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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: PlayedWith, Callahan is actually careful with is firearms throughout the film. Other officers, not so much. One accidentally points his shotgun at Callahan's head who in turn pushes it away.

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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: PlayedWith, Callahan is actually careful Exaggerated with is firearms throughout the film. Other officers, not so much. One accidentally points his shotgun at Callahan's head pimp who in turn pushes it away.goes as far as sitting on a revolver before he gets pulled over.

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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: PlayedWith, Callahan is actually careful with is firearms throughout the film. Other officers, not so much. One accidentally points his shotgun at Callahan's head who in turn pushes it away.

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* GuileHero: Harry knows how difficult it will be to expose a bunch of vigilante killer cops so rather than charge in with wild accusations, he instead starts to collect evidence that he can use to convince his superiors.

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** Further confusing matters is the fact that the actor who played Captain Briggs in ''Film/SuddenImpact'' [[YouLookFamiliar previously played Captain McKay]] in ''Film/TheEnforcer''.

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** For that matter, the way the vigilante cops' scheme goes awry is pretty realistic. They do blow away some genuinely deserving people, like the murderous pimp or the various mob bosses, but several innocent people are caught in the crossfire, and [[spoiler:Davis]] eventually shoots [[spoiler:Charlie [=McCoy=]]] when he stumbles onto him at the scene of the crime.


* BadBoss: Even when two of his vigilante officers (Davis and Sweet) join Harry to arrest a gangster, [[spoiler:Lt. Briggs]] still tips the gangster off, resulting in the death of Sweet, showing that [[spoiler:Briggs]] thinks of them as expendable, even though they believe in his cause. Sure, [[spoiler:Briggs]] initially tried to dissuade Harry from using the two, but still.

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* BadBoss: Even when two of his vigilante officers (Davis and Sweet) join Harry to arrest a gangster, [[spoiler:Lt. Briggs]] still tips the gangster off, resulting in the death of Sweet, showing that Sweet. This shows that, even though they believe in his cause, [[spoiler:Briggs]] thinks of them as expendable, even though just as expendable as the potential witnesses they believe in his cause. eliminate. Sure, [[spoiler:Briggs]] initially tried to dissuade Harry from using the two, taking them, but still.

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* SeriesContinuityError: Harry Callahan is still in the police force, which is an interesting problem considering the ending of the previous film ''Film/DirtyHarry'' [[spoiler:had him throwing his badge away]]. The film gives no explanation for this, and neither does the rest of the series.

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* BadBoss: Even when two of his vigilante officers (Davis and Sweet) join Harry to arrest a gangster, [[spoiler:Lt. Briggs]] still tips the gangster off, resulting in the death of Sweet, showing that [[spoiler:Briggs]] thinks of them as expendable, even though they believe in his cause. Sure, [[spoiler:Briggs]] initially tried to dissuade Harry from using the two, but still.

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* [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My God, What Did I Almost Do?]]: After Harry defuses the bomb in his mailbox, the look on Sunny’s face, as she was about to open it, says it all.


* DaChief: Lt Briggs from is a subversion in that he's the [[spoiler:BigBad]].

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* DaChief: Lt Briggs from is a subversion in that he's the [[spoiler:BigBad]].



** At the end, when the other vigilante cops are killed, their leader, [[spoiler: Lt. Briggs]] says he can use their “murders” to prosecute Harry.

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** At the end, when the other vigilante cops are killed, their leader, [[spoiler: Lt.[[spoiler:Lt. Briggs]] says he can use their “murders” to prosecute Harry.


* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Harry, delivering his KirkSummation speech to Briggs, says that he and his [[VigilanteMan vigilante cops]] will eventually start shooting neighbours for letting their dogs piss on their lawn.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Harry, delivering his KirkSummation speech to Briggs, [[spoiler:Briggs]], says that he and his [[VigilanteMan vigilante cops]] will eventually start shooting neighbours for letting their dogs piss on their lawn.



** After Briggs gets blown up in his car, Harry says, "[[ArcWords Man's got to know his limitations]]."

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** After Briggs [[spoiler:Briggs]] gets blown up in his car, Harry says, "[[ArcWords Man's got to know his limitations]]."



* ChekhovsGun: Literally! Lt. Briggs mentions that he has never once taken his weapon out of its holster. When he does, it's to give TheReveal that he's the BigBad.

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* ChekhovsGun: Literally! Lt. Briggs mentions that he has never once taken his weapon out of its holster. When he does, it's [[spoiler:it's to give TheReveal that he's the BigBad.BigBad]].



* DaChief: Lt Briggs from is a subversion in that he's the BigBad.

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* DaChief: Lt Briggs from is a subversion in that he's the BigBad.[[spoiler:BigBad]].



* EnemyMine: Captain Avery forces Harry and Lt. Briggs to work together during the vigilante murders, even though they openly dislike each other.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Briggs has never pulled his gun once in his entire police career. He has his minions do that for him.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Briggs has never pulled his gun once in his entire police career. He [[spoiler:He has his minions do that for him.]]



* LackOfEmpathy: Lt. Briggs hardly sheds a tear when Harry kills his vigilante cops. He also considers Officer Sweet's death a necessary sacrifice.

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* LackOfEmpathy: Lt. Briggs [[spoiler:Lt. Briggs]] hardly sheds a tear when Harry kills his vigilante cops.cops, saying he can find more to replace them. He also considers Officer Sweet's death a necessary sacrifice.



* OutOfCharacterAlert: When Briggs pulls out his gun, the one that he says he's never used once in his career, it clicks for Harry that Briggs is with the very cops he's hunting down. Granted, the fact said gun was pointed at ''him'' probably cleared things up.

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* OutOfCharacterAlert: When Briggs pulls out his gun, the one that he says he's never used once in his career, it clicks for Harry that Briggs is [[spoiler:is with the very cops he's hunting down. Granted, the fact said gun was pointed at ''him'' probably cleared things up.up]].



* PyrrhicVictory: Just imagine the fallout of Briggs' conspiracy, even if it remained contained.

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* PyrrhicVictory: Just imagine the fallout of Briggs' [[spoiler:Briggs']] conspiracy, even if it remained contained.



** At the end, when the other vigilante cops are killed, their leader, Lt. Briggs barely sheds a tear, saying he can find more to replace, and will use their “murders” to prosecute Harry.

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** At the end, when the other vigilante cops are killed, their leader, [[spoiler: Lt. Briggs barely sheds a tear, saying Briggs]] says he can find more to replace, and will use their “murders” to prosecute Harry.


* RealityEnsues: Harry kills the last two members of the Magnum Force by punching one repeatedly and forcing the other off the side of an aircraft carrier, causing him to fall into the ocean from a significant height and die on impact. Both methods of death are generally non-lethal in movies but have a good chance of being fatal in real life.

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* RealityEnsues: Harry kills the last two members of the Magnum Force by punching one repeatedly in the throat and forcing the other off the side of an aircraft carrier, causing him to fall into the ocean from a significant height and die on impact. Both methods of death are generally non-lethal in movies but have a good chance of being fatal in real life.


* EveryoneHasStandards: "Dirty" Harry Callahan may merrily tap-dance the line between being a CowboyCop and being a RabidCop, but he has always made sure to just shoot the crooks he hunts down and nobody else, and only when the crooks refuse to surrender in an armed confrontation. The titular Magnum Force completely and utterly disgust him.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: "Dirty" Harry Callahan may merrily tap-dance the line between being a CowboyCop and being a RabidCop, but he has always made sure to just shoot the crooks he hunts down and nobody else, and only when the crooks refuse to surrender in an armed confrontation. The titular Magnum Force death squad and their indiscriminate tactics completely and utterly disgust him.


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* WeHaveReserves: [[spoiler:Lt. Briggs]] makes clear after Callahan has killed all of his men that he can always recruit another death squad.

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* GlassesPull: Briggs does this when Harry tells him that the killer is a traffic cop.


* LackOfEmpathy: [[spoiler:Lt. Briggs]] hardly sheds a tear when Harry kills his vigilante cops. He also considers [[spoiler:Officer Sweet's]] death a necessary sacrifice.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Briggs declares that he's going to let the System that Callahan is defending take care of him for murdering three cops. Instead Briggs gets blown up by the bomb that was planted to kill Callahan.]]

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* LackOfEmpathy: [[spoiler:Lt. Briggs]] Lt. Briggs hardly sheds a tear when Harry kills his vigilante cops. He also considers [[spoiler:Officer Sweet's]] Officer Sweet's death a necessary sacrifice.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Briggs Briggs declares that he's going to let the System that Callahan is defending take care of him for murdering three cops. Instead Briggs gets blown up by the bomb that was planted to kill Callahan.]]

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