* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Originally, the stranger was [[spoiler: the marshal's brother]] and may still be, the script was changed to leave it up to the viewers. The most common are [[spoiler: the ghost of the Marshal, Death or even Satan himself.]]
** It is a fact that the Stranger does ride a pale horse...
* AcceptableTargets: The [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] of course. The townsfolk are repeatedly shown to be either unwillingly to confront or even care about the evils within their own town.
* WhatAnIdiot: The townspeople have their ambush set up and ready, the gunmen ride into town, and what do they do? Cower down and refuse to shoot.