Noble Bigot: Buford has no reservations about referring to the eight innocents poisoned by tainted moonshine as "niggers," but he is determined to punish those responsible for their deaths just the same, something he notes the old Sheriff would have let slide for the victims "not being his favorite color."
Protected by a Child: After an ambush leaves Buford seriously injured and his wife dead, his young son stands watch in his daddy's hospital room with a .410 shotgun.
Stuffed In The Fridge: Buford's wife Pauline is suddenly cut down in an ambush meant for him, in a scene tragically mirroring what happened in Real Life.
The 2004 remake provides examples of:
An Axe to Grind: Hamilton. Appropriate, given that his father used to run the lumber mill.
Clean Up The Town: Chris's goal in running for Sheriff. When the townspeople see what Hamilton's men did to him, and learn that Watkins refused to investigate it.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Averted in Chris's first fight at the casino when the guards overwhelm him. Played straight during his second visit, once he is motivated by a healthy dose of Tranquil Fury. Played straight again during the third fight at the Sheriff's office and the Vaughn residence.
Cowboy Cop: Chris and Ray. It helps that they're the only cops in town.
Gonna Fly Now Montage: Played With: We get a montage of Chris laid up on the couch watching TV with Ray and his nephew. Eventually we begin to see clips mixed in of him doing situps once he has had time to recover from his injuries.
Groin Attack: Towards the end of Ray's drawn out brawl with one of the bad guys
Hollywood Law: It's remarkable that Chris's case wasn't declared a mistrial after his (relatively minor) Courtroom Antics. It is possible that the judge let it go (despite his protests otherwise) because of how plainly corrupt Sheriff Watkins was.
His Name Is...: Averted, barely. Booth dies within moments of telling Chris where Hamilton's drug operation is run from.
Improvised Weapon User: Chris, Ray, and Hamilton all end up using whatever they have at hand in fights, ranging from pieces of lumber, to frying pans, to a potato peeler.
Mythology Gag: Of a sort. Sheriff Watkins's predecessor died in a car accident, just as the Real Life Buford Pusser was. In Pusser's case, he had a long list of enemies and accusations (never confirmed) were made that he was murdered.