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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Many of their villainous characters have a code. It's just usually one completely incomprehensible to anyone but them.



* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: They're notorious for never letting characters get away with transgressions, no matter how minor or how sympathetic they otherwise might be.

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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: They're notorious for their Old Testament morality, never letting characters get away with transgressions, no matter how minor or how sympathetic they otherwise might be.be, and often going [[DisproportionateRetribution being much harsher than the sins merit.]] Even villains don't usually get away or at least not scot free.



* FauxAffablyEvil: If a truly evil villain in a Coen Brothers film possesses any good manners or charm, it's a complete facade or exists just to further underline how depraved, sadistic and monstrous they truly are.



* SceneryPorn

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* SceneryPornSceneryPorn: They often include many stunningly beautiful shots of the outdoors.

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* ''Music/JerryLeeLewis: Trouble in Mind'' (2022)[[note]]Documentary, and the first movie directed solely by Ethan[[/note]]


* AdaptationDistillation: ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'', and widely regarded as superior because of it

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* AdaptationDistillation: ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'', and widely regarded as superior because of itit.
* AllStarCast: Almost all their films have very star studded casts, owing both to their acclaim and success and the fact that they are known as very good to work with, to the point that [[DoingItForTheArt many major stars are happy to take substantial pay cuts just to appear in their films.]]


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* SmallNameBigEgo: Almost all their films have lead characters who are nowhere near as smart, cunning, charming or noble as they believe themselves to be.

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* BeingEvilSucks: Bad guys in their works don't have it much easier than the heroes, usually gaining nothing or ending up dead or in jail. Even [[Film/NOCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]], who otherwise gets away with his crimes, is given a harsh reminder of his own humanity by nearly dying in a car accident towards the end.


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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: They're notorious for never letting characters get away with transgressions, no matter how minor or how sympathetic they otherwise might be.


* ButtMonkey: Characters in their films don't tend to have it easy, no matter how nice or good they are.



* DidntThinkThisThrough: A recurring element in their films are people who act without much thought for the consequences and end making things much worse for themselves.



* ThePerfectionist: They're known for wanting to keep Their visions intact, especially in relation to dialogue. It doesn't make Them any less pleasant to work with though.

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* ThePerfectionist: They're known for wanting to keep Their their visions intact, especially in relation to dialogue. It doesn't make Them them any less pleasant to work with though.



* {{Troll}}: Nathan Rabin once joked that they'd heckle their own funerals if they could.

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* {{Troll}}: They ''really'' like messing with their audience, sometimes for not other reason than that they can. Nathan Rabin once joked that they'd heckle their own funerals if they could.


* YouHaveToHaveJews: The Coens, who are of Jewish heritage, tend to include Jewish characters and Jewish cultural aspects in their films, though ''A Serious Man'' is the only one in which Judaism is central to the story.


* ''The Tragedy of Macbeth'' (2021)[[note]]The first movie directed solely by Joel[[/note]]

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* ''The Tragedy of Macbeth'' ''Film/TheTragedyOfMacbeth'' (2021)[[note]]The first movie directed solely by Joel[[/note]]


* ImplacableMan: Most of the criminal characters in their stories are [[StupidCrooks foolish and incompent morons]], so by contrast, there's often one more dangerous and relentless antagonist in their stories. These vary from killers with [[BlueAndOrangeMorality an almost incomprehensible worldview]] through [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ambiguously supernatural or uncanny]] characters all the way up to [[SatanicArchetypes Satanic archetypes]]. [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]], [[Film/{{Fargo}} Gaear Grimsurd]], [[Film/RaisingArizona Leonard Smalls]], [[Film/BloodSimple Loren Visser]], [[Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou the Warden]], [[spoiler: [[Film/BartonFink Charlie Mundt]]]] all count. [[Film/TheBalladOfBusterScruggs Buster Scruggs]] is an interesting variant who's an [[AffablyEvil affable Singing Cowboy]] and remorseless killer, and the final segment, "The Mortal Remains", features two ambiguously supernatural bounty hunters.

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* ImplacableMan: Most of the criminal characters in their stories are [[StupidCrooks foolish and incompent morons]], so by contrast, there's often one more dangerous and relentless antagonist in their stories. These vary from killers with [[BlueAndOrangeMorality an almost incomprehensible worldview]] through [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ambiguously supernatural or uncanny]] characters all the way up to [[SatanicArchetypes [[SatanicArchetype Satanic archetypes]]. [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]], [[Film/{{Fargo}} Gaear Grimsurd]], [[Film/RaisingArizona Leonard Smalls]], [[Film/BloodSimple Loren Visser]], [[Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou the Warden]], [[spoiler: [[Film/BartonFink Charlie Mundt]]]] all count. [[Film/TheBalladOfBusterScruggs Buster Scruggs]] is an interesting variant who's an [[AffablyEvil affable Singing Cowboy]] and remorseless killer, and the final segment, "The Mortal Remains", features two ambiguously supernatural bounty hunters.


* ImplacableMan: Most of the criminal characters in their stories are [[StupidCrooks foolish and incompent morons]], so by contrast, the ''real'' (and most genuinely threatening) villains in their stories are relentless sociopaths who often operate on [[BlueAndOrangeMorality an almost incomprehensible worldview]], like [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]], [[Film/{{Fargo}} Gaear Grimsurd]], [[Film/RaisingArizona Leonard Smalls]], [[Film/BloodSimple Lorren Visser]], [[Film/TheBalladOfBusterScruggs Buster Scruggs]], and, to a lesser extent, [[spoiler: [[Film/BartonFink Charlie Mundt.]]]]

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* ImplacableMan: Most of the criminal characters in their stories are [[StupidCrooks foolish and incompent morons]], so by contrast, the ''real'' (and most genuinely threatening) villains in their stories are there's often one more dangerous and relentless sociopaths who often operate on antagonist in their stories. These vary from killers with [[BlueAndOrangeMorality an almost incomprehensible worldview]], like worldview]] through [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ambiguously supernatural or uncanny]] characters all the way up to [[SatanicArchetypes Satanic archetypes]]. [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]], [[Film/{{Fargo}} Gaear Grimsurd]], [[Film/RaisingArizona Leonard Smalls]], [[Film/BloodSimple Lorren Loren Visser]], [[Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou the Warden]], [[spoiler: [[Film/BartonFink Charlie Mundt]]]] all count. [[Film/TheBalladOfBusterScruggs Buster Scruggs]], and, to a lesser extent, [[spoiler: [[Film/BartonFink Charlie Mundt.]]]]Scruggs]] is an interesting variant who's an [[AffablyEvil affable Singing Cowboy]] and remorseless killer, and the final segment, "The Mortal Remains", features two ambiguously supernatural bounty hunters.


* BittersweetEnding: The best-case scenario for the protagonists of their films is that they do triumph over the bad guys but at a heavy cost.

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* BittersweetEnding: The best-case scenario for the protagonists of their films is that they do triumph over the bad guys or achieve their goals but at a heavy cost.

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* BittersweetEnding: The best-case scenario for the protagonists of their films is that they do triumph over the bad guys but at a heavy cost.


** TheNarrator in ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' seems to believe that he's in a {{Western}}.

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** TheNarrator The {{Narrator}} in ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' seems to believe that he's in a {{Western}}.

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* ''The Tragedy of Macbeth'' (2021)[[note]]The first movie directed solely by Joel[[/note]]


* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: All of their films are extremely cynical, with the jarring exceptions of ''Film/RaisingArizona'' and ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy''. There's something to be said for the strong underlying sense of morality that permeates their films, though.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: All of their films are extremely cynical, with the jarring exceptions of ''Film/RaisingArizona'' and ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy''.''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'', whilst ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' falls somewhere inbetween. There's something to be said for the strong underlying sense of morality that permeates their films, though.

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