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* AmbiguousEnding: The ending of the movie leaves it vague as to whether Kelly and his companions are planning to [[spoiler: outright desert and ride out the war in Swtizerland, or merely hide the gold before rejoining the war effort, in order to be able to go home afterwards]].

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* FriendlySniper: Gutowski is a bit trigger happy, but serves as the platoons sniper and lets himself show a little concern and reflection in the process.


* BunnyEarsLawyer: Oddball, for all his [[CloudCuckoolander myriad of quirks]], is a highly skilled tanker and extremely resourceful.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Oddball, for all his [[CloudCuckoolander myriad of quirks]], is a highly skilled tanker and extremely resourceful. He claims that he and his men deliberately try to appear zany and incompetent in order to avoid being sent on risky missions.


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* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Maitland and Big Joe, although Maitlands smoothness comes from apathy and being [[ArmchairMilitary as distant from the main action as possible]].
* CategoryTraitor: Little Joe is Italian and worries about being seen as this and shot if heís captured.


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* CommunicationsOfficer: Little Joe is the squads radioman. Booker serves as Colts communications officer but finds himself utterly confused by the contradictory messages heís getting from Kelly and his Menís attack when they arenít supposed to be there.


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* DeletedRole: Production designer John Barry as a British airmen hiding in the town who witnesses the final battle.


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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Cowboy cheerfully drives through walls and into their impromptu headquarters while returning from reconnaissance.


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* FrontlineGeneral: Zigzagged with General Colt, whose Introduced comfortable at headquarters jautbbossing people around but does feel stirred to personally lead the charge to join in Kellyís push after hearing how far theyíve gotten on the radio.


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** Most of the fight at the bridge is offscreen, including one of Oddballs tanks making it across the river but then being destroyed.


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* RuggedScar: The tiger tank commander has one on his cheek.


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* ThoseTwoGuys: SouthernFriedPrivateís Cowboy and Willard.


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* UncertainDoom: Itís unclear whether any of the crews of Oddballs other two tanks could have survived their losses, but even if they did, they donít seem to have accompanied the others to Clermont.


* HomeGuard: According to the should sleeve insignia, the squad are members of the 35th Infantry Division, which is a National Guard unit.

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* HomeGuard: According to the should sleeve insignia, the squad are members of the 35th Infantry Division, which is a National Guard unit.unit which was activated for WW2.


* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Allied side is full of soldiers obeying orders being tossed to the wolves by GloryHound generals [[ColonelKilgore that go around acting like the war is some kind of game]], JerkAss executive officers that loot everything that is not nailed to the ground yet remind the aforementioned soldiers that looting is an offense punishable with death [[TheNeidermeyer on top of other idiotic (and morale-killing) decisions]] and [[TrialByFriendlyFire other even more idiotic soldiers]], soldiers that are looking out for Number One and decide getting richer is worth going (and swindling other people) into a possible SuicideMission (''our heroes'', ladies and gentlemen) and the other side... yeah, they're the Nazis, and even then the couple that actually interact with the protagonists probably wouldn't be so bad if there wasn't a war going on... ''maybe''.



* GrayAndBlackMorality: The Allied side is full of soldiers obeying orders being tossed to the wolves by GloryHound generals [[ColonelKilgore that go around acting like the war is some kind of game]], JerkAss executive officers that loot everything that is not nailed to the ground yet remind the aforementioned soldiers that looting is an offense punishable with death [[TheNeidermeyer on top of other idiotic (and morale-killing) decisions]] and [[TrialByFriendlyFire other even more idiotic soldiers]], soldiers that are looking out for Number One and decide getting richer is worth going (and swindling other people) into a possible SuicideMission (''our heroes'', ladies and gentlemen) and the other side... yeah, they're the Nazis, and even then the couple that actually interact with the protagonists probably wouldn't be so bad if there wasn't a war going on... ''maybe''.

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* FreudianExcuse: Kelly used to be a lieutenant and a good officer, but he was given orders to attack the wrong hill and half of his company was killed. His superiors then scapegoated him, demoted him to private, and put him in a unit that is almost always on the frontlines but also always taken off them right before they can catch any good breaks. (Like occupying a city with actual running water) With a background as depressing as that, it is easy to see why Kelly has ''zero'' loyalty to the army and why he's only out to line his pockets with some good old-fashioned Nazi gold bullion then desert before his wildly incompetent commanders can get him killed.

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*** To be fair, it was dark, cold, and raining. We had to see well enough as an audience, but it's safe to assume that conditions were bad enough to make it difficult for anyone to actually see, hear, and understand what was going on. Combine this with the all-too-human tendency to assume that nothing is going wrong, and to not believe what your senses are telling you when confronted with something completely unexpected, and it's not too far-fetched.


-->'''Oddball:''' To a New Yorker like you, a hero is some kind of weird sandwich, not some nut who goes up against three Tigers!

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-->'''Oddball:''' To a New Yorker like you, a hero is some kind of weird sandwich, not some nut who goes up against takes on three Tigers!



-->'''Oddball:''' "Why can't you be righteous and hopeful for a change?"\\

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-->'''Oddball:''' "Why can't you be say something righteous and hopeful for a change?"\\


** Three Russian T-34 tanks were converted into very life-like German Tiger Tanks (the real glaring error was the wheels of the tanks and its longer engine deck). Contrary to some claims, the Tigers weren't made for ''Kelly's Heroes'' but for an earlier film made in Yugoslavia starring Creator/YulBrynner called ''The Battle of Neretva''. The Shermans also come from that film. A close up shows the bow machine gun is an [=MG42=], which was never used in any German tank due to the quick-change barrel being removed from the front; the [=MG34=] was used instead because the barrel could be changed from inside the tank.


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* WeaponsUnderstudies: Three Russian T-34 tanks were converted into very life-like German Tiger Tanks (the real glaring error was the wheels of the tanks and its longer engine deck). Contrary to some claims, the Tigers weren't made for ''Kelly's Heroes'' but for an earlier film made in Yugoslavia starring Creator/YulBrynner called ''The Battle of Neretva''. The Shermans also come from that film. A close up shows the bow machine gun is an [=MG42=], which was never used in any German tank due to the quick-change barrel being removed from the front; the [=MG34=] was used instead because the barrel could be changed from inside the tank.


* NominalHero: Kelly and his crew are motivated purely by opportunistic self-interest, and participate in the events of the film only for a chance to line their pockets. While they don't do anything particularly evil, they also exhibit nothing resembling selfless heroic behavior, either. Thus they are either "hero in name only" or a bunch of {{Villain Protagonist}}s.
** Kelly in particular. He convinces everyone (including a reluctant Big Joe) to abandon their posts and go deep into enemy lines for the gold while never mentioning, until it's too late to turn back, that the Germans are guarding the gold with greatly superior armaments (the three Tiger tanks). Big Joe is horrified when he learns about the Tigers, and even the eternally optimistic Oddball has to be talked into taking them on.



* NominalHero: Kelly and his crew are motivated purely by opportunistic self-interest, and participate in the events of the film only for a chance to line their pockets. While they don't do anything particularly evil, they also exhibit nothing resembling selfless heroic behavior, either. Thus they are either "hero in name only" or a bunch of {{Villain Protagonist}}s.


** The 76mm could penetrate a Tiger's armor but it didn't mean it always worked. The German tank was a tough nut to crack, and even a shot from the 76mm had a good chance bouncing off the armor depending on the angle or trajectory. Oddball's attitude was typical of tankers of the time, who didn't trust the guns and felt that the only sure-fire way to take out a Tiger was to flank it, particularly since the ''88mm'' gun on the Tiger could easily knock a Sherman out.

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** The 76mm could penetrate a Tiger's armor but it didn't mean it always worked. The German tank was a tough nut United States fell behind the Germans when it came to crack, Anti-Tank weaponry, and even a shot from while the 76mm had was an improvment, a good chance bouncing off the Tiger's armor could still bounce a shot depending on the angle or trajectory.angle/trajectory. Oddball's attitude was typical of tankers of the time, who didn't trust the guns and felt that the only sure-fire way to take out a Tiger was to flank it, particularly since the ''88mm'' gun on the Tiger could easily knock a Sherman out.

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** The 76mm could penetrate a Tiger's armor but it didn't mean it always worked. The German tank was a tough nut to crack, and even a shot from the 76mm had a good chance bouncing off the armor depending on the angle or trajectory. Oddball's attitude was typical of tankers of the time, who didn't trust the guns and felt that the only sure-fire way to take out a Tiger was to flank it, particularly since the ''88mm'' gun on the Tiger could easily knock a Sherman out.

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* AlasPoorVillain: While "villain" is really stretching it, one can't help but feel bad for poor Colonel Dankhopf, wandering drunkenly across the battlefield until he's shot by one of his own Tiger tanks mistaking him for an American in the dark. Even Kelly looks visibly disturbed at his death.

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When asked about "broads," Dankhopf says there is "a house," but then hastily insists, while avoiding eye contact with Big Joe, that "I cannot give you the directions, I've never been there..."


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Big Joe turns up at the farmhouse with a chaplain and some movies for the guys to watch, after he hears Kelly's speech he decides to go along with the plan which they start preparing. However the chaplain is still waiting in the jeep outside for a lift back to HQ.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Big Joe turns up at the farmhouse with a chaplain and some movies for the guys to watch, after he hears Kelly's speech he decides to go along with the plan which they start preparing. However the chaplain is still waiting in the jeep Jeep outside for a lift back to HQ. HQ.
** One surviving German soldier is seen running away from the minefield shootout. Nobody apparently notices him or tries to stop him. We never find out what happens to him.

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