* AntiClimaxBoss: [[spoiler:Instead of having an epic showdown with William Blake, Cole Wilson arrives in the last few minutes and dies rather quietly, while Blake just watches from afar]]. Most likely a deliberate use of the trope, given the film's love of playing with Western conventions.
* CompleteMonster: Cole Wilson, a bounty hunter, who is known to have fucked and killed and eaten his own parents.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Improvised by Neil Young while watching the film.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory
* HilariousInHindsight: [[JohnnyDepp Johnny Depp's]] character William Blake is a man out of his depth aided by a MagicalNativeAmerican. He would later go on to play MagicalNativeAmerican Tonto in Disney's [[Film/TheLoneRanger The Lone Ranger]].
* OneSceneWonder: Pretty much half the cast. Highlights include Crispin Glover as a creepy train fireman, Robert Mitchum in his last notable role as John Dickinson, John Hurt as his secretary, Gabriel Byrne as his son and Alfred Molina as a racist trading post missionary, as well as Billy Bob Thornton, Jared Harris and Iggy Pop(!) as a trio of deranged hicks.
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