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* BriefcaseBlaster: the attorney Karma, who has been following Cain for most of the film, pulls a gun from his attache case [[spoiler:and casually shoots Cain dead]]

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* BriefcaseBlaster: the The attorney Karma, who has been following Cain for most of the film, pulls a gun from his attache case [[spoiler:and casually shoots Cain dead]]dead]].



* DramaticAmmoDepletion: TheGunfighterWannabe Billy Valence beats outlaw Luke Santee to the draw, only for the hammer to fall on a spent shell in the chamber. He pulls the trigger again and agin with no reult, and he realises with growing horror, that he never reloaded his pistol [[spoiler:after murdering Ruffalo]]. Earlier in the film, Cain had warned him to never holster an empty pistol, [[FatalFlaw but Billy didn't listen]].

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* DramaticAmmoDepletion: TheGunfighterWannabe Billy Valence beats outlaw Luke Santee to the draw, only for the hammer to fall on a spent shell in the chamber. He pulls the trigger again and agin again with no reult, and he realises with growing horror, that he never reloaded his pistol [[spoiler:after murdering Ruffalo]]. Earlier in the film, Cain had warned him to never holster an empty pistol, [[FatalFlaw but Billy didn't listen]].



* LetsYouAndHimFight: Billy attempts to goad Cain and Cassidy into having a gunfight: first siding with one of them, and then the other, and even handing Cain a gun when he says doesn't have one. It is only Cain's steadfast refusal to pick up the gun that prevents a fight. As Billy's pleas for them to shoot each other become more desperate and pathetic, Cassidy realises how stupid the whole thing is and walks ways. Billy suffers a VillainousBreakdown as he sees that the shootout isn't happening: slumping on the ground and all but weeping.

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* LetsYouAndHimFight: Billy attempts to goad Cain and Cassidy into having a gunfight: first siding with one of them, and then the other, and even handing Cain a gun when he says doesn't have one. It is only Cain's steadfast refusal to pick up the gun that prevents a fight. As Billy's pleas for them to shoot each other become more desperate and pathetic, Cassidy realises how stupid the whole thing is and walks ways.away. Billy suffers a VillainousBreakdown as he sees that the shootout isn't happening: slumping on the ground and all but weeping.



* MeaningfulName: The protagonist [[NameOfCain Cain]] is steeped in blood that he can never wash away, no matter how hard he tries. His dogged pursuer is named Karma, and Cain cannot escape, no matter how far or long he runs. Eventually [[spoiler:Karma strikes him down without warning or mercy, only explaining afterward that this was payback for the murders Cain had committed in his previous life.]]
* MedicineShow: Showman Mark Ruffalo runs a variant, in that he doesn't hawk any medicines, but runs the Shooting Shoe & Death Display: essentially a miniature wild west show with marksmanship and trick shooting displays and a exhibit of items of dubious provenance purporting to be connected with the deaths of various famous denizens of TheWildWest.

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* MeaningfulName: The protagonist [[NameOfCain Cain]] is steeped in blood that he can never wash away, no matter how hard he tries. His dogged pursuer is named Karma, and Cain cannot escape, escape him, no matter how far or long he runs. Eventually [[spoiler:Karma strikes him down without warning or mercy, only explaining afterward that this was payback for the murders Cain had committed in his previous life.]]
* MedicineShow: Showman Mark Ruffalo runs a variant, in that he doesn't hawk any medicines, but runs the Shooting Shoe Show & Death Display: essentially a miniature wild west show with marksmanship and trick shooting displays and a exhibit of items of dubious provenance purporting to be connected with the deaths of various famous denizens of TheWildWest.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: The entire movie focuses on a guy known as "Killer" Cain trying to settle down with an honest living after spending 18 years in jail for a string of murders he committed prior to the movie. Being an ex-criminal, it's hard for him to find work. The only job he can keep is one at a shooting show. However there, he has to put up with an insolent young co-worker of his. To make things worse, he's made plenty of enemies in the past. By the end of the movie, [[spoiler: he not only gets the ranch he wants, but he gets to marry the woman he loves in a classic Western movie fashion. But then one of his old enemies (apparently the guy's father was one of Cain's victims) shows up and guns him down]].

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: The entire movie focuses on a guy known as "Killer" Cain trying to settle down with an honest living after spending 18 years in jail for a string of murders he committed prior to the movie. Being an ex-criminal, it's hard for him to find work. The only job he can keep is one at a shooting show. However there, However, there he has to put up with an insolent young co-worker of his. To make things worse, he's made plenty of enemies in the past. By the end of the movie, [[spoiler: he not only gets the ranch he wants, but he gets to marry the woman he loves in a classic Western movie fashion. But then one of his old enemies (apparently the guy's father was one of Cain's victims) shows up and guns him down]].down without preamble]].

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* InexperiencedKiller: Billy Valance. A trick shot artist in Ruffalo's traveling shooting show, Billy believes that he is great gunslinger and a ruthless killer, but has never been in a real gunfight. Cain keeps showing him up by demonstrating that things are different when the target can shoot back: such as slapping him in the face before he can draw his gun. The only person Billy manages to kill is [[spoiler:Ruffalo]] who is unarmed. And this act puts Cain on his trail looking for revenge.

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* MeaningfulName: The protagonist [[NameOfCain Cain]] is steeped in blood that he can never wash away, no matter how hard he tries. His dogged pursuer is named Karma, and Cain cannot escape, no matter how far or long he runs. Eventually [[spoiler:Karma strikes him down without warning or mercy, only explaining afterward that this was payback for the murders Cain had committed in his previous life.]]

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* MedicineShow: Showman Mark Ruffalo runs a variant, in that he doesn't hawk any medicines, but runs the Shooting Shoe & Death Display: essentially a miniature wild west show with marksmanship and trick shooting displays and a exhibit of items of dubious provenance purporting to be connected with the deaths of various famous denizens of TheWildWest.

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* NameOfCain: The protagonist is named Cain. [[OnlyOneName Just Cain]]. A gunslinger released from prison after 18 years, Cain is trying to go straight but finding it hard as people cannot see him as anything more than a brutal killer. Not helped by people continually referring to him by his old nickname: "Killer" Cain.


* GhostTown: Cain first stumbles into the ghost town of Drywood as he is making his way back from the ambush at the mine. It is here that he first meets Monica, who is painting the deserted town as a symbol of [[TwlightOfTheOldWest the dying of the West]]. Later Billy flees here after [[spoiler:murdering Ruffalo and stealing the cashbox]], and it is here that Cain has his final showdown with Luke Santee after Santee has [[spoiler:killed Billy]].

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* GhostTown: Cain first stumbles into the ghost town of Drywood as he is making his way back from the ambush at the mine. It is here that he first meets Monica, who is painting the deserted town as a symbol of [[TwlightOfTheOldWest [[TwilightOfTheOldWest the dying of the West]]. Later Billy flees here after [[spoiler:murdering Ruffalo and stealing the cashbox]], and it is here that Cain has his final showdown with Luke Santee after Santee has [[spoiler:killed Billy]].

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* GhostTown: Cain first stumbles into the ghost town of Drywood as he is making his way back from the ambush at the mine. It is here that he first meets Monica, who is painting the deserted town as a symbol of [[TwlightOfTheOldWest the dying of the West]]. Later Billy flees here after [[spoiler:murdering Ruffalo and stealing the cashbox]], and it is here that Cain has his final showdown with Luke Santee after Santee has [[spoiler:killed Billy]].

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* DestinationDefenestration: After catching up with Luke Santee in the GhostTown [[spoiler:(just after Santee has killed Billy)]], Cain crash tackles him through a plate glass window and the pair of them crash out into the street.


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* SuperWindowJump: After catching up with Luke Santee in the GhostTown [[spoiler:(just after Santee has killed Billy)]], Cain crash tackles him through a plate glass window and the pair of them crash out into the street.

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* ARealManIsAKiller: TheGunfighterWannabe Billy Valance demands to know why he is being paid less to perform in the shooting show than Cain, especially as he is the better shot. His boss Mark Ruffalo curtly explains that he is just a kid who is a good shot, while Cain is the real deal, a veteran gunslinger who has killed men, and people will always pay more to see a killer. Unfortunately, this pushes the already unstable Billy over the edge.


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* SoftGlass: Cain crash tackles Luke Santee out through a plate glass window, with neither of them suffering a scratch. An odd application of this trope in a movie that otherwise does not shy away from showing the brutality of combat.

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Cain does not like his old nicknamed of "Killer" Cain as he is attempting to go straight, put the past behind him and make a new start. But he is forced to use it to earn a living while appearing in Ruffalo's Shooting Show & Death Display.

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* ThrowawayGuns: During the prison break at the start of the film, one of the gang members empties his revolver at the prison guards, and then casually tosses it aside as he draws another.


* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Showman Mark Ruffalo speaks this way when drumming up business for his Shooting Show & Death Display:
-->"Step right up and see the spectacular shooting show and death display. See the world's greatest gunslinger. He's sharp. He's a shootin' shark. So step right up and get your tickets here, ladies and gentlemen."



* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: When [[OnlyOneName Cain]] finally has enough of Billy's whining, threats and generally being a {{Jerkass}}, he declares that form now own Billy will address him as 'Mr. Cain'.

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: When [[OnlyOneName Cain]] finally has enough of Billy's whining, threats and generally being a {{Jerkass}}, he declares that form from now own Billy will address him as 'Mr. Cain'.

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* HollywoodCostuming: Set in 1890s, but all of the women sport late 1960s hairstyles. Otherwise the costuming is pretty accurate.

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* DownerEnding: See ShootTheShaggyDog below.

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* MeaningfulEcho: Two seemingly casual lines return with a vengeance:
** "Never holster an empty gun." The first time this is given as a piece of gunslinger advice from Cain to TheGunfighterWannabe Billy as Billy is bragging about what a badass gunslinger he would have been. The second time [[spoiler:outlaw Luke Santee says to Billy after Billy has beaten him to the draw only to discover that his pistol is empty because he didn't reload it after murdering Ruffalo. It seems Billy [[FatalFlaw never listens]]. Luke guns him down.]]
** "That's the cost of one life, not twelve!" First said by Cassidy in sour grapes mode when he doesn't think Cain should have been let out of prison even after serving 18 years. The second time [[spoiler:occurs after Cain is gunned down by Karma. A hysterical Monica asks him why he had down that, when Cain had paid for his crimes by spending 18 years in prison. Karma coldly replies with this line and then rides off.]]

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