* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: One of the few good westerns to use the Black Hat White Hat Trope straight.
** Strictly speaking, Shane's hat is ''gray'', appropriate to his moral ambiguity.
* TheHeroDies: As noted on the main page, the question of whether this trope is played straight or subverted remains a topic of debate.
* MemeticMutation: "Shane! Come back, Shane!"
* OneSceneWonder: Jack Palance's role as [[TheDragon Wilson]] is both brief enough, and unforgettable enough to qualify as this.
* {{Tearjerker}}: ''"Shane, Come Back!!"''
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