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* EmotionsVsStoicism: A central part of the story is the contrast between the laid-back, talkative and generally pleasant Gus and the grumpy, uptight, unemotional Call.

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* EmotionsVsStoicism: A central part of the story is the contrast between the laid-back, talkative and generally pleasant Gus and the grumpy, uptight, unemotional Call.'
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Jake spurs his own horse during his hanging, sparing Gus from the actual act of executing his friend.

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* IdiotBall: Gus passes up a chance to simply shoot Blue Duck in the back and bring his violent career to a an early and very much deserved end. Gus himself regrets this almost immediately, and indeed, numerous innocent people are killed (along with Blue Duck's entire gang) as a direct result of that decision.


* GenreDeconstruction: [=McMurtry=] [[http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/larry-mcmurtry-brokeback-mountain-last-kind-words intended]] the series to be one for the Western genre, but feels that a lot of people missed out on this. It could have a lot to do with the miniseries' bright cinematography and adventurous score setting a tone more suited to a classic, idealistic western film, rather than the kind of gritty, desaturated style that would normally go with a story as unafraid to reflect the actual harshness of life in the Old West as ''Lonesome Dove'' is.

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* GenreDeconstruction: [=McMurtry=] [[http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/larry-mcmurtry-brokeback-mountain-last-kind-words intended]] the series to be one for the Western genre, but feels that a lot of people missed out on this. It could have a lot to do with the miniseries' bright cinematography and adventurous score setting a tone more suited to a classic, idealistic western film, rather than the kind of gritty, desaturated style that would normally go with a story as unafraid to reflect that reflects the actual harshness of life in the Old West as ''Lonesome Dove'' is.West.


* AlternateContinuity: The sequel miniseries ''Return to Lonesome Dove'' portrays a completely different set of events than those depicted in the McMurtry-penned followup ''Streets of Laredo''.

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* AlternateContinuity: The sequel miniseries ''Return to Lonesome Dove'' portrays a completely different set of events than those depicted in the McMurtry-penned [=McMurtry=]-penned followup ''Streets of Laredo''.

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* AlternateContinuity: The sequel miniseries ''Return to Lonesome Dove'' portrays a completely different set of events than those depicted in the McMurtry-penned followup ''Streets of Laredo''.


* WorstAid: Gus solution for [[spoiler:an arrow in his leg is to try and ''push it out the rest of the way'', which might not have directly caused an infection, but most certainly didn't help his situation]].

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* WorstAid: Gus Gus' solution for [[spoiler:an arrow in his leg is to try and ''push it out the rest of the way'', which might not have directly caused an infection, the infection that ends up killing him, but most certainly didn't help his situation]].


* DecoyProtagonist: Gus is such a focal character throughout the story that it comes as a major shock when [[spoiler:he dies and Woodrow makes it his mission to bring Gus' body home to Lonesome Dove for burial. He later becomes the main protagonist in ''Streets of Laredo'']].

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* DecoyProtagonist: Gus is such a focal character throughout the story that it comes as a major shock when [[spoiler:he dies and Woodrow makes it his mission to bring Gus' body home to Lonesome Dove for burial. He Woodrow later becomes the main protagonist in ''Streets of Laredo'']].



--> '''Capt. Woodrow F. Call:''' [to onlookers] I can't abide rude behavior in a man...I ''won't'' tolerate it!

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--> '''Capt. Woodrow F. Call:''' [to onlookers] I can't abide hate rude behavior in a man...man... I ''won't'' won't tolerate it!


* DecoyProtagonist: Gus is such a focal character throughout the story that it comes as a major shock when [[spoiler:he dies and Woodrow makes it his mission to bring Gus' body home to Lonesome Dove for burial. He later becomes the main protagonist in ''Streets of Laredo'']].



* GenericEthnicCrimeGang: Blue Duck's gang primarly has Kiowa Indian members, but others are white and Blue Duck is Mexican and Comanche.

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* GenericEthnicCrimeGang: Blue Duck's gang primarly primarily has Kiowa Indian members, but others are white and Blue Duck is Mexican and Comanche.




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* WorstAid: Gus solution for [[spoiler:an arrow in his leg is to try and ''push it out the rest of the way'', which might not have directly caused an infection, but most certainly didn't help his situation]].


* DrivenToSuicide [[spoiler:Xavier, out of loneliness, and Jake Spoon]]

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* DrivenToSuicide [[spoiler:Xavier, out of loneliness, and Jake Spoon]]Spoon]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: By the time ''Streets of Laredo'' begins, two of the most sympathetic characters still alive by the end of ''Lonesome Dove'' are both dead: [[spoiler:Newt and July]].


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%%* ShootTheShaggyDog* ShootTheShaggyDog: Elmira's story arc ends with her [[spoiler:finding Dee just as he's scheduled to hang, abandoning both July ''and'' her newborn child, then setting out for St. Louis and dying in a Sioux attack]]. The only thing she accomplished was getting a few horny buffalo hunters killed in the process.

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The miniseries boasted an AllStarCast headed by Creator/RobertDuvall and Creator/TommyLeeJones as Gus and Woodrow, with Creator/DianeLane as Lorena, Creator/AnjelicaHuston as Clara, and Creator/DannyGlover as Joshua Deets. Also features a pre-stardom Creator/SteveBuscemi as Luke.


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* ShoutOut to ''Film/{Bandolero}'' with a Sheriff named July Johnson who has a deputy named Roscoe who embarks on a quest to catch a fugitive. July is also in love with someone who doesn't love him and would rather be with an outlaw named Dee.

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* ShoutOut to ''Film/{Bandolero}'' ''Film/{{Bandolero}}'' with a Sheriff named July Johnson who has a deputy named Roscoe who embarks on a quest to catch a fugitive. July is also in love with someone who doesn't love him and would rather be with an outlaw named Dee.

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* ShoutOut to ''Film/{Bandolero}'' with a Sheriff named July Johnson who has a deputy named Roscoe who embarks on a quest to catch a fugitive. July is also in love with someone who doesn't love him and would rather be with an outlaw named Dee.


* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: Call, Gus, and associates will summarily execute bandits, horse thieves and other scofflaws they run across. Overlaps some with VigilanteMan since they continue to do so after they've retired from the Texas Rangers and have no real legal authority to do so. At one point Gus is bemused by an outlaw who believes Gus is simply going to arrest him.

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* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: Call, Gus, and associates will summarily execute bandits, horse thieves and other scofflaws they run across. Overlaps some with VigilanteMan since they continue to do so after they've retired from the Texas Rangers and have no real official legal authority standing to do so.dispense justice. At one point Gus is bemused by an outlaw who believes Gus is simply going to arrest him.

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