, Jim Bowie, and the Texas militia try to defend the Alamo
from General Santa Anna
This film contains examples of:
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Emil tries to force Flaca into marriage with him so he can leagally own her land. Thankfully he's killed before he can force her to go through with it.
- Artistic License: Davy Crockett's last scene, in both films.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: One of Santa Anna's officers wrote an account of the siege that ended with Crockett and several others brought before Santa Anna and ultimately sabered to death.
- Badass: Pretty much all of the defenders fit into this trope.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: In the Wayne version, Crockett and Bowie first team-up to fight off a bunch of hired thugs sent by Emil Sande, a corrupt and greedy San Antonio businessman.
Crockett: Well thanks friend! (gestures too the two men Bowie has firmly in a head-lock) If you don't insist on having those two to yourself I'll give you a hand?
Bowie: My pleasure friend. (Crockett then renders both men out cold with Bowie's knife)
- Badass Boast: The Tennesseans did this a lot in the John Wayne version, and they had the ball's to back up their claims.
- Bittersweet Ending: Or Downer Ending, it depends (a little) on which film you watch.
- Book Ends: The Wayne film opens and closes with a view of the Mission, and the guard at his post.
- Butt Monkey: Beekeeper
- Casual Danger Dialogue: One scene in the John Wayne film. After Crockett's encounter with Emil Sande, he's accosted by some of Sande's men. Bowie decided to help Crockett and he and Crockett become acquainted during the fight.
- Deconstruction: In the 2004 film, David Crockett deconstructs the Living Legend trope.
- Do Not Go Gentle
- Final Battle: On the thirteenth day of the siege.
- Gallows Humor: The defenders are realistic about their odds of survival.
- Genius Bruiser: Crockett shows himself to be a shrewd tactician and leader in addition to being a badass on the front-lines. He also displays a great deal of wit guile when dealing with his own men.
- Grey and Gray Morality: In the 2004 film. The Mexicans get a lot more sympathy and a scene where their motives are explained, and Jim Bowie is a real jerkass to his slave.
- Good Shepherd: The Parson, one of Crockett's Tennessee volunteers.
- Ironic Echo: "Do X mean what I think it do?" "It do."
- Insistent Terminology: Crockett prefers David to Davy.
- Jerkass: Travis in the John Wayne film.
- This is actually one of the film's rare Truth in Television moments as William Travis was not well liked by most of the defenders.
- Last Stand
- No Indoor Voice: John Wayne's Jim Bowie.
- Oh Crap: No one ever says so out loud but, you can see it on the faces of the defenders fairly often.
- Notably, Travis and Crockett's reactions in the 2004 film: Travis, when he looks upon the Mexicans surrounding San Antonio de Bexar for the first time, and Crockett, as he stops playing his violin when he hears the Mexican troops approaching the Alamo just before the final attack.
- One Sided Battle: Only a few hundred men defend the Alamo versus over a thousand Mexicans. The the defenders hold out well, until they're overwhelmed in final battle during the climax.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Smitty tries to convince everyone (including a cute little lady that's very concerned for him) that the wound he has is nothing serious. Then Beekeeper goes and pours Whisky on it!
- Running Gag: The two Tennessee men.
Tennessean #1: Do (...) mean what I think it do?
Tennessean #2: It do.
- The sentry Bob's penitent for saying "Halt, who goes there?" to Jim Bowie, who didn't approve.
- Shown Their Work: The 2004 version, which took Artistic License with some things but overall was very accurate.
- Shrouded in Myth: Davy Crockett has a BIG reputation.
- Smug Snake: Santa Anna (in the 2004 version), and Emil Sande (from the John Wayne film).
- Villain Song: The Mexican army plays DegŁello, which translates to 'slit throat'.
- The Cavalry: Discussed but averted
- Taking You with Me: In the Wayne version, all three leading men make an effort to take as many of the enemy with them as they go.
- Worthy Opponent: Surprisingly, the Mexican army (though not Santa Anna himself) gets this treatment in Wayne's Alamo. One scene has two of Crockett's Tennesseans admitting they admire the courage of the Mexicans assaulting the Alamo, praising them as "fighting men." The Mexicans saluting Mrs. Dickinson and other survivors at the end suggests the feeling is mutual.