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''Walker, Texas Ranger'' was a combination of martial arts and modern Western, starring Creator/ChuckNorris as Texas Ranger Cordell Walker. Other characters include Cordell's best friend and partner James "Jimmy" Trivette (Clarence Gilyard), Assistant District Attorney Alex Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson), who also serves as his love interest, and veteran Ranger C.D. Parker (the late Noble Willingham).

Subject to much MemeticMutation in the 2000s. This is thanks, at least partially, to Conan O'Brien, who used to play [[{{Narm}} unintentionally humorous]] clips from the series on his show by way of the "Walker Texas Ranger Lever". As well as the general {{Memetic Badass}}ness of Creator/ChuckNorris.
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!!Features the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Ranger Sydney Cooke from the last two seasons. She hits exactly as hard as her heavier-built male counterparts.
* ActionSeries
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Commonplace in cartel-centered episodes, usually a Mexican drug dealer.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Usually Walker is the undisputed hero. In "A Deadly Vision", he is almost absent and we see Trivette and CD run around solving the case together, along with a one-shot psychic. Also played painfully straight in the episode "Behind the Badge," where Walker is in the spotlight for a documentary show and Trivette wants to impress them. Too bad it happens to be the one day crime is in a dry spell.
* AllJustADream: Blood Diamonds. ''Big time.''
* AlwaysMurder: Most episodes revolve around a murder mystery, usually because some poor schmuck was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got capped for being nosy.
* AmoralAttorney: Basically anyone who isn't Alex. Even those working for the DA's office with her are often shown to be corrupt or at the very least, incompetent.
* {{Anticlimax}}: Given the amount of law-breaking, cop-fighting kickboxers Texas seems to have, when a villain is arrested with relative ease, it can feel like this.
* BadassBeard: Guess who? In his own words:
-->"The Lone Ranger wore a mask. I wear a beard."
* [[BadassArmy Badass Police Force]]: Texas Rangers.
* BigDamnHeroes
* BigBrotherIsWatching: "When the eyes of the Ranger are upon you, any wrong you do he's gonna see; when you're in Texas, look behind you, 'cause that's where the Ranger's gonna be."
* BilledAboveTheTitle: Creator/ChuckNorris
* BlackBestFriend: Trivette
* BloodlessCarnage: When a man in cowboy boots kicks multiple criminals in the head, ''without'' drawing blood, this trope is active.
* BrokenAesop: How many characters stood up to bullies and thugs, only to get cut down by said thugs a scene or two later?
** Not so broken: Stand up to evil, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.
* BulletproofHumanShield: Played ridiculously straight in an episode with a young woman who has been taken hostage and placed in front of a shotgun set to go off at a certain time. Walker finds the villain's hideout, beats him up, and drags him in front of the gun just in time to protect the girl and make the bad guy take the blast. Of a ''shotgun''. True to form, only the bad guy is killed, when in real life, the shot probably would have gone through him, Walker, and the poor girl.
* BulletProofVest
* BusCrash Noble Willingham left the show mid season 7, and in the series finale the {{Big Bad}} says that he killed his character.
** Technically he was said to have died earlier (the tail end of the episode, "The Avenging Angel") seemingly from heart failure, and in the finale the villain claims the murder, prompting a second autopsy that confirms cause of death was due to poison.
* ButtMonkey: Trivette.
* CaliforniaDoubling: One of the most notable aversions, filmed on location in Texas.
** Specifically the UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex. Many locals were used as extras or even had a line or two.
* CastingGag: In "The Moscow Connection", at the very beginning, Trivette reads out a piece of literature describing in an almost poetic way of a stand off between two men. Walker questions what book this is, and Trivette says it is ''The Secret Power Within''. Walker follows this question by asking who wrote it, and is told that Chuck Norris had. He simply shrugs and claims to have never heard of him, earning a track record telling by Trivette of Chuck's achievements in martial arts. Again, Walker says he never heard of him--yet corrects Trivette when the latter makes a mistake in listing Norris' accomplishments.
** In Season 7's "Code of the West", the four main characters talk about who would play them in a movie. Trivette get Denzel Washington, Alex gets Helen Hunt, C.D. gets PaulNewman and Walker gets...Chuck Norris. When Walker complains they got Oscar winners, Trivette points out that Chuck was a six time World Karate Champion, which pleases Walker. Good thing since, of course...
ClintSquint: Could've easily been called "The Norris Squint".
* CowboyCop: Taken literally, and a key element of the show's premise, though he isn't usually rebellious or rule-breaking.
* CrashCourseLanding: PlayedForDrama in the season 8 finale, when an assassin hijacks the plane that newlyweds Alex and Walker boarded to Paris and ends up not only killing both pilots, but destroys part of the controls with his high-caliber bullets smashing into the systems. Walker is forced to radio in a mayday to flight control, which prompts them to give him specific instructions to land the plane, with Alex's help, of course. Said landing is actually not clean; Walker creams a billboard, high-rise parking complex, and the cars inside on the way down to the airport runway because he flew too low. Fortunately, he lands that bird on the money in the end.
** Later becomes a CallBack and ChekhovsSkill for Walker during the Chairman 4-parter in season 9. Gage and Sydney badger an accountant for a rich scumbag into testifying against him and board a private flight back to Fort Worth. However, the Chairman's lackey, the "Wizard," has hacked into the plane's controls and proceeds to depressurize the cabins, knocking everyone out, while cutting off the radio contact and opening up the fuel tanks to help incite a horrific crash. Gabe is lucky enough to get an oxygen mask on, but has no clue on how to fly the plane. Luckily, he has a mobile phone on him that allows Walker to contact him at the first sign of trouble, and Walker has a splendid memory, telling Gabe exactly how to land the plane since his own brush with fate- which ends successfully.
* CrazyPrepared: In one episode, Walker, in his pickup truck, is being chased by a bad guy in an attack helicopter. How does Walker deal with this? By pulling out an ''M72 LAW rocket launcher from the back of his truck.'' There's no explanation offered; he's just that kind of crazy.
** It's pretty much implied the military supplied him with it, as they knew how to counter their own weapon.
* CrossoverCosmology: Despite the heavy Christian undertones of the show, there's also episodes that involve other types of spiritual and cultural magic and mythology.
* CurbStompBattle: Often at the beginning of the show, or when C.D. Parker was a target, the bad guys would brutally beat up hapless individuals to try to impose their will, or to attempt to intimidate always unsuccessfully Walker and his Rangers. C.D.'s disadvantage is his old age and out of shape body. Powerfully subverted in the episode, "Hall of Fame," where C.D. proves he can still take down a wanted criminal.
* CutAndPasteNote
* {{Disneyfication}}: The series starting around "Brainchild" in Season 5. The episode with the kid and his supercomputer best friend, with a script that would have been more at home in a Disney flick. The show usually had grittier plots beforehand, but as it went on, the episodes began focusing on young kids or teens staying on the right path. CBS and the writers caught wind of the growing kid audience and wanted to reassure the parents the kids weren't watching flat, abhorrent violence.
* DistressedDamsel: Alex Cahill, nearly an example of OnceAnEpisode
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: "The Eye of the Ranger" is written ''and'' performed by Chuck Norris himself.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: ''Villains'' shoot people. Walker may flash his gun to make an arrest, but he very rarely pulls the trigger.
** The only true subversion is Victor [=LaRue=], who, after three consecutive murder/mayhem sprees, gets shot down by Walker himself when he attempts to train his gun on the Ranger. Trying to rape Alex three times and remorseless killings of innocent people left him beyond redemption.
* DrowningPit: "No Way Out" centers around this, as Trivette, and whoda guessed, ''Alex'', get kidnapped and imprisoned by Caleb Hooks in a water tank at a sewage treatment facility, which gradually fills up and threatens to drown them, while they reminisce on happier times in hopes Walker will save them a la ClipShow style.
* DynamicEntry: Chuck Norris flying kicks himself into so many scenes one would be forgiven for thinking this to be his primary mode of travel.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Amusingly, once, after the villain flies through the back of a pickup truck carrying water cooler tanks, the WATER explodes.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: His "roundhouse kick" is a vital part of the Chuck Norris jokes. Even though what he actually does is called a spinning wheel kick.
* EvilIsHammy: Oh yeah.
* {{Expy}}: All the characters in the initial Hayes Cooper story; later stories use the actors in different roles.
* FairCop: Sydney and most of the other female cops who showed up from time to time. Gage too.
* GoodCopBadCop: Walker and Trivette. Who plays which depends on the situation- or who's more pissed off at the time. When Gage and Sydney were introduced, they both played Bad Cop by hard-balling arrested baddies.
* GoodGunsBadGuns: Strangely applied even to cars.
* GrandFinale: "The Final Showdown."
* GroinAttack: It's even worse when it comes from Chuck's cowboy boots.
* HandyCuffs
* HelloAttorney: Alex Cahill
* HeroOfAnotherStory:
** There was an additional pair of Texas Rangers that showed up when the plot required more police be involved.
** [[ActionGirl Action Girl]] Sydney Cooke and Francis Gage, who, amazingly, after being added to the cast got just as many or more story lines as the Originals - Trivette, Alex and Walker.
* HitStop: It is ''guaranteed'' that Walker and Trivette will each dish out one of these per episode to the bad guys, and probably many more. Sometimes this effect goes all the way into {{Overcrank}}. Their fellow Rangers give out a few as well. You can tell who the bad guys are; they never hit hard enough to deliver a HitStop.
* HoldingOutForAHero
* IdenticalGrandson
* IndianBurialGround: Focus of the episodes "On Sacred Ground" and "Evil in the Night", both involving burial ground desecration.
* IdiotBall: To go along with their over-the-top capital-E Evil, most of the criminals in the series seem to lack common sense to a ridiculous degree. It gets to the point where it becomes hard to believe that these so-called evil masterminds were ever capable of accomplishing anything.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: The three pilot movies (aka the first season) and the second season featured an instrumental theme tune. The first half of the third season featured a different instrumental theme, before being replaced by the more familiar tune with lyrics halfway through the season.
* InvincibleHero: Most "fights" in the series are short, one-sided beatdowns, though this is partly due to most of the criminal population of Texas having "punch cop" as their default response to feeling threatened.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier
* KickTheDog: The villains tend to do half a dozen of these before the episodes are over.
* KungFoley: ''Every'' blow delivered merits these. Earlier episodes had less copious usage of foley and the foley itself was not so over-the-top, but when the show hit its {{Camp}} years, the foley got exaggerated, full stop.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: White Eagle, and later on, the Skinwalker.
* LargeHam: The episode's villains will raise your cholesterol. And the main cast. And the guest stars. Basically the whole series is a LargeHam and Cheese Sandwich.
* LighterAndSofter: Starting around Season 6. The ''Brainchild'' episode in particular seemed like it had been written for some '80s Disney flick. There were also more [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Episode]]s, such as a plot involving a mentally disabled child, school bullying, teens using drugs, and young kids getting swept up into the wily ways of bad street gangs.
** If one looked at the earlier seasons of Walker it resembles close to a gritty cop show than the later seasons which are more toned down and cartoony in comparison.
*** The later seasons also have their share of dark moments. For example Halloween episode "The Children of Halloween" dealt with satanic cult kidnapping young children and planning to kill them. "Lucas" two-parter is also rather dark, dealing with young boy with AIDS and it ends with [[spoiler: him and his mother dying.]]
* NewOldWest
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight (all the damn time)
* ObviouslyEvil: Some minor episode characters may make a HeelFaceTurn, but the episode's BigBad or evil group is usually so over-the-top that there is no doubt from the first appearance who Walker's foe will be.
* OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers: Played very often, even with frequent criminals who usually know to keep their mouths shut and ask for an attorney. It's so badly done that even Alex--a DA who is ''not allowed'' to lie to a suspect--is often seen telling suspects that if they ask for a lawyer, any chance of a deal is off. An especially bad example involves a bratty kid demanding a lawyer before he talks to the cops. His father refuses and basically threatens to beat the crap out of him if he doesn't tell the cops what he knows. The Rangers stand there looking downright amused at the whole thing. Never mind that they just violated the rights of someone who explicitly asked for an attorney.
* OrWasItADream
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Sons of Thunder.
** Averted and played straight. To elaborate, the two-parter Sons of Thunder spends an absorpent amount of time focusing on new characters Trent Malloy, a Mini-Walker {{expy}} that DoesntLikeGuns, his best friend Carlos, and Trent's troubled family. Despite the set up, Trent and Carlos continue to appear on the show afterwards to help the main characters. It wasn't until two years later that a [[SonsOfThunder spinoff]] did happen. It didn't last long, and the characters were [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never seen or mentioned again]] in spite of Walker lasting for several years after the fact.
* {{Ranger}}
* RapidFireTyping: Trivette, on noticeably dated computers.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Walker is clearly White, so why are they trying to get the audience to believe that he's half Native Am--wait, what do you mean Chuck Norris is half-Cherokee?
* RememberTheNewGuy: The series finale revolves around a gang of criminals, that we had never seen before, breaking out of prison and taking revenge on Walker who supposedly arrested them around the time the first season would have taken place.
* RepeatCut (Walker's signature roundhouse kick, often in slow motion, no less)
* RoundhouseKick (Walker's famous finishing move)
* SaltAndPepper: Walker and Trivette.
* {{Sidekick}}: Trivette, though he insists he's not. This was the joke of one commercial, where Trivette showed a clip of Walker kicking something and commented. "''That'''s his side kick."
* SniffSniffNom ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny "A plane crashed here."]])
* SpyCatsuit
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Many murder mysteries result in the victim getting a grizzly fate.
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: The conclusion to the 2005 TV movie ''Trial by Fire'' was never made, because CBS pulled the plug on their made-for-TV movie stint. Most fans of the original series will disown the movie as non-canon for straying too far from the roots of the original series.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Neo-Nazis appear in one episode, trying to drive minister Paul Winfield out of town.
* TooPowerfulToLive: The Chairman.
* TurnInYourBadge: Trivette is temporarily suspended due to accidentally shooting a child [[spoiler:but it turns out the shot came from the criminal.]]
* VerySpecialEpisode: Later seasons began preaching the classic moral ethics children should follow in response to the increasing number of kids tuning in to watch the show, which kept parents from citing the show was too violent.
* VisionsOfAnotherSelf: The SeriesFinale has parallel stories of the modern day characters and a set of Old West counterparts.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: One episode where Cordell Walker was supposed to rescue a girl who was trapped in a Christian cult camp ended up having the last several minutes of it focused on Walker rescuing Alex Cahill from the cult camp, leaving the intended rescue target's status in question.
** Another episode, a season finale, had a group of assassins stalking the members of a wedding party (a never-before-seen female Ranger and a never-before-seen assistant DA, along Walker and Alex, of course) who had previously put them in jail. Alex is shot in the ensuing chaos. The next episode opens with Alex being rushed to the hospital and there is never again any mention of the engaged couple, even though the dialogue in the previous episode implies that they were all good friends.
* WorldOfBadass
* WouldntHitAGirl: There are rarely female villains presumably because of this, and if it comes to a fight, [[DesignatedGirlFight another woman has to do it]]. That said, the moments where Chuck does indulge in this showed up quite frequently on ''Conan'', such as the third one in [[http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoID=558303429 this segment]].
** However, this trope has not applied to villains, as there are many episodes where the bad guys freely and remorselessly strike women at will, only to get it from Walker and Trivette in the end.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Many crooks of the week will off their mooks if they screwed up the job. It also applied to those who became defiant or got cold feet during a crime spree and tried to bail out.
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