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YMMV: Inglourious Basterds
  • Acceptable Targets: The Basterds call all German soldiers "Nazis" and seem to take glee in killing them. In reality, not all German soldiers were party members. Tarantino has claimed that he intended some of the Basterds' actions to be morally ambiguous, and most of them are outright war crimes. In general, there's no clear consensus on whether the audience is supposed to fully support all of the brutal actions taken against the "Nazis."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Who are the actual protagonists? Are the Basterds the protagonists? Shoshanna? Is Landa the Villain Protagonist? Or is Raine the Villain Protagonist? Can any of the characters be considered genuine good guys whom the audience can root for? Also, is Landa a Magnificent Bastard? Is Raine a Magnificent Basterd? Are the Basterds Anti Heroes, Sociopathic Heroes, or just sociopaths?
    • Also, Fredrick Zoller. Is he the Dogged Nice Guy trying to help out his crush, only to get manipulated and shot over it? Or is he a creepy, annoying Stalker with a Crush, hounding Shoshanna (a woman who repeatedly shows that she has no interest in him), believing that due to his fame, he is entitled to get whatever he wants? His last scene where he yells and threatens her after getting fed up with her attitude lends credence to the latter interpretation, but on the other hand, some of his lines seem practically lifted from a cliched romance, and Tarantino has stated that, in any other time, they probably would have ended up together. Or is he a traumatized soldier trying to get away from his dark past through Shoshanna, and watching himself kill repeatedly pushes him over the edge?
  • Alternate History: Some enthusiasts in the field have mapped out the consequences of the movie's ending. One such scenario, and associate map, paints a less than thrilling future: Germany has another "stab in the back" myth and ends up with a fairly muscular nationalism by the 2000s, the lessons of the Holocaust are undermined as Germany has the time and will to destroy the associated records, the US and Soviets alienate the Third World with their sponsoring of Basterd-style wetworks teams in their proxy wars.
  • Applicability: The Nazis are utterly and completely destroyed by Jews in a movie theatre after the end of the war. "This movie is based on a true story" indeed.
  • Awesome Music: Oh so much. If there's one thing you can expect out a Tarantino film (well, you can expect many things out of a Tarantino film), it's an awesome soundtrack. "Putting out the Fire" by David Bowie stands out during a truly awesome montage sequence at the beginning of the movie premiere. You can watch Tarantino absolutely nerd out about the soundtrack here
  • Award Snub: Losing Best Original Screenplay to The Hurt Locker. It also lost Best Picture, though it wasn't the favorite. Given the director involved many expected him not to walk away with an Academy Award anyways. Though he won for Pulp Fiction and would win again for Django Unchained.
    • Other than Christoph Waltz, many found the best performance in the movie to be that of Melanie Laurent's Shoshanna, who was nominated neither for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress by the Oscars, despite some thinking she would've easily been a Top 5 contender either way.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Hugo Stiglitz is pretty much the German Tallahassee.
    • Shoshanna Dreyfus, hands down. Risking everything to execute an attack on the Reich and actually going through with it, even though it costs her her life - while wearing red dress and putting on war paint to David Bowie.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Sgt. Donny Donowitz, Col. Hans Landa, and Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz. Yes, really. In that order, in terms of how many Mary Sues each of them gets.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Hans Landa.
    • Hugo Stiglitz.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Stiglitz, Hellstrom and Landa being charismatic and sexy. Even though they are murderers. It must be the Cherman accents and the great performances from hot European actors.
  • Hell Is That Noise: When the Bear Jew is summoned by Raine to eliminate the uncooperative Sgt. Werner Rachtman, he takes a good 30 seconds to appear, and the whole time he is ominously tapping his baseball bat against the tunnel's wall just to freak the prisoners out.
  • Ho Yay: When Hitler congratulates Goebbels on Nation's Pride, he addresses him as "my dear." Goebbels is so overcome with emotion at hearing this that he begins to weep.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: We all know that Hitler died in his bunker in Berlin in 1945, and most of the Nazi brass was put on trial for war crimes or committed suicide, so it's a Foregone Conclusion that the theatre plot is doomed to fail just to maintain the historical record. Except it's not. Of course, Hitler himself is not very pleased with this turn of events
  • Magnificent Basterd: Hans Landa is a possible example, as he gets personally involved in many of his Gestapo investigations and ultimately takes a huge risk for personal glory. He ALMOST gets away without a scratch (and what a scratch it is!).
  • Memetic Badass: The Bear Jew himself: BONK! In universe, the Germans think he's the mythical Jewish Golem and Hitler orders that he not be referred to as The Bear Jew.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Zoller, when he finally snaps. If he did not, Shoshanna shooting him in the back probably would've been too contemptible, even for a movie such as this one. However, some view him as just a man with a misguided crush. This interpretation is supported by Word of God: Daniel Bruhl describes his character as a straightforward Dogged Nice Guy: "He's sweet and he's handsome.... He has to fight hard to get Shoshanna, and he does so throughout the film."
    • Our introduction to Donnie is witnessing him mock, berate, and brutally beat to death an unarmed German prisoner-of-war on his knees who courageously refuses to betray his comrades. The sadistic war-crimes committed by the Basterds cements their role as significantly more villainous than the average German soldier, despite being the protagonists of the film. You might consider that the beating was more a show to scare the last survivor into giving up information that they knew the officer wouldn't give them than sadism for its own sake (or in addition to sadism for its own sake more likely). You might also consider that the basterds were never moral to begin with; there was no horizon for them to cross.
  • Narm Charm: Raine's Southern accent is one of the most exaggerated on film. It's still really damn cool in a way. It gets hilarious when he tries speaking Italian. His accent is actually pretty spot on for a rural East Tennessean accent. Even today, people in and around his hometown of Maynardville, Tennessee really do talk like that. It probably helps that Quentin Tarantino was born in nearby Knoxville. Reality Is Unrealistic, apparently.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Mike Myers as Ed Fenech, Denis Menochet as Perrier LaPadite, Michael Fassbender as Lt. Archie Hicox, Sgt. Rachtman, Hellstrom, and Winston Churchill.
  • Periphery Demographic: One thing Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth didn't expect is the movie having such a large popularity amongst the yaoi fans. Though they both announced their immense approval of the fan fiction upon discovering it.
  • The Scrappy: Major Hellstrom, apparently.
  • Ships That Pass In The Night: Donny/Utivich, one of the fandom's most popular ships, even though they exchange no dialogue. It's still possible because we only see a little of the Basterds and they probably had a lot more contact with each other than what is actually shown. (A good reason to hold out for a prequel.)
  • Squick:
    • The scalping and mutilations performed by the Basterds, sometimes given very close and detailed attention.
    • The prospect of dying by a bullet barrage to the crotch.
    • Pressing someone to reveal information by sticking your finger into a bullet wound.
    • Goebbels having sex. Please pass the bleach. At least the woman's hot.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The titular characters appear for only a very small percentage of the time. The plot is mostly about a completely different character and her tribulations while running a theatre in occupied France.
  • What an Idiot: Shoshanna's reaction to Zoller stirring after getting shot by her. She leans in close to check on him, as if in remorse. She gets blasted.
  • The Woobie: Zoller, strangely enough.

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