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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Rosanna’s brother isn’t involved in the feud and is a fairly nice guy, but while drunk he does accidentally shoot someone in a fight.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Rosanna’s Nancy’s brother isn’t involved in the feud and is a fairly nice guy, but while drunk he does accidentally shoot someone in a fight.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Johnse Hatfield is portrayed as being in love with Roseanna [=McCoy=] against his parents' wishes. Johnse was actually a notorious womanizer who took advantage of the fact that Roseanna was very much in love with him to get her in the sack, while cheating on her regularly with her cousin Nancy and other girls. Devil Anse disapproved of the relationship on principle rather than bad blood with Randall, and was disgusted by his son's behavior. Levicy Hatfield forbade her son from marrying Roseanna, but it was for the girl's sake, as she expected that Johnse would abandon Roseanna and the baby sooner or later.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Though his hands certainly weren't clean in the historical feud, Perry Cline was not a swindling AmoralAttorney, he had known the Hatfields all of his life, and was even related to them by marriage. He and his brother had been orphaned in 1861 (when Perry was 12) and left in the care of their parents' slaves Mose and Charity. Devil Anse took advantage of the situation to seize the Cline family's land along Grapevine Creek via shady lawsuits, intimidation, and squatting. During the Civil War, the pro-Confederate Logan Wildcats—led by Devil Anse Hatfield and Jim Vance—attacked several local pro-Union families including the Clines, with several people being murdered. Among the victims were Perry's brother-in-law Asa Harmon [=McCoy=][[note]] Randall's brother, who was married to Perry's older sister[[/note]] and Mose, the former slave who was Perry's foster father. After the war, Cline was again cheated on a land deal with the Hatfields, this time by Jim Vance, while Devil Anse brought a new lawsuit aimed at taking the Cline homestead via a forged land survey. Perry got his law license specifically because the Hatfields kept trying to steal his property. Cline would later go on to establish a school for black children in Pikeville, and reportedly took care of his foster mother and former slave Charity in her old age.


** Johnse is later inadvertently responsible for the death of Nancy's brother's death, and later the death of his uncle Jim Vance, because he gave out the information to their current locations when he was complaining to his family about the brother living with him and Nancy and that the brother is wanted under a bounty, resulting in Jim and Cotton killing him when he tries to get away. Then he tells Nancy, who is secretly giving information to Frank out of revenge for the death of her brother and previously her father, that Jim and Cotton are out hunting at a certain location in his attempt to calm her down and explain that he did not take part in her family's recent deaths.

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** Johnse is later inadvertently responsible for the death of Nancy's brother's death, and later the death of his uncle Jim Vance, because he gave out the information to their current locations when he was complaining to his family about the brother living with him and Nancy and that the brother is wanted under a bounty, resulting in Jim and Cotton killing him when he tries to get away. Then he tells Nancy, who is secretly giving information to Frank out of revenge for the death of her brother and previously her father, that Jim and Cotton are out hunting at a certain location in his attempt to calm her down and explain that he did not take part in her family's recent deaths.


* * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Floyd Hatfield seems to disappear after the pig stealing trial, as does Sam McCoy after [[spoiler: Paris is shot in front of him when they try to kill Anse]].

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* * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Floyd Hatfield seems to disappear after the pig stealing trial, as does Sam McCoy after [[spoiler: Paris is shot in front of him when they try to kill Anse]].

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* AmbiguousSituation: whether [[spoiler: Nancy]]. was a mole from the start or just after her brother died.


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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Rosanna’s brother isn’t involved in the feud and is a fairly nice guy, but while drunk he does accidentally shoot someone in a fight.


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* BullyingADragon: zigzagged, Jim Vance, the dragon, is the one doing the bullying but Harmon McCoy seals his fate by delivering a parting insult as he leaves.


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* HateSink: Jim Vance and Perry Kline.
* HeroicBastard: Contton Top.


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** Ellison Hatfield -who advises his brother that killing anyone will escalate the situation- and Jeff McCoy also stay out of the feud.


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* PetTheDog: a minor one but Perry does make a genuinely good, albeit brief, argument to spare Cottontop’s life while acting as his lawyer.
** Bad Frank sparing [[spoiler: Selkirk's]]. life and taking him prisoner.


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** Devil Anse has it especially bad when he kills the three McCoy brothers when the law might have hanged at least two of them anyway, which would have kept the feud from escalating due to his vigilante justice.


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** Implied with Selkirk, given that he was working and laying low several towns away when captured.


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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Floyd Hatfield, Bill Wallace, Sam and Paris McCoy and the Levenger brothers: none appear that much but they all do a lot to escalate the feud, directly or indirectly.


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* * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Floyd Hatfield seems to disappear after the pig stealing trial, as does Sam McCoy after [[spoiler: Paris is shot in front of him when they try to kill Anse]].


* BigBad: possible Perry Kline considering he helped start the feud when he tried to cheat the Hatfield

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* BigBad: possible Perry Kline comes closest to the mark, considering he helped start the feud when he tried to cheat the Hatfield Hatfields.


* HandicappedBadass: Frank Phillips limps from one leg and Cap Hatfield is blind from one eye. They're both among the best soldiers of the group.

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* HandicappedBadass: Frank Phillips limps from one leg and Cap Hatfield is blind from one eye. They're both among the best soldiers of the group.their respective groups.


** Johnse is later inadvertently responsible for the death of Nancy's brother's death and later the death of his uncle Jim Vance because he gave out the information to their current locations when he was complaining to his family about the brother living with him and Nancy and that the brother is wanted under a bounty resulting in Jim and Cotton killing him when he tries to get away. Then he tells Nancy who is secretly giving information to Frank out of revenge for the death of her brother and previously her father that Jim and Cotton are out hunting at a certain location in his attempt to calm her down and explain that he did not take part in her family's recent deaths.

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** Johnse is later inadvertently responsible for the death of Nancy's brother's death death, and later the death of his uncle Jim Vance Vance, because he gave out the information to their current locations when he was complaining to his family about the brother living with him and Nancy and that the brother is wanted under a bounty bounty, resulting in Jim and Cotton killing him when he tries to get away. Then he tells Nancy Nancy, who is secretly giving information to Frank out of revenge for the death of her brother and previously her father father, that Jim and Cotton are out hunting at a certain location in his attempt to calm her down and explain that he did not take part in her family's recent deaths.


Starring Creator/KevinCostner as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield and Creator/BillPaxton as [=Randall McCoy=], the first part premiered on TheHistoryChannel on Memorial Day 2012 and would prove to be a hit for the network.

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Starring Creator/KevinCostner as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield and Creator/BillPaxton as [=Randall McCoy=], the first part premiered on TheHistoryChannel Creator/TheHistoryChannel on Memorial Day 2012 and would prove to be a hit for the network.


* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The series starts at the end of the war. Much of the early tension between Hatfield and McCoy is a result of Devil Anse Hatfield deserting when he realizes the Confederacy has lost.

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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The series starts at the end of the war. Much of the early tension between Hatfield and McCoy Mccoy is a result of Devil Anse Hatfield deserting when he realizes the Confederacy has lost.


* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The series starts at the end of the war. Much of the tension is a result of a [=McCoy=] siding with the Union over the Confederacy.

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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The series starts at the end of the war. Much of the early tension between Hatfield and McCoy is a result of a [=McCoy=] siding with Devil Anse Hatfield deserting when he realizes the Union over the Confederacy.Confederacy has lost.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Johnse's relationship with Roseanna inadvertently fueled the conflict further especially when he gets her pregnant and leads to her brothers kidnapping him and later they kill his uncle Ellison in a brawl and get executed for it by the Hatfields leading to the family getting captured or killed by bounty hunters for the "illegal" execution.
** Johnse is later inadvertently responsible for the death of Nancy's brother's death and later the death of his uncle Jim Vance because he gave out the information to their current locations when he was complaining to his family about the brother living with him and Nancy and that the brother is wanted under a bounty resulting in Jim and Cotton killing him when he tries to get away. Then he tells Nancy who is secretly giving information to Frank out of revenge for the death of her brother and previously her father that Jim and Cotton are out hunting at a certain location in his attempt to calm her down and explain that he did not take part in her family's recent deaths.


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* GreyAndGrayMoralityGreyAndGrayMorality: Both families are shown to be flawed with good qualities and both have members who go to far in the feud.
** Anse and Randall also show a good example of this in the feud as their both family men who love their children but both get lost in their desire for revenge against each other as the result of a member of their families killing another's members.


* {{Badass}}: Ellison Hatfield manages to fight off three [=McCoy=] brothers with ease, even after being stabbed over a dozen times. He only goes down after getting shot at point blank range.
** Also, "Bad" Frank Phillips. Just..."Bad" Frank Phillips.
** HandicappedBadass: Frank Phillips limps from one leg and Cap Hatfield is blind from one eye. They're both among the best soldiers of the group.


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* HandicappedBadass: Frank Phillips limps from one leg and Cap Hatfield is blind from one eye. They're both among the best soldiers of the group.


* ATeamFiring: During the bigger gunfights a lot of ammunition is expanded but there are few casualties. Most of the participants are not very good shots and even the good marksmen don't always keep their cool under fire. Notable exceptions are Devil Anse Hatfield, Cap Hatfield, Jim Vance and Frank Phillips.

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* ATeamFiring: During the bigger gunfights a lot of ammunition is expanded expended but there are few casualties. Most of the participants are not very good shots and even the good marksmen don't always keep their cool under fire. Notable exceptions are Devil Anse Hatfield, Cap Hatfield, Jim Vance and Frank Phillips.

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