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* PosthumousCharacter: Ray Brenner was a fifth member of the team in Vietnam whom the others remember in a heroic and respectful fashion. In a first season episode they risk capture to attend and take part in his funeral with full military honors. They quickly learn from his widow (guest star Joanna Kerns) that he died trying to free his small hometown from a local outlaw family. They promptly seek revenge and justice for their fallen comrade.

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* PosthumousCharacter: Ray Brenner was a fifth member of the team in Vietnam whom the others remember in a heroic and respectful fashion. In a first season episode they risk capture to attend and take part in his funeral with full military honors. They quickly learn from his widow (guest star Joanna Kerns) Creator/JoannaKerns) that he died trying to free his small hometown from a local outlaw family. They promptly seek revenge and justice for their fallen comrade.

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* LeonineContract: How Stockwell gets the team to work for him in season 5. He gets the charges against them upgraded from the relatively minor robbery and desertion which would have earned them 20 years in prison, to first degree murder and treason which would earn them a guaranteed death sentence. He then allows them to escape on the condition that they perform a specified number of missions for him, after which they will all receive full presidential pardons.


* UngratefulBastard: There are a couple of instances where the A-Team help out someone who didn’t really appreciate it but special mention has to go to Karl Peerson from “Semi-Friendly Persuasion”. He has a strict pacifist view on life but is so narrow minded that it ends up in StupidGood territory, he openly insults the team regardless of how many times they help him and undermines all their efforts by giving in to the thugs in the end.

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* UngratefulBastard: There are a couple of instances where the A-Team help out someone who didn’t really appreciate it but special mention has to go to Karl Peerson Peerson, leader of the pacifist community, from “Semi-Friendly Persuasion”. He has a strict pacifist view on life policy of non-violence but is so narrow minded that it ends up in StupidGood territory, where he would rather allow his people to be continually persecuted than defend themselves. He openly insults the team regardless of how many times they help him and undermines all their efforts by giving in to the thugs in the end.

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* UngratefulBastard: There are a couple of instances where the A-Team help out someone who didn’t really appreciate it but special mention has to go to Karl Peerson from “Semi-Friendly Persuasion”. He has a strict pacifist view on life but is so narrow minded that it ends up in StupidGood territory, he openly insults the team regardless of how many times they help him and undermines all their efforts by giving in to the thugs in the end.

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* AlliterativeName: B.A.'s full name is '''B'''osco '''B'''aracus.

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** Which becomes HypocriticalHumor when you remember that Hannibal's actual name is literally John Smith.


%%* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "We ain't in South Carolina" - Murdock to B.A. in "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E9HolidayInTheHills Holiday in the Hills]]".

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%%* * SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "We ain't In "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E9HolidayInTheHills Holiday in the Hills]]", the team escapes from a difficult mission in Guatemala, only for their [[TheAllegedCar crappy plane]] to stall out and crash in the hills of South Carolina" - Murdock to Carolina. B.A. in "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E9HolidayInTheHills Holiday in , naturally, was knocked out for this and when he comes to the Hills]]".plane is out of sight and he's told that they had to escape on foot after he was knocked out by a concussion grenade. He insists that they're lying, and that the place they're in doesn't look anything like Guatemala. Murdock quickly chimes in with "Well, it's not South Carolina!"

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Murdock spends the show's final episode wearing a t-shirt that says "FINI", Latin for "THE END". At the end of the penultimate episode, he wears a shirt that says "Almost FINI".


%%* BadGuysPlayPool: Common in episodes set in the rural Southwest.

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%%* * BadBoss: General Stockwell. Aside from getting the team charged with first degree murder and sentenced to execution so that he could recruit them, he also has no problems withholding vital information from them when it suits his purposes, and treats them (and his other operatives) as if they're expendable. Notably, when he recruits them, the best he's willing to say to them is that "not all" of the missions he gives will be {{Impossible|Mission}} {{Suicide Mission}}s with a less than 1% chance of survival.
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BadGuysPlayPool: Common Quite commonly in episodes set in the rural Southwest.South, we'll be introduced to the villains of the week at the local drinking establishment, playing pool.


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* IGaveMyWord: General Stockwell lives by this, though he's also [[ExactWords very careful about controlling when he makes a promise, and when he only implies one]].


* DenserAndWackier: In contrast to season 5, season 4 was this. The camp was ratcheted up, even for a show that was already pretty campy. The very first episode has Hannibal impersonating a villain with a ridiculous spray tan, an even more ridiculous fake Italian accent, and his mouth constantly open as if he's trying to catch flies. The rest of the season follows suit, with zany characters like DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent Betty Richter/Sarah Teasdale (or whoever she was) from "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E11TheDoctorIsOut The Doctor Is Out"]], plans to save the day that sound like they came from ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'', and SpecialGuest appearances from Wrestling/HulkHogan, Music/RickJames, and even [[Music/CultureClub Boy George]].

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* DenserAndWackier: In contrast to season 5, season 4 was this. The camp was ratcheted up, even for a show that was already pretty campy. The very first episode has Hannibal impersonating a villain with a ridiculous spray tan, an even more ridiculous fake Italian accent, and his mouth constantly open as if he's trying to catch flies. The rest of the season follows suit, with zany characters like DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent Betty Richter/Sarah Teasdale (or whoever ([[MultipleChoicePast even the team never really finds out who she was) is]]) from "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E11TheDoctorIsOut The Doctor Is Out"]], plans to save the day that sound like they came from ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'', and SpecialGuest appearances from Wrestling/HulkHogan, Music/RickJames, and even [[Music/CultureClub Boy George]].


* DarkerAndEdgier: Season 5 starts with the team being captured and put on trial, with the charge escalating from robbery and desertion, up to first degree murder, and then apparently executed by firing squad. It then puts them under the control of ManipulativeBastard General Stockwell, who sends them on far more morally gray missions than those they usually chose to take on as fugitives. It also has multiple {{Character Death}}s, and [[spoiler:the dramatic discovery of who Face's father is, right before that man also dies]].

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Season 5 starts with the team being captured and put on trial, with the charge escalating from robbery and desertion, up to first degree murder, and then being [[FakingTheDead apparently executed executed]] by firing squad. It then puts them under the control of ManipulativeBastard General Stockwell, who sends them on far more morally gray missions than those they usually chose to take on as fugitives. It also has multiple {{Character Death}}s, and [[spoiler:the dramatic discovery of who Face's father is, right before that man also dies]].


* DarkerAndEdgier: Season 5 starts with the team being captured and put on trial, with the charge escalating from robbery and desertion, up to first degree murder, and the tea, put on trial, and apparently executed by firing squad. It then puts them under the control of ManipulativeBastard General Stockwell, who sends them on far more morally gray missions than those they usually chose to take on as fugitives. It also has multiple {{Character Death}}s, and [[spoiler:the dramatic discovery of who Face's father is, right before that man also dies]].

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Season 5 starts with the team being captured and put on trial, with the charge escalating from robbery and desertion, up to first degree murder, and the tea, put on trial, and then apparently executed by firing squad. It then puts them under the control of ManipulativeBastard General Stockwell, who sends them on far more morally gray missions than those they usually chose to take on as fugitives. It also has multiple {{Character Death}}s, and [[spoiler:the dramatic discovery of who Face's father is, right before that man also dies]].


** The entire fifth season episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS5E6TheSayUNCLEAffair The Say UNCLE Affair]] runs on this trope as not only was Creator/RobertVaughn a series regular and Creator/DavidMcCallum playing the villain of the week, but the episode was structured to parody and reference episodes of ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE''.

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** The entire fifth season episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS5E6TheSayUNCLEAffair The Say UNCLE Affair]] U.N.C.L.E. Affair]]" runs on this trope as not only was Creator/RobertVaughn a series regular and Creator/DavidMcCallum playing the villain of the week, but the episode was structured to parody and reference episodes of ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE''.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Season 5 starts with the team being captured and put on trial, with the charge escalating from robbery and desertion, up to first degree murder, and the tea, put on trial, and apparently executed by firing squad. It then puts them under the control of ManipulativeBastard General Stockwell, who sends them on far more morally gray missions than those they usually chose to take on as fugitives. It also has multiple {{Character Death}}s, and [[spoiler:the dramatic discovery of who Face's father is, right before that man also dies]].
* DenserAndWackier: In contrast to season 5, season 4 was this. The camp was ratcheted up, even for a show that was already pretty campy. The very first episode has Hannibal impersonating a villain with a ridiculous spray tan, an even more ridiculous fake Italian accent, and his mouth constantly open as if he's trying to catch flies. The rest of the season follows suit, with zany characters like DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent Betty Richter/Sarah Teasdale (or whoever she was) from "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E11TheDoctorIsOut The Doctor Is Out"]], plans to save the day that sound like they came from ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'', and SpecialGuest appearances from Wrestling/HulkHogan, Music/RickJames, and even [[Music/CultureClub Boy George]].



* DistressedDude: Face gets captured, beaten, and tied up with some frequency, though that doesn't necessarily mean he won't have freed himself by the time the rest of the team arrives.
%%* TheDitz: Gas station attendant Kelvin in "The Little Town with an Accent" is somewhere between this and NoSocialSkills.

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* DistressedDude: DistressedDude:
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Face gets captured, beaten, and tied up with some frequency, though that doesn't necessarily mean he won't have freed himself by the time the rest of the team arrives.
%%* ** General Stockwell ends up as this once, being captured by villains in "[[Recap/TheATeamS5E6TheSayUNCLEAffair The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair]]".
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TheDitz: Gas station attendant Kelvin in "The Little Town with an Accent" is somewhere between this implied to have mild mental retardation. He has NoSocialSkills that cause him to have a lot of trouble dealing with others, and NoSocialSkills.at one point is asked to carry some tires into the garage and has to be told to carry them one at a time instead of all at once. He means well, though, and ultimately does become a fairly competent mechanic after some tutoring from B.A.

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* VerbalBackspace: This was one of the gags commonly used between Frank Santana and B.A.
--> '''Frankie:''' Frankie Santana don't ride the waves no more! From now on, we fly or we drive!\\
'''B.A.:''' ''(Balling up a fist.)'' Hey, man. If it's a choice between flying or taking a boat, we're gonna take a boat!\\
'''Frankie:''' Well, I'll take that choppy boat ride over some smooth flight any day.


* RedScare: Averted for the first four seasons, with the closest the show came to getting into politics of the day being "[[/Recap/TheATeamS4E14TheATeamIsComingTheATeamIsComing The A-Team is Coming, the A-Team is Coming!]]", which featured a KGB operative... as one of the ''good guys'', trying to stop a rogue Russian general from starting World War III. Season 5 played it absolutely straight, though, with the Soviets being the villains of episodes far more often than not. Justified, though, as that season had the team recruited by retired General Stockwell specifically to take on missions against the Soviet Union which the US government couldn't take on for diplomatic reasons.

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* RedScare: Averted for the first four seasons, with the closest the show came to getting into politics of the day being "[[/Recap/TheATeamS4E14TheATeamIsComingTheATeamIsComing "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E14TheATeamIsComingTheATeamIsComing The A-Team is Coming, the A-Team is Coming!]]", which featured a KGB operative... as one of the ''good guys'', trying to stop a rogue Russian general from starting World War III. Season 5 played it absolutely straight, though, with the Soviets being the villains of episodes far more often than not. Justified, though, as that season had the team recruited by retired General Stockwell specifically to take on missions against the Soviet Union which the US government couldn't take on for diplomatic reasons.

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