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* WatchingTroyBurn: Admiral Kimmel spends much of the attack watching from his office as his command and career literally go up in smoke, knowing that at this point the only thing he can do is try to keep things from getting worse.

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* WatchingTroyBurn: Admiral Kimmel spends much of the attack watching from his office as his command and career literally go up in smoke, knowing that at this point the only thing he can do is try to keep things from getting worse. When a stray Japanese bullet crashes through his office window and bounces harmlessly off of his chest, all he can muster is a muttered "Too bad it didn't kill me."


* SittingDuck: The American planes are grouped together in the middle of the airfields to protect from saboteurs, which only serves them up as perfect targets for the air attack. The Air Corps officers are painfully aware of this, but unable to do much about their orders.

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* SittingDuck: SittingDuck:
** When the attack begins, the US Pacific Fleet is caught at anchor, with most of its sailors and officers expecting to enjoy another relaxing Sunday and thus unprepared for a major attack.
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The American planes are grouped together in the middle of the airfields to protect from saboteurs, which only serves them up as perfect targets for the air attack. The Air Corps officers are painfully aware of this, but unable to do much about their orders.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Some sources claim one of the five [=B-17s=] used in the film actually had a landing gear failure so they rushed a film crew to the airfield to capture the emergency landing while the pilots circled to burn off fuel. Note that the footage of the actual one-wheel landing is lower quality than the rest of the film. Other sources state this is not true, however.
** The famous scene of the [=P-40=] veering out of control and plowing into the middle of a line of parked planes was an accident (it was supposed to just blow up). The stuntmen seen OutrunningTheFireball really are running for their lives.


* TooDumbToLive: A server in the mess hall exclaims to everyone that the Radio is broadcasting an emergency report that Pearl Harbor is under attack. Everyone drops what they're doing, rushes to the windows, and manage to get a glimpse of a [=D3A=] dropping a bomb right in front of them... hitting them with a blast wave and a spray of shrapnel and broken glass.

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* TooDumbToLive: A server in the mess hall exclaims to everyone that the Radio radio is broadcasting an emergency report that Pearl Harbor is under attack. Everyone drops what they're doing, rushes to the windows, and manage to get a glimpse of a [=D3A=] dropping a bomb right in front of them... hitting them with a blast wave and a spray of shrapnel and broken glass.

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* TooDumbToLive: A server in the mess hall exclaims to everyone that the Radio is broadcasting an emergency report that Pearl Harbor is under attack. Everyone drops what they're doing, rushes to the windows, and manage to get a glimpse of a [=D3A=] dropping a bomb right in front of them... hitting them with a blast wave and a spray of shrapnel and broken glass.


-->'''Hull:''' In all my fifty years of public service, I have never seen a document so crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions, on a scale so huge that I never imagined until today that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them.\\

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-->'''Hull:''' [[TranquilFury In all my fifty years of public service, I have never seen a document so crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions, on a scale so huge that I never imagined until today that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them.\\]]\\



* WarIsHell: An [[OldSoldier old officer]] watching the Japanese pilots about to take off observes that the men are in such good spirits because they have not yet experienced war.

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* WarIsHell: WarIsHell:
** Yamamoto is frustrated with the "Army hotheads" who so eagerly call for war.
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An [[OldSoldier old officer]] watching the Japanese pilots about to take off observes that the men are in such good spirits because they have not yet experienced war.

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** Everyone at the harbor has a MassOhCrap when the attack starts.

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---> "AIR RAID PEARL HARBOR THIS IS NO DRILL"


* InterserviceRivalry: Quite a bit of political in-fighting between the Imperial Army and Navy in the lead-up to the attack.

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* InterserviceRivalry: InterserviceRivalry:
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Quite a bit of political in-fighting between the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy in the lead-up to the attack.attack. The army, for example, calls for an alliance with Germany, which the navy opposes. This has gotten Yamamoto's life threatened in Tokyo.

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* KilledOffscreen: Not a person, but rather, the USS ''Oklahoma'', which was attacked by torpedo bombers off-screen and is shown capsized during the middle of the attack.


* GuyInBack: The Japanese "Val" Dive Bombers and "Kate" Torpedo bombers each have rear gunners in order to defend against enemy planes. It does little when [[SittingDucks several of them are attacked by two P-40s late into the film.]]

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* GuyInBack: The Japanese "Val" Dive Bombers and "Kate" Torpedo bombers each have rear gunners in order to defend against enemy planes. It does little when [[SittingDucks [[SittingDuck several of them are attacked by two P-40s late into the film.]]


The title is the Japanese code-word used to indicate that complete surprise was achieved. "Tora" is Japanese for "tiger", although TheOtherWiki mentions that it was also shorthand for "Totsugeki rageki" - meaning "surprise attack" (more appropriate given the purpose of the mission).

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The title is the Japanese code-word used to indicate that complete surprise was achieved. "Tora" is Japanese for "tiger", although TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki mentions that it was also shorthand for "Totsugeki rageki" - meaning "surprise attack" (more appropriate given the purpose of the mission).


** Also happens on board the Japanese aircraft carrier ''Akagi'', when the pilots are practicing at identifying the various American ships that might be in the harbor. Some of the men correctly guess a couple of battleships, and then the officer holds up a silhouette of an aircraft carrier. One pilot excitedly shouts "Enterprise!" and then is informed that it's actually a picture of his own ship. Everyone else laughs at him.[[note:Especially funny for naval history buffs as ''Enterprise'' and ''Akagi'' look nothing alike - the poor guy must have been really over-eager.]]

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** Also happens on board the Japanese aircraft carrier ''Akagi'', when the pilots are practicing at identifying the various American ships that might be in the harbor. Some of the men correctly guess a couple of battleships, and then the officer holds up a silhouette of an aircraft carrier. One pilot excitedly shouts "Enterprise!" and then is informed that it's actually a picture of his own ship. Everyone else laughs at him.[[note:Especially [[note]]Especially funny for naval history buffs as ''Enterprise'' and ''Akagi'' look nothing alike - the poor guy must have been really over-eager.]][[/note]]

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** Also happens on board the Japanese aircraft carrier ''Akagi'', when the pilots are practicing at identifying the various American ships that might be in the harbor. Some of the men correctly guess a couple of battleships, and then the officer holds up a silhouette of an aircraft carrier. One pilot excitedly shouts "Enterprise!" and then is informed that it's actually a picture of his own ship. Everyone else laughs at him.[[note:Especially funny for naval history buffs as ''Enterprise'' and ''Akagi'' look nothing alike - the poor guy must have been really over-eager.]]


* ThemeNaming: The American battleships were all named for US states. The cruisers and destroyers also had their own themes (cities and troops who died in battle, respectively), but feature far less prominently.[[note]]US aircraft carriers, which didn't have much chance to influence the battle, were named after famous sailing ships of the US Navy -- mostly late-18th and early-19th Century sloops-of-war -- as well as significant USN battles. (This naming convention was supposed to go to battlecruisers; aircraft carriers inherited the naming scheme because the battlecruisers ''Lexington'' and ''Saratoga'' were converted to aircraft carriers during construction.) The fact such carriers were named after early sailing ships, which in turn were named after famous cities, battles, people, and insects (''Wasp,'' ''Hornet'') makes the naming scheme appear more than a little haphazard.[[/note]]

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* ThemeNaming: The American battleships were all named for US states. The cruisers and destroyers also had their own themes (cities and troops who died in battle, respectively), but feature far less prominently.[[note]]US aircraft carriers, which didn't have much chance to influence the battle, were named after famous sailing ships of the US Navy -- mostly late-18th and early-19th Century sloops-of-war -- as well as significant USN battles. (This naming convention was supposed to go to battlecruisers; aircraft carriers inherited the naming scheme because the battlecruisers ''Lexington'' and ''Saratoga'' were converted to aircraft carriers during construction.) The fact such carriers were named after early sailing ships, which in turn were named after famous cities, battles, people, and insects (''Wasp,'' ''Hornet'') people makes the naming scheme appear more than a little haphazard.[[/note]]

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