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''Walker, Texas Ranger'' was a combination of martial arts and modern Western, starring Creator/ChuckNorris as Texas Ranger Cordell Walker. Other characters include Cordell's best friend and partner James "Jimmy" Trivette (Clarence Gilyard), Assistant District Attorney Alex Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson), who also serves as his love interest, and veteran Ranger C.D. Parker (the late Noble Willingham).

Subject to much MemeticMutation in the 2000s. This is thanks, at least partially, to Conan O'Brien, who used to play [[{{Narm}} unintentionally humorous]] clips from the series on [[Series/LateNight his show]] by way of the "Walker Texas Ranger Lever". As well as the general {{Memetic Badass}}ery of Creator/ChuckNorris.

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!!Features the following tropes:

* AGlassInTheHand: Walker crushes a glass in his hand when he heard on the news that the man who killed his first fiancee had been let out of jail.
* ActionGirl: Ranger Sydney Cooke from the last two seasons. She hits exactly as hard as her heavier-built male counterparts.
* ActionSeries: To the point there is a fight scene at least OncePerEpisode.
* ActorIsTheTitleCharacter: Chuck Norris' credit reads "Chuck Norris is Walker: Texas Ranger."
** Amusingly, a few season one episodes accidentally reversed it so it says "Walker, Texas Ranger is Chuck Norris."
* AdultFear: The whole plot of "Stolen Lullaby," which involves a crooked adoption agency that kidnaps babies and puts them up for adoption for huge sums of money, forging the adoption papers and sending {{Mooks}} to bully (and even kill) the real parents if they find out and try to interfere.
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Commonplace in cartel-centered episodes, usually a Mexican drug dealer.
* AlanSmithee: The "Louise [=McCarn=]" who wrote "One Riot, One Ranger" and co-wrote "Storm Warning" is actually Leigh Chapman (''Series/TheWildWildWest'' and others as a writer, ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' and others as an actress) - they were [[http://variety.com/2014/film/news/leigh-chapman-actress-and-screenwriter-dies-at-75-1201354159/# her final scripts]].
* AllJustADream: Blood Diamonds. ''Big time.''
* AlwaysMurder: Most episodes revolve around a murder mystery, usually because some poor schmuck was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got capped for being nosy.
* AmoralAttorney: Basically anyone who isn't Alex. Even those working for the DA's office with her are often shown to be corrupt or at the very least, incompetent.
* AndThisIsFor: Walker does this to a known cop killer on death row as he beats him down in a mall.
--> Walker: "This is for that ranger's family. *hits killer with a triple kick combo* And this one's for me. *kicks him through a store window* "
** Happened again after taking down a thug who had earlier pounded on him as Walker was keeping up the facade of a lowly slave as his cover. Needless to say, Walker pays him back immensely now that he doesn't have to act helpless anymore.
--> Walker: *punches thug down* "That was for hitting me in the head." *picks him up* "And this is for kicking me in the ribs." *punches him in the face, then picks him up again* "And this, is because I don't like you." *full strength punch to the face, knocking him out*
* {{Anticlimax}}: Given the amount of law-breaking, cop-fighting kickboxers Texas seems to have, when a villain is arrested with relative ease, it can feel like this.
* AnyoneCanDie: Don't get attached to ''anyone'' in this show that isn't one of the main characters.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: A few episodes cite actual Bible verses.
* BackstabBackfire: The fate of those who try to do this on Walker.
* BadassBeard: Guess who? In his own words:
-->"The Lone Ranger wore a mask. I wear a beard."
* [[BadassArmy Badass Police Force]]: Texas Rangers.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A cop killer on death row about to be transported by Walker comments that he would like to have a chance to beat up Walker like the previous one he killed. Walker warns him this exact trope. At the end, the killer does get his wish when Walker corners him at a mall. He finds out the hard way that he SERIOUSLY underestimated Walker and [[CurbstompBattle systematically gets his ass handed to him]].
** Larue holds a courtroom hostage and demands for Walker, taunting that he's too scared to face him. He gets him, when Walker forcefully breaks down the doors [[spoiler: and coldly shoots him dead, finally having been pushed too far]].
* BearsAreBadNews: Walker gets mauled by one in "Swan Song". Worse, there is a '''rabid''' bear in "The Bachelor Party" who easily shreds apart several innocent and not so innocent people. Gage is one of the people attacked by this bear from Hell.
* BerserkButton: Never threaten Alex or take her hostage with Walker around. He gets especially violent on the idiots who do. If you're a [[TooDumbToLive repeat offender]] of this, [[YouAreAlreadyDead consider it your last day among the living]].
** He also doesn't take kindly to racist crimes and those who would dare to hurt children.
* BigDamnHeroes
* BigBrotherIsWatching: "When the eyes of the Ranger are upon you, any wrong you do he's gonna see; when you're in Texas, look behind you, 'cause that's where the Ranger's gonna be."
* BilledAboveTheTitle: Creator/ChuckNorris
* BlackBestFriend: Trivette
* BloodlessCarnage: When a man in cowboy boots kicks multiple criminals in the head, ''without'' drawing blood, this trope is active.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The cast wishes the audience a Merry Christmas at the end of "A Matter of Faith", C.D.'s last episode before leaving the show at the end of 2000.
* BrokenAesop: How many characters stood up to bullies and thugs, only to get cut down by said thugs a scene or two later? Sometimes, it's because they themselves have been guilty of being in the wrong and are having a change of heart, or they aren't wise enough to deal with their oppressor in an manipulative or calm, controlled manner. The intention is probably: Stand up to evil, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.
** The worst part is what happens to characters ''around'' the person attempting to redeem themselves. In one episode, a kid is inspired to stand up against the corruption he's witnessed and tells an authority figure about it. All this ends up accomplishing is getting ''that'' person killed and solidifying the villain's control. The kid himself is only spared by the last second intervention by Walker. Ultimately, it makes the message feel more like "Only do the right thing if Chuck Norris is around, because otherwise you're just going to get people killed and make the bad guy stronger."
** Many episodes end with Walker sparing a dangerous mastermind because it's up to the law to handle them, but many villains break out of prison, or are otherwise ex-cons that manage to kill a few of the people who helped put them away before they're stopped. One recurring villain even managed to take the court hostage and killed the judge ([[spoiler:though at least Walker finally put him down after that]]). It's an aesop that generally works in real life, but in a series with villains who aren't generally stopped by anyone other than Walker, it tends to fall flat.
* BrooklynRage: Mancini in "The Prodigal Son." A few of his {{Mooks}}, as well.
* BulletproofHumanShield: Played ridiculously straight in an episode with a young woman who has been taken hostage and placed in front of a shotgun set to go off at a certain time. Walker finds the villain's hideout, beats him up, and drags him in front of the gun just in time to protect the girl and make the bad guy take the blast. Of a ''shotgun.'' True to form, only the bad guy is killed, when in real life, the shot probably would have gone through him, Walker, and the poor girl.
* BulletProofVest
* BullyHunter: Walker to a T. He will not stand for anyone trying to intimidate or violently imposing their will on others who can't even defend themselves. Walker will then proceed to systematically beat the ever living crap out of any tormentors, proving they're nothing but stupid wimps when up against someone who can actually fight back.
* BusCrash: Noble Willingham left the show mid season 7, and in the series finale the {{Big Bad}} says that he killed his character.
** Technically he was said to have died earlier (the tail end of the episode, "The Avenging Angel") seemingly from heart failure, and in the finale the villain claims the murder, prompting a second autopsy that confirms cause of death was due to poison.
* ButtMonkey: Trivette.
* CaliforniaDoubling: One of the most notable aversions, filmed on location in Texas.
** Specifically the UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex. Many locals were used as extras or even had a line or two.
* CatchAndReturn: In the crossover with ''Martial Law,'' while Sammo Law was fighting a mook, another mook throws a metal thermos at him. Sammo turns and catches the thermos one-handed, then proceeds to beat the mook he was fighting with it before throwing him into the throwing mook. Then, Sammo flings the thermos back at the thrower, nailing him in the head.
* ClearMyName: Alex gets framed for a crime she didn't commit and was thrown in a womens' prison where many of the inmates hold a grudge against her. Walker and Alex's father work together to find the real culprit.
* ClintSquint: Could've easily been called "The Norris Squint."
* CowboyCop: Taken literally, and a key element of the show's premise, though he isn't usually rebellious or rule-breaking.
* CrapsackWorld: With how many criminals with the mindset that it's perfectly ok to assault law enforcement at a moments notice it's clearly not a good place. The fact that the Rangers (and sometimes even just Walker himself) tend to be the only ones who can stand up to the villains and not end up either dead or otherwise taken out of the game, make it look like a world that survives only by the presence of Walker. This also helps to make many of the messages in the series feel like [[BrokenAesop Broken Aesops]].
* CrashCourseLanding: PlayedForDrama in the season 8 finale, when an assassin hijacks the plane that newlyweds Alex and Walker boarded to Paris and ends up not only killing both pilots, but destroys part of the controls with his high-caliber bullets smashing into the systems. Walker is forced to radio in a mayday to flight control, which prompts them to give him specific instructions to land the plane, with Alex's help, of course. Said landing is actually not clean; Walker creams a billboard, high-rise parking complex, and the cars inside on the way down to the airport runway because he flew too low. Fortunately, he lands that bird on the money in the end.
** Later becomes a CallBack and ChekhovsSkill for Walker during the Chairman 4-parter in season 9. Gage and Sydney badger an accountant for a rich scumbag into testifying against him and board a private flight back to Fort Worth. However, the Chairman's lackey, the "Wizard," has hacked into the plane's controls and proceeds to depressurize the cabins, knocking everyone out, while cutting off the radio contact and opening up the fuel tanks to help incite a horrific crash. Gabe is lucky enough to get an oxygen mask on, but has no clue on how to fly the plane. Luckily, he has a mobile phone on him that allows Walker to contact him at the first sign of trouble, and Walker has a splendid memory, telling Gabe exactly how to land the plane since his own brush with fate- which ends successfully.
* CrazyPrepared: In one episode, Walker, in his pickup truck, is being chased by a bad guy in an attack helicopter. How does Walker deal with this? By pulling out an ''M72 LAW rocket launcher from the back of his truck.'' There's no explanation offered; he's just that kind of crazy.
** It's pretty much implied the military supplied him with it, as they knew how to counter their own weapon.
* {{Crossover}}: Cordell Walker had teamed up with Sammo Hung of Martial Law at least twice.
* CrossoverCosmology: Despite the heavy Christian undertones of the show, there's also episodes that involve other types of spiritual and cultural magic and mythology.
* CurbStompBattle: Often at the beginning of the show, or when C.D. Parker was a target, the bad guys would brutally beat up hapless individuals to try to impose their will, or to attempt to intimidate always unsuccessfully Walker and his Rangers. C.D.'s disadvantage is his old age and out of shape body. Powerfully subverted in the episode, "Hall of Fame," where C.D. proves he can still take down a wanted criminal.
** In one episode where a delusional man kidnaps CD's niece and forces her into a Bonnie and Clyde fantasy of his, he goes around terrorizing people. When he finally gets cornered and disarmed by Walker, he tries a last ditch effort to stab him with a hidden knife. [[BackstabBackfire It doesn't work]], and Walker takes him out with a single backfist to his face. Wimp.
* CutAndPasteNote
* TheDandy: Trivette, always concerned about his appearance and interested in the best clothing and technology available. Doesn't mean he can't kick ass, though.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Usually Walker is the undisputed hero. In "A Deadly Vision", he is almost absent and we see Trivette and CD run around solving the case together, along with a one-shot psychic. Also played painfully straight in the episode "Behind the Badge," where Walker is in the spotlight for a documentary show and Trivette wants to impress them. Too bad it happens to be the one day crime is in a dry spell.
* DeathByMaterialism: Some jerkasses would willingly sell out their own to the villain of the week for cash. Usually they would get killed so the villain wouldn't have to bother paying up.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: A mad bomber meets his end in this way.
** [[spoiler: The Chairman]] meets his end in this manner as well.
** [[spoiler: In the last episode, after Walker scuffles with the final villain of the week where both wind up on opposite sides of a car, the villain laughs arrogantly at Walker, but gets all the color drained from his face when Walker casually shows him a grenade pin he pulled off of him before getting up and running from the impending explosion]].
* DesignatedVictim[=/=]DistressedDamsel: Alex Cahill, nearly an example of OnceAnEpisode. Most other women too--even the far-tougher Sydney was eventually kidnapped right along with Alex.
* DirtyCop: Walker and company would sometimes deal with these.
* DirtyCoward: The Locos gang from "Jacob's Ladder" in Season 7.
* {{Disneyfication}}: The series starting around "Brainchild" in Season 5. The episode with the kid and his supercomputer best friend, with a script that would have been more at home in a Disney flick. The show usually had grittier plots beforehand, but as it went on, the episodes began focusing on young kids or teens staying on the right path. CBS and the writers caught wind of the growing kid audience and wanted to reassure the parents the kids weren't watching flat, abhorrent violence.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: "The Eye of the Ranger" is written ''and'' performed by Chuck Norris himself.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: ''Villains'' shoot people. Walker may flash his gun to make an arrest, but he very rarely pulls the trigger. [[YouAreAlreadyDead But if you shoot at him...]]
** The only true subversion is Victor [=LaRue=], who, after three consecutive murder/mayhem sprees, gets shot down by Walker himself when he attempts to train his gun on the Ranger. Trying to rape Alex three times and remorseless killings of innocent people left him beyond redemption.
** Walker shot a couple of bad guys in season one. In "The Prodigal Son," he kills one of Mancini's {{Mooks}} during his epic motorcycle scene, and in the second part of "Something in the Shadows," he blows away a drug dealer. Both men were armed, though, and shooting at him.
* DrowningPit: "No Way Out" centers around this, as Trivette, and whoda guessed, ''Alex'', get kidnapped and imprisoned by Caleb Hooks in a water tank at a sewage treatment facility, which gradually fills up and threatens to drown them, while they reminisce on happier times in hopes Walker will save them a la ClipShow style.
* DynamicEntry: Chuck Norris flying-kicks himself into so many scenes one would be forgiven for thinking this to be his primary mode of travel.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: After Trent and Carlos arrest a pedophile kidnapper, the inmates beat him to within an inch of his life once they found out why he was put in prison. In another episode, when a gang of criminals takes a group of nuns hostage, at least one of them is extremely uncomfortable with this. The leader tells him to shut up--and then two seconds later, himself displays this trope by smacking one of the other members who has started make sleazy advances to one of the postulates.
** It's typical for one member of the villain's group to have second thoughts, only to be killed for them. One especially notable case is when a crook named Jackson learns his boss plans to sell a weapon they stole to some people who plan to use it for terrorism, he tries to stop it only to be killed.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Amusingly, once, after the villain flies through the back of a pickup truck carrying water cooler tanks, the WATER explodes.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: His "roundhouse kick" is a vital part of the Chuck Norris jokes. Even though what he actually does is called a spinning wheel kick.
* EvilIsHammy: Oh yeah.
* {{Expy}}: All the characters in the initial Hayes Cooper story; later stories use the actors in different roles.
* FairCop: Sydney and most of the other female cops who showed up from time to time. Gage too.
* FantasticRacism: The hate groups Walker and company would go up against and soundly kick their asses. It was also revealed that Walker's parents were victims of this.
* FatBastard: Some of the villains of the week consist of these, and are usually the ones who get taken down rather easily.
* GoodCopBadCop: Walker and Trivette. Who plays which depends on the situation, or who's more pissed off at the time. When Gage and Sydney were introduced, they both played Bad Cop by hard-balling arrested baddies.
* GoodGunsBadGuns: Strangely applied even to cars.
* GrandFinale: "The Final Showdown."
* GroinAttack: It's even worse when it comes from Chuck's cowboy boots.
* HandyCuffs
* HelloAttorney: Alex Cahill
* HeroOfAnotherStory:
** There was an additional pair of Texas Rangers that showed up when the plot required more police be involved.
** [[ActionGirl Action Girl]] Sydney Cooke and Francis Gage, who, amazingly, after being added to the cast got just as many or more story lines as the Originals - Trivette, Alex and Walker.
* HeroicSecondWind: Walker gets these when in a fight he actually has to try in.
* HitStop: It is ''guaranteed'' that Walker and Trivette will each dish out one of these per episode to the bad guys, and probably many more. Sometimes this effect goes all the way into {{Overcrank}}. Their fellow Rangers give out a few as well. You can tell who the bad guys are; they never hit hard enough to deliver a HitStop.
* HoldingOutForAHero
* IdenticalGrandson
* ImAHumanitarian: The villain of "Swan Song" survived a plane crash after it was shot down and got lost in the mountains, going insane and strapping plane parts to his face, then ending up so feral that he began to eat humans and use their bones and skulls as furniture.
* IndianBurialGround: Focus of the episodes "On Sacred Ground" and "Evil in the Night", both involving burial ground desecration.
* IdiotBall: To go along with their over-the-top capital-E Evil, most of the criminals in the series seem to lack common sense to a ridiculous degree. It gets to the point where it becomes hard to believe that these so-called evil masterminds were ever capable of accomplishing anything.
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: Walker fights and beats up a corrupt racist sheriff who ruled a small town with an iron fist and FantasticRacism. After Walker kicks the shit out of him, he rips the sheriff badge off his chest, signifying the bastard doesn't deserve to wear it.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: The three pilot movies (aka the first season) and the second season featured an instrumental theme tune. The first half of the third season featured a different instrumental theme, before being replaced by the more familiar tune with lyrics halfway through the season.
* InvincibleHero: Most "fights" in the series are short, one-sided beatdowns, though this is partly due to most of the criminal population of Texas having "punch cop" as their default response to feeling threatened.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Walker's dilemma in "Final Justice", when he encounters a racist criminal gone free [[spoiler: who helped murder his parents. Walker spares the man's life, [[GoodIsNotNice but still beats him like a bass drum and brings him in for arrest]]]].
* ImprobableAimingSkills: In "The Prodigal Son," crime boss Mancini manages to rather impressively hit Walker firing a handgun from a helicopter mid-flight.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier
* KickTheDog: The villains tend to do half a dozen of these before the episodes are over.
* KungFoley: ''Every'' blow delivered merits these. Earlier episodes had less copious usage of foley and the foley itself was not so over-the-top, but when the show hit its {{Camp}} years, the foley got exaggerated, full stop.
* LargeHam: The episode's villains will raise your cholesterol. And the main cast. And the guest stars. Basically the whole series is a LargeHam and Cheese Sandwich.
* LaserGuidedKarma: To basically all the villains who use force to terrorize their victims, Walker treats them to an equally if not more brutal ass-kicking on them.
* LastNameBasis: 9 seasons and even Walker's own girlfriend and eventual wife called him by his last name more often than she did his first.
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: By its final seasons, it was still an action-adventure series based on Texas, but many odd episodes occured, including several [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Episodes]] with faith-based special guests, rampaging evil spirits, an AllJustADream episode occurring on the Old West, people stealing super-weapons [[CutLexLuthorACheck to use to take on Walker]], an episode where Walker and friends must find a missing kid that is being helped by a stereotypical RobotBuddy, and the final episode featuring as a foe a [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically-engineered]] ImplacableMan SuperSoldier who's creation was funded by a RightWingMilitiaFanatic group.
* LighterAndSofter: Starting around Season 6. The "Brainchild" episode in particular seemed like it had been written for some '80s Disney flick. There were also more [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Episode]]s, such as a plot involving a mentally disabled child, school bullying, teens using drugs, and young kids getting swept up into the wily ways of bad street gangs. And "Thunderhawk", a late season episode, was a really fluff sci-fi story.
** If one looked at the earlier seasons of Walker it resembles close to a gritty cop show than the later seasons which are more toned down and cartoony in comparison.
*** The later seasons also have their share of dark moments. For example Halloween episode "The Children of Halloween" dealt with satanic cult kidnapping young children and planning to kill them. "Lucas" two-parter is also rather dark, dealing with young boy with AIDS and it ends with [[spoiler: him and his mother dying.]]
* TheLostLenore: Walker' s backstory includes a fiancee who was murdered.
* MadAtADream: In the episode "Silk Dreams", assistant district attorney Alex Cahill keeps having nightmares of Walker getting shot, eventually working up to his partner, Trivette, shooting him. At the end, when everything has been worked out, Walker makes a comment which Alex interprets to mean she looks terrible. She begins saying it was all his fault for getting shot in her dreams and worrying her, and when he points out it was Trivette who shot him in her dreams, she turns her irritation on him. Then Walker puts an end to it by pulling her onto the dance floor.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: White Eagle, and later on, the Skinwalker.
* MilesGloriosus: A criminal leader tries to force Walker to leave by attacking him, but gets easily shoved off, triggering the surrounding mooks to attack Walker en masse. Walker easily takes down the mooks as the leader shouts and shoves more mooks to get Walker, but no matter how many he pushed towards him, Walker would beat the crap out of them. When the leader tries forcing more mooks to attack Walker, the last mook then shoves HIM forward, telling the leader to get Walker himself. Walker dares him to try and make a move after being put on the spot, then gives a disgusted glare when the leader does nothing. He summed it up in one word.
--> Walker: "Wimp."
* [[CarFu Motorcycle Fu]]: Walker tripped up a criminal in this fashion.
* MultipleChoicePast: The mythical accounts of Hayes Cooper's life don't add up, with the very first saying he died and his spirit emerging to help Walker out (or possibly a snake venom-induced hallucination, as Walker had been poisoned at the time he saw Cooper), while another account says he turned in his badge to raise a family, {{Retcon}}ning his so-called death.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: (all the damn time)
* NewOldWest
* ObviouslyEvil: Some minor episode characters may make a HeelFaceTurn, but the episode's BigBad or evil group is usually so over-the-top that there is no doubt from the first appearance who Walker's foe will be.
* OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers: Played very often, even with frequent criminals who usually know to keep their mouths shut and ask for an attorney. It's so badly done that even Alex--a DA who is ''not allowed'' to lie to a suspect--is often seen telling suspects that if they ask for a lawyer, any chance of a deal is off. An especially bad example involves a bratty kid demanding a lawyer before he talks to the cops. His father refuses and basically threatens to beat the crap out of him if he doesn't tell the cops what he knows. The Rangers stand there looking downright amused at the whole thing. Never mind that they just violated the rights of someone who explicitly asked for an attorney.
** In another episode, Sydney and Gage arrive at someone's home to ask if his brother (their murder suspect) is there. The man says no and tries to close the door on them, only for Gage to push it open and force his way into the apartment--without a warrant, and against the man's clearly expressed refusal to let them in.
* OrWasItADream
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Walker and the Rangers usually try to avert this, being proper authorities and all. Most of the kills they make were out of necessity/self-defense. Played straight by Walker in "Trial Of Larue" when Walker [[spoiler: wordlessly guns the bastard down, killing him, putting him out of ''everyone else's'' miseries]]. CD and Trivette's comments in the aftermath says it all.
--> '''CD''': "You know, Jimmy, in all my years, I never enjoyed [[spoiler: seeing a dead body. This time, I ''do''.]]"
--> '''Trivette''': "I hear that, Big Dog."
* PoliceAreUseless: Often, anyone who isn't part of the main cast. An especially bad example is the federal agent who botches the rescue of Sydney and Alex when they're abducted by a drug cartel. First, the idiot sends the drug dealer's brother to him ''before'' the dealer returns the two women. When the dealer of course double-crosses them and keeps the women, the agent can only sputter about how they have to "negotiate". A thoroughly fed-up Walker nearly throttles him before storming off to rescue the women himself. Trivette and Gage mockingly apply this to themselves when said agent demanded disciplinary action on Walker for "attempted assault on a police officer", they simply said they saw nothing.
* PoliticianGuestStar: The Season 5 episode "The Winds of Change" sees Walker (who had started a boot campf or juvenile offenders) locking horns with a powerful Senator; with then-Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson making an appearance.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Sons of Thunder.
** Averted and played straight. To elaborate, the two-parter Sons of Thunder spends an absorpent amount of time focusing on new characters Trent Malloy, a Mini-Walker {{expy}} that DoesntLikeGuns, his best friend Carlos, and Trent's troubled family. Despite the set up, Trent and Carlos continue to appear on the show afterwards to help the main characters. It wasn't until two years later that a [[SonsOfThunder spinoff]] did happen. It didn't last long, and the characters were [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never seen or mentioned again]] in spite of Walker lasting for several years after the fact.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Several by Walker.
-->"You have the right..." (kicks thug in the face) "... to remain silent."
-->"If I wanted your opinion, I'd beat it out of you." (kick thug through a door)
* ProWrestlingIsReal: "The Avenging Angel" and "Crusader" both treat Pro Wrestling as if it were a genuine, high-stakes sport.
* PsychopathicManChild: In "Deadly Vision" where a pedophile kidnaps a little girl and basically forces her to play with him. He's also coupled with SpoiledBrat tendencies and planned to kill her mother so he'd have the girl to himself, but ultimately gets curbstomped by Walker before he could carry it out.
* {{Ranger}}
* RapidFireTyping: Trivette, on noticeably dated computers.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Besides Walker himself, there's Trent Malloy.
--> '''Carlos''': A lot of people out there need the martial arts.\\
'''Trent''': That's not the ''only'' thing they need. ''(holds up a Bible)''
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Walker is clearly White, so why are they trying to get the audience to believe that he's half Native Am--wait, what do you mean Chuck Norris is half-Cherokee?
* RedemptionRejection: Mad Dog in the "Mr. Justice" episode where a group of teens with known felonies were brought to Walker's Boot Camp in order to direct them on the just path as opposed to being thrown in jail. Mad Dog only tried to use it as an opportunity to run by stealing a gun and knocking Walker out. Fortunately, the other delinquents chose to help Walker and capture Mad Dog. They even call him out on his choice of actions. In the end, all the other delinquents came out better people, even became officers of Camp Justice, tasked with rehabilitating other teen felons. Mad Dog, however, is sent to real prison with no way out. Had he just accepted the rehabilitation, he would've been free as well.
--> Delinquent: [[IronicEcho "Choices and consequences, man! Weren't you paying any attention!?" ]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: The series finale revolves around a gang of criminals, that we had never seen before, breaking out of prison and taking revenge on Walker who supposedly arrested them around the time the first season would have taken place.
* RepeatCut (Walker's signature roundhouse kick, often in slow motion, no less)
* RoundhouseKick (Walker's famous finishing move)
* SaltAndPepper: Walker and Trivette.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: In "Family Matters", where a guy acts out of control, believing himself to be over the law due to his sister being in the witness protection program by the FBI. When one of his stints goes too far, he winds up accidentally shooting and killing his sister, and thus the FBI no longer have any reason to keep him out of prison.
** Basically any of the corrupt politicians seen in the series falls under this.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The antagonists who are the arrogant offspring of rich families thinking they are entitled to do anything because of their money and social statuses. Special mentions in "Eyes of a Ranger", where the son of a rich man stalks and terrorizes a teenage girl, claiming her as his "soulmate", even going so far as to leave threatening messages on her answering machine. Thanks to his father, he was kept out of jail. However, a deal with the father by Walker took away his safety net and is put away for good.
* SecondLove: Alex to Walker. (his backstory includes a fiancee who was killed).
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: One episode dealt with a man and woman hitman pair who covered up their targets by killing 7 other random people alongside their target. Their current target being ADA Alex Cahill.
* ShamingTheMob: A town accusing a mentally challenged man for killing an upstanding citizen of their community mob and burn down a shelter Walker and the local authorities were keeping the accused for protective custody. They survive it, then the true killer was revealed to be the accused's uncle. Walker calls out the mob on their actions and that they almost killed an innocent man before commanding them to leave.
* {{Sidekick}}: Trivette, though he insists he's not. This was the joke of one commercial, where Trivette showed a clip of Walker kicking something and commented. "''That'''s his side kick."
* SniffSniffNom ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny "A plane crashed here."]])
* StockFootage: The episode "The Deadliest Man Alive" mixes footage of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (the main plot involves Walker and an Interpol agent attempt to stop a would-be assassin from killing an Israeli ambassador at a Dallas Cowboys game) with stock footage of [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball the short-lived United States Football League]]; which had folded over a decade prior.
* SpyCatsuit: Several, most notably Creator/JoanJett's character in "Wedding Bells".
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Many murder mysteries result in the victim getting a grisly fate.
* TemptingFate: In "The Principal", a corrupt drug-dealing high school teacher was about to throw a student off a rooftop for refusing to deal his drugs and threatening to expose him to the authorities. Walker comes in and stops him, the teacher then declares that he'll throw Walker and the kid off the building, too. Guess who winds up falling over the building instead? To be fair, Walker kicked him hard and he lost his balance near the edge.
** In Mr. Justice, a group of men confront Walker and Trivette, demanding they and their group leave the woods as if they owned the place. Trivette tried to peacefully tell them to just leave if they had a problem with it, causing the leader to shove him away. Walker warns the guy not to do that again. The leader ignores the warning and does it, but this time, Trivette throws him and a fight ensues, with Walker and Trivette curbstomping the lot of them.
** Basically anybody who starts a fight with any of the rangers. Aside from being highly stupid in the first place, as assaulting a police officer is a serious felony, it's even more so considering the martial arts skills that they all possess.
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: The conclusion to the 2005 TV movie ''Trial by Fire'' was never made, because CBS pulled the plug on their made-for-TV movie stint. Most fans of the original series will disown the movie as non-canon for straying too far from the roots of the original series.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Neo-Nazis appear in one episode, trying to drive minister Paul Winfield out of town.
* TooDumbToLive: A lot of the villains of the week, especially the ones who have pressed Walker's BerserkButton. Special mentions to Larue, who was too StupidEvil to live as he pressed Walker's BerserkButton THREE TIMES. First two times, Walker brutally kicked his ass in. [[spoiler: The third time, Walker skips the ass-kicking entirely and simply shoots the [[AssholeVictim asshole dead]].]]
* TooPowerfulToLive: The Chairman.
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Walker and others would utilize this method to interrogate mooks.
** He and Trivette hung a guy upside down and threatened to put his head in a bag with a rattlesnake in it, scaring him into talking (he had a snake phobia). Trivette gleefully reveals that it was just a toy snake with a tape recorder.
** When a mook refused to tell Walker about the big bad's next plan, the undercover cop decides to take over. Ironically, the cop was being interrogated the same way by the same mook not long ago, but managed to resist. Once the tables have turned and the cop threatens to shock the mook with a cattle prod, the mook quickly caves in and spilled his guts. Pathetically, he didn't even get shocked yet.
** Walker does this with an arsonist who had already gotten whacked around by the local sheriff and still wouldn't talk after that. He showed the arsonist exactly what would happen to him if he didn't talk by first casually breaking a table and punching a hole near his head. The arsonist was scared into submission.
* TranquilFury: Walker whenever he beats the crap out of mooks and the villain of the week. Played straight when he straight up [[spoiler: shoots and kills Larue in the third encounter after finally having enough of his bullshit]].
* TurnInYourBadge: Trivette is temporarily suspended due to accidentally shooting a child [[spoiler:but it turns out the shot came from the criminal.]]
** Walker made a deal with a known stalker's father that he would do this if his son wasn't caught dealing with drugs in his building and if he is, the father will not try to bail him out this time.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Villains of the week and mooks do this with Walker ''all the damn time''. They get rude awakenings once Walker deals with them. Also applies to Trivette, Trent, Carlos, Gage, and Sydney.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Later seasons began preaching the classic moral ethics children should follow in response to the increasing number of kids tuning in to watch the show, which kept parents from citing the show was too violent.
* VillainHasAPoint: Occasionally. In particular, the loathsome [=LaRue=], who finds Walker and Trivette ransacking his motel room and informs them that without a warrant, his permission, or the motel owner's permission, anything they find is useless, and in fact, he can charge THEM with breaking and entering. When Walker grabs him, he threatens to include assault charges as well.
* VisionsOfAnotherSelf: The SeriesFinale has parallel stories of the modern day characters and a set of Old West counterparts.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: One episode where Cordell Walker was supposed to rescue a girl who was trapped in a Christian cult camp ended up having the last several minutes of it focused on Walker rescuing Alex Cahill from the cult camp, leaving the intended rescue target's status in question.
** Another episode, a season finale, had a group of assassins stalking the members of a wedding party (a never-before-seen female Ranger and a never-before-seen assistant DA, along Walker and Alex, of course) who had previously put them in jail. Alex is shot in the ensuing chaos. The next episode opens with Alex being rushed to the hospital and there is never again any mention of the engaged couple, even though the dialogue in the previous episode implies that they were all good friends.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Walker generally doesn't have a problem dispatching everyone on the way to the main villain, only to spare the main villain themselves with a speech about how [[BrokenAesop their fate is up to the law, not Walker]]. One episode has him grin as he intentionally causes a mook to trigger their own bomb, only to go out of his way to spare the mastermind, who was actually shown to be a monster. This is made all the worse by the fact that if a villain is ever shown doubting the mastermind or attempting to redeem themselves, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath they're usually killed]], giving the impression that the average mook is only working for the episode's BigBad because they have no other choice.
* WifeBasherBasher: Walker and Trent in particular. Alex and her group of abused wives also became one when they were being stalked by an abusive husband of one of the group. Though he was stronger, they outnumbered him and eventually [[LaserGuidedKarma ganged up and beat him down]].
* WorldOfBadass
* WouldHitAGirl: Walker. May be chivalrous, but there are times when he is smart enough to make exceptions when the situation demands it, like when he double palm strikes an armed woman trying to shoot him, then the time he backfists another when she was trying to kill Alex and her friend with a time bomb.
** The various villains, of course, as if to drive home just how evil they are.
* WouldntHitAGirl: There are rarely female villains presumably because of this, and if it comes to a fight, [[DesignatedGirlFight another woman has to do it]]. That said, the moments where Chuck does indulge in this showed up quite frequently on ''Conan'', such as the third one in [[http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoID=558303429 this segment]].
** However, this trope has not applied to villains, as there are many episodes where the bad guys freely and remorselessly strike women at will, only to get it from Walker and Trivette in the end.
* YouFightLikeACow: Walker would make deadpan comments to those who arrogantly judge him before systematically getting their asses kicked.
--> Thug: I'm gonna smash your face! I'm gonna break your head! I'm gonna hit you so hard your children will be born with it!
--> Walker: Too bad you can't fight as well as you talk. (Casually beats thug down)
* YouHaveFailedMe: Many crooks of the week will off their mooks if they screwed up the job. It also applied to those who became defiant or got cold feet during a crime spree and tried to bail out.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Walker did this to interrogate a tight-lipped arsonist, effectively getting his message across.
--> Arsonist: "Forget it! I know the drill. Good cop, bad cop, he [the sheriff] threatens to bust my butt, then you come walking in here."
--> Walker: "That's right. (Beat) But he was the good cop." *suddenly breaks the table in half with his fist, scaring the arsonist shitless, then pins him to the wall and punches a hole beside his head* "That would've taken out ALL your teeth."
--> Arsonist: "OKAY OKAY! I'LL TALK!"
** When a trio of men try to bully a kids group Walker and Alex were chaperoning by trying to kick them out for no reason, Walker warns that he will ask nicely once to let them be. If they refuse, then he will "ask them not so nicely". The men ignore the warning and attack Walker, who promptly kicks their asses.
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-->''When the eyes of the Ranger are upon you''
-->''Any wrong you do he's gonna see''
-->''When you're in Texas, look behind you''
-->''...'Cause that's where the Ranger's gonna be''.