[[caption-width-right:300:It's a whole new West, alright.]]

->'''Artemus Gordon:''' So, what does Loveless have? ''(notices factory complex)'' Well... he has his own city.\\
''(out of nowhere a giant mechanical spider shows up)''\\
'''Jim West:''' He has an 80-foot tarantula.\\
'''Artemus Gordon:''' Yes, well... I was coming to that.

''Wild Wild West'' is a 1999 CattlePunk comedy film directed by Creator/BarrySonnenfeld, starring Creator/WillSmith, Creator/KevinKline, Creator/KennethBranagh, and Creator/SalmaHayek. It's TheFilmOfTheSeries of ''Series/TheWildWildWest''--[[InNameOnly technically]], anyway.

The plot, taking place during the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, concerns government agents Jim West (Smith) and Artemus Gordon (Kline) attempting to prevent a renewal of the Civil War by amputee Southern scientist Dr. Arliss Loveless (Branagh) and his giant mechanical spider.

!!Provides examples of:

* TheAlliance: Rare villainous example in the "Loveless Alliance," namely Loveless and his people plus Mexico, Spain, France and Great Britain, all planning to divide the United States amongst themselves.
* AlliterativeTitle
* AllThereInTheManual: The novelization explains how Jim West survived the 80 foot fall.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Loveless steals the Wanderer with Rita in tow so that he can get to his laboratory in Spider Canyon.
* AmericaIsStillAColony: Part of [[BigBad Arliss Loveless]]' plan for the U.S. surrender and [[DividedStatesOfAmerica dividing the country]] was to return the original 13 colonies to the U.K., "minus Manhattan", Florida (but not [[MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack the former parts of Mexico]]) to Spain, and what was more or less the Louisiana Territory to the French. A corner in the Northwest was reserved for [[{{Egopolis}} "Loveless Land"]].
* AnachronismStew: Jim West's use of modern slang, such as "boobies" and "booty".
* AnArmAndALeg: During the war Loveless lost both his legs, a lung, spleen, bladder, thirty-feet of small intestine and [[GroinAttack the ability to reproduce.]]
* AndThenISaid: Artemus, while discussing Rita Escobar.
* AndStarring: In one theatrical poster: "And Kenneth Branagh."
* AnimalMotifs: Loveless is all about spiders. It's on his flag, his secret base is in Spider Canyon, and his ultimate weapon is a SpiderTank.
* ArmedLegs: Jim West's blade-equipped shoes.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: President Grant didn't actually attend the joining of the railroads, let alone hammer in the golden spike. More nitpickily, the Secret Service was created before the film's timeframe -- and was not tasked with protecting the President until much later.
** African Americans were in the Union Army, but never could become commissioned officers at that time. The first one to get an officerís commission was Henry O Flippant about two decades later.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Pretty blatant with the collar trap device. First, the machine easily detects when someone steps over the copper "fence" -- even without actually touching it and with no apparent connection between the two. Then the trap neck braces have some truly inconsistent magnetism (the braces only attract themselves after Gordon hits them with a stone, the buzz saws they're attracting rarely go in a straight line...) and the saws more or less have infinite angular momentum, mowing their way through entire cornfields without losing a bit of spin. Plus they [[MadeOfExplodium explode when they run into each other!]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: The fighting style of one of Loveless' minions, who demonstrates an impressive knowledge of kung fu. Compare and contrast Jim West's BoringButPractical response of knocking him out with a shovel to the face.
* BadBoss: Loveless murders General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=] and his men (who seem to represent most of Loveless' mooks) as a weapons demo.
* BallsOfSteel: The cybernetic mook that Jim faces in the spider's engine room. This elicits a BigNo from him when he discovers that this particular bad guy has ''no'' weak spots.
* BatmanColdOpen: Jim West and Artemus Gordon vs. General [=McGrath=] in the saloon... at least, that's how it was written in [[AllThereInTheScript the script]].
* BellyDancer: Jim West as "Ebonia", complete with MysteriousVeil to hide his appearance, in a last ditch attempt to stall the meeting of [[spoiler:Dr. Loveless and America's enemies and kill Loveless]].
* BetweenMyLegs: Jim West's legs, as he's standing naked in front of three men after falling out of a water tank.
* BerserkButton: Don't call Doctor Loveless an animal.
* BilingualBonus: When Gordon starts up his Nitro-Cycle, he says "Avanti!", which is Italian for forward.
* BlackComedy: During the slaughter of General [=McGrath=]'s soldiers, Miss Lippenreader uses a pair of bionoculars to observe their deaths. The incredibly blasé tone she uses to express their horrified last words is unintentionally hilarious.
* BlackTieInfiltration: Jim West and Artemus Gordon infiltrate a post-Civil War Southern costume ball dressed as an armed cowboy and a French mountain man, respectively. Problem: the other attendees are white racist former slave owners, and Jim West is black.
* BlackVikings: Jim West as a U.S. Army captain in 1869. Noted to be highly unusual.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: A {{mook|s}} has swords that snap out of his wrists.
* BodyguardBabes: Loveless employs four female henchmen who dress as 1800s prostitutes much of the time.
* BondVillainStupidity: After Loveless captures West and Gordon, he fits their necks with the blade-attracting magnets that the professor in the opening was also killed with. Then he leaves before ensuring their demise.
* BrainsAndBondage: Holy ''crap'', look at the rig in Loveless' bedroom! [[CompensatingForSomething Then again...]] The man ''is'' [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe missing everything below the waist]], which limits his options somewhat.
* BriarPatching
** Subverted. Artemus attempts to have Dr. Loveless capture him, dressed as Ulysses S. Grant, to lure him away from the real Ulysses. Loveless takes them both.
** Also, when Artemus is caught and about to be executed, he begs to be "shot in my heart, which has loved this country so much" because he is wearing his prototype for a bullet proof vest. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.
--->'''Loveless''': Shoot him in the head.\\
'''Artemus''': ''Damn.''
* BrickJoke: West and Loveless continue their VolleyingInsults near the end.
* BriefAccentImitation: Rita repeating what she overheard from the vaguely European henchwoman.
-->"Vere is dis "Ootah" anyvay?"
* BulletProofVest: Gordon's Impermeable, a chain mail vest that can stop period firearms.
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: While impersonating President Grant, Gordon spends much of his time praising himself.
* TheButcher: General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=] is also "The Butcher of New Liberty".
* CallingCard: Loveless sends President Grant a marzipan cake shaped like the White House. Live tarantulas emerge whenever the lid is lifted.
* CampfireCharacterExploration: While traveling on foot to Dr. Loveless' base, Jim West and Artemus Gordon relax around a campfire. Jim West tells Gordon about his childhood and how his parents were among those murdered by Loveless at the free slave town of New Liberty. Gordon (who had been feuding with West up to this point) tells West he'll help him get Loveless.
* CatapultNightmare: West flinging himself up from a bad dream in the "Wild Wild West" music video.
* ChekhovsGun:
** All of Gordon's inventions (West's boot blade, "Impermeable" vest, railway car devices, flying bicycle, etc.).
** The spider and the wasp.
** Loveless' magnet collars.
* ChewingTheScenery: West has a few moments. Loveless, however, surpasses him by several orders of magnitude.
* CompositeCharacter: The film version of Loveless is a MadScientist like his TV counterpart, but his backstory (a Confederate veteran embittered by being crippled in the war) is taken straight from another villain, Colonel Vautrain. (His {{Steampunk}} wheelchair also looks an awful lot like the one used by Mr. Braine.)
* CoolOldGuy: President Grant, as [[SnarkToSnarkCombat exemplified]] [[CasualDangerDialogue here]].
-->'''Loveless:''' Well now isn't this a coincidence? I'm out for a little morning ride and right in the middle of nowhere I bump into General Ulysses S. Grant himself! We've never been formally introduced, I'm Doctor Arliss Loveless, formerly of the Confederate Army.\\
'''Grant:''' Yes, Doctor Loveless. That's a fine-looking spider you've got there...what can I do for you today?\\
'''Loveless:''' I have a humble abode nearby, I hope you'll accept my hospitality. I have a little proposition to make.\\
'''Grant:''' What proposition is that?\\
'''Loveless:''' The immediate and unconditional surrender of the United States of America to ''the Loveless Alliance''!\\
'''Grant:''' I didn't realize we were at war. You have me at somewhat of a disadvantage. I didn't bring my ''flyswatter''.
* CoolTrain:
** The Wanderer, used by West and Gordon.
** Loveless' beats it. An armed, armored doodlebug (powered car) with both a slot for his War Wagon and ''spider legs''.
* CosmopolitanCouncil: Dr. Loveless' foreign backers
* CowboyCop: Jim West. Bonus points for him being a cowboy.
* CueTheFallingObject: After Jim West manages to dodge an assassin (which was concealing himself as a "living artwork" in the office of Loveless, and kills Miss East at the same time), he pulls out his gun and shoots every piece of artwork in the room that is man-sized. After he does so and walks away, we find out that said artwork included an assassin on the roof when he crashes down onto Loveless' desk.
* {{Cyborg}}: Loveless and some of his {{Mooks}} are steampunk cyborgs.
* DamselInDistress: Rita Escobar.
* DanceBattler: Gordon shows off some balletic moves while fighting Loveless' ladies.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Jim West had a rough upbringing. As a child, he grew up in plantations before he became TheRunaway and was raised by Native Americans. He would eventually serve as a soldier of the U.S. Army's 9th Cavalry during the Civil War; one week before the war ended, West witnessed Loveless murder everyone at New Liberty, including his parents.
* DeadlyDisc: Dr. Loveless' machine that fires high speed homing saw blades.
* DeadlyEnvironmentPrison: After Loveless captures Jim and Gordon, he places them in a small unguarded entrapment in the middle of nowhere. They can leave whenever they want, but doing so will activate a device that sends a DeadlyDisc after their magnetic collars. Jim being Jim, he triggers it without even thinking.
* DeadpanSnarker: Will Smith as Jim West and Kevin Kline as Artemus Gordon.
* DeepSouth: Loveless has a southern accent befitting of a former Confederate soldier.
* DemotedToDragon: We find this out about Bloodbath [=McGrath=], when he is [[spoiler:killed by the real BigBad]].
* DiabolicalMastermind: Dr. Loveless is re-imagined as a steampunk Blofeld on a white supremacist kick. Contrary to what he says, the Doctor has put aside his Confederate past and is conspiring with British, Mexican, and Spanish agents to divvy up the United States between them all. His reasoning is that, since the CSA "betrayed" him by surrendering to the Yankees, he owes them nothing.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Neither Jim or Gordon get to hook up with Rita, because it turns out she's already married. Instead, they get something arguably more awesome: Loveless's 80-foot SpiderTank!]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: At first it seems that General [=McGrath=] is the main villain, until Dr. Loveless makes his entrance, and dispacthes him and his henchmen to test a weapon.
* DisguisedInDrag: Artie as "Dora" at Fat-Can Candy's Saloon near the film's beginning. Later, Jim West as a {{belly dancer}}, his beard hidden under a veil.
* DisneyDeath: Jim West. He takes a point-blank gunshot to the chest and falls 80 feet to the desert floor [[spoiler:but survives because he was wearing one of Artemus Gordon's "Impermeable" bullet-proof vests]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Dr. Loveless]] and nearly all of his henchmen and women fall off the Tarantula to their deaths towards the ending.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: Dr. Loveless's plan for the U.S. It seems he didn't love the South quite enough to not see it handed over to foreign powers as well.
* DragonLady: Miss East serves as Loveless' second-in-command.
* DramaticGunCock: See EnhancedInterrogationTechniques below.
* EarnYourTitle: General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=], AKA "TheButcher of New Liberty". [[spoiler:It later turned out that General [=McGrath=] was a decoy all along]].
* EarTrumpet: General [=McGrath=] has one, tipping out accumulated ear wax at one point for disgusting effect.
* EnhancedInterrogationTechniques: Jim West uses a DramaticGunCock on "President Grant".
* EtTuBrute: General [=McGrath=]'s reaction to [[spoiler:Loveless murdering his men]] is outrage.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Loveless seems genuinely shocked and horrified when his weapons master Munitia is sent plummeting to her death. Granted, he gets over it pretty quickly and by the next scene is offering a job to the people who killed her, but still...
* EvenEvilHasStandards: General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=] is hardly a pleasant man, [[spoiler: but he is haunted and horrified by Dr. Loveless's murderous inventions and his willingness to test them on human subjects.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Loveless to Gordon, each of them being a GadgeteerGenius who invents a dizzying variety of different machines, vehicles, weapons and other contraptions decades ahead of their time. Arguably, West to [=McGrath=], each being the less scientific and more pragmatic combat veteran half of their duo.
* EvilCripple: Not only is Dr. Loveless the BigBad, but he lost his lower body during the Civil War, forcing him to use a wheelchair that can use guns and can transform into his OneWingedAngel miniature version of his SpiderTank.
* EvilRedhead: Munitia, Loveless' henchwoman expert in weapons. She's presumably his top enforcer too.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt
-->'''Loveless''': After all that, you missed?\\
'''Gordon''': Actually I didn't.\\
''[cut to the leaking hydraulic line]''
* EyeRemember: Retinal Terminus Theory.
* FakeBoobs: Artemus Gordon has some.
* AFatherToHisMen: General [=McGrath=] draws a gun on Loveless and then tries to kill him when he annihilates all of [=McGrath=]'s men with his tank, and his last words to West include him calling said soldiers "my boys".
* FauxAffablyEvil: Dr. Loveless acts polite and well-mannered, but it barely hides the mind of an AxCrazy psychopath.
-->"By the way, I'll be seeing President Grant soon at Promontory Point. What should I tell him for you? I'm afraid it can't be that you're ''alive'' and ''well''!" *EvilLaugh*
* FemmeFatale: Rather downplayed with Miss East, who basically saves a complete stranger's ([[spoiler:West's]]) life, something that's a bit too noble for the trope.
* TheFilmOfTheSeries: The film is an adaptation of the TV series.
%%Having five-ish characters on each side doesn't make them Five___Bands. Read the edit reasons, and take it to discussion if you want to defend it, don't just re-add it here.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** During Loveless' part in New Orleans, a musical group dressed in costume plays inside a framework of a giant painting. Later, Jim West shoots a group of assassins, each of whom is pretending to be a figure in a giant painting.
** PlayedWith. While Jim West and Artemus Gordon are in the desert, they see a tarantula hawk (wasp) attack a tarantula. Later on, Gordon uses this as an inspiration to create a flying bicycle to use against Loveless' giant mechanical spider.
* FreudianSlipperySlope: Many puns are made when Rita comes in with the rear flap of her pajamas unbuttoned.
* FullFrontalAssault: In the opening of the film, Jim West is forced to fight a bunch of guys while nude. That is until his clothes are tossed down to him.
* FunnyBruceLeeNoises: Artemus Gordon, while performing his Karate Kid impersonation.
* GadgeteerGenius: Artemus Gordon and Dr. Loveless.
* GagBoobs: Gordon's woman suit has those. So does a woman whom West confuses for him in drag. The latter leads to a hilarious party foul that the Southerners try to lynch West over.
* GeneralRipper: Ironically enough, West to General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=].
* GeniusCripple: Dr. Loveless
* GiantSpider: See SpiderTank below.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: West smashes a wanna-be martial artist silly on the climax with a shovel and punches people in the face, in contrast with Gordon's more fancy "dancing" fighting style (once used as misdirection so he'll trigger a gadget on West, once used as DeadlyDodging).
* GoryDiscretionShot: In TheTeaser, Morton's death by the saw blade is heard offscreen.
* GroinAttack:
** After General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=] chooses the prostitute "Dora" (Artemus Gordon), another man tries to take her. [=McGrath=] pulls out a gun and shoots him in the groin. The people nearby turn around to look, then go back to what they were doing.
** Jim West punches one of Loveless' {{mooks}} in the groin while in combat on the giant spider's engine deck.
** After Jim West tries several attempts to hurt the iron mook, he attempts to kick his groin, [[BallsOfSteel with no luck]].
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Occurs in Dr. Loveless' {{Backstory}}, but he survives.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: West's hat in the opening scene.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Jim West's and Dr. Loveless' VolleyingInsults.
* IKnowKarate: A {{mook|s}} tries this on Jim West. And then proceeds to get a shovel in the face.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Jim West to Loveless' cyber {{mook|s}}.
* IdenticalStranger: Artemus Gordon looks like President Grant without the beard.
* IdiotBall: When West and Gordon are being chased by the saw blades, they run into the easily-cut corn field, as opposed to taking refuge by the large metal train that would surely stop the blades.
* IncomingHam: Loveless' introduction, as he explodes out of Lincoln's head as "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" plays in the background.
-->'''Loveless:''' Don't you just '''hate''' that song?
* InJoke: The "DO NOT PUSH" train button is an obvious nod to Sonnenfeld's previous venture, ''Film/MenInBlack''.
* InNameOnly: [[Series/TheWildWildWest The original show]] was a merging of TheWestern with the SpyDrama. It didn't really have many SteamPunk elements, just some technology that would have been high-tech for the time period. The movie ran with SteamPunk and the specific Film/JamesBond-style "save the world" spy escapades. The show didn't have anything like the SpiderTank or the magnetic collars, which makes it a very stark contrast going between the two. According to ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', the premise of the ''Wild Wild West'' movie is based on a ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode that originally starred ComicBook/JonahHex. It isn't exactly known how it became a ''Wild Wild West'' story.
* InsufferableGenius: Gordon.
* InterrogatingTheDead: Gordon is able to see a man's last sight by slapping his severed and presumably hollowed-out head to a light.
-->'''West:''' ''That's a man's ''head''...''
* IntimidationDemonstration: Happens twice during Jim West's battles with Dr. Loveless' {{mooks}} inside the giant spider robot.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: The giant spider.
* ItsPersonal: West's unit was the one that found the aftermath of the massacre at New Liberty, and since then he's been itching for a chance to dust the man responsible. [[spoiler: His birth parents were among the victims.]]
* KnockoutGas: Artemus Gordon's sleeping gas billiard balls, [[SubvertedTrope except for one]].
-->'''West''': That was ''not'' sleeping gas!\\
'''Gordon''': No, the 8-ball is an incendiary bomb.
* LargeHam: Loveless and Gordon can be quite dramatic.
* LastRequest:
** Artemus, disguised as President Grant, tries to get Loveless to kidnap him instead of the real Grant in the finale. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
** Done again when Loveless threatens Grant by shooting his men, starting with Gordon. Gordon, knowing he's wearing a bulletproof vest, ask that he be shot in the heart to symbolize the country he loved. Loveless, true to his name, orders him to be shot in the head.
* LeeroyJenkins: West constantly ignores Gordon's planning and runs right into battle. Only after he causes them to run for their lives and runs out of other options does he ask for Gordon to work out a plan. Gordon doesn't take it too well.
* LicensedGame: ''Wild Wild West: The Steel Assassin''.
* TheLoad: Rita Escobar. She forces herself on the search by giving up information that is of little to no help (Loveless willingly informs the duo that he's after President Grant), is nothing more than a distraction to them on purpose, and tops it by getting them all captured when she triggers a sleeping gas billiard ball (which she had been told the purpose of) in a bizarre attempt to avoid exactly that fate.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: For practical purposes, of course. Loveless makes a note to drill his gunners harder after the screams of their victims prove unsatisfactory.
* MadScientist: Dr Loveless.
* MadeOfExplodium: What the ''hell'' was in those flying frisbees of death, anyway?
* MadeOfIron: Jim West falls 80 feet (5 stories) to the ground, and lands on his back. The film seems to try to justify this by Jim being knocked out and severely bruised up when he wakes but the fact still stands. He should be dead.
* MaleGaze: This film has more jiggling orbs than a cardio ball fitness class.
* MasterOfDisguise: Artemus Gordon
* MeaningfulEcho: Gordon tells West and Rita that they need a plan to stop Loveless. After rescuing Gordon from Loveless' clutches towards the end of the film, West tells Gordon, "Right now, we need a plan."
* MeaningfulName: All of Loveless' PaidHarem BodyguardBabes. Loveless himself too.
* MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack: "Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, [[GratuitousSpanish revolve a Mexico]]."
* MistakenForGay: The whole "touch my breast" scene.
* MisterBig: Dr. Loveless.
* MsFanservice:
** Rita Escobar, especially in her [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]]. (Well, it ''was'' Creator/SalmaHayek.)
** Loveless' BodyguardBabes could count as both this and FanserviceExtra.
** The girl West is skinny dipping with at the very beginning.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: "Mr..." "West. Jim West"
* {{Narcissist}}: Arliss Loveless. He even jokes about it.
-->'''Rita:''' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Not to give you a big head]], but I kinda missed you.\\
'''Loveless:''' Well isn't that a coincidence. I kinda missed me too!
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=], the Butcher of New Liberty, and his boss, Doctor Arliss Loveless.
* NeckLift: The last of Dr. Loveless' {{mooks}} Jim West battles inside the giant spider robot does this to him.
* NitroExpress: At the beginning of the film, Captain Jim West jumps on a wagon carrying cases of nitro (with only hay for padding) for a renegade regiment of the former Confederacy.
--> '''Jim''': ''This! Is Not! The Way! You Transport! '''Nitro!!!'''''
* NobodyHereButUsStatues: Loveless' {{mooks}} hiding in the paintings. After Miss East gives it away by looking at one, West quickly kills that mook, and then shoots every other picture.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Dr. Loveless is a pretty hammy villain much of the time, but there's a hilarious moment after Artemus has been captured and is about to be shot. He's fortunately [[BulletProofVest wearing body armor]] and demands that he be shot "...in the heart that loves this country so much." Loveless's response? "Shoot him in the head."
* NoodleImplements: Loveless' suite. Yikes.
* NoodleIncident: The New Liberty incident that gave General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=] his nickname. Though it's eventually explained.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Coleman is disturbed when he overhears Artemus and Jim touching each other's "breasts."
* ObviouslyEvil: Downplayed with [=McGrath=]; he's ugly, dirty, rude, a bigot, and a nasty person overall, and he's clearly evil; but he's a ''lesser'' evil compared to Loveless.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Pretty much every female character's costume for most of the film (except for Garcelle Beauvais, who [[SceneryCensor went without]].)
* OfficialParody
* OneBulletLeft: Artemus Gordon's derringer has only one bullet and he uses it to [[spoiler:disable Loveless' spider legs]].
* OneWingedAngel: Loveless gets out of his wheelchair and becomes a miniature version of his SpiderTank.
* OvercomeTheirDifferences: Jim and Artemus
* OverlyLongGag: See VolleyingInsults
* PaidHarem: Dr. Loveless' extremely bizarre bodyguards: Amazonia (the muscle), Munitia (the rear gunner, hint hint), Miss Lippenrieder (the mouth-reader; basically acts as the intelligence agent) and Miss East (Bai Ling in a corset, enough said).
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Jim West's insulting Dr. Loveless about his amputee status.
* PhallicWeapon: Loveless's rather phallic disc blade launcher.
* PointDefenseless: Actually ''averted'' with the Tarantula - it had ''Gatling guns'' on board, which make handy anti-aircraft weapons...
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Mostly averted, actually. Contrary to popular misconception, the US Army had quite a few black officers during the Civil War. Official Army records list 186,097 black soldiers, 7,122 of whom were officers. How many of these achieved the rank of captain is not clear (one suspects most black officers were very junior). Even further, Jim gets himself in a ''lot'' of trouble for misbehaving at a party full of white people.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The strongly racist Dr. Loveless. Nevertheless one of his henchmen is a Native American. (On the other hand, note how none of his landclaim restoration plan gives anything back to the Native Americans...)
** Loveless actually does plan to return something to the Native Americans. He doesn't expressly state it, and we can't see it on the map, but he references the [[RealityIsUnrealistic (inaccurate) ]] account of Manhattan being purchased from the Native Americans for beads, and tells Britain they'll be given the thirteen original colonies "minus Manhattan."
* PreMortemOneLiner: "No more Mr. Knife Guy.''
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Jim West while fighting a cyborg mook.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Jim's reaction to Gordon's doctor friend. Despite the {{Squick}} factor, it may double as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
-->'''Jim''': That... is a ''man's''... '''head'''.
* PursuedProtagonist
* QuizzicalTilt: When the dog looks at Bloodbath [=McGrath=]'s ear trumpet. Serves as a ShoutOut to [[http://www.goodlogo.com/images/logos/rca_entertainment_logo_2544.gif the RCA logo]], even [[AllThereInTheScript referred to as such in the script.]]
* RaceLift: Will Smith. There's also the issue of his dialect. No matter what race, West would not speak like he was, let's say, [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir 1980s West Philadelphia, born and raised]]. As noted under PoliticallyCorrectHistory above, the Army did have black officers at the time, though it's uncertain if any ascended to Captain.
* RaisedByNatives: Jim West, by Native Americans.
* RantInducingSlight: Artemus Gordon after he and Jim West escape the {{Deadly Disc}}s. See the [[Funny/WildWildWest Funny Moments entry]].
* RasputinianDeath: [=McGrath=] is shot and thrown into a river before slowly bleeding to death.
* ReflectiveEyes: West narrowly avoids an ambush in Loveless' office thanks to Ms. East's eyes showing his would-be killer.
* TheRemnant:
** Played straight with General [=McGrath=] and his Confederate veterans early in the movie.
** Then averted with his boss, Arliss Loveless, much to [=McGrath=]'s chagrin. He doesn't care about the cause and joyfully guns down both [=McGrath=] and his men as a weapons demonstration for the foreign supporters with whom he intends to divide up the United States. Note that while he intends to claim a sizable piece of territory for himself, that territory isn't even in the South.
* RescueRomance: Appears to be occurring with Jim, Artemus and Rita Escobar. [[spoiler:{{Subverted}} when it turns out that she's already married.]]
* RibbonCuttingCeremony: President Grant hammering in the Golden Spike.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: Parodied by Jim West and Artemus Gordon in the last scene. They appear to be riding horses, until the camera zooms out to reveal that they're actually piloting the 80-foot SpiderTank they took from Loveless.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: West plots to avenge his parents' deaths at the hands of Loveless [[spoiler:and eventually succeeds]].
* RuleOfThree: "That is a man's head".
%%* SaltAndPepper
* SayMyName:
** Gordon goes into a RantInducingSlight after escaping Loveless's {{Deadly Disc}}s.
--->'''Gordon''' ''([[LaughingMad chuckling maniacally]])'' Oh ho ho, I see. ''Now'' I'm the "[[BuffySpeak master of this mechanical stuff]]." As opposed to five minutes ago, when I was calmly and coolly trying to find a solution to this very problem. But then something happened. Someone, who will remain nameless...\\
''(throws back his head and screams)''\\
** At the end of the film, Dr. Loveless screams "WEEEEEEEST!" as [[spoiler:he falls to his death]].
* SceneryCensor
* SceneryGorn: The scenographic town of Silverado (built for the eponymous film) was destroyed for the scene the spider tank attacks it. Doubles as ActorAllusion, as Kevin Kline had appeared in ''Silverado''. (''Film/{{Silverado}}'''s director even receives a ShoutOut.)
* SeeYouInHell: When [=McGrath=] tries to kill Loveless for murdering his men for a weapon test.
---> '''[=McGrath=]''': You go straight to Hell, sir!\\
'''Loveless''': After you, sir. ''[shoots [=McGrath=] with a hidden gun on his wheelchair]''
* ShinyNewAustralia: Loveless wants most of the U.S. Northwest to retire on.
* ShootEverythingThatMoves: President Ulysses S. Grant comments: "And you West, not every situation calls for your patented approach of shoot first, shoot later, shoot some more, and then when everybody's dead try to ask a question or two".
* ShoutOut:
** [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Wild_Wild_West_1999.aspx?Page=6 A scene imitates the painting on RCA's logo.]]
** That spider walker looks and sounds a lot like an AT-AT walker from Franchise/StarWars.
* SoulBrotha: Will Smith. Parodied and lampshaded on occasion, whenever Gordon suggests he act stereotypically black.
* SouthernFriedGenius: Arliss Loveless. Confederate backstory, loud and proud Southern accent and mannerisms. Also invents the battle tank fifty years before World War One, plus the flying frisbees of death, and a steam-powered mechanical tarantula the size of an AT-AT.
* SpidersAreScary:
** [[SpiderTank The giant mechanical spider.]]
** Earlier in the film, Gordon is terrified of the desert tarantula that is crawling up Jim's arm. Jim, unfazed, comments "he's just trying to get warm."
** Same goes for the tarantulas that are crawling all over the White House cake.
* SpiderTank: An ''eighty foot tall'' GiantSpider tank.
* SpottingTheThread: Jim determines that President Grant is really Artemis Gordon by the fact that he's wearing a Harvard class ring whereas Grant attended West Point. Though [[ButHeSoundsHandsome the fact he spent most of his time praising himself]] should have tipped him off too.
* StandInPortrait: Loveless' {{mooks}} hiding in the paintings.
* SteamPunk: The contraptions created by Dr. Loveless.
* SuperWheelChair: A SteamPunk, walking, shotgun armed, wheel chair for Dr Loveless.
* TakingYouWithMe: The end has [[spoiler:Arliss Loveless]] in a position where he could very well survive along with Jim West, but also has the option of pulling this on him, leaving him feeling genuinely conflicted about the issue. [[spoiler:West makes the choice for him (Loveless calling him a coward and a racial slur helps him decide), pulling the lever and sending both down into a very deep chasm. Only West has the option of grabbing a chain.]]
* TapOnTheHead: Jim West to General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=] with a punch. Played more realistically than usual since [=McGrath=] was only down for a few seconds.
* TemptingFate: When the SpiderTank is first revealed, Gordon confidently boasts that it will never be able to maneuver past the rock formations outside Spider Canyon. Cue the explosives easily knocking down said obstructions, along with a silent glare from West.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: When West calls Loveless out as an animal.
-->'''Dr. Loveless:''' I am ''not'' an animal! I am a visionary! I am a genius! And now, I am '''angry!'''
* ThemeTuneCameo: Music/ElmerBernstein's score quotes Richard Markowitz's theme for the original show at one point (in the scene where West rides away from the train), but it's not mentioned in the end credits. Ironically, this is one of the few aspects of the film that ''is'' true to the TV series, as Markowitz was never credited with writing the theme there either (long story).[[note]]All right, here's the tale - CBS originally got Dimitri Tiomkin to write the show's theme song in hopes of getting another hit like ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'', but Michael Garrison hated the ''two'' songs that resulted because they didn't really suit the secret agent vibe the show had, and hired Richard Markowitz to come up with the western fanfare/jazzy sounding theme tune and score the pilot (he also did original music for six episodes in the first three seasons). Markowitz's family believed that he was denied "theme by" credit on the series as part of CBS's settlement with the more famous Tiomkin - though Markowitz ''is'' credited as such on the two TV movies.[[/note]]
* ThemeTuneRap: Sung by Will Smith. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Sisqo!]]
* TheTeaser: The film opens with Professor Morton being pursued and eventually killed by Loveless' saw blade.
%%* TheyFightCrime
* ThisIsAsFarAsIGo: The Wanderer's engineer [[spoiler:and USMarshal]] Coleman decides not to participate in the FinalBattle with Loveless, but gives them explosives as farewell gifts.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: After Jim West attempts to leave the unguarded entrapment in Loveless' camp, he inadvertently activates the DeadlyDisc trap. Gordon's response? "And now we have to run."
* ThongOfShielding: Miss East
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The nature of Loveless' ultimate weapon is kept a secret through most of the movie, but anyone who's seen the trailers knows it's a giant steam-powered SpiderTank.
* TraintopBattle: Between James West and Loveless' Native American henchman.
* TrapDoor: On the command deck of Loveless' giant spider.
* TrashcanBonfire: The former Confederate soldiers have some at their meeting place at Malheureux Point.
* TheyFightCrime: He's a Trigger Happy black U.S. Army captain who was raised by Native Americans! He's a US Marshal who's a Master of Disguise and a Gadgeteer Genius! They Fight Crime!
* ThousandYardStare: When West arrives at the campsite where Loveless killed General [=McGrath=]'s men, all he can do is stare in silence at the dead bodies.
* TriggerHappy: Jim West. Actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the President: "And you, West. Not every situation calls for your patented approach of shoot first, shoot later, shoot some more, and then when everybody's dead try to ask a question or two."
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Jim and a buxom lady in a water tower.
* UndersideRide: Jim West does this, using a cart designed to let him move between the Wanderer and Loveless' train. Unfortunately, the rope connecting him breaks.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Artemus Gordon has a Universal Pilot's License. {{Justified|Trope}}, since everything we see him driving was ''invented'' by him. The only exception is the Spider Tank, which he did not invent and is seen having severe trouble with the first time he tries to steer it.
* USMarshal: Artemus Gordon. Also [[spoiler: Coleman, the engineer of the Wanderer]].
* VillainOpeningScene: It starts with General [=MacGrath=] and the death of a scientist.
* VillainousBreakdown: Loveless loses it when [[spoiler:Gordon disables his spider legs to rescue West]].
* VillainsWantMercy: When Loveless [[spoiler:gets shot by Gordon to free West]], he asks him to show some mercy. West, however, isn't having any of it.
* VisionaryVillain: Loveless dreams about the United States become divided amongst their enemies. He even admits that he's a visionary himself during the finale of the film.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Gordon and West become this.
* VolleyingInsults: West and Loveless do this at every opportunity; Loveless with a racist tone and West ridiculing Loveless' lack of legs and newfound shortness.
* WardrobeMalfunction: The bottom falls out of Salma Hayek's pajamas.
* WaterTowerDown: How Jim West meets some former Confederate soldiers.
* WeCanRuleTogether: After Jim and Gordon attack Loveless' spider tank with a flying machine, they're captured. Loveless then compliments them on their ingenuity, and offers them to come work for him. West tells him to shove it.
* WeirdWest: Of the "SteamPunk super-tech" variety.
* WhatADrag: Gordon, holding his high-powered magnet collar, is pulled toward a railroad track and dragged through the desert sands on the way. They soon realize that the tracks lead to Dr. Loveless's laboratory.
* WithDueRespect: When President Grant tells West and Gordon that they're going to be working together, they both start to protest while using the phrase "With all due respect". Grant tells them that they will do whatever their Commander-in-Chief orders them to do, and they both back down.
* WorldOfPun:
** Particularly the scenes where James West (black) and Arliss Loveless (has no legs) throw double entendre insults on each other's conditions.
---> '''Arliss''': How nice of you to join us tonight and add ''color'' to these monochromatic proceedings.\\
'''James''': Well, when a man comes back from the dead, I find that an occasion to ''stand up'' and be counted.\\
'''Arliss''': Miss East tells me you're looking to see General [=McGrath=] here. Well, I knew him years ago, but I haven't seen him in a ''coon's'' age.\\
'''James''': Well, I can see how it'd be hard for a man of your ''stature'' to keep track of even ''half'' the people he knows.\\
'''Arliss''': Well, perhaps the lovely Miss East can keep you from being a ''slave'' to your disappointment.\\
'''James''': You know beautiful women: they encourage you one minute and ''cut the legs out from under you'' the next.
** A CallBack occurs when they're stuck dangling over a canyon at the end.
--->'''Loveless''': Well, I'll be a ''monkey's'' uncle! How did we arrive in this ''dark'' situation?\\
'''West''': I have no idea, Dr. Loveless; I'm just as ''stumped'' as you are.
* WouldHurtAChild: Loveless was willing to murder children when he was at New Liberty.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Loveless kills off a large number of his men, including General [=McGrath=], because he was at Appomattox when General Lee surrendered to the Union army.
->'''Gordon''': Jim.\\
'''West''': What now, Artie?\\
'''Gordon''': Mind if I ask you a question?\\
'''West''': ''[{{beat}}]'' Actually, I do, Artie.\\
[''both drive off into the sunset in a SpiderTank'']