would have succeeded, and he needed the Basterds to make the deal that motivated him ''not'' to do said duty, so the Basterds were necessary in a way. Double subversion?
** On the other hand, Shosanna's plan was somewhat poorly thought out: While she has trapped the bulk of the audience in the burning auditorium, it is very likely that [[spoiler: Hitler and his men would have escaped from the opera box, especially with the aid of the two armed guards shooting out the glass door that would be the only thing between them and freedom. Had the Basterds not killed Hitler, he would have escaped;]] and in fact had the Basterds not opened fire on the panicked auditorium then the bulk of them would have likely broken down the doors through sheer numbers. The Basterds' plan was entirely independent of Shosanna's ''[[spoiler: and killed Hitler with more finality minutes before the exploding cinema could have done.]]''
* AmericanAccents: Brad Pitt speaks in a thick Appalachian accent. It's actually pretty accurate to the time period.
* AntiHero
* AnyoneCanDie: Up to and including '''[[spoiler:HITLER]]'''. Oh, and only [[spoiler:three characters out of an enormous ensemble make it out of the movie alive.]]
* AuthorAppeal: Creator/QuentinTarantino's foot fetish pops up again: see InsertCameo.
* AutobiographicalRole InUniverse
* AwardShow: Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor in pretty much ''every'' show, including the AcademyAward. His Oscar speech began with him, in reference to something Landa says in Chapter 5, saying "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny This is what we call an 'uber-bingo'!]]"
* AxCrazy:
** Hugo Stiglitz, who stabbed 13 Gestapo officers to death in various ways and is visibly creepy.
** Lt. Aldo Raine also counts. In spite of his rank and all-American good looks, he is little more than a bloodthirsty sadist who really gets off on carving swastikas into the heads of German prisoners-of-war regardless of whether or not they are Nazis. The rest of his team count as well.
* BadassBoast: "We will be cruel to the German, and through our cruelty he will know who we are. And he will find the evidence of our cruelty in the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured]] bodies of his brothers we leave behind us..."
* BadassMustache: Aldo has one.
* BatterUp: Sgt. Donny Donowitz's preferred method of killing German soldiers, signed with every Jew in the UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} metro area. Played by Creator/EliRoth. How appropriate.
* BerserkButton: When speaking to Herr Goebbels, don't you even DARE mention the name "Lilian Harvey", because he flips out. See the HistoricalInJoke listing below for more.
* BestServedCold: Shosanna's plot. Well, probably not ''too'' cold, but at the very least, lukewarm. Or burning hot with hellfire. [[spoiler:And somewhat dead, but then undead, given that she was killed right before it began.]]
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: During his conversation with [=LaPadite=] in Chapter 1 - "Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France", Landa names the devious and predatory hawk as the animal with closest similarity to the German people. Admittedly, this puts the Nazis at a disadvantage since hawks are too "dignified" to hide, and thus ill-equipped to find "rats" i.e. Jews.
* BilingualBackfire:
** The Basterds' and Frau von Hammersmark's plan of infiltrating the theatre involved them speaking Italian as the Germans do not know the accents (and they wouldn't have to repeat the bar incident), but one of the people they meet is Hans Landa, who knows Italian and is pretty much able to confirm his suspicions about them by their atrocious accents.
** Earlier in the film, Landa was cautious about this trope but finds that he didn't need to be concerned because the family under the floor didn't react to any of the English he and Pierre La Padite spoke.
* BilingualBonus:
** Some scenes with foreign language are deliberately left without subtitles, in particular the one with Shosanna and Zoller in the cafe where none of the German is subtitled. Since it's from Shosanna's point-of-view, it is somewhat justified.
** Landa's French is very good, and when he makes his excuse that he's "run out of French," he's actually quite articulate. This is an early clue, in fact, the only one, to warn us that he only is doing it because he is aware that the Jews hiding under the floorboards do not speak English.
** Mainland Europeans (or people who understand Germany very well) will quickly pick up on [[spoiler: Hicox's accent and the wrong hand gesture he uses (which ultimately gives him away as a spy)]] before any of the characters do.
** Also rather hilariously inverted with the FilmWithinAFilm ''Nation's Pride'', in which dialogue spoken by American characters are in English and subtitled in German.
** In the subtitles, select words are untranslated because Tarantino apparently decided that their English meanings are easy to translate. "Merci" and "Oui" for instance.
* BittersweetEnding: On the one hand, [[spoiler:Hitler's dead and the war's over.]] On the other, [[spoiler:pretty much every sympathetic character (and most of the unsympathetic ones, and a couple of guys we really didn't know that much about...) had to die to make it happen.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The film shows how war fosters brutality on both sides.
* BlastOut: The [[spoiler:tavern's (first)]] MexicanStandOff ends this way. Everyone is killed in the course of a gunfight that lasts only 35 seconds.
* BloodKnight: The Basterds are a squad of them. Their one mission is to kill as many Nazis as possible and cause fear and mayhem amongst them.
* BonusMaterial: ''Nation's Pride'' is included in its entirety on the DVD.
* BrawnHilda: The female soldier, Beethoven, in the tavern demonstrates her willingness to kick the asses of her male compatriots.
* BreakTheHaughty: This happens to [[spoiler:Landa at the end when he gets a swastika carved into his skull.]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: It's unclear whether Landa ever knew what Shosanna looks like, but if he did, then he fails to recognize her when they eat together years after he slaughters her family. She, on the other hand, remembers exactly who he is.
** He either suspects who she is, or knows and is deliberately playing with her. [[spoiler:He orders her a glass of milk to drink as a message, calling back to his own actions in the farmhouse just before ho told his men to open fire through the floor.]]
* TheCameo:
** Mike Myers as General Ed Fenech, and Rod Taylor as WinstonChurchill.
** German punk rocker [[Music/DieArzte Bela B.]] as usher
** Creator/SamuelLJackson as the narrator
** Creator/HarveyKeitel as a voice on the radio
** German comedian Volker 'Zack' Michalowski as the German soldier in the tavern, who got the role of Edgar Wallace in the game their are playing.
* CallBack: Hicox notes that Stiglitz isn't quite the loquacious type, then when called on it, admits the loquacious type isn't who he needs for this mission. [[spoiler: When they get to the FacingTheBulletsOneLiner (below), he knows exactly who should deliver the line]].
* CarvedMark - Swastikas carved into the foreheads of surviving Nazis.
* CasualDangerDialog: The entire MexicanStandoff. And [[INeedAFreakingDrink they need a freaking drink]]!
* CatchPhrase: At least three times during the movie, there is a scene where one character asks another if they understand, and then says "Can you explain..." Happens so frequently that it really makes you wonder why any of them ever asks the question in the first place.
* CensoredTitle: The announcer in [=TV=] ads for the movie in the [=UK=] before Watershed would just call the movie ''Inglorious''. Some of them, mysteriously, showed the full title onscreen; note however that whilst the spelling of "Basterds" doesn't match the spelling of the curse, the pronunciation does, which is probably why only a verbal censor was used pre-watershed (as failing to fully advertise the title would only serve to confuse). In the UK the film is shown on SkyMovies and it is titled ''Inglourious B******s'' on Sky's Planner/TV Guide.
* ChekhovsArmoury: Several Chekhov themes are prevalent throughout the film:
** ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Major Dieter Hellstrom]] is given a brief introduction, and makes another unimportant background appearance, but later serves as [[spoiler: the initiator of the first MexicanStandoff in the bar after Hicox accidentally betrays his disguise.]]
** ChekhovsGun:
*** von Hammersmark's [[spoiler: autograph and missing shoe leads to her capture and death.]]
*** Shosanna is briefly shown [[spoiler: loading the pistol that kills Zoller.]]
* CompensatingForSomething: After watching Perrier [=LaPadite=] smoke a standard corncob pipe for several minutes during the dairy farm scene, Landa asks if he might join him.... and produces a ludicrously huge, SherlockHolmes-style calabash. Raine's Bowie knife is also exceptionally larger.
* ContinuityNod: The only black person in the film is named [[Film/PulpFiction Marcel]]. Also, Sgt. Donny Donowitz, aka "The Bear Jew," is reported to be the father of Lee Donowitz from ''Film/TrueRomance,'' which Tarantino wrote.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Landa's whole ploy to get La Padite to tell him the Dreyfuses' whereabouts works only because La Padite just happens to be fluent in English (something ''extremely'' rare for a French farmer in the 1940s).
* CoolGuns: The Sedgley [=OSS=] .38 caliber glove pistol that is used to take out the guards outside the theatre box. You ''punch it into the target to fire the bullet.'' It's awesome ''and'' based on a real OSS weapon.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Shosanna is actually ''not'' a Basterd. And the Basterds are much less prominent than you'd think (see also NeverTrustATrailer).
* CreatorCameo: Tarantino's head is the first one seen being actively scalped in the film and his hands can be seen in Chapter 5 doubling for Christoph Waltz's (See InsertCameo).
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Aldo Raine when [[spoiler:Landa is surrendering.]]
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* DeadlyFireworksDisplay: [[spoiler:The entire final scene in the theater. First 35mm nitrate film is set on fire, then Donnie and Omar fire on everyone in the theater from Hitler's box, then Shosanna's face is visible in the smoke rising from the flames after the screen has burned up, and then the bombs go off and everybody is dead. Hot damn!]]
* DeathByPragmatism: [[spoiler: Bridget von Hammersmark]]
* {{Deconstruction}}:
** [[http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/02/03/pandagon-why_inglourious_basterds_should_win_best_pictureand_why_it_wont/ Some people]] see this movie as a deconstruction of the [[OscarBait traditional]] Hollywood historical epic, particularly those about WorldWarTwo. Such movies often play faster and looser with history than the average viewer realizes, and can be unintentionally insulting in their reductiveness. By intentionally writing an alternate history, and going for fun action over a serious statement, Tarantino disputes whether such movies really work as actual history lessons, or at the very least, mocks how seriously these movies take themselves.
** Or, if you take it as straight-forward, the film is formatted [[InTheStyleOf in the style of]] a WorldWarTwo propaganda movie made as though it was made in 1944-45 just as the Normandy Landings are happening. In this, ''Inglourious Basterds'' is no different than ''MrsMiniver'', ''{{Casablanca}}'', ''Desperate Journey'', or other war films made ''while the war was still raging'', meaning the real ending [[spoiler:of Hitler committing suicide in his bunker]] hadn't happened ''yet''. Meaning the ''Basterds'' could depict its version of the war however it liked.
* DecoyProtagonist: The Basterds take up far less screen time than you might expect.
* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:When Hans Landa switches sides, he demands to be given a cover identity as one.]]
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: SS Colonel Hans Landa uses such a large and ornate pipe that it seems that he's trying too hard for this trope.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Zoller. [[SubvertedTrope Until he suddenly stops being nice]]. See KickTheDog.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in a subtle, creepy way: there is a scene where [[ShowWithinAShow Germans are watching]] a Nazi propaganda movie about a German sniper who [[OneManArmy killed massive numbers of Allied troops]] while behind enemy lines. They are laughing and enjoying themselves watching people from our side get slaughtered, while [[YouBastard you're laughing and enjoying yourself]] watching people from their side get slaughtered. However, some audiences even laughed and hooted ''while the allies were being slaughtered''. Laughter, she is an infectious drug, is she not? And the funniest part is that [[{{Deconstruction}} both reactions were probably predicted and intended]].
* DoomedByCanon: [[spoiler:''Magnificently'' subverted.]]
* {{Doppelganger}}: Hellstrom acts a ''lot'' like Landa... Without his cleverness, politeness towards his victims and self preservation sense though. [[spoiler:The kind of behavior that makes you say "auf wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls.]]
* DownerBeginning: Chapter 1 - "Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France", has Shosanna's parents and siblings being exterminated by Landa's troops, while she is either allowed to escape or Landa's gun could not reach her at that distance.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Zoller gets the premiere of his movie, along with all its high prestige guests, moved to a theater of a woman he doesn't even know. Well, except for Shosanna trying to ignore him.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Donny, Omar, Stiglitz, Hicox, Zoller]]. And, for some people, Rachtmann.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: All the basterds (save Raine himself) seem to have pale skin and very dark hair. Quite possibly a PhenotypeStereotype intended to mark them as Jews.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Landa uses this to get under Utivich's skin, telling him that he thinks it's unfair that Utivich has been nicknamed "The Little Man" by the Wehrmacht, when he's not really ''that'' little. Given that it's Landa doing the talking, it's not clear if he was serious or not.
* EnsembleCast: Creator/MelanieLaurent, Creator/ChristophWaltz, and Creator/BradPitt.
* EntitledToHaveYou: Zoller, when he finally gets fed up with Shosanna's rebuffs. He's gotten used to being treated like royalty for his heroic actions in the war, and he becomes violent after one too many snubs from her. It's especially jarring because before this he's been portrayed as a pretty nice guy and rather humble about his heroism.
* MrFanservice: Donny Donowitz and every other male.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench / EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Shosanna Dreyfus; French ''and'' [[MatzoFever Jewish]]. That's like pure, concentrated sex.
* EvilLaugh: Landa explodes with diabolical laughter at least twice. Later, Shosanna indulges in this in her message for the Nazis [[spoiler:as the film burns and the Basterds kill the crowd.]]
* EvilOverlooker: [[http://dannylim.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/inglourious-basterds-new-poster1.jpg This]] movie poster.
* EyeScream: A soldier or two in the ''Nation's Pride'' film get {{Moe Greene Special}}s.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Sergeant Rachtman, the Wehrmacht soldier that Donny beats to death with a bat.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner:
** [[spoiler:Stiglitz tells Hellstrom to say "auf Wiedersehen" to his Nazi balls]].
** [[spoiler:Hicox says, "There's a special circle in Hell for people who waste good scotch. Seeing as I may be rapping on the door momentarily..." and downs the glass]].
** Rachtman is asked if he got his Iron Cross for killing Jews. He simply states "Bravery" before Donowitz beats him to death.
* {{Fanservice}}: The under-dressed cigarette serving girls at the movie premiere. This is entirely in-keeping with the standard Nazi decadence, so it's TruthInTelevision.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Landa switches sides to the Americans and had a swastika carved into his head. Now he can never return to Germany and will spend his life in America as a pariah.]]
* [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within A Film]]: Types 1 and 3.
* FinalGirl: At different points, both Shosanna and von Hammersmark take their turns in this role, [[spoiler:although neither survives to be the last to kill the killers.]] Then again, arguably they each do, as [[spoiler:both of their plans come together to murder all the Nazis in the theater, including Hitler and Goebbels.]]
* FoodPorn: That scene with the strudel. Also has to count as some sort of dissonance considering Shosanna's state of mind during this part (to pour salt on the wound, there's a lot of dairy involved as well).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Hitler expresses fear of the "Bear Jew" and the idea that he's a golem summoned by the Jews. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: the Bear Jew mows Hitler down with gunfire and continues to blast his head to a fine jelly.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Landa:'''"I look forward to seeing you face-to-face as well"]]
* ForegoneConclusion: Averted. [[spoiler:The audience assumes that the plan to kill Hitler will fail because of history but Tarantino doesn't really care much about that]].
* ForWantOfANail:
** The existence of Colonel Hans Landa and the Basterds results in [[spoiler:Hitler getting machine-gunned to death and the war in Europe ending a year early]].
** Had Staff Sergeant Wilhelm's wife [[spoiler: not given birth on the night that Hicox and von Hammersmark were to make contact with the Basterds, there would not have been any German soldiers in the tavern and the rendezvous would have gone off without a hitch.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: Sort of. In the lightning-fast testicles shooting contest involving Hicox, Stiglitz, and Hellstrom, you can see how von Hammersmark's wound is made. Now it all happens in 35 seconds, so....
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Just watch Brad Pitt's face from the moment Landa approaches them in the cinema [[OhCrap and he realizes their plan is a terrible idea]].
* GambitPileup: Subverted. [[spoiler:Everyone's made separate plans, but they're all trying to do the same thing.]]
* GenreSavvy: Aldo talking about the MexicanStandoff. Also Landa throughout pretty much the whole movie, [[spoiler: until the end.]]
* GenocideBackfire: The Jews are sent to fight back against the Nazis. [[spoiler: Hitler gets killed by two Basterds and a maquisard who lost her family to Landa.]]
* GilliganCut: "She was picking a place isolated, and without Germans". Cuts to tavern full of partying Germans.
* TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper [[spoiler:gets killed by Landa because of it.]]
* {{Gorn}}: The scalpings, carved swastikas, and [[spoiler:Hitler and friends getting blown apart by MP-40 fire]].
* {{Golem}}: Donny Donowitz, the Bear Jew himself, is thought to be a golem by several Nazis.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The introduction of the forehead swastika is possibly the sole example in a movie filled with dead soldiers getting scalped and bodies being shredded with gunfire all within full view of the camera. Then again, that was probably just an artistic choice to hide what was actually being done until it could be revealed dramatically. A Nazi officer has a swastika carved on his head [[spoiler: at the end of the movie]], and it is shown in gruesome detail.
* GratuitousEnglish: Subverted by the justifying revelation that [[spoiler:Landa picked a language that the Jews he was hunting could not understand.]] He's also quite fluent in it.
* GroinAttack: How the first MexicanStandoff is begun. [[spoiler:And ends.]]
* HellIsThatNoise: The Bear Jew's clinking bat in the tunnel.
* HeroAntagonist: [[DesignatedVillain Arguably]], Sgt. Rachtman and [[IHaveAFamily less arguably]] Staff Sergeant Wilhelm.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: The Basterds are on a mission that requires them to perform atrocities, and they seem to take great pleasure in it, from scalping the dead to mutilating prisoners to beating the rest to death with a bat. However, because they're fighting German soldiers, they occupy the "hero" slot by default. On the other hand, Fredrick Zoller is presented as one by Nazi propaganda, but his actual reaction to the footage shows that he is not, or simply that he does not like how the propaganda exaggerated his moves.
* HeroicSacrifice: A number of examples:
** [[spoiler: Shosanna died while attempting to kill the entire German high command.]]
** [[spoiler:Donny and Omar in the theatre die in a suicide mission to kill the entire German high command and end the war.]]
** The German soldier who refuses to put German lives at risk, even though he technically isn't a hero (he's got medals for bravery though). Aldo Raine [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] his heroic sacrifice for his country when calling Donowitz to execute him.
* HistoricalInJoke: [[BerserkButton Goebbels freaks out at the mention of Lilian Harvey's name]]. [[GeniusBonus Makes sense if you know]] that she had an acrimonious relationship with the Nazi party and allegedly helped some Jewish filmmakers escape Germany. Even then, it still works as a NoodleIncident.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: While no time travel was involved, [[spoiler:the cardinal "Don't kill Adolf Hitler" rule is broken. The movie finished before any consequences were shown, though. However, ''Website/{{Cracked}}.com'' has [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19323_6-movie-tv-universes-that-overlap-in-mind-blowing-ways.html a theory]] which is based on a rumor that's floating around saying that all of Tarantino's movies are in the same universe: the absolute brutality that led to the death of Hitler and the top Nazis, and more than likely the end of the war, led to a more violent future where murder and the like aren't seen as quite as big of taboos as in real life, leading to {{Gorn}}-fests like ''Film/PulpFiction'' and ''Film/ReservoirDogs''. Additionally, everybody in that universe [[AuthorAppeal talks about pop culture all the time]] ("[[Music/{{Madonna}} Like a virgin]]", "Series/KungFu",etc.).[[FridgeBrilliance It stops being odd]] when you realize that Hitler was killed in a theatre by its owner and the father of somebody who is going to be a movie producer. Talking about pop culture in Tarantino's universe is SeriousBusiness.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Nazis were trapped in a theater and burned - gunned down if they tried to escape - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_of_the_Riga_synagogues just like they had done to Jews in synagogues]].
* [[HumansAreBastards Humans Are]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Basterds]]. Even Marcel, the nearest thing to a straightforwardly good person in the movie, is an AntiHero of type IV. Discounting the peasant families in the first chapter, or course.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler: Landa strangles von Hammersmark to death for treason, and yet immediately goes on to sell out the Third Reich himself.]]
* IAmVeryBritish: When Hicox is getting briefed for his mission, they all sound so English it hurts. Then you suddenly recognize [[Film/AustinPowers Dr. Evil]] talking, and you realize that everyone in the room is a FakeBrit. Sort of TruthInTelevision there are still people in the UK who talk that way, they're just few and far between (see Creator/StephenFry for a famous example outside the Royal Family). 70 years ago, even more people talked like that, and whilst the common soldier would sound far more ordinary, the top brass would be more likely to be made up of the upper classes.
* IceQueen: Shosanna is this UpToEleven with Frederick, for ''very'' understandable reasons.
* IdiotBall: The Allied commander in ''[[ShowWithinAShow Nation's Pride]]'' refuses to destroy a tower that houses a Nazi sniper who is decimating his men only because the tower itself has historical significance.
* IHitYouYouHitTheGround: Donnie says this to a Nazi soldier as he's taking him to be interrogated by Aldo.
* IncomingHam:
** Hitler's first appearance has him furiously pounding his fist on a table while repeatedly shouting "NEIN! NEIN! NEIN! NEIN! NEIN! NEIN! NEIN! NEIN! NEIN!" in a high-pitched voice, all while wearing a ridiculous cape.
** Donny tapping his bat against the tunnel wall, [[OverlyLongGag which lasts for more than 30 seconds before he actually finally appears]].
* InformedJudaism: The Basterds themselves don't appear to be practicing Jews, just Jewish by descent. [[http://galusaustralis.com/2009/09/1770/inglourious-basterds-enthralling-but-lacking-in-jewish-content/ This has been criticized by some reviewers]], compared to other films like ''Film/{{Munich}}''.
* InheritedIlliteracyTitle: The spelling is visible on a gun's buttstock near the beginning of the film. It goes by very quickly, so it counts as a FreezeFrameBonus.
* InsertCameo: When Landa [[spoiler:kills von Hammersmark]], his hands are Tarantino's own.
* ItaliansTalkWithHands: The three American soldiers who have to impersonate Italians (without speaking a word of it) at a Nazi party punctuate every sentence with arm gestures. [[MagnificentBastard The guy they're trying to fool]] isn't (primarily because of his own mastery of the language), but goes along with the act since it's so funny.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: [[spoiler:On von Hammersmark.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Landa ''[[spoiler:almost]]'' gets this [[spoiler:until Aldo shoots his fellow defector and carves a swastika into his forehead]].
* KarmicDeath: At the end, [[spoiler:the Nazi high command is essentially [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything locked in a room under (half)-false pretenses and murdered. By Jews and a Black guy no less]]]]. [[spoiler:DeathByIrony]] indeed.
* KickTheDog:
** Fredrick Zoller is presented as a sympathetic character in spite of being a German soldier until he finally has enough of [[spoiler:Shosanna's rejections and goes into an aggressive tirade about how she should be thankful to him.]]
** The scene where [[spoiler:Aldo digs his finger into Bridget von Hammersmark's bullet wound to make sure she's telling the truth about the basement. In a film full of brutality, it's this scene that tends to make audiences wince the most, and it's done to a sympathetic woman on his own side.]]
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: In the penultimate scene, two of the Basterds start firing indiscriminately into the crowd. They have TNT strapped to their legs, not to mention the theatre is already burning and Landa's TNT under the booth, which ensures no one is getting out of there alive.]] Of all the main characters introduced, [[spoiler:the audience sees only Raine, Utivich, and Landa alive by the end of the movie]].
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The entire Nazi high command. And their friends and family. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And some random low-level officers.]] [[DudeNotFunny And people they had sex with.]]]]
* KinkMeme: This one gets a special mention because [[http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_startrek/792102.html Eli Roth]] ''found it''. Then promptly linked to it on his Twitter. ''Then'' forwarded it to Creator/QuentinTarantino. Amusingly, their reaction amounted to 'wtf, the Bear Jew always tops'. Omar Doom probably reached for the BrainBleach though. [[http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/2531/tumblrkqk7vbn1pr1qzwg4b.jpg And Christoph Waltz's reaction must be seen to be believed.]]
* KnifeNut: Raine and Stiglitz love their knives very much. [[spoiler:Stiglitz dies stabbing the holy hell out of Gestapo noggin during a crazed shootout. He died as he lived, and doing what he loved.]]
* LadyInRed: Shosanna on the climactic night.
* LargeHam: Brad Pitt as Aldo Raine and of course Martin Wuttke as Der Fuhrer himself. Although Aldo is played for laughs [[spoiler:especially during the premiere]], Hitler is played halfway seriously.
* LaughablyEvil: When Landa excuses himself to laugh himself almost into convulsions about the paper-thin excuses of Von Hammersmarck and the Basterds, you ''cannot'' help yourself but laugh along with him.
* LesCollaborateurs: Two of them. The first is at first unwilling, the second has his ass beaten by Shosanna and Marcel. Three, if you count Francesca Mondino, Goebbels' translator/mistress.
* LipstickAndLoadMontage: Shosanna before the premiere.
* LivingMacGuffin: Hitler.
* LostInTranslation: An in-universe example that turns out to be a major error with disastrous results. In the tavern scene, Lt. Hicox seems to avoid this until he [[spoiler:orders three Scotches using his index, middle and ring fingers -- supposedly like a Brit -- as opposed to his index, middle and ''thumb'' -- like a German. This blows his cover and results in everyone in the bar except Hammersmark and a Heer grunt dying in a [[BlastOut 35 second shootout]].]]
* TheManTheyCouldntHang: Lieutenant Aldo Raine, at least if the scar on his neck is anything to go by.
* MatzoFever: Shosanna, for Zoller, though he doesn't realize it, and for a lot of male ([[EvenTheGirlsWantHer and some female]]) fans. Also, Donny, apparently.
* MexicanStandOff: It's a Tarantino film, what did you expect? It happens several times, and lampshaded/discussed in the basement tavern, where Raine talks with Wilhelm about how they can avoid the situation. This discussion then becomes moot when von Hammersmark subverts the trope: [[spoiler:by killing Wilhelm.]]
* MoodWhiplash: In a rare example of the tragedy-to-comedy version, [[spoiler:Shosanna's beautifully shot death scene, with Ennio Morricone's beautiful "Un Amico" building to a heartbreaking climax....]] Smash cut to the Bear Jew- "After I kill that guy, you have 30 feet to get to that guy. Can you do it?"
* MookHorrorShow: The approach of the Bear-Jew from the tunnel, and Shosanna's projected face laughing at the theater crowd. The Basterds' entire mission could be seen as an invoked example.
* MoreDakka: [[spoiler:Hitler, Goebbels, Goebbels' translator, and a good portion of the crowd]] die in a massive hail of gunfire.
* MostWritersAreWriters : Hicox was a film critic before the war. An expert on German cinema.
* NaziHunter: All of the Basterds. It is a less-common form of this trope in that they are active during the war as opposed to after it.
* NastyParty: Shosanna plans to implement her RoaringRampageOfRevenge the Nazis come to her theater to view Frederick Zoller's film, and once the film ends kill them all by trapping them in the burning theater.
* NaziGermany: Obviously, though almost all of the film is set in occupied France.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers, with its machine-gun firin' and Nazi stabbin' and Tarantino-directin', promised two-and-a-half hours of violent Nazi-slaughtering that would make ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'' look like Nazi Propaganda. The trailers don't give away the movie/theater secondary plot (which is never alluded to in the trailers) that take up such a significant portion of the movie, and the actual film takes a far more suspense-drama driven style. The Basterds themselves share the spotlight with an ensemble cast and have a smaller role than the trailers imply.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** The Basterds get von Hammersmark killed as well as two of their own, they're responsible for Landa's escape, and they accomplish precisely nothing as Shosanna would have gotten all the Nazis anyway.
*** Not really; Hitler had that soap box escape. He would have gotten out if not for the Basterds.
** There was always a chance that Hans Landa would become a model American citizen following his KarmaHoudini. But now, [[spoiler: with that swastika carved into his brow, he has no choice but to embrace his Nazi past once more - and who knows how many more people he'll kill?]]
* NinetiesAntiHero: The Basterds.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Zoller's constant attempts to get Shosanna's attention and to help out her theater only get him rejected [[spoiler: and killed.]]
** [[spoiler: Shosanna as well, with her one moment of emotional weakness and display of kindness to Zoller gets her shot. Not that she was going to survive the night anyway.]]
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine:
** Normally this requires the protagonist get captured, but when Landa invites himself into [=LaPadite's=] dairy farm to share a saucer of delicious milk, and a smoke and chat about missing Jews, the power that the Fuhrer gives him in occupied France makes the home a prison.
** Played fairly straight in Shosanna's meeting with Landa in Chapter 3, though it's not certain if Landa fails to recognise Shosanna or if he just decides to let her go so he could mess with her head.
* NoSwastikas: Averted in the movie, naturally, but in German posters for the movie, it's played straight, due to certain laws in Germany (or rather [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad overly strict adherence to these laws, even though the law clearly states that the ban on swastikas does not apply to works of art).]] Same thing goes in France.
* NonverbalMiscommunication: Variation where it is the sender (Hicox) who has knowledge of German culture yet uses the wrong hand gesture. It's an understandable mistake, as Hicox's knowledge of German culture comes entirely from watching movies, and even people who study German for years in school and have impeccable accents (which Hicox does not, in another major plot point) often give themselves away by this mistake. Of course everyone else realizes the mistake which ends up becoming a PoorCommunicationKills and for Hicox, one spectacular CriticalResearchFailure.
** The mistake isn't easy to spot, and people are known to have to ask around about it, but when one knows just what the mistake was it's impossible to not see it: he orders "drei" (three) glasses by holding up his middle, ring, and index fingers (when a proper German would hold up the thumb, index finger, and middle finger). That gesture is really alien to Germans.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent:
** In a CrowningMomentOfFunny, when trying to pass off as an Italian in front of Landa, Raine speaks a few words of I-Talian in an American southern accent ("Bon-jer-no"). Which is kinda [[ElSpanisho correcto]], but also sad since Omar (who can't even speak Italian) had a better accent than he did. [[spoiler: But, you might forget thinking to feel bad for Omar, since Landa asks for all of them to repeat their names several times, and actually ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny congratulates]]'' Omar for his pronunciation.]]
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] a second later when Donny does a hilariously over-the-top American stereotype of an Italian accent.
* NotHisSled: [[spoiler: They succeed in killing Hitler. Instead of, you know, failing.]]
* NotSoDifferent:
** Though Raine says that "the Nazi ain't got no humanity," it's pretty clear that this film ''does'' seek to humanize the Nazis. Frederick Zoller's one-sided relationship with Shosanna had a certain chick-flick cuteness. He also dislikes watching a movie of himself killing. Private Butz is just a scared boy who wants to survive the war and hug his mother. Sgt. Wilhelm is shown celebrating the birth of his son and is sadly killed (perhaps unnecessarily) on the same night. Sgt. Rachtmann is shown to be a brave soldier, willing to sacrifice his life for his comrades in arms. Even the normally unflappable Col. Hans Landa shows shock and anger at the execution of an unarmed German soldier.
** Likewise, even though Raine seems to chastize the Nazis for their inhumanity, he and his unit seemed to be the most inhuman.
*** Though not deeply explored, the one thing that differentiates the Basterds from the Nazis is that even though they are pretty ruthless, they do ''not'' kill civilians. This is something that the Nazis did quite a lot of. By some estimates, 17 million innocents (a lot of whom were Jews just like the family that was hiding under the floorboards at [=LaPadite=]'s dairy farm) were mass executed by the Nazis during WWII. Hitler's Third Reich set the bar for inhumanity quite high.
*** On the other hand, a great many of the actual German army did not want to go to war. There is never indication that Private Butz (the private that Raine brands and leaves alive after the interrogation scene), Zoller (the celebrated sniper), Wilhelm (the father who is celebrating his son's first birthday at the tavern), or Rachtmann (the soldier killed by Donny at the first Basterd interrogation) killed any civilians. Zoller is clearly uncomfortable watching a recreation of him killing hundreds of American soldiers (either he was too ashamed of himself, or thought the recreation was overexaggerated). By humanizing the Nazis and having the Basterds being pretty inhuman shows pretty clearly that there are no heroes in war, just a bunch of [[WarIsHell inglourious basterds]].
* NotSoStoic: Perrier [=LaPadite=] listens impassively to Landa talk of how he's looking for a missing Jewish family, until he realises that Landa has deduced that they're hiding under the floorboards, whereupon tears start streaming down his face and he confirms what Landa suspects.
* OhCrap:
** von Hammersmark when [[spoiler: she reaches into Landa's coat pocket and finds one of the shoes she lost at the tavern shootout.]]
** Landa's face when [[spoiler: Raine asks him if he plans to take off his uniform.]] Priceless. Considering what happened to Pvt. Butz after he said he intended to take off his uniform...
** The looks on the Basterds and Hicox's faces when they see the Germans in the bar.
* OminousWalk: Donny does this as he walks out of the tunnel, complete with slamming his bat against the walls, to beat Sgt. Rachtman to death for refusing to give up information on the nearby patrol. Mind you, [[OverlyLongGag it takes almost a full minute from when you hear the ominous tapping sound to when Donny actually appears]].
* {{Omniglot}}: Herr Landa speaks everything. In RealLife, the need for the actor playing Landa to speak four languages was a serious casting issue for Tarantino, one which he claims almost made him give up on the project at one point. In the script, it's hinted he speaks even more languages (albeit not as fluently).
** La Paditte's flawless command of English is ''very'' unlikely to say the least, considering the fact that he's just a simple dairy farmer.
** Shosanna speaks no English at the beginning of the movie (in 1940), and yet by 1944 she speaks it well enough to deliver a whole vengeance speech to the awe-struck Germans; in the meantime she presumably never left France once and she had no-one to practice it with. On the other hand, she may have just got her pronounciation right just to deliver the lines and she actually couldn't say much more than that. Still, somebody ''had'' to write the speech to begin with.
* OneLastSmoke: Marcel, [[spoiler: right before he uses it to light the film on fire and bring down the house.]]
* OneManArmy: Zoller. [[spoiler: Arguably played with in his death since he is shot in the back by... a woman who runs a theatre.]]
* OneSteveLimit:
** Averted. There are two guys in this film who are named Wilhelm; one is a Basterd (Wicki), and the other is a Nazi, which can get a little confusing.
** Also, if you speak German, you'll notice that Landa addresses all his underlings as "Hermann", which is kinda funny. Shows he doesn't care about them at all (his final "I made a deal with your General for that man's life!" is even more hollow). This is particularly funny in the scene where he introduces the last Herrmann. He even pauses for a moment to remember his name, and then just decides to go with Herrmann. Herrmann can also be interpreted as "Herr Man", which is German for "Mister Man". Nothing personal indeed.
** Hermann literally means "an army man". How appropriate.
* OnlySaneMan: Hicox, once he joins the Basterds.
* OperaGloves: Bridget wears them at the premiere.
* OverlyLongGag: Tapping the bat in the tunnel. It lasts almost a whole minute before you see Donny appear.
* PayEvilUntoEvil:
--> "They're the foot soljers of a Jew-hatin', mass-murderin' maniac, and they need to be dee-stroyed. That's why any and ''every'' sumbitch we find wearin' a uniform... they're gonna die."
* PoirotSpeak: Recognizable non-English words like ''merci'' and ''wunderbar'' are frequently (though not consistently) left untranslated in the subtitles. Not quite a straight usage, but the effect is similar.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: In Germany, the swastikas on all promotional material for the movie are censored. While the depiction of swastikas is technically illegal in Germany, the law clearly states that this ban does not apply to works of art (among other things).
* PrettyInMink[=/=]FurAndLoathing: Bridget [[http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/zz7f35abfa-440x652.jpg wears a fox wrap]]. Which trope this falls into probably doesn't matter.
* PunchClockVillain:
** The rank-and-file German soldiers are shown to be regular people with loyalty to their comrades and families. This makes the Basterds brutal treatment of them morally ambiguous.
** Hans Landa claims that he's hunting Jews simply because Hitler called him down from the Alps to do the job, and that he has no personal grievance against them. The sadistic glee he takes in his job, however, makes him a true villain.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Shosanna]]'s ultimate fate, shot dead by a mortally wounded [[spoiler:Zoller]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Some viewers complained that Brad Pitt's (pretty much spot on) Appalachian accent was too over-the-top.
* RedBaron: Landa is known as the "Jew Hunter," Aldo Raine is known as "Aldo the Apache," and Donny Donowitz is known as the "Bear Jew." [[EmbarrassingNickname Less-impressively]], Smithson Utivich is known as "The Little Man."
-->'''Utivich''' ''(incredulous and annoyed)'': "The Germans' nickname for me... is... the Little Man?"
* RemakeCameo: Although this isn't really a remake, [[Creator/EnzoGCastellari Enzo G. Castellari]], director of the namesake film ''Film/TheIngloriousBastards'', appears as a German general.
* RepeatCut: At least one example occurs that is the result of stylistic shoutouts to the Spaghetti Western genre. Namely, in Chapter 1, the timing it takes for Landa and the soldiers on the motor vehicle to arrive at the dairy farm is completely inconsistent. When the camera shows them approaching the farm in the distance, they are shown passing the same tree next to the road three times.
* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: Despite being set in a [[MightMakesRight Nazi occupied]] France during [[CrapsackWorld WWII]], there's still the occasional [[MoodWhiplash comedy gem]]. Since the examples are mainly [[{{Dramedy}} occasional comedy in a drama]], see [[Funny/InglouriousBasterds this subpage]] for examples (as someone's mileage will undoubtedly vary).
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves
** The Allies avert this with respect to Hans Landa [[spoiler: until Aldo Raine plays it straight, carving a swastika into Landa's forehead to permanently mark him as a Nazi]]. Of course, with the fortune Landa has bargained for, he will be able to get plastic surgery easily enough. 1940's technique was well up to turning the swastika into a less conspicuous scar. Until then he can just wear excessive bandaging.
** This also seems to be Landa's attitude when [[spoiler: he kills Bridget with his own hands]].
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Figuratively throughout the film with two separate plans moving toward the same goal. Interestingly, [[spoiler:both plans work and complete each other, rather than putting each other in jeopardy]]. And both groups never communicated, ever.
** Literally in one key scene in which a character's left hand is not visible, because he is using it to protect himself, but his right hand is, and is the one that gets him into trouble.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The Basterds on a colossal scale, also Shosanna. Roaring fire? Rampaging Bear Jew? Revenge of Shosanna? Check, check, and check. Tarantino is good at this one.
* RousingSpeech: "My name is Lt. Aldo Raine, and I'm puttin' together a special team, and I need me eight soldiers. Eight. ''Jewish''. American. Soldiers. You mighta heard rumors about the armada happening soon. Well, the truth is we'll be going in a little earlier. We're gonna be dropped into France dressed as civilians, and once we're in enemy territory, as a bushwhackin' guerrilla army, we're gonna be doin' one thing, and one thing only: killin' Nat-zees."
* SatelliteCharacter: Marcel to Shosanna, though he does bring up his own points and characterization during his time on-screen.
* SeinfeldianConversation: When Landa spends a ridiculously long time talking about how he wishes to switch to English or during the explanation of precisely how flammable the old reels of film were. Possibly subverted in that those end up becoming important to the plot a bit later.
* ShapedLikeItself: What's Raine's problem with the choice of tavern where they have set up the meeting with Bridget von Hammersmark? It's that "Fighting in a basement presents several difficulties, the first of which being... ''you're fighting in a basement''."
* ShoutOut: This being a Tarantino film, there are many:
** Brad Pitt's character Aldo Raine is likely a reference to film actor Aldo Ray, known for playing tough guys in war movies in the 1960s (mostly notably Creator/JohnWayne's ''Film/TheGreenBerets'').
** Hugo Stiglitz shares a name with a Mexican mexploitation (yes, there is such a thing; Tarantino's old buddy Creator/RobertRodriguez is a ''huge'' fan) actor.
** Tarantino is a well known fan of B movies. Hugo Stiglitz was famous because of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Stiglitz Tintorera]] and other action/adventure movies. There is a reason his name is actually presented with a visual fanfare (camera settles on him, the image freezes and his name is superimposed on screen).
** Eli Roth's character takes the pseudonym of Antonio Margheriti, the name of a noted Italian B-movie director. This is particularly appropriate given that Roth's movies ''{{Hostel}}'' and especially ''[[{{Hostel}} Hostel Part II]]'' are homages to the Italian {{Giallo}} genre.
** Brad Pitt's character makes a comment about how he doesn't like to [[Film/FightClub fight in basements]].
** If you pay attention to the room itself, you'll notice it's identical to one in SchindlersList.
** Also, being manhandled while wearing a white-jacketed suit and a black bag over his head hearkens back to ''Film/FightClub''.
** There are several references to ''Film/FightClub'': A projectionist sneaks in a hidden message, a random bit of sex spliced incongruously into a scene, and the same upward angle shot of Pitt menacing another character with a knife.
** [[spoiler: Shosanna]]'s floating head over the roaring fires and booming voice scaring the absolute ''bejeezus'' out of the [[spoiler: fleeing Nazis]] in the theater could well be an homage to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasmagoria Phantasmagoria]].
** The first scene, where Landa arrives at [=LaPadite=]'s home to interrogate him, is eerily reminiscent of Angel Eyes' visit to Stevens in Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly.
** When the Basterds bust Stiglitz out of the clink, the music playing is Ennio Morricone's "Algiers November 1, 1954", from ''TheBattleOfAlgiers'' (AKA Most badass commando-music ever. You have to see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ-sQAugMsw the original scene]].)
** [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within A Film]] ''Pride of A Nation'' includes at least two shout outs to ''Film/BattleshipPotemkin''.
** The film (''Basterds'', not ''Nation'') features at least two songs from ''Film/KillBill''. Those are more likely shout outs to the Spaghetti Westerns they were originally taken from.
** The conversation in which a character tries to pretend he was born in a mountain village, and citing a popular skiing resort as proof, strongly resembles a scene in ''MarathonMan''. In that film, however, the Nazi/Allied roles were reversed in the conversation.
** The music played while Marcel is heading behind the cinema screen (and while Zoller is on his way to see Shosanna in the projection booth) is lifted directly from the ''KellysHeroes'' soundtrack.
** Donny [[spoiler: blasting the hell out of Hitler's corpse with a furious grimace on his face]] is straight out of ''ComeAndSee''.
** In the tavern, Landa is pointing out that Wicki and Stiglitz have been known to don German uniforms to ambush squads. This includes a cut where they are standing on a dirt road, stopping a truck. When the soldier speaks, Stiglitz, Wicki and Omar let loose their submachine guns, killing the soldiers in the truck in a ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' style attack.
** Tarantino must have been watching ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' when he wrote the climax. [[spoiler:Both the theater scene in ''Basterds'' and the prom scene in ''Carrie'' revolve large groups of people gathered in one room, their attitude going from perverse enjoyment (of ''Nation's Pride'' in ''Basterds'', of the title character's humiliation in ''Carrie'') to panic as the building is set ablaze, with them locked inside. And it is all being caused by a vengeful young woman, holding a preeminent position at the center of the chaos (even if it was just the recording of Shosanna in ''Basterds'').]]
* ShownTheirWork: The flammability of the old film reels, which becomes a major plot point. Also, the differentiation of German and British hand gestures. And the explanation afterward from von Hammersmark.
* SignatureItemClue: The shoe and autographed napkin left behind by Bridget von Hammersmark when fleeing a bar [[spoiler:where several of the Basterds were involved in a fatal shootout with a German officer]] let Colonel Landa know she was present, when he investigated the scene. The shoe is brought up again later, to von Hammersmark's dismay.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Shosanna, who takes up half the plot by herself, is conspicuously absent from the Brad Pitt-centric trailers and promos. At the very least, she's shown getting ready for the premier of ''Stolz der Nation'', or firing her PMM. Probably because most of Shosanna's lines in the film are in French.
* SlowerThanASpeedingBullet: An artistic example of a SubvertedTrope.
* SmugSnake:
** Maj. Dieter Hellstrom, with his detective skills and cocky, smug attitude, clearly thinks he's some sort of Col. Hans Landa. [[spoiler:That's the kind of thinking that will make you [[MemeticMutation say "auf Wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls]] by a bullet to them at point-blank range.]]
** Bridget von Hammersmark is a rare heroic example who sneers at the unfortunate [[spoiler: and fatal]] mistakes made by Hicox [[spoiler: but who then doesn't think to take back her shoe or the autograph ''she'' gave Wilhelm. It gets her killed]].
** She was [[spoiler:dead either way. The horrible accents would have given the Basterds away to Landa anyway, or at least given Landa enough of a reason to check her leg to see if it had really been broken in a mountain-climbing accident - and even if he didn't, he would almost certainly have recognized Stiglitz from the papers]].
* SociopathicSoldier: All the Basterds can qualify for this, though Hugo Stiglitz is the one that really takes the cake.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The scene where [[spoiler:Shosanna gets shot and killed in slow motion]] versus the rather romantic music being played over the top of it. Then the immediate cut to Omar and Donny preparing to take out the guards to Hitler's box with much different music.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: Lt. Aldo Raine, of course.
* ElSpanishO: Aldo's attempt to speak Italian. The result is quite... err.... ''in''correcto....
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Christoph Waltz as Landa.
* TheStarscream: Landa, who [[spoiler:has put explosives in Hitler's box, though this is actually just a backup plan in case the Basterds' plan fails. [[XanatosGambit Either way]], he hopes to take the credit for Hitler's death and be glorified by the Allies, instead of being tried for war crimes when the Germans inevitably lost.]], like the [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Basterd]] he is.
* StealthParody: Of WWII movies, especially of behind-the-enemy-lines variety.
* SteelEarDrums: Landa can hear Shosanna escaping and does not even flinch after a few of his soldiers spray up the floorboards in a confined space. The soldiers might be wearing hearing aids, but Landa sure isn't.
* StockScream:
** The infamous Wilhelm Scream is in a scene of ''Nation's Pride'' when a soldier is shot and falls into a fountain. Hitler reacts with laughter. This may seem like AnachronismStew at first because the Wilhelm scream was first recorded to be used about a decade after the movie is supposed to have been set, in 1951. It's not wrong being present, because the entire movie plays fast and loose with history, so the first movie to use this stock scream probably copied it from ''Nation's Pride'' in this version of history.
** When [[spoiler: the theater explodes]], it sounds like they're using it again: actually, that time, it's Creator/KurtRussell screaming at the end of ''Film/DeathProof''.
** Somewhat ironically, [[spoiler:Staff Sgt. Wilhelm does NOT perform the aforementioned scream when he is killed in the bar shootout.]]
* StiffUpperLip: Hicox. [[spoiler:Realizing he's been found out and is about to die, he nods, apologetically switches back to speaking English, and takes time to finish his drink, saying that "There's a special ring in Hell reserved for people who waste good Scotch."]]
* StylisticSuck: ''Nation's Pride'', the ShowWithinAShow, can be watched in full as a special feature on the DVD release.
* SwitchToEnglish: Colonel Hans Landa starts speaking to [=LaPadite=] in French, and he suggests that they switch to English because it is better than his French. [[spoiler: This is a lie, of course. The real reason is that the Jews that [=LaPadite=] is hiding do not speak English, and Landa doesn't want to alert them to his suspicions too soon.]]
* SycophanticServant: Goebbels is clearly this to Hitler.
* TearsOfFear: Pvt. Butz when he hears Donny tapping on the wall of the tunnel and anticipates what's coming.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill: [[spoiler:In the climax, a crowd of people is locked in a cinema that is burning down on top of them while getting shot apart by two men with submachine guns until the whole damn building just blows up.]] During the same scene, [[spoiler:Donowitz continues to pump bullets into the already very dead Hitler's face and head region]]; this was allegedly Eli Roth's idea -- he told Tarantino that if he were in his character's place, [[spoiler:he'd want to make ''absolutely'' sure the son of a bitch was dead. It also makes sense historically, since Hitler had already survived a number of assassination attempts.]]
* ThisMeansWarpaint: Shosanna nods to this trope in the middle of her LipstickAndLoadMontage as she's preparing for her revenge against the Nazis, sharply smearing rouge across her cheekbones like it's warpaint before fading it in.
* ThoseWackyNazis: which, could be a second title as this movie is the epitome of the trope.
* TranslationConvention: Notably averted, unlike most more "serious" World War II movies. The Germans speak (subtitled) German, the French speak (subtitled) French, and the Americans and British speak English. In cross-cultural conversations, in one case it is outright stated that they will use English as a median language to accommodate both parties' unease with the other's language, in two cases interpreters are used, and in most other cases the German party yields to their counterpart's language, being that in most cases whomever they're talking to doesn't speak a word of German. Certain instances are pushing it, however, although not to a degree which breaks the suspension of disbelief:
** A notable example is Chapter 1 ("Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France"), when Landa goes into ridiculous detail in explaining why he wishes to continue his conversation in English, rather than French. Due to how long and involved his excuse is, one can't help but feel it's gently taking the piss out of ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' and other more SeriousBusiness war movies, or as a ShoutOut to a similar scene that opens Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe''. However, the decision also has plot significance: by switching to English he ensures that [[spoiler:the family hiding under the floorboards won't have any idea what he's saying]].
** {{Lampshaded}} with Von Hammersmark's line (spoken by the trilingual Kruger):
-->'''Von Hammersmark''': "I know this is a silly question before I ask it, but can you Americans speak any other language than English?"
** In the bar scene, Wilhelm's command of English also seemed forced, as the absence of common tongue between him and Raine will damage the dramatic tension. Again, {{lampshaded}} by the dialogue:
-->'''Raine''': "We're American. ''*cannot see Wilhelm*'' What are you?"
-->'''Wilhelm''': "I'm a German, you idiot!"
-->'''Raine''': "Speaks English pretty good for a German..."
-->'''Wilhelm''': "I agree."
** Used once on the sly with Shosanna's [[spoiler: [[DoNotAdjustYourSet coda to Pride of a Nation.]]]] Especially clear because it's already established [[FridgeBrilliance she can't speak English.]]
*** She couldn't speak English [[FridgeBrilliance four years ago]] and it got her family killed. It makes sense that she'd take the opportunity to learn. She didn't bother with German though, which is a bit odd.
** In the German release of the movie, the English dialogue was dubbed to German and ''everything else'' left unchanged. Feel free to scratch your head.
* TrunkShot: Another Tarantino favorite.
* TruthInTelevision: WinstonChurchill (who has a [[TheCameo cameo]]), actually commissioned a team of British soldiers for special assignments behind enemy lines. The official records remain sealed to this day. Among the members were cousins Creator/IanFleming and Creator/ChristopherLee. [[FridgeBrilliance Who else but someone who fought Nazis]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything are you going to have help]] [[StarWars kickstart the Empire?]]
* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: The shotgun-wielding bartender is among the victims of the bar BlastOut.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: When Landa arrives behind Shosanna in the restaurant, there is a flashback to Shosanna running away from Landa. Given the aesthetic of the film, it may be one part StylisticSuck and three parts intentional reinforcement of Shosanna's straight-faced but otherwise ''absolute pants-wetting terror''.
* VillainByDefault: Hitler.
* VillainsOutShopping: The Nazis. They are shown having fun in a bar, attending a movie premiere, not to mention Hitler asks his SS guards for chewing gum.
* VillainProtagonist: [[{{Deconstruction}} Every]][[EvilVsEvil one.]] Except [[FinalGirl Shosanna.]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Mostly.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Landa has one at the very end of the film.
* [[WarIsGlorious War Is]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Glourious]]: Extensively played with.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Basterds to the core.
* WhamLine: "So, gentlemen, what shall the history books read?"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the middle of the bar meeting, as tension builds, Stiglitz suddenly has a FlashbackCut of him being flogged. [[NoodleIncident We don't know where, or why, or by whom, though we can assume it was the SS]]. The scene lasts less than a minute and is never referred to again.
** It was probably to show how he was barely keeping it under control. He was remembering his mistreatment at the hands of Nazi officers just like the one he was being forced to sit right next to and be nice to.
*** Perhaps, even simpler, this was to represent how sitting next to this Nazi officer (and not being able to kill him) was torture for Stiglitz.
** Also, there are nine original Basterds total. [[spoiler: Wicki dies in the bar, Aldo and Utivich survive, a minor basterd is seen in the background at the animal clinic and Donny and Omar die in the theater. This means there are four Basterds unaccounted for by the end of the film. The one in the background at the animal clinic, Kagan, also mysteriously vanishes between that scene and the final scene in the cinema]] According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler: any Basterds not seen in the bar or subsequent scenes were dead]].
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: In-story, [[spoiler: the German radio operator is shot by the Basterds because they wanted another dead Nazi. Aldo explains that the brass only needs Landa, and will only "chew him out" for the action.]]
* WickedCultured: Landa personifies this trope, which is why he's such a [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Basterd]].
* WorldOfHam: Oh come on! We have BradPitt, AdolfHitler, and a lot more out there.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Zoller thinks he's in a RomanticComedy where Shosanna is his reluctant, {{Tsundere}} love interest. [[spoiler: He's just one more dead body in a revenge epic.]]
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: As stated in the trailer, the Nazis "conquered Europe through murder, torture, intimidation, and terror. And that's exactly what [the Basterds] are gonna do to them." Landa says of Operation Kino that "some would call it [a] terrorist plot." [[spoiler:The Basterds' attack on the movie theater? Yep, they're suicide bombers.]]
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