* AlasPoorScrappy: The death of the revolting [[{{Jerkass}} Timmons]] is so brutal that it's hard not to feel sorry for him, even though [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality it wasn't very surprising that he died]].
** He dies pleading with the Pawnee to [[spoiler: not hurt his mules]] even as he lay there suffering and bleeding out. He was a disgusting little troll [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a core of pure platinum]].
* {{Anvilicious}}
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Most of the score, but especially the beautiful [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHvKviaeulg John Dunbar Theme]], which was apparently one of Pope John Paul II's favorite pieces of music.
* HoYay: Wind In His Hair calls Dunbar his ''kola'', which in Lakota custom includes sleeping in the same blanket when part of a hunting party and in some cases even sharing wives. This also qualifies as FoeYay since they didn't like each other at first.
* OneSceneWonder: Major Fambrough, the crazy (possibly from either syphilis or lead poisoning) military officer that gives Dunbar his orders, and thinks that it's the time of KingArthur.
--> "Sir knight! [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments I have just pissed in my pants... And there is nothing anybody can do about it]]."
* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler:The deaths of Two-Socks and Cisco, in rapid succession.]]
* UnfortunateImplications: Good Sioux and evil Pawnee.
* ValuesDissonance: How the film was received then and how some see it now.

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