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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.

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* ThirstyDesert: Captain Kaleb takes TheSquad into the deserter desert 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.


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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]].

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