[[folder: Series ]]

* ActingForTwo: Quite often, especially among actors playing villains. Notable examples include:
** George Peppard playing Hannibal, and a mook that Hannibal in the episode "Judgement Day."
** Jack Ging is not readily apparent until you've watched the show twice - he played single episode villains in two different episodes ("A Small And Deadly War" and "Bad Time On The Border") before taking on the role of recurring character General "Bull" Fullbright.
** Clifton James also appeared as two different characters.
* ActorAllusion:
** In an episode with a science fiction con, a guy in a [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 original Galactica Cylon suit]] walks past "Face". In the episode in question, it's actually Hannibal in the costume. The ActorAllusion was all Dirk Benedict's idea. While filming at Universal Studios for the second season episode "Steel", Dirk spotted a park employee dressed as a Cylon, and decided he wanted to film a little nod to his days as Starbuck. The director told him it was a dumb idea, but let him do it anyway. So, they had the Cylon-clad actor stroll nonchalantly across the frame while Face was all "don't I know you?" Fortunately for Dirk, the scene ended up being quite funny and they kept it in the credits up to season 5.
** There was also George Peppard's allusion to his role as Series/{{Banacek}}, where he played a similar role, by having Hannibal spout even more [[IceCreamKoan off kilter words of wisdom]] in "The Big Squeeze".
*** Another one for Peppard. In the Episode "The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas", Amy mentions that it's a shame Hannibal's being chased by the military as he is "a terrific actor" after Hannibal goes to great lengths explaining how he'll play his "character". A reference to Peppard's infamously stringent adherence to method acting, even when playing unchallenging roles.
** The entire fifth season episode The Say UNCLE Affair runs on this trope as not only was Robert Vaughn a series regular and David McCallum playing the villain of the week, but the episode was structured to parody and reference episodes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
* BeamMeUpScotty: "I pity the fool!" Although this was pretty much Creator/MrT's personal {{Catchphrase}} outside the show, B.A. never actually said it.
* TheDanza:
** The Mexican Spanish dub of the series changed the name of B.A. Baracus with ''Mario'' Baracus, who was named after his voice actor, ''Mario'' Sauret (who later voiced [[Manga/DragonBall Majin Buu]]).
** Tia Carrere played a character named Tia in the season 4 finale, and was set up to become a member of the team, but that ended up never happening.
* DawsonCasting: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Tim Dunigan was actually too ''young'' to realistically play Vietnam veteran Templeton "Faceman" Peck, who he played in the pilot episode. Dunigan was only 28 when the series started, and he was 17 (and still in high school) when the United States officially withdrew from Vietnam.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show was more popular in Belgium than it was in the United States, and Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict are still going over there for interviews and conventions.
** Was also very popular in the UK; its popularity for ITV contributed to the 1980s rating decline of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Mr. T would later appear in an advert for Snickers.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Dwight Schultz has said one of the scariest things during the filming was how blank the scripts would often be.
** Also, the writers frequently would not write the tag and then would just say to the actors "just make something up," or told Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict to loosely write up a tag.
* TheOtherDarrin: In the feature-length pilot episode, Face was played by Tim Dunigan. The role was recast after the pilot as Tim Dunigan was much taller than the rest of the cast and the producers felt after the fact that he was simply too young to play a Vietnam veteran (as Dunigan noted, the war ended when he was still in high school). Since Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell had written the role with Dirk Benedict in mind ([[ExecutiveMeddling NBC hadn't wanted him - or George Peppard - initially]]), Dunigan's miscasting may have been on purpose...
* RecycledScript: Several times, mostly due to the lack of scripts due to being ScrewedByTheNetwork.
** While other details are different, the season 2 episode "Recipe For Heavy Bread" and the season 4 episode "Mind Games" bear many similarities. The villains are both [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Viet Cong]] war criminals turned mob bosses, both named General Chow (despite being separate characters), and the plot of both episodes revolves around the team trying to trick this elusive General Chow into revealing himself so he can be taken down.
** Season 3's "Double Heat" and season 4's "Judgment Day" also share similar aspects, namely both epiosdes involve mobsters kidnapping the daughter of a character played by Dana Elcar, in order to manipulate a court decision. Like the above example, they did at least have the decency to change other details.
** Season 1's "The Out-of-Towners" and season 3's "The Big Squeeze" are both about the team being called in to fight off a mob running a protection racket, but when they arrive the shop owners being extorted tell them to go away, so they open their own fake shop in order to attract the mob's attention.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: More like Actively Sabotaged by the Network. The show was considered politically incorrect (showing a positive view of Vietnam veterans, among other things) and its success completely unexpected; it was subjected to InvisibleAdvertising, the network officials and producers actually badmouthing the show to the press, it was made a 'bad move' to write for, so despite its popularity it eventually succumbed to cancellation.
* StuntCasting: A special appearance by the game show ''WheelOfFortune'', in which Murdock won a truck and a trip to Hawaii.
* ThrowItIn: An extremely frequent occurrence, if grudgingly. There was a heck of a lot of {{Improv}} going on by the actors and notably Dwight Schultz, and though the writers frequently got mad by how the actors would go off-script or ad-lib lines, they often (if grudgingly) agreed that it should be kept in.
* XMeetsY: NBC President Brandon Tartikoff pitched the series to Creator/StephenJCannell (the co-creator) as "a cross between ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'', ''Series/MissionImpossible'', ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/MadMax'', and ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', with Creator/MrT driving the car."
* TropeNamer for:
** ATeamFiring: Nobody is ''ever'' shot in one of the shootouts.
** ATeamMontage: ...at about the 48-minute mark in ''every'' episode.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ActorAllusion:
** There are a couple of nods to Sharlto Copley's South African nationality. Observable when Murdock's blabbering in a South African accent early in the film to get past journalists. He also speaks Swahili at one point. It also alludes to his role in ''[[Film/{{District9}} District 9]]''.
** There's the part where [[spoiler:Hannibal lures Lynch into a trap in a container, reminiscent of ''Film/BatmanBegins'' where Ras also compares fighting styles they're both using on each other]].
** The "3D" film at a psychiatric hospital plays the show's theme tune, and one of the names of its opening credits read "Reginald Barclay" -- referencing Dwight Shultz's role as Lt. Barclay in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Other names in the credits include G. F. Starbuck, a veiled reference to Dirk Benedict's Starbuck from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', and two more not clearly seen but confirmed by WordofGod -- Thomas Banacek (for George Peppard) and Clubber Lang (for Mr. T).
** Less elaborate than the above, but when the team had to travel through customs disguised in hilarious ethnic gear, Hannibal basically went through as... [[spoiler:Creator/LiamNeeson]].
* ApprovalOfGod: While Dwight Schultz was negative about the film, he was ''very'' complimentary of Sharlto Copley as Murdock.
* ChannelHop: While the TV series was produced with Universal, the movie came from Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox.
* CreatorBacklash:
** Mr. T rejected the chance to do a cameo supposedly because he thinks that the film is too violent, however he ''also'' said he would appear in the film... If he got to play B.A. again.
** Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz also spoke out against the film, after their cameos were only included as TheStinger.
** Averted with the show's ''actual creator'' Stephen J. Carnell, as he said that he [[StatusQuoIsGod wished the series had some of the character development seen in the movie]].
* TheDanza: Agents Blair, Daly, and Kyle are named after their actors (though [[AllThereInTheManual only in the credits]]).
* FakeAmerican: South African Sharlto Copley as Murdock, and Northern Irish Liam Neeson as Hannibal.
* PromotedFanboy: Sharlto Copley was a fan of the series as a child.
* StillbornFranchise: While hardly a flop, the film only grossed $170 million on a $110 million budget. The cast and director expressed interest in making a sequel but ultimately concluded that it wasn't profitable enough to risk it.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** John Singleton was originally set to direct when the project was at Universal.
** Whilst only Dirk Benedict & Dwight Schultz took up the invitation, a cameo was also offered to Mr. T - he declined, with Mr. T saying in different interviews that it was because he felt the film was too violent or because he wanted to actually reprise his role of B.A. Baracus.


[[folder: Other ]]

* PromotedFanboy: Sharlto Copley loved the A-Team as a kid and his favourite character was Murdock. It even got better from him getting the role: he and Dwight Schultz (the original Murdock) got a chance to meet and hang out, and simply loved each other. Dwight teared up watching Sharlto's audition video and after watching it got up and [[HeartWarmingMoments gave Sharlto a hug, told him he ''was'' Murdock, and promptly wrote on his (Dwight's) site "Murdock is dead. Long live Murdock!" because he loved Sharlto's portrayal so much.]]