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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: After an epic chase sequence, Gator gets Connors to drive off the side of the road into the river. RealityEnsues and they both drown inside their vehicle. This results in Gator avenging his brother in a most deliciously apropos way.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: After an epic chase sequence, Gator gets Connors to drive off the side of the road into the river. RealityEnsues and they both drown he drowns inside their his vehicle. This results in Gator avenging his brother in a most deliciously apropos way.]]


* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: After an epic chase sequence, Gator gets Connors and his son to drive off the side of the road into the river. RealityEnsues and they both drown inside their vehicle. This results in Gator avenging his brother in a most deliciously apropos way.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: After an epic chase sequence, Gator gets Connors and his son to drive off the side of the road into the river. RealityEnsues and they both drown inside their vehicle. This results in Gator avenging his brother in a most deliciously apropos way.]]


* YourCheatingHeart: Lou likes [=McKlusky=] more than her boyfriend, Roy, and makes no secret that she's happy to cheat on him. [=McKlusky=] resists for a short time.


''White Lightning'' is a 1973 American action film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Creator/BurtReynolds as the main character Robert "Gator" [=McKlusky=], Jennifer Billingsley, Creator/NedBeatty, Bo Hopkins, R.G. Armstrong, and Diane Ladd. It was written by William W. Norton.

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''White Lightning'' is a 1973 American action film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Creator/BurtReynolds as the main character Robert "Gator" [=McKlusky=], Jennifer Billingsley, Creator/NedBeatty, Bo Hopkins, R.G. Armstrong, and Diane Ladd.Creator/DianeLadd. It was written by William W. Norton.


* WhyDontYouJustShootEm: A lot of [=McKlusky=]'s problems come from trying to get Connors arrested rather than just killing him. [[spoiler: He ends up killing him instead.]]

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* WhyDontYouJustShootEm: WhyDontYouJustShootHim: A lot of [=McKlusky=]'s problems come from trying to get Connors arrested rather than just killing him. [[spoiler: He ends up killing him instead.]]


* WhyDontYaJustShootEm: A lot of [=McKlusky=]'s problems come from trying to get Connors arrested rather than just killing him. [[spoiler: He ends up killing him instead.]]

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* WhyDontYaJustShootEm: WhyDontYouJustShootEm: A lot of [=McKlusky=]'s problems come from trying to get Connors arrested rather than just killing him. [[spoiler: He ends up killing him instead.]]


* BigBad: Sheriff J.C. Connors murdered [=McKlusky=]'s brother.

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* BigBad: Sheriff J.C. Connors murdered [=McKlusky=]'s brother. He's also a racist and corrupt feudal overlord who rules over what is considered the worst county in America (according to one of Donnie's hippie friends, at least). He's also stated to be an anachronism as the Feds are coming down on corrupt small-town sheriffs like him throughout the country.


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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [=McKlusky=]'s original plan before his escape attempt fails. He has to make a deal to get Connors arrested instead. [[spoiler: In the end, he ends up killing Connors anyway.]]


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* WhyDontYaJustShootEm: A lot of [=McKlusky=]'s problems come from trying to get Connors arrested rather than just killing him. [[spoiler: He ends up killing him instead.]]


* TheDitz: Lou has shades of this and DumbBlonde. She's still the LoveInterest, though.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: One of the Sheriff's deputies attempts to rape Lou but is called out by one of his coworkers. He stops and puts her back in a chair. They have no problem using the threat of it to get cooperation from Dude's wife, though.
* HoneyPot: [=McKlusky=] tries to seduce Connor's secretary to get access to his office. She almost falls prey to his charms but resists in the end, [[EntertaininglyWrong believing he's trying to get out of traffic tickets.]]



* KickTheDog:
** Sheriff Connors kills two innocent boys that are tied up in a boat at the start of the show. He does it in an exceptionally cruel way by drowning them both.
** Connors men threaten Dude's wife with AttemptedRape to get her to talk. They almost do the same to Lou.
** Connors guns down [[spoiler: Dude]] as soon as he finds out he's working with the Feds.



* NunTooHoly: Combined with GoodShepherd. [=McKlusky=] recovers in a Catholic home for unwed mothers that has no problem sheltering a fugitive.



* BatmanGambit: [=McKlusky=] lures Bama to an isolated location by claiming he has some papers. He then rigs his hotel room to explode. [[spoiler: This takes out TheDragon but not the BigBad.]]

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* BatmanGambit: [=McKlusky=] lures Bama to an isolated location by claiming he has some incriminating papers. He then rigs his hotel room to explode. [[spoiler: This takes out TheDragon but not the BigBad.]]



* BittersweetEnding: Bama is arrested and going to prison for a long time but [[spoiler: Irving and Emmeline are dead and he DidNotGetTheGirl]].



* DidNotGetTheGirl: [=McKlusky=] and Aggie are attracted to one another and hook but she ends up taking a job with CBS in New York.

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* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: [=McKlusky=] and Aggie are attracted to one another and hook up but she ends up taking a job with CBS in New York.]]


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* HappyEndingOverride: [=McKlusky=] ends up going back to prison for moonshining, his wife (implied to be Lou) leaves him, and he's still on the hook with the law.

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: After an epic chase sequence, Gator gets Connors and his son to drive off the side of the road into the river. RealityEnsues and they both drown inside their vehicle. This results in Gator avenging his brother in a most deliciously apropos way.]]


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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Connors [[spoiler: gets a public funeral and parade after he's drowned by [=McKlusky=].]]

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* DeepSouth: Both movies heavily rely on stereotypes about this. They take place in small towns ruled by CorruptHick types with swamps, car chases, moonshine, and Creator/BurtReynolds.


* CoolCar: Gator uses a lot of these in his scenes. All well before Creator/BurtReynolds became synonymous with them.



* FelonyMisdemeanor: [=McKlusky=]'s family has been making moonshine for a century. The law treats it as every bit as bad as making meth today. Played with as [=McKlusky=] wrecks hundreds of police vehicles, resists arrest, and flees in high speed chases that are much more serious crimes. [[JustifiedTrope This is because he will be sent up the river for years for his moonshining business.]

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* DrugsAreBad: Averted. Though it's more, "illegal liquor or the trade in it isn't bad."
** DrugsAreGood: Specifically, "moonshine is good." It becomes an applicable trope for the War on Drugs, though, as the police's overreaction to the moonshine trade and the corruption it engenders is all still relevant.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: [=McKlusky=]'s family has been making moonshine for a century. The law treats it as every bit as bad as making meth today. Played with as [=McKlusky=] wrecks hundreds of police vehicles, resists arrest, and flees in high speed chases that are much more serious crimes. [[JustifiedTrope This is because he will be sent up the river for years for his moonshining business.]]]


** J.C. Connors is in the first movie, being a crooked county Sheriff who murders anyone in Bogan County he doesn't like.
** "Bama" [=McCall=] is a local businessman who extorts everyone in Dunston county, particularly minorities.



* BaldOfEvil: Sheriff Connors has lost most of his hair.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [=McKlusky=]'s brother and a friend of his are tied up in a boat in the middle of the swamp. The boat is shot out underneath them, causing them to sink and drown.



* FatBastard: Connors is not a particularly fit man.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Connors murdered [=McKlusky=]'s brother for being a civil rights activist.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Connors murdered [=McKlusky=]'s brother for being a civil rights activist. He later, explicitly states, that he hates the idea of "coloreds" being able to vote and being integrated into white schools. He also hates long-haired hippies enough to murder them.


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* VillainHasAPoint: Connors takes his bribes to ignore the local moonshining business and spreads it around to his fellow police not to become rich but because he's genuinely offended that they're paid so little for such a dangerous job. He also finds outlawing moonshine to be a ridiculous law.
* YourCheatingHeart: Lou likes [=McKlusky=] more than her boyfriend, Roy, and makes no secret that she's happy to cheat on him. [=McKlusky=] resists for a short time.


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* BatmanGambit: [=McKlusky=] lures Bama to an isolated location by claiming he has some papers. He then rigs his hotel room to explode. [[spoiler: This takes out TheDragon but not the BigBad.]]


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* IntrepidReporter: Aggie is one of these, attempting to do a story on the poverty in Dunston County.


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* MoralMyopia: Bama actually takes a moment to explain how he justifies drugging and enslaving women. [=McKlusky=] is having none of it.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Bama suggests that black people are unpredictable and have to handled carefully when extorting them. He's also extremely sexist.

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* ChaseScene: 90% of the reason to watch the movies is the chase scenes.


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* DirtyCops: Sheriff Connors is guilty of not only murder but also extorting a share of the local moonshine business.
* MoralMyopia: A lot of the moonshiners think [=McKlusky=] working with the feds to take down his brother's murderer is worse than the actual murder.
* MortonsFork: Dude is put in this position by [=McKlusky=]: five years in a federal penitentiary or turning against Sheriff Connors, who could kill him.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Surprisingly, the federal prison warden who doesn't add any time for [=McKlusky=]'s escape attempt and encourages him just to serve his time. {{Justified}} as his crimes are minor and he's a nonviolent prisoner except for one incident.


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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: [=McKlusky=]'s sidekick is really named Dude.


''White Lightning'' is a 1973 American action film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Creator/BurtReynolds as the main character Robert "Gator" [=McKlusky=], Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, R.G. Armstrong, and Diane Ladd. It was written by William W. Norton.

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''White Lightning'' is a 1973 American action film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Creator/BurtReynolds as the main character Robert "Gator" [=McKlusky=], Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Creator/NedBeatty, Bo Hopkins, R.G. Armstrong, and Diane Ladd. It was written by William W. Norton.

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* CrazyCatLady: Emmeline has two of them that she treats like her children. [[spoiler: She dies because of this.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Emmeline suffers one when she runs in to rescue her cats and burns to death.]]


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** He murders [[spoiler: Irving Greenfield and sets Emmeline's house on fire with her cats inside.]]

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