* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: When Harmonica and Jill meet for the first time alone in a barn, [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty he rips her dress and pushes her to the ground]]... [[AvertedTrope but that's about it]]. It isn't explained why he would do this and it is never mentioned again.
** Subverted when it's made clear he's trying to distract Frank's men by having them eat the eye candy. See the main page for details.
* CompleteMonster: [[TheDragon Frank]] is a former bandit turned enforcer for the railroad company. During the film's opening sequence, he and his men gun down the [=McBain=] family, with Frank shooting down the last survivor, [[WouldHurtAChild a small boy]], himself, before nailing a duster to the door so that local {{bandito}} chief [[AntiHero Cheyenne]] will be blamed for the crime. When he reports to his boss, [[EvilCripple Mr. Morton]], [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Morton]] says that he only wanted the [=McBain=]s scared. Frank's response? "[[PsychoForHire People scare better when they're dying]]." And that's just the first part of the movie! No reason is ever given for his actions, and Frank has ultimately gone down in film history as one of the most vicious villains of his era.
* CreepyAwesome: Frank.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: It's Morricone, so this might be a given, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ppJxujFSQI "The Man With A Harmonica"]] has got to be one of the most badass film cues of all time.
* EvilIsCool: Frank fits very well to the trope. Its a combination of BadAss, ProfessionalKiller, DeadpanSnarker and his suit practically makes him a cool villain. The fact that he's played by [[spoiler:Creator/HenryFonda]] certainly helps.
* FoeYay[=/=]NoYay: Frank's sexual behavior with Jill.
* FunnyMoments: While the film is far more serious than the Film/DollarsTrilogy, constant sarcasm from Harmonica and Frank occasionally crosses the line into hilarious.
-->'''Frank:''' How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants.
** Some scenes in the 11 minute intro, probably an intentional example.
*** This little gem:
-->'''Harmonica''': The reward for this man is 5000 dollars, is that right?\\
'''Cheyenne''': Judas was satisfied with 4,970 dollars less.\\
'''Harmonica''': There were no dollars in them days.\\
'''Cheyenne''': But sons-of-bitches? Yeah.
* JerkassWoobie: Morton's certainly a villain, but ultimately it's hard not to feel sorry for him. [[TheDeterminator He just wants to get his railroad built before dying]]... even if it requires Frank's help. His [[spoiler: tragic death scene]] certainly helps.
* LoveToHate: Frank has a large fanbase, and is easily one of the most memorable characters in the film.
* LoveTriangle: Very Subtle. Over the course of the film, Cheyenne gets a bit of a soft spot for Jill. Who in turn develops one for Harmonica. [[spoiler:Harmonica's feelings are unsaid and he moves on at the end of the film.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Frank crosses this in his very first scene, killing a little kid. Yes, Frank is pretty vile.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[spoiler:Henry Fonda]]. Although he had played villains before, he was well established as a leading man, not a heavy. Furthermore, Frank is on a totally different level of evil than any other character he had played before. Ben Mankiewicz remarked on TCM that casting him as the villain hurt the box office, because viewers, especially Americans, thought he was too creepy.
* TearJerker: Frank killing off Jill's nice new family. Especially because she doesn't know, and is looking forward to her new life. She's understandably horrified when she arrives.
** The death of [[spoiler:Cheyenne.]]
-->[[spoiler:"Hey, Harmonica. When they do you in, pray it's somebody who knows ''where'' to shoot."]]
** The death of [[spoiler:Mr. Morton. The sight of it is tragic enough, even more so if you knew what he wanted to do before his death.]]
* VindicatedByHistory: The film received mixed and very mild reviews from critics when it was first screened, and, financially speaking, it only barely recovered its budget. This result was encouraged by the twenty-or-so minutes worth of footage (including the tavern scene between Harmonica and Cheyenne, and [[spoiler: Cheyenne's death]] sequence) cut from the film's original release. Today, it is widely regarded as the greatest Western ever made (though, factually speaking, it competes with ''TheSearchers'' and ''StageCoach''), and it holds a 98% on its RottenTomatoes profile.
* TheWoobie: Jill.