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[[quoteright:332:~~MiniSeries [[HistoricalSeries Historical Drama]], [[MilitaryAndWarFareTelevision Military And Warfare]]~~]]

->"''History is full of war, fought for a hundred different reasons. But this war, ''our'' war, I want to believe... I ''have'' to believe... that every step across that airfield, every man that's wounded, every man that I lose... that it's all worthwhile because our cause is just.''"
-->--'''Captain Andrew "Ack Ack" Haldane'''

Produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/TomHanks as the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' and/or ''[[TheThinRedLine Thin Red Line]]''[[note]]as ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' is to ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''[[/note]], ''The Pacific'' is a ten-part miniseries that premiered on {{HBO}} beginning on March 14, 2010. It tells the story of the 1st Marines in the [[WorldWarTwo Pacific Theater]] through the eyes of three men: Robert "Lucky" Leckie, Eugene "Sledgehammer" Sledge, and John Basilone. From Guadalcanal, to Peleliu, to Okinawa, they experienced a war vastly different from the war their fellow countrymen fought in Europe.

Has a [[Characters/ThePacific character page]].

Since ''The Pacific'' is mostly based on historical and personal recollections of these Marines, almost all of the tropes below are automatically an example of TruthInTelevision.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AmericanAccents: New Yorkers Joe Mazzello (Sledge) and Ashton Holmes (Sid) put on Alabama twangs; L.A. native Rami Malek (Snafu) adopts a Cajun drawl; Irish actor Martin [=McCann=] (Burgin) puts on a Texas accent (see also FakeAmerican)
* AnyoneCanDie: With the exception of Leckie and Sledge...right? [[spoiler:The first victim is a Marine medic who went to take a leak and failed to present himself with the daily password and was killed by friendly fire.]]
** [[spoiler:In Part 5, Bill "Hoosier" Smith is shot in the leg, and begins bleeding out. His last words to Leckie were "Bob, I'm sorry..." Lew "Chuckler" Juergens is also hit and presumed dead. Thankfully, both recover from their wounds.]]
** [[spoiler:In Part 7, Lieutenant Edward "Hillbilly" Jones is killed in action; Captain Ack Ack dies later that episode]]
** Chesty Puller can't die. We know from actual history that he lives to fight in the Korean War.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Some things are changed from historical accounts for dramatic effect. For example, [[spoiler:Basilone was reported to have been killed instantly by mortar fire; in the series, he's shot instead and manages to remain conscious for a short moment]]
** Actually, [[spoiler: there's some contention as to how he actually died. Casualty reports say he was shot, and some Marines agree with this, while others claim he was killed by mortar shrapnel.]]
** Leckie and Sledge never met, though they're shown discussing religion in Part 5
** A lot of the minor things that happened in the memoirs are shifted to different people than who really said/did them, or happen at a different time in the campaign. It's (arguably) an understandable move on the writers' part, considering the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, since they wanted to flesh them out as much as possible
** Stella never existed, and her entire story was fabricated by the writers. Leckie actually spent most of his time in Australia dating a number of women.
* AmericaWinsTheWar: In Australia, the network that airs the series advertised it heavily as "The Fight for Australia". This annoyed many patriotic Australians. Particularly those who [[YouFailHistoryForever didn't fail history]] and know that Australia was never in any real danger anyway --- in fact, the diversion of scarce resources and the further stretching of dangerously over-extended and over-taxed supply lines required for a doomed-to-fail invasion of Australia could have sped the war up a little.
** Basilone's friend J.P. Morgan plays this straight: an UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}n soldier tries to start a fight with him and Basilone about the fact the Marines are on liberty in UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}}, dating Australian women and occupying the city, while disrespecting [[spoiler:their recently deceased comrade Manny Rodriguez]]:
-->'''J.P. Morgan:''' If it wasn't for us, you'd be chugging sake with a pair of chopsticks up your ass, you stupid fuck!
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much ''everyone.''
** Basilone, in particular, stands out: the man led a squad of 15 men and held off a regiment of 3,000 Japanese soldiers, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
** The grizzled veteran Sergeant Elmo "Gunny" Haney in the Peleliu episodes. In one, he takes out a Japanese soldier by stomping on his guy, knocks him out with his gun, before pulling out a knife and stabbing the guy in the back of the head
** Basilone proves in Part 8 that badassery is not dependent on circumstances: it is just something that you are.
* BasedOnATrueStory: Not just the series itself, but Basilone gets his own comic book to help sell war bonds. Lampshaded in the series by Hoosier when a replacement asks if they did anything in Guadalcanal that Basilone did in the comic:
-->"We all did stuff like that, but with less grimacing."
* BeachEpisode: Not necessarily the entire episode, but at the end of nearly every battle the Marines return to the beach for a little "R n' R". Subverted with episode three, wherein they relax and do everything BUT go to the beach.
* BedlamHouse: A very benign one, filled with shell-shocked Marines.
* {{BFG}}: Basilone's Browning heavy machine gun. Which he lugs around and fires from the hip. He even melees a few guys with it. Yep, he's ''that'' badass.
** Completely TruthInTelevision. Both Leckie and Basilone were in machine gun companies. Basilone didn't just pluck that gun out of thin air, he's well-trained in it. Later, the Marines swap their M1917's for the M1919, smaller but no less lethal, as we see when Basilone turns it into a {{BFG}} during the fighting on Iwo.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Marines are the protagonists, but the series doesn't shy away from showing some of the heinous acts some of them did and racial epithets are used liberally. [[WarIsHell Brutal battlegrounds]] don't exactly encourage the best behavior from people. The only thing keeping the Japanese on the "black" side of the equation are acts like using civilians as suicide bombers and {{human shield}}s, as well as historical knowledge that ImperialJapan performed atrocities which were much, ''much'' worse.
* BloodKnight: A lot of characters act like this the closer they get to an irredeemable act. In Part 10, Sledge is asked what sort of things he learned as a Marine that could be used in civilian life. He says the only thing he knows how to do is kill the enemy
* BookEnds: The relatively "peaceful" landing on Guadalcanal in Part One where everyone lands safely is contrasted sharply with the hellish landing in Part 5 where Marines are being shot and blown up left and right
* BootCampEpisode: Surprisingly, it comes near the end of the series when Basilone ships back stateside to train new recruits.
** This wasn't an actual boot camp episode as the Marines being trained had already been through Boot Camp and were receiving training before being shipped to the Pacific.
* BoyMeetsGirl: Leckie has a childish crush on his childhood neighbour Vera Keller, but they're barely friends, [[spoiler: though they do get together and get married after the war]]; he also gets along great with the Aussie Stella ''and'' her family, but [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies she dumps him because she's worried about what her parents would have to deal with if he died]]
** R.V Burgin has an Australian girlfriend named Florence, [[spoiler: whom he brings home to Texas after the war to marry]]
* BreatherEpisode: The Marines rest in Australia in Part 3, but it's not restful for everyone
* BringMyBrownPants: Jay comes down with an urgent need to take a bathroom break and rushes over to a cave to do his business, completely unaware that there are two Japanese hiding in it. He ends up shooting the first Japanese and getting chased by the second one with his pants down... all the while holding his M1 carbine and crapping himself scared.
--> "Oh shit...! I SHIT myself!"
** In Sledge and Eugene's books, the man who shot the guy chasing Jay was a B.A.R. gunner who was trying to shoot the Jap in the right spot so that his bullets would literally cause him to be cut in half.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Australia doubles for all the locations in the series, including California.
* ClusterFBomb: On ''Series/TheColbertReport'', Tom Hanks warned viewers there would be a lot of objectionable words.
** He also said you'll feel like a big pussy while watching this.
* ColonelBadass: Lieutenant Colonel Lewis "[[AwesomeMcCoolname Chesty]]" Puller. Yes, that guy actually existed.
** Chesty Puller is ''still'' considered a badass by today's Marines, and at Parris Island they end their day by saying, "Good night Chesty Puller, wherever you are!" He's also the most decorated Marine in the history of the Corps. He had five Navy Crosses, more than anyone has received ever (something the Marines like to remind the Navy every now and then). The only medal for valor that he was not awareded is the Medal of Honor, and some speculate that's he didn't receive this award because he didn't kiss ass and refused to play political games.
*** Though pretty much everything that came out of his mouth proved he was a badass, he famously said this about being surrounded during the Korean War:
---> "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies our problem of getting to these people and killing them."
* CompositeCharacter: Stella in Episode 3 is a mixture of two girls Leckie had affairs with in Australia. In RealLife, however, Leckie admits that their was little emotions involved in both, and he never met their families nor was broken up with over fear of death.
* CrowningMomentofFunny: "Woof." In-show, as well.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Many people have noted that ''ThePacific'' is much more brutal and less romantic than its predecessor ''Series/BandOfBrothers''. ''Band of Brothers'' wasn't a picnic but ''ThePacific'' went much more into the horrific conditions of the Pacific Theater and the mental and emotional scarring afterwards. Given that the Pacific Theater was more brutal overall, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally]], one of the veterans interviewed for the series was to be [[BandOfBrothers Bill Guarnere]], though this was later cut. Guarnere has said in no uncertain terms that as bad as the War in Europe was, the Marines in the Pacific had it even ''[[UpToEleven worse]]''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Leckie is one of these, being a writer. Also, Lena Riggs ([[spoiler:Later Basilone]]).
* DeathWorld: Pavuvu in the rainy season, which Leckie fake-translates as "Death of Hope"
** Okinawa makes Pavuvu look like a fun place to be. All you had to worry about were crabs in your boot, not bodies floating to the surface.
** Or finding a corpse in the foxhole you've spent hours digging.
** The literal desert island of Peleliu was also pretty much death incarnate. Always fun to have no local drinking water ''at all''!
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The black servants that the elder Sledges have are definitely not politically correct in 2010... but it's also pretty much historical fact for the time period (not to mention straight up historical fact for Sledge's family) so they were included for the sake of authenticity.
* DissonantSerenity: Snafu's usually deadpan calm whether he's just shooting the breeze or prying gold teeth out of a dead Japanese soldier's mouth. When Sledge admits he's scared and Captain Ack Ack states "We're all afraid; all of us. A man who isn't scared out here is either a liar or dead", a quick shot of Snafu makes you wonder what that makes ''him''
** He also manages to sound calm about things when it's apparent that he really isn't. When Snafu [[spoiler:talks Sledge out of taking up his own habit of prospecting for gold teeth among dead Japanese soldiers]], his warning about [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "diseases that'll make you sick"]] is less his worrying about hygiene and more a cover to let him express his concern about [[spoiler:the comparatively idealistic Sledge]] [[StartOfDarkness starting down the same road he's traveled]]
** Despite everything, Okinawa almost breaks him: he nearly starts a fight with Sledge, who's probably the person he's closest to, and it's only after [[spoiler: Peck climbs up on an exposed ridge and fires at the enemy and Hamm is shot saving him]] that he seems to go back to his usual self. Even then, there's still a slight change in his demeanor.
*** Probably has something to do with the fact that he [[spoiler: was indirectly the cause of death for two people when he tricked Peck into giving him his poncho (Peck later took the poncho covering the mortar shells, getting them wet and causing another Marine to be shot when they had to run for more ammo) and later when his whining sets off Peck]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: Basilone back at Camp Pendleton.
** Sort of. His men didn't hate him, and instead most were in awe of him because [[{{Badass}} of what he had done on Guadalcanal]], and understood that everything he was drilling into them was for their own good. And we can't forget him telling his men it's okay to be afraid, something most DSN wouldn't do.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:"Frenchie", a Canadian soldier. Bonus horror for being stark naked when he shot himself in the head. At least he was clean when he died...]]
** Disturbed Marine Ronnie Gibson, who is brought off Pavuvu, wishes Leckie (who wants to return to his men) good luck as best he can:
--->"I hope for you it's quick -- a sniper shot to the head -- so you don't have to worry about ending up like me."
* DuringTheWar
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Basilone at Iwo Jima, where his actions helped get the men off the beach and saved many lives]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Arguably [[spoiler:Leckie, who promised to write to Vera]]. While he didn't send any written letters, believing he wasn't going to make it through, he returned home and married her.
* EmpathyDollShot: When Leckie goes through the pouch of a Japanese soldier and finds mementos of the man's family.
** He also gets an Empathy Wedding Band Shot.
* EverybodySmokes: Although Sledge only starts after he'd seen combat. Interestingly, he opts out from cigarettes to using an old-fashioned pipe by Part 9.
** In a RealLife CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, Sledge's family was so impressed with Mazello's portrayal that they ''gave'' him the pipe Sledge carried during the war.
* AFatherToHisMen: Captain Ack Ack has proven to be this more than once. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he's killed off-screen by a Japanese sniper in Part 7. While they're lowering his body out on a stretcher, most of the men in his platoon can be seen crying and/or saluting. Even [[DissonantSerenity Merriell "Snafu" Shelton's]] seen holding back tears]]
** R.V. Burgin to the Mortar section. TruthInTelevision once again. Not to mention "Hillbilly" Jones, and Gunny Haney.
* FlashbackNightmare: Possibly the first war "film" this troper's seen where people have these ''during battle'' (see ShootTheDog)
* {{Foreshadowing}}: You just know that when Sledge's father makes his final plea to stop his son from enlisting, every one of the poor old man's fears would come to pass (see WarIsHell)
** During the Peleliu Landing, the Marine manning the .50 Caliber gun on Leckie's landing craft has his one of his hands shot off. Later in the episode, Leckie steps on a severed human hand.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:Anyone who knows anything Basilone knows he dies on Iwo Jima. Doesn't make his death less tragic.]]
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Leckie's group of friends ([[DeadpanSnarker Runner]] is the Cynic, [[TheQuietOne Hoosier]] is the Apathetic, [[BoisterousBruiser Chuckler]] is the Optimist and Leckie is the Realist).
* GetItOverWith: The last survivor of the ill-fated Japanese assault in episode 1.
** Marks the definitive end of Sledge's NewMeat status.
* HeroicBSOD: What, in addition to nocturnal enuresis, gets Leckie off Pavuvu, where he meets some other shell-shocked Marines.
** The Marines' commander during their first battle on Guadalcanal
** In Part 7, Gunny Haney goes through one after [[spoiler:Lt. Hillbilly]] is killed, and later on Sledge's platoon when they learn [[spoiler:Captain Ack Ack]] is dead. Hell, Part 7's basically one long, drawn-out BSOD for Sledge as he goes through Peleliu
** Basilone's platoon when [[spoiler:he's killed by machine gun fire in Part 8]]
** After returning home, Sledge breaks down crying while dove hunting with his father, presumably because of the memories it brings back
*** More that that: the RealLife Sledge states he told his father he could no longer tolerate seeing any form of suffering, be it a wounded dove he had to kill during a hunt
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Sledge falls into this after fighting the Japanese through Peleliu and Okinawa, but by the end of Part 9, when he runs into a group of NewMeat Marines with the same 'Kill Em All' attitude he had at the beginning, he starts to recover.
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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Lt. Mac from Episode 9. In his introduction in Episode 7, he chides Sledge for his thousand-yard-stare, then when he gets to Okinawa, he stupidly chews out Sledge for [[CompletelyMissingThePoint "giving away their position"]]. (Sledge had just shot down Japanese soldiers who were running directly at them with bayonets!" Other then that he's shown to be fairly reasonable. But:
** Mac is based on two officers who joined Company K for the Peleliu campaign, Lt. Robert "Mac" [=MacKenzie=], the new mortar section commander, and 1st Lt. George "Shadow" Loveday, the Company XO and later CO. Shadow was the one who chewed out Sledge, and had a notorious habit of temper tantrums when he became displeased with his Marines (in one incident in the book, he chewed out a Marine who showed bravery in an attempt to knock out a machine gun!). Mac had a reputation for being utterly juvenile, shooting the teeth of a dead animal (on patrol, no less!) and [[{{Squick}} shooting the penis off of a dead Japanese soldier and pissing in another one's mouth]]. He also bragged about how brave he would act under fire (before actually coming under fire). A far cry from the "Mac" in Episode 9.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: A mild case with Snafu. In real life, there's no evidence he committed any of the "questionable" acts we see on screen. A mild case because he's ultimately more of an anti-hero, has numerous PetTheDog and PluckyComicRelief moments and, for all his gruesomeness, is never seen killing prisoners or unarmed civilians.
** Also "Kathy" Peck from Okinawa: [[spoiler: he is responsible for Hamm's death]]. The only similarity to the real-life Kathy, who was actually a machine gunner, is that he has both a wife and a mistress back home.
** Sledge also is given one in Episode 9, where he seems to go off the deep end in Okinawa. While there can be no doubt Okinawa was a profoundly traumatic experience for Sledge (and the Marines and soldiers involved) there is no evidence he became a BloodKnight with a deep desire to kill all Japanese during the campaign
* HonorBeforeReason: Lampshaded in Part 4, following an attack:
-->'''Runner:''' 100 [Japanese] against 1,200 [Marines]. They're either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid.
-->'''Leckie:''' Or just ''really fucking hate us''.
* IdealizedSex: Averted with Leckie and Stella's first sex scene.
** Basilone has the literal kind on his war bond tour, with Virginia Grey. Makes me want to go out and earn a Medal of Honor.
* ImperialJapan: Natch. it's the Pacific Theater.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Averted.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Basilone using his 33-pound crew served machine gun as a melee weapon against a Japanese soldier he runs into unexpectedly in Part 2.
* InfantImmortality: Averted, with special emphasis going to Part 9, particularly [[spoiler:when the desperate Japanese soldiers use an Okinawan woman carrying a crying baby as a living bomb.]] [[spoiler:Played straight in the same episode, when Sledge and Snafu find the baby in the hut they shelled earlier.]]
* TheInsomniac: Nighttime bombings by the Japanese took a toll. As Gibson puts it: ''"[[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} They murdered sleep]]."''
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Inverted between Leckie and his Australian fling Stella.
-->'''Leckie:''' You're breaking up with me because you think I'm going to get killed?
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: A dinner guest at Leckie's house scoffs at the thought of buying a television.
* InsultBackfire: In the second episode, the Marines manage to capture some propaganda papers from the Japanese. They portray the Marines as pscyhos recruited from prisons and asylums for their savagery and brutality, which causes them to break out in cheers.
* IronicEcho: A cruel one. In episode nine, Sledge says that they're here to kill Japanese, so what does it matter how they do it or why? [[spoiler:This is thrown right back in his face at the end of the episode after he comforts a dying wounded civilian who is then brutally killed by replacement Marines, who unwittingly give him the same line.]]
* ISurrenderSuckers: After the first exchange on Guadalcanal, a Japanese soldier lays badly wounded and seems to want people to help him. Once two medics come to assist, the soldier [[TakingYouWithMe detonates the grenade he's concealing]], killing him and the two men trying to help him.
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: ''Any frigging time it's quiet is too quiet''.
** This even includes "safe" areas like hospitals and home, where it's only a matter of time before the {{Flashback Nightmare}}s start
* ItGetsEasier: Lampshaded all around. However...
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: The opposite still holds; RealLife Marines state they never got over their shellshocked experiences in the Pacific Theater. Played straight in-series with Sledge getting a nightmare the first night he returns home
* IWillFightSomeMoreForever: The Japanese army. Sadly, this is quite historically accurate; surrender was a nonexistent word in the IJA doctrine and retreat wouldn't get you any nods either, never mind the battlefield situation.
* KillEmAll: Frighteningly invoked by Sledge in Part 9.
-->'''Sledge:''' We were all sent here to kill Japs, weren't we?! What the hell difference does it make what weapon we use?!
** [[spoiler:These very words come back to haunt him at the end of the episode.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Snafu tricks Peck into trading his new poncho for his old, holey one by claiming the new ones are "covered in chemicals". [[spoiler: This comes back to haunt them when Peck switches his busted-up poncho for the one covering the mortar rounds, getting them wet and then getting a guy killed when they get more ammo.]]
* ManOnFire: A number of Japanese soldiers are seen on fire after being attacked with flamethrowers.
* MercyKill: Leckie gives a Japanese soldier who's going through a major breakdown one, upsetting the Marines who were toying and taking potshots at him.
** The sick Japanese soldiers in Part 4, [[spoiler:one of whom is ''strangled to death'' by Gibson, who then starts ''grinning''; awkwardly, but still...]]
** Snafu does this when another Marine's trying to pry the teeth out of a still living Japanese soldier's mouth in Part 7. Although he claims it's not so much this trope as making things easier for the Marine because the teeth are easier to get out if they're dead
*** All Snafu says is that it "Makes it easier". He doesn't say what is easier, but it is implied that he's referring to removing the teeth. Sub-text seems to be that dehumanizing the enemy makes it easier to fight.
** Sledge, teetering on the edge of committing a war crime (again) after witnessing the Japanese soldiers using civilians as human shields and living bombs, [[spoiler: opts not to mercy kill a dying Okinawan woman (who was wounded when he ordered a mortar round into her house) by shooting her in the head like she wants; instead, he cradles her until she dies.]]
* MachoMasochism: Semi-invoked by Basilone's brother George in Part 5. When pestered by George for any advice on the battlefield, John simply tells his brother not to play this trope straight...''[[AnyoneCanDie for a reason.]]''
* MaleFrontalNudity
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted with Sledge, who is unashamed that he retained his virginity all through the war.
* {{Mordor}}: Okinawa, which Sledge explicitly compares to the Western Front of World War One. All the islands get this treatment in one way or another (except Australia).
* {{Narrator}}: Tom Hanks in the prologues.
* TheNicknamer: Snafu nicknames Eugene "Sledgehammer". When Leyden speaks up about this, Snafu dubs him the following:
--->'''Snafu''': "Don't worry; we have a nickname for you, too, Bill Leyden: we call you "Ball-Peen Hammer". Like a little hammer... for a little man."
--->'''Leyden''': "Alright, Snafu..."Shit 'n Ass"..."Fuck Up"..."
--->'''Snafu''': "Little jokes from the little man."
* NewMeat: In Part 9, two new privates join the platoon's mortar squad after [[spoiler: Jay's mysteriously transferred out to a different company]]. Sledge and Snafu are initially hostile towards them, mainly due to their inexperience when it comes to fighting the enemy and dealing with the elements
** Though Hamm's very competent, after witnessing the horrors of what happened with the civilians he is emotionally distraught about it, yet capable to handle himself. In fact, Snafu tries to befriend him but [[spoiler: when draftee Peck cracks while Snafu and Sledge are arguing and starts firing at the Japanese, Hamm is killed after dragging Peck to safety. Snafu takes it really hard emotionally and Sledge tells the [=MPs=] to get the now broken Peck out of his sight in so many words.]]
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Surprisingly, the series is not particularly {{Anvilicious}} in this regard. Most of the really bad stuff that goes down happens by accident. However, chalk one up for the Japanese by using [[WhyAmITicking booby-trapped civilians]] and one up for the Americans for shooting a defenseless kid who ''may have'' been a soldier but was certainly unarmed.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: New York native Joseph Mazzello puts on a solid Alabama drawl for Sledge most of the time, but in a few scenes where he's screaming at the top of his lungs, it slips away. The intensity of his performance more than compensates, though.
* TheOner: Used in effect by following Sledge through the Peleliu beach landing in Part 5
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Merriell "Snafu" Shelton. His real name is only said twice in the series: once by Sledge, who was fighting with him at the time, and once by Snafu himself, while trying to pick up a girl.
** Leckie's friends Chuckler, Hoosier and Runner qualify as well, since they almost never get their real names used.
** Ack-Ack, Hillbilly, Gunny. In fact, it would be easier to list the characters who actually go by their first and/or last names.
* RecklessGunUsage: A second lieutenant during firing practice points his pistol other than the direction of downrange. Gunny immediately takes the pistol away from the lieutenant and berates him for not knowing basic gun safety. When said lieutenant looks at Ack-Ack, he merely responds with "He's right".
* ParentalSubstitute; Stella's family for Leckie, who has little bond with his real parents. [[spoiler:Stella even breaks up with Leckie because she's worried how her mother would take it if Leckie was killed in combat.]]
* RareGuns: Basilone's seen with a Reising submachine gun in Part 2. The gun is rarely seen in most WW2 fiction, usually for fairly good reason as the marines in the pacific theater were the only operators of the gun, and it was rapidly discarded from service after Guadalcanal in favor of the M1 Carbine owing to its near-uselessness in frontline conditions when exposed to moisture, sand, mud, and hard knocks,[[ShownTheirWork which is probably why we don't see any more for the rest of the series.]]
* SemperFi: And how.
* SenselessSacrifice: The narrator and the RealLife Marines state after General [=MacArthur=] decided not to use Peleliu as a forward base to retake the Philippines, the Marines feel their fight, where they suffered from thirst and took horrendous casualties, was cruelly wasted
* ShellshockedVeteran: Sledge. He's lucky his father knew what to expect and was extremely sympathetic about it.
** Hell, every Marine who saw combat in this series counts as one. In the beginning of Part 10 when they're interviewing the Marines' families, their wives and children state they dealt with what happened to them in the Pacific for their entire life. One daughter even admits to having vivid memories of waking up to her father's screams in the middle of the night when she was a kid.
* ShootTheDog: Not the actual dog on Peleliu, but [[spoiler:one shellshocked Marine has a nightmare/freakout that could've alerted the Japanese to their positions, and is accidentally killed by his comrades (they only wanted to knock him out). The rest of the platoon's mortified at their actions, but Sledge states it was "better him than all of us."]]
** Okinawa is ''made'' of this trope.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: In the end, after suffering horrific casualties and losing Captain Ack Ack, the Marines find out that taking Peleliu was completely pointless. General [=MacArthur=] invaded and reconqured the Phillipines ahead of schedule, negating the need for Peleliu as a forward operating base. The island was never used for a major operation during the entire war.
* ShoutOut: During [[spoiler:John and Lena's wedding, Lena]] complains that she feels 'like a Paratrooper' in her long silk dress. Lt. Harry Welsh actually carried his white silk reserve parachute through Normandy for over a month and then sent home to his fiancée Kitty so she could use it to make a wedding dress, as mentioned in ''BandOfBrothers''.
* ShownTheirWork: Apart from taking liberties for artistic purposes, played straight.
** The Marines use appropriate weapons for different times. The Springfield and M1917 on Guadalcanal are replaced by the M1 and M1919 in later episodes.
** The setting, which made Australia look like the hellish Pacific battlegrounds.
** And finally, capturing just how hellish the PTO was.
* SmallReferencePools: Whereas ''Band Of Brothers'' left the context of battles like Carentan and Bastogne to a few lines of in-universe dialogue, ''The Pacific'' began its episodes with a mini-history lesson explaining both the location and the greater tactical importance of the campaigns in question. It stands that (until the swan song battles at Iwo Jima and Okinawa), the 1st Marines' major fights aren't as universally well-known as the 101st Airborne's major fights.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: Sledge and Sidney, both Mobile, Alabama natives.
* SouthernGentleman: Sledge reeks of this. Well-spoken, well-dressed, polite and even smokes the pipe. [[spoiler:Until Okinawa at least]]. Sid as well.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', the [[RecycledTheSeries miniseries version]] of ''SavingPrivateRyan''.
** To ''TheThinRedLine'' -- this series has the same relationship to ''Thin Red Line'', the [[DuelingMovies Pacific version]] of SPR, as ''BandOfBrothers'' has to SPR:- including a [[{{Homage}} Very Similar Soundtrack]] by the [[HansZimmer same composer]].
* TheSquad: There are two that are the main focus of the series:
** H Company - Leckie, Chuckler, Runner, and Hoosier
** K Company - Sledge, Snafu, Jay, Burgin, and Leyden
* StandYourGround: Most of the Guadalcanal campaign but particularly the night battle during which Basilone earns his Medal of Honor.
* TalkativeLoon: "Captain Midnight", a patient in Part 4, who flies an imaginary plane while pacing around at night in the ward
* TankGoodness: Since Japanese tanks are outdated in design, they are woefully outclassed against American armor, most prominently the Sherman tank.
** Iwo Jima's a different story, all together: AT guns set up on Mount Surabachi destroyed most of the tanks that hit the shore, much to Basilone's dismay.
* TanksButNoTanks: Averted, though in this case the reasonably accurate Japanese tanks had to be created using CGI due to a lack of surviving originals.
* TanksForNothing. TruthInTelevision for both sides. The Japanese tanks were inferior in just about every way, but the Japanese AT defenses were so strong and fortified that Sherman's going up against them without infantry support is the Pacific equivalent of facing a Tiger Tank. They still do good for our protagonists though.
* TapOnTheHead: Averted. One Marine starts having a seizure and screams so loud it could have revealed their position. He's hit on the head with a shovel, and dies, either then and there or shortly afterwards.
* TrueCompanions: This series basically defines the trope.
* TheUnfavorite / WellDoneSonGuy: It's either that or Leckie's parents ''really'' don't know about human emotions: when Leckie leaves for the army, his father doesn't seem to know how to show emotion about it, and when he finally returns home, it's treated as an inconvenience by his parents, as they've been using his room for storage.
** Leckie states outright in Part 3 that he's the least favorite child and his parents never really wanted him. Also, he had an older brother who died at a young age and ever since then, his parents had a hard time showing affection.
*** Somewhat subverted in that Leckie isn't striving for his parent's approval.
* WarIsHell: The entirety of ''The Pacific'' is basically this. Made brutally clear by Eugune Sledge's father, who tries one last attempt to persuade his son from enlisting:
---> "The worst thing about treating those combat boys from [[WorldWarOne The Great War]] wasn't that they had their flesh torn; it was that they had their souls torn out. I don't want to look into your eyes someday...and see no spark, no love, no...no life. That would break my heart."
** DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The show generally manages to keep this to a minimum, at the very least. Everything is ''so'' brutal, ''so'' muddy and shitty, and just so goddamned ''miserable'' that it is in no way glorious or jingoistic. The only real exception are scenes involving John Basilone, and, well, the guy was inspiring to his own in in real life, so it's hard for him [[{{Badass}} to not come across]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome as completely amazing]]. [[spoiler:Even he gets unceremoniously cut down at the end of episode 8, though, to the horror of just about everyone, his men included.]]
* WarWasBeginning: Iinvoked in a "where were you when..." way.
* WhatTheHellHero: Invoked by a Marine to Sledge and Snafu as they're standing with drawn weapons over a crying baby [[spoiler: in a house they bombed, killing or mortally wounding its family]], Sledge to a seemingly NewMeat who kills a young, helpless Japanese soldier he'd just decided to spare seconds earlier:
-->'''Sledge''': "He's just a kid!"
-->'''Marine''': "[[LeaveNoSurvivors A Jap's a Jap!]]"
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: "''You guys are heroes back home''"
** Also the darker side of this trope with the number of Marines who perform brutal atrocities during the campaign.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: At the end of Part 10, almost every character in the series gets one. Their post-war lives are are explained, along with fading photos of the actors to wartime photographs of the Marines they played. Also counts as a total TearJerker
** Also sad because you find out the majority of the characters have already died of old age, since the show debuted in 2010, nearly ''seventy years'' after Pearl Harbor.
* WhileYouWereInDiapers: Basilone tries to make his trainees understand how tough an enemy the Japanese are. "The Jap I know--the ''Japanese soldier''--he has been at war SINCE YOU WERE IN DIAPERS!"
* WhyAmITicking: The poor, poor Okinawan mother and child.
* WorldWarII: Obviously
* WorthyOpponent: Basilone gives a fiery speech to his recruits about why they should never underestimate the Japanese Army.
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