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* ArmyScout: The scouts Natchai and Tattinger (one Native American, one Anglo) are Kaleb's best friends in the service.

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* DisposableWoman: Kaleb's wife only appears long enough to die at the hands of the Apache and trigger Kaleb's RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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* ThirstyDesert: Captain Kaleb takes TheSquad into the deserter and forces them to [[TheSpartanWay train naked and without water beneath the blazing sun]] to accustom them to what they will encounter when going up against the Apache. The training is severe, and results in some deaths.


* DangerousDeserter: After deserting, Viktor Kaleb becomes a OneManArmy waging war against the Apache, Because he is so effective, General Miles has him dragged back and [[BoxedCrook offers him a pardon]] if he leads a ragtagBunchOfMisfits on an off-the-books mission into Mexico to wipe out an Apache stronghold.

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* DangerousDeserter: After deserting, Viktor Kaleb becomes a OneManArmy waging war against the Apache, Apache. Because he is so effective, General Miles has him dragged back and [[BoxedCrook offers him a pardon]] if he leads a ragtagBunchOfMisfits RagtagBunchOfMisfits on an off-the-books mission into Mexico to wipe out an Apache stronghold.

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* DangerousDeserter: After deserting, Viktor Kaleb becomes a OneManArmy waging war against the Apache, Because he is so effective, General Miles has him dragged back and [[BoxedCrook offers him a pardon]] if he leads a ragtagBunchOfMisfits on an off-the-books mission into Mexico to wipe out an Apache stronghold.


* TheLostlenore: Every action on Captain Kaleb's RoaringRampageOfRevenge is inspired by the memory of his wife who died at the hands of the Apache.

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* TheLostlenore: TheLostLenore: Every action on Captain Kaleb's RoaringRampageOfRevenge is inspired by the memory of his wife who died at the hands of the Apache.

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* TheLostlenore: Every action on Captain Kaleb's RoaringRampageOfRevenge is inspired by the memory of his wife who died at the hands of the Apache.


* AgentPeacock: Capt. Crawford starts the film dressed in a British uniform that is much more stylish than the US Cavalry ones. He describes himself to Kaleb as a "great big dandy", and when the squad changes into buckskins, his are better fitting than the rest, and he ties his neckerchief like it's a cravat. However, he also shows himself as one of the capable fighters in the squad, and is one of the handful to survive the raid on the Apache camp.

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* AgentPeacock: Capt. Crawford starts the film dressed in a British uniform that is much more stylish than the US Cavalry ones. He describes himself to Kaleb as a "great big dandy", and when the squad changes into buckskins, his are better fitting than the rest, and he ties his neckerchief like it's a cravat. However, he also shows himself as one of the most capable fighters in the squad, and is one of the handful to survive the raid on the Apache camp.


* GatlingGood: The squad sets two Gatling guns on either side of the canyon to catch the Apache in a crossfire as they try to escape.

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* GatlingGood: The squad sets two Gatling guns on either side of the canyon to catch the Apache in a crossfire as they try to escape. [[ShownTheirWork This is correct usage of Gatling guns as artillery pieces.]]


* PlausibleDeniability: General Miles cannot US troops across the Mexican border to strike at the Apache stronghold without sparking an international incident, so he instead assembles a small squad that will be sent out in mufti to make a surgical strike, and who can be denied if caught.

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* PlausibleDeniability: General Miles cannot send US troops across the Mexican border to strike at the Apache stronghold without sparking an international incident, so he instead assembles a small squad that will be sent out in mufti to make a surgical strike, and who can be denied if caught.


* ChildSoldiers: During the attack on the smaller Apache camp, the only Apache survivor is a young boy. Kaleb orders him killed, but none of the squad can bring themselves to it. The boy breaks free, grabs a knife and stabs Tattinger before fleeing into the night. After the main battle, [[spoiler:Natachai presents the captured boy to Kaleb and asks if he still wants to kill him. Kaleb stares at the boy but does nothing as the boy runs away]].

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* ChildSoldiers: During the attack on the smaller Apache camp, the only Apache survivor is a young boy. Kaleb orders him killed, but none of the squad can bring themselves to do it. The boy breaks free, grabs a knife and stabs Tattinger before fleeing into the night. After the main battle, [[spoiler:Natachai presents the captured boy to Kaleb and asks if he still wants to kill him. Kaleb stares at the boy but does nothing as the boy runs away]].


* ChildSoldiers: During the attack on the smaller Apache camp, the only Apache survivor is a young boy. kaleb orders him killed, but none of the squad can bring themselves to it. The boy breaks free, grabs a knife and stabs Tattinger before fleeing into the night. After the main battle, [[spoiler:Natachai presents the captured boy to Kaleb and asks if he still wants to kill him. Kaleb stares at the boy but does nothing as the boy runs away]].

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* ChildSoldiers: During the attack on the smaller Apache camp, the only Apache survivor is a young boy. kaleb Kaleb orders him killed, but none of the squad can bring themselves to it. The boy breaks free, grabs a knife and stabs Tattinger before fleeing into the night. After the main battle, [[spoiler:Natachai presents the captured boy to Kaleb and asks if he still wants to kill him. Kaleb stares at the boy but does nothing as the boy runs away]].


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* TheSquad: Kaleb assembles a handpicked team to make the assault on the Apache stronghold.


* DungeonBypass: Kaleb and his men enter the stronghold of the Devil's Backbone by scaling a mesa that stands fifty feet away from the rest of mountain range, and using a block and tackle to haul up their equipment and mounts. The Apache don't bother guarding the mesa as they don't think anyone could get from it to the rage proper. Kaleb constructs a RopeBridge from the mesa to the range, granting them a backdoor to the stronghold.

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* DungeonBypass: Kaleb and his men enter the stronghold of the Devil's Backbone by scaling a mesa that stands fifty feet away from the rest of mountain range, and using a block and tackle to haul up their equipment and mounts. The Apache don't bother guarding the mesa as they don't think anyone could get from it to the rage range proper. Kaleb constructs a RopeBridge from the mesa to the range, granting them a backdoor to the stronghold.

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