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YMMV: Band of Brothers
  • Catharsis Factor: "The Breaking Point" is one of the harshest hours of the series, yet ends with Spiers taking command and running through the town twice without a scratch to show for it.
  • Creepy Awesome: Spiers's mannerisms are incredibly disconcerting, such as the way he applies his combat paint (three vertical stripes on each cheek), the way he wears his helmet (pulled down so the shadow from the brim covers his eyes), and his stare (wide-eyed, never breaking eye contact, and unblinking). These make him incredibly awesome, and his actor doubly so.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome - The opening credits, the choral scene in episode 7, the Beethoven piece that was extended into a leitmotif throughout episode 9, and the denouement in episode 10.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Doc Roe for sure. Also Speirs memetic (and actual) badass.
    • Also Malarkey, the Chaplain, and the supremely unconcerned British man that is "captured" in Currahee.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In-Universe. During one of the earlier episodes, a soldier is reading a newspaper as the Company is being transported by truck. Luz asks what the paper is about. He replies that the paper states the reason why they [America] is fighting the war is because "The Germans are bad." Luz makes a wisecrack. Later they then find the Concentration Camps and find out just how bad the Germans were.
  • Genius Bonus: Approaching Bertchesgarten, Webster is seen writing in his journal. His journals were a large source of the information that was used by Ambrose to write Brand Of Brothers.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The opening interviews in the very first episode, "Currahee," feature one of the men saying "Well, our country was attacked. It's different—it wasn't like Korea or Vietnam; we was attacked. And, you know, it was a feeling that, uh, maybe we're just dumb country people, where I come from, but a lot of us volunteered." The day that episode premiered? 9 September 2001. Promos were actually pulled post 9/11 due to the combat violence shown and how it might upset people.
    • The year after the show aired, Stephen Ambrose, the author of the book the series was based upon, was embroiled in a large plagiarism scandal implicating almost his entire academic career.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sobel could be considered one in Real Life, according to The Other Wiki. He was a Drill Sergeant Nasty who proved himself wholly incompetent in the field, but eventually tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the temple. The bullet severed both optic nerves, permanently blinding him before exiting the other temple, and he lived for another twenty years. Worse yet, when he finally did die, no one came to his funeral. No one from Easy Company, not his ex-wife, and none of his children. The only person to show him any concern is Guarnere, who pays his membership dues into a veterans group composed of Easy Company vets, but otherwise has nothing to do with the man.
  • Memetic Badass: Speirs. The stories about just how many Germans he gunned down after giving them cigarettes and various other exploits get more fantastical with each telling.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Father/Captain John Maloney makes a short yet memorable appearance in episode 3 "Carentan", and later a similarly short one in "Bastogne".
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: How the Easy Company men come to see Lt Henry Jones after he acquits himself well on his first patrol and the chaos that follows it.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The series features a ton of actors who weren't well known at the time, but went on to great careers of their own. These days, it can be hard to believe that at the time, the biggest name in the cast was David Schwimmer.
  • The Woobie:
    • Most fans can agree on Malarky, particularly during and after episode 7, when two of his best friends lose limbs during an artillery barrage, two more are killed in another barrage, and a fifth suffers a nervous breakdown as a result. Doc Roe is also a common woobie for the fans after seeing Episode 6, which brutally depicts what a combat medic would have gone through in the war.
    • Luz, too. He actually has to see his best friends get blown to bits.
    • Pvt. Blithe has a mental breakdown, is not seen by the company for a long time. He finally gets over it and is shot for his trouble. Furthermore, it makes it to Master Sergeant by the Korean War, is not given credit by the show for the accomplishment, because he was believed dead (he never showed up to the reunions), and none of the Easy Company members thought to try and contact him before his death. All the surviving Easy Company members felt horrible about the situation when they learned AFTER the show aired in 2001, almost forty years after he died.

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