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* CallBack: To ''Recap/SharpeS2E2SharpesEagle''; Sharpe and Harper drill the Irish soldiers to fire three rounds a minute, just like Sharpe did for Simmerson's command.

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* CallBack: To ''Recap/SharpeS2E2SharpesEagle''; ''[[Recap/SharpeS2E2SharpesEagle Sharpe's Eagle]]''; Sharpe and Harper drill the Irish soldiers to fire three rounds a minute, just like Sharpe did for Simmerson's command.



* DiesDifferentlyInAdaptation: Kiely is taken from behind by Loup and fatally stabbed in contrast to committing suicide in the book.

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* DiesDifferentlyInAdaptation: DiesDifferentlyInAdaptation:
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Kiely is taken from behind by Loup and fatally stabbed in contrast to committing suicide in the book.
** Likewise, Loup is stabbed by Sharpe as they duel in a dungeon instead of being drowned in a river in the
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* CallBack: To ''Recap/SharpeS2E2SharpesEagle''; Sharpe and Harper drill the Irish soldiers to fire three rounds a minute, just like Sharpe did for Simmerson's command.

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* DiesDifferentlyInAdaptation: Kiely is taken from behind by Loup and fatally stabbed in contrast to committing suicide in the book.

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* AFatherToHisMen: Despite being an unabashed war criminal, Loup goes out of his way to protect his own soldiers and does all he can to save a pair of them from execution at Sharpe's hands. His savagery to his foes but fierce protectiveness of his men plays into his wolf motif.
-->'''Loup''': I have promised my men, Major, that I would ''never'' desert them. Don't make me break my promise.


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* GloryHound / GeneralFailure: Kiely, a nobleman with no heir, who is hungry to esteem his family name with prestige and happy to throw his soldiers' lives – as well as his own – away in pursuit of it; his incompetence in the field causes deaths and desertions. Contrasted with the villain, surprisingly, who while a ''much'' worse person, genuinely cares for his men and proves a far more cunning war leader.


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* WorfHadTheFlu: Sharpe is overpowered by Loup during their duel, but fought with a handicap and ''still'' ends up killing him, admittedly by [[CombatPragmatist playing dirty]].
* WoundedGazelleGambit: How the Chosen Men get the better of Loup during the climactic shootout.


* BeserkButton: For Harper, don't be an Irishman who can't keep his gun in half-decent order. Ain't that right, O'Rourke?

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* BeserkButton: BerserkButton: For Harper, don't be an Irishman who can't keep his gun in half-decent order. Ain't that right, O'Rourke?



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:O'Rourke is stabbed repeatedly with a bayonet by Harper.]]

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler:Perkins is bayoneted by O'Rourke.]]
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[[spoiler:O'Rourke is stabbed repeatedly with a bayonet by Harper.]]



* ItsPersonal: Harper toward the four traitorous Irish Company soldiers. During the FinalBattle, He seeks them out and kills them all.

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* ItsPersonal: Harper toward the four traitorous Irish Company soldiers. During the FinalBattle, He he seeks them out and kills them all.

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* BigEater: Colonel Runciman, to the point where other soldiers actually take bets on how much he can eat.


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* FatBastard: {{Averted}}. Runciman is more or less harmless, pleasant enough to be around, and fairly well-meaning, which leads to Sharpe taking an odd liking to him. Granted, it helps that his fairly mild nature makes him easy for Sharpe to manipulate to his own ends, but even still.


* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Harper goes on one after O'Rourke, the traitorous Royal Irish Company soldier who murdered Perkins.



-->”Loup’s made you look bloody stupid. Are you going to stand for that? Are you?! ‘Cause I’m not. I’m going to kill a wolf. Am I going to have to do it alone? I promised you a battle, and now I’m giving you one. Come on!”

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-->”Loup’s -->"Loup’s made you look bloody stupid. Are you going to stand for that? Are you?! ‘Cause I’m not. I’m going to kill a wolf. Am I going to have to do it alone? I promised you a battle, and now I’m giving you one. Come on!”on!"



* WomenAreWiser: Emotionally, Lady Kiely's stronger than her husband.

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* WomenAreWiser: Emotionally, Lady Kiely's stronger than her husband.husband.
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* BeserkButton: For Harper, don't be an Irishman who can't keep his gun in half-decent order. Ain't that right, O'Rourke?
-->'''Harper''': I'm ashamed and disgusted, so I am, that an Irishman can't keep his gun in half decent order. Jesus, you wouldn't kill an Englishman with that, never mind a bloody Frenchman!


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* ItsPersonal: Harper toward the four traitorous Irish Company soldiers. During the FinalBattle, He seeks them out and kills them all.

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* ReassignmentBackfire: A company of Irish guard are recruited into the British army, and the high command decides to send them to a far outpost on the edge of the front lines, in a terrible position, so they'll all desert and solve the problem of having to deal with a company that doesn't like England- then sends Richard Sharpe to whip them into place, expecting him to drive them off for good. He makes them crack soldiers instead and decimates an entire enemy brigade. Oops.


* LeaveHimToMe: “No one touches O’Rourke. The bastard’s mine.”


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* LeaveBehindAPistol: {{Subverted}}. Sharpe remarks that Kiely in a room with a loaded pistol might be the gentlemanly thing to do, but of little use to the regiment or his family. He gives him a chance to lead a suicidal charge instead.
* LeaveHimToMe: “No one touches O’Rourke. The bastard’s mine.”

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* AdaptationalVillainy: The television adaptation was written before the novel had been finished, resulting in a vastly different second half. So while Lord Kiely gets a much more sympathetic treatment in the adaptation and dies a heroic death (rather than blowing his brains out on realising he's [[DirtyCoward a bit rubbish]]), SpearCarrier Guardsman O'Rourke, whose main contribution in the novel is to say his name when Sharpe asks him, gets turned into a TurnCoat who [[KickTheDog kills a couple of likeable characters]] mostly [[ForTheEvulz because they're there]].

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* AdaptedOut: Pierre Ducos and Fr. Sarsfield do not appear in the film.


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* DeathByAdaptation: Perkins survives in the book. Here, he's not so lucky. In fact, the novel was his first appearance.


* SheKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Dona Juanita urders Miranda when she spies on her meeting with Loup.]]

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* SheKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Dona Juanita urders murders Miranda when she spies on her meeting with Loup.]]


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* TogetherInDeath: Perkins and Miranda, who are buried in the same grave.
-->'''Harper''': Does anyone want to say anything?
-->'''Sharpe''': Yes. He was a brave soldier... and she was his lass.

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* ArmorPiercingSlap: Don Juanita ends up on the receiving end of one from Lady Kiely during Loup's attack at night.


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* CavalryBetrayal: [[spoiler:Subverted. O'Rourke and his men are just pretending to be TheCavalry. The ''real'' cavalry shows up less than five minutes later.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: The fact that O'Rourke doesn't keep a gun in half-decent order winds up biting him in the ass when he comes face to face with Harper during the climax.
-->'''Harper''': [[PreMortemOneLiner A good soldier always looks after his weapon, boy.]]


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* CompressedHair: Dona Juanita's hair is typically up in curls, similar to [[ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie Annie]], but is shown to be more than waist-length during the night.


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* EvilCounterpart: Dona Juanita to Teresa, as a female RebelLeader who is in a relationship with a British officer,[[spoiler:but is helping the French.]]


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* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:When Dona Juanita informs Kiely of his wife's capture and forces him to comply with her and Loup.]]


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* GangstaStyle: O'Rourke holds his pistol sideways when he murders [[spoiler:Jenkins.]]


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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:O'Rourke is stabbed by Harper with the bayonet he used to murder Perkins.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:O'Rourke is stabbed repeatedly with a bayonet by Harper.]]


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* MadeOfIron: O'Rourke shrugs off getting shot in the leg with a heavy bullet without even a limp.


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* NothingPersonal: "Sgt. Harper. I've no quarrel with a fellow Irishman." [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Harper ''does.'']]


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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: [[spoiler:O'Rourke threatens to rape Lady Kiely to the extent that she'll wish she was dead.]]
* RebelLeader: Dona Juanita is the leader of another group of partisans at the Franco-Spanish border.


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* SheKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Dona Juanita urders Miranda when she spies on her meeting with Loup.]]


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* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler:O'Rourke murders Jenkins, who saved his life during a battle.]]
* VerbThis: Before shooting [[spoiler:Jenkins]], O'Rourke says "Have that."

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