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* IWantYouToMeetAndOldFriendOfMine: The season five episode "The Say UNCLE Affair" reunites Creator/RobertVaughn with his ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' costar Creator/DavidMcCallum, playing General Stockwell's former ally.

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* IWantYouToMeetAndOldFriendOfMine: IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The season five episode "The Say UNCLE Affair" reunites Creator/RobertVaughn with his ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' costar Creator/DavidMcCallum, playing General Stockwell's former ally.

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* IWantYouToMeetAndOldFriendOfMine: The season five episode "The Say UNCLE Affair" reunites Creator/RobertVaughn with his ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' costar Creator/DavidMcCallum, playing General Stockwell's former ally.


** Murdock and B.A. Murdock's the Ace Pilot in the team; B.A.'s afraid of flying. And that's just the start of their differences. At the end of the day, however, each has the other's back without reservation. Lampshaded by the song "Opposites Attract" being played over a {{Montage}} of the two of them at the end of "Curtain Call."

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** Murdock and B.A. Murdock's the Ace Pilot in the team; B.A.'s afraid of flying. And that's just the start of their differences. At the end of the day, however, each has the other's back without reservation. Really brought to the fore by the 3rd episode of the 5th season, where Murdock thought the other three had been killed by firing squad, and when he discovers they're alive, B.A. is the first one he rushes to and hugs - and B.A. returns the hug (though he quickly adds "Never thought I'd be happy to see you"). Lampshaded by the song "Opposites Attract" being played over a {{Montage}} of the two of them at the end of "Curtain Call."

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* TyrannicalTownTycoon: A majority of the antagonists are rich tycoon jerks who use their business to control the town.


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* '''Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith''' -- played by George Peppard, he is the leader of the team, a cunning master of disguise.

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* '''Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith''' -- played by George Peppard, Creator/GeorgePeppard, he is the leader of the team, a cunning master of disguise.



** There was also George Peppard's allusion to his role as Series/{{Banacek}}, where he played a similar role, by having Hannibal spout even more [[IceCreamKoan off kilter words of wisdom]] in "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E15TheBigSqueeze The Big Squeeze]]".
*** Another one for Peppard. In the Episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E7TheRabbitWhoAteLasVegas The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas]]", Amy mentions that it's a shame Hannibal's being chased by the military as he is "a terrific actor" after Hannibal goes to great lengths explaining how he'll play his "character". A reference to Peppard's infamously stringent adherence to method acting, even when playing unchallenging roles.

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** There was were also allusions to George Peppard's allusion to Peppard and his role as Series/{{Banacek}}, where he played a similar role, by having Hannibal spout even more previous roles:
*** Hannibal's
[[IceCreamKoan off kilter off-kilter words of wisdom]] in episodes such as "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E15TheBigSqueeze The Big Squeeze]]".
Squeeze]]" seem like exaggerations of similar quotes he said as Thomas Banacek in ''Series/{{Banacek}}''.
*** Another one for Peppard. In the Episode episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E7TheRabbitWhoAteLasVegas The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas]]", Amy mentions that it's a shame Hannibal's being chased by the military as he is "a terrific actor" after Hannibal goes to great lengths explaining how he'll play his "character". A "character", a reference to Peppard's infamously stringent adherence to method acting, even when playing unchallenging roles.


** B.A. Baracus in Latin America is called Mario Baracus [[TheDanza and is voiced by Mario Sauret]].
** In Spain, Faceman is called Fénix[[note]]''Phoenix''[[/note]].
** For the French, B.A. is Barracuda.
** In Italian, to keep the "bad attitude" pun, it's P.E. Baracus (short for "pessimo elemento", that is, "bad element").
** In Japanese, B.A. Baracus keeps his original name, but is nicknamed "Kong". This is made clear in the opening credits, where each Japanese voice actor would do a short self-introduction (in character) when their character appeared on the screen. B.A.'s opening line translates as "B.A. Baracus, AKA Kong!"

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** B.A. Baracus Baracus's first name and nickname was changed in several countries:
*** In
Latin America is called Mario Baracus [[TheDanza and is voiced by Mario Sauret]].
** In Spain, Faceman is called Fénix[[note]]''Phoenix''[[/note]].
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*** For the French, B.A. is Barracuda.
** *** In Italian, to keep the "bad attitude" pun, it's P.E. Baracus (short for "pessimo elemento", that is, "bad element").
** *** In Japanese, B.A. Baracus keeps his original name, but is nicknamed "Kong". This is made clear in the opening credits, where each Japanese voice actor would do a short self-introduction (in character) when their character appeared on the screen. B.A.'s opening line translates as "B.A. Baracus, AKA Kong!"Kong!"
** Templeton Peck's nickname "Face" was also changed in several countries:
*** In Latin America it was downplayed, as they named him "''Faz''", which besides sounding similar is actually Spanish for "face", albeit it was said to be a play on how "''Faz''" sounds similar to the "fas" in "''fascinador''" ("fascinater").
*** In Spain, his nickname was "''Fénix''" ("Phoenix").
*** In Italy he was called "''Sberla''" ("Slap"), standing for "''Faccia da Sberle''" ("Slapface"), an Italian slang for a lovable scoundrel.
*** In Brazil, his nickname was "Cara-de-Pau" (literally "Wooden face"), a Portuguese slang for "cheeky", "daring" or even "asshole".
*** In Poland, "''Buźka''" ("Cute face").
*** In France, "''futé''", which means "smart".
*** In Hungary, his name was "''Szépfiú''" ("Pretty boy").
*** In Russia, his name was "Красавчик", which stands for "handsome".
*** In Korea, his name was "멋쟁이", which stands for "handsome" or "stylish".
*** In Taiwan, his name was "小白", as in "小白臉", literally "little white face", a phrase used to describe a good-looking, pampered, and sleek man.


%%* BarBrawl: Multiple episodes, usually when the team is facing off against the villain of the week.

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%%* * BarBrawl: Multiple episodes, usually when episodes have the team is facing off against the villain of the week.week's goons in a bar or some other similar establishment.



%%* BedsheetGhost: Murdock's disguise in "Judgement Day".

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%%* * BedsheetGhost: Murdock's disguise Murdock does a standard bedsheet-over-head in "Judgement Day".



** ''Without Reservations'' had General Stockwell grant the team 2 weeks without any assignments. Murdock invites Face and Frankie to his new job at an Italian restaurant, which gets everyone there held hostage by mobsters. It took B.A. ordering a pizza to stop them.
%%* CaliforniaDoubling: Especially egregious when California doubled for South America, Africa, and Borneo.

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** ''Without Reservations'' "Without Reservations" had General Stockwell grant the team 2 weeks without any assignments. Murdock invites Face and Frankie to his new job at an Italian restaurant, which gets everyone there held hostage by mobsters. It took B.A. ordering a pizza to stop them.
%%* CaliforniaDoubling: Especially egregious when California doubled for South America, Africa, and Borneo.
them.



-->'''Murdock:''' Dove è il barbiere più vicino? [[note]]Where is the nearest barber?[[/note]]\\
'''Girl:''' Oh, what did you say, Giancarlo?\\
'''Face:''' Ah, he said "your hair is lovely in this light."\\
'''Girl:''' Oh, he's so cute!



%%* ChineseLaunderer: One of Hannibal's most-referenced comic disguises.

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%%* * ChineseLaunderer: One of Hannibal's most-referenced comic disguises.disguises was that of an old-timey Chinese launderer.



%%* CorruptHick: To judge from this show, every small town in rural America is controlled by one of these, or was until the A-Team passed through.

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%%* * CorruptHick: To judge from this show, every small town in rural America is controlled by one of these, has an evil hick who exerts extra-judicial, feudal-like control over it, or was had until the A-Team passed through.



%%* EpisodeOnAPlane: "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing".

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%%* * EpisodeOnAPlane: "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing".Boeing", as the name could imply, is about a hostage situation taking place on a flying Boeing in which the team are part of the hostages.



%%* FingertipDrugAnalysis: A staple of the series. Played for laughs in "In Plane Sight" when Murdock accidentally sneezes into one bag.
%%* FiveManBand: For part of the series, at any rate.
%%** TheLeader: Hannibal
%%** TheLancer: Faceman
%%** TheSmartGuy: Murdock (He might have been crazy, but he was able to come up with some damn good plans.)
%%** TheBigGuy: B.A.
%%** TheChick: Amy in season 1 and part of season 2, then Tawnia in the rest of season 2. Also, Frankie Santana in season 5.
%%*** They follow the [[Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia Always Sunny]] model much better, actually: Hannibal is The Brains, Face is The Looks, Murdock is The Wild Card, and BA is The Muscle. The Useless Chick was a variety of, well, useless chicks.

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%%* * FingertipDrugAnalysis: A staple Members of the series. team usually do this if they find out that the case of the week is drug-related. Played for laughs in "In Plane Sight" when Murdock goes to do this, but accidentally sneezes into one bag.
%%* FiveManBand: For part of the series, at any rate.
%%** TheLeader: Hannibal
%%** TheLancer: Faceman
%%** TheSmartGuy: Murdock (He might have been crazy, but he was able to come up with some damn good plans.)
%%** TheBigGuy: B.A.
%%** TheChick: Amy in season 1 and part of season 2, then Tawnia in the rest of season 2. Also, Frankie Santana in season 5.
%%*** They follow the [[Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia Always Sunny]] model much better, actually: Hannibal is The Brains, Face is The Looks, Murdock is The Wild Card, and BA is The Muscle. The Useless Chick was a variety of, well, useless chicks.
bag.



%%* GameShowAppearance: Murdock on "Wheel of Fortune".

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%%* * GameShowAppearance: Murdock on "Wheel of Fortune".Fortune" has Murdock appearing on, well, ''Series/WheelOfFortune''.



%%* GentleGiant: B.A. Baracus, whenever women and kids are present.

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%%* * GentleGiant: B.A. Baracus, Baracus is a towering mountain of a man, but is impeccably polite whenever women and kids are present.



%%* HeelFaceTurn: General "Bull" Fullbright, shortly before he was KilledOffForReal.
* HellholePrison: The prison in "Pros and Cons." The warden encourages fighting in order to scout out candidates for the fight program. Those that do good enough are separated, trained, and [[FinishHim forced to fight to death]]. Even for prisoners who can't fight it doesn't seem to be a great place. It's not a very safe prison (thanks to the afore-mentioned "encouraged fighting") plus the warden apparently [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking thinks letting the prisoners get their hair cut is "coddling."]]

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%%* * HeelFaceTurn: General "Bull" Fullbright, while admittedly a HeroAntagonist, verged into GeneralRipper territory, being down to using unscrupulous tactics to capture the team (and even ignore an episode's bad guys and main conflict in the way), but he managed to become sympathetic of the team shortly before he was KilledOffForReal.
* HellholePrison: The prison in "Pros and Cons." The warden encourages fighting in order to scout out candidates for the fight program. Those that do good enough are separated, trained, and [[FinishHim forced to fight to death]]. Even for prisoners who can't fight it doesn't seem to be a great place. It's not a very safe prison (thanks to the afore-mentioned aforementioned "encouraged fighting") plus the warden apparently [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking thinks letting the prisoners get their hair cut is "coddling."]]



%%* HiredGuns: The eponymous team, of course.

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%%* * HiredGuns: The eponymous team, of course.course. As the opening narration declares, "If no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team."



%%* ImprobablePilotingSkills: Murdock, of the "If it flies..." variety.

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%%* * ImprobablePilotingSkills: Murdock, of the "If it flies..." variety. So long as it can fly, he can pilot it like a pro. And that's not taking into account that he's insane (admittedly, the series never made it clear if this was a case of ObfuscatingInsanity or not, but if it was an act, he certainly didn't bother to turn it off while flying).



%%* InspectorJavert:
%%** Colonel Lynch in Season 1, with a one-shot return in Season 3.
%%** Colonel Decker in Seasons 2, 3 and the early episodes of season 4. Decker crosses into IneffectualSympatheticVillain territory.
%%** TemporarySubstitute Colonel Briggs in a single Season 3 episode.
%%** General Fullbright in Season 4.

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%%* InspectorJavert:
%%**
* InspectorJavert: The team always had a [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]] military law enforcement officer who honestly (if wrongly) believes that the team are bad guys and [[{{Determinator}} doggedly pursues them]] in a SternChase, seeking to get them. They were:
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Colonel Lynch in Season 1, with a one-shot return in Season 3.
%%** ** Colonel Decker in Seasons 2, 3 and the early episodes of season 4. Decker crosses into IneffectualSympatheticVillain territory.
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territory, as he was the one who was most consistently a failure at catching them, and because of it never gets any respect from other characters.
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TemporarySubstitute Colonel Briggs in a single Season 3 episode.
%%** ** General Fullbright in Season 4.



%%* InstantSedation: The team's most common method to get B.A. ready for air travel.

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%%* * InstantSedation: The team's most common method to get B.A. ready for air travel. No matter the method, he ''always'' goes out like a light in just a few seconds.



%%* KilledOffForReal: General Harlan "Bull" Fullbright in "The Sound of Thunder"
%%* KnightErrant: A team of Knights Errant, in fact.

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%%* * KilledOffForReal: For a series where people miraculously survive sprays of bullets or at best have close calls (and even then, very sporadically so), General Harlan "Bull" Fullbright Fullbright, who had been a consistent InspectorJavert for the team in Season 4 getting killed in the Season 4 finale "The Sound of Thunder"
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Thunder" certainly stuck out.
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KnightErrant: A team of Knights Errant, in fact.fact. The team offer their services to anyone, actively seeking wrongs to right, and seldom hesitate to get involved when they run into one.



%%* LargeHam: Murdock, quite often.
%%* LastBreathBullet: Murdock takes one as the premise of "Curtain Call". It occurs in a BatmanColdOpen.

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%%* * LargeHam: Murdock, Murdock is a ridiculously larger-than-life character, quite often.
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often. They don't call him "Howling Mad" for nothing.
*
LastBreathBullet: Murdock takes one a mook's last breath bullet as the premise of "Curtain Call". It occurs in a BatmanColdOpen.



--> '''Hannibal (after a giant truck of destruction has burst out of a shed)''': Where, exactly, did you lock up my team?
--> '''Bad Guy''': In the old equipment shed.
--> '''Hannibal''': [[SarcasmMode What an original idea. I wonder where you came up with that one]].

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--> '''Hannibal (after ---> '''Hannibal:''' ''(after a giant truck of destruction has burst out of a shed)''': shed)'' Where, exactly, did you lock up my team?
--> ---> '''Bad Guy''': Guy:''' In the old equipment shed.
--> '''Hannibal''': ---> '''Hannibal:''' [[SarcasmMode What an original idea. I wonder where you came up with that one]].



%%* MiscarriageOfJustice: Pretty much the whole background.
* MistakenForGay: B.A. jokes about this when Hannibal uses a mirror to apply makeup to fake an injury. He's less jocular when a neighborhood block captain\survivalist sees four men living together.

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%%* * MiscarriageOfJustice: Pretty much the whole background.
background. The team are former soldiers that were framed for a crime they didn't commit and became fugitives as a result.
* MistakenForGay: B.A. jokes about this when Hannibal uses a mirror to apply makeup to fake an injury. He's less jocular when a neighborhood block captain\survivalist captain/survivalist sees four men living together.



%%* MoreDakka: The team's M.O.

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%%* * MoreDakka: The team's M.O. is to unload as many rounds of ammunition at the problem at hand as possible. Hell, the show's name is written with it in the title sequence.



%%* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Done by Murdock while impersonating Italian billionaire playboy Giancarlo Figorrati in the episode "Blood, Sweat, and Cheers."
* MythologyGag: The episode where a Cylon from Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 walks by on a movie set. Incorporated into the opening theme from season 3 onwards.

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%%* * MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Done by Murdock while impersonating Italian billionaire playboy Giancarlo Figorrati in the episode "Blood, Sweat, and Cheers."
-->'''Murdock:''' Dove è il barbiere più vicino? [[note]]Where is the nearest barber?[[/note]]\\
'''Girl:''' Oh, what did you say, Giancarlo?\\
'''Face:''' Ah, he said "your hair is lovely in this light."\\
'''Girl:''' Oh, he's so cute!
* MythologyGag: The episode where a Cylon from Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' walks by on a movie set. Incorporated into the opening theme from season 3 onwards.



%%* ParentService:
%%** Face for the moms.
%%** Amy and Tawnia for the dads.
%%* PeopleInRubberSuits: In-universe, Hannibal's acting jobs.

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%%* * ParentService:
%%** ** Face for the moms.
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moms. In Season 3, the showrunners seemed determined to show off his arms and legs as much as possible and even gave him his first ShirtlessScene in the season premiere.
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Amy and Tawnia for the dads.
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dads; while Amy was a bit more understated as she usually dressed practically for the occasion, Tawnia was more blatant, being always made up for the nines.
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PeopleInRubberSuits: In-universe, most of Hannibal's acting jobs.jobs consist of ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon''-type {{B movie}}s, with him playing the monster in costume.



%%* PlankGag: During an ATeamMontage in "The Big Squeeze" while putting up restaurant props.

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%%* * PlankGag: During The standard "person carries long planks, turns around and accidentally hits somebody standing behind/next to them" gag happens during an ATeamMontage in "The Big Squeeze" while putting up restaurant props.



%%* PrisonEpisode: "Pros and Cons"

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%%* * PrisonEpisode: "Pros and Cons"Cons", involving illegal prison fights and team getting themselves arrested to infiltrate the prison.



%%** Tawnia beginning season 3.
%%* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The Mexican terrorists in the first episode, and the family holding Ray Brenner's town hostage in ''A Nice Place to Visit.''

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%%** ** Tawnia beginning season 3.
3, although she was at least given the dignity of being written out properly, as she married an explorer whom the team had rescued previously, and went on an around-the-world all-expenses honeymoon.
%%* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The Mexican terrorists in the first episode, and the family holding Ray Brenner's town hostage in ''A "A Nice Place to Visit.''"



%%* RuthlessModernPirates: "El Cajon" (The Coffin) and his river pirates in "The Bend in the River".

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%%* * RuthlessModernPirates: "El Cajon" (The Coffin) Cajón" ("The Coffin") and his river pirates in "The Bend in the River".River" are a group of modern-day pirates operating on TheAmazon.



-->'''Robber''': Where'd you learn to drive like ''that''?\\
'''Murdock (deadpan)''': I saw ''Film/CannonballRun'' five times.

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-->'''Robber''': -->'''Robber:''' Where'd you learn to drive like ''that''?\\
'''Murdock (deadpan)''': '''Murdock:''' ''(deadpan)'' I saw ''Film/CannonballRun'' five times.



%%* TheSmurfettePrinciple:
%%** Amy in season one and half of season two.
%%** Tawnia for the rest of season two and the beginning of season three.

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%%* * TheSmurfettePrinciple:
%%** ** Amy is the one woman in an otherwise entirely male ensemble in season one and half of season two.
%%** ** Tawnia is the same for the rest of season two and the beginning of season three.



* StockFootage: Most notably in "The Beast From The Belly Of A Boeing" [[spoiler: (when Murdock crashes the plane into the airport's terminal, the scene's borrowed from ''Film/{{Airplane}}'')]].

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* StockFootage: Most notably in "The Beast From The from the Belly Of A of a Boeing" [[spoiler: (when Murdock crashes the plane into the airport's terminal, the scene's borrowed from ''Film/{{Airplane}}'')]].



%%* TrashLanding: Too many times to count.

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%%* * TrashLanding: Too many times to count.Several times, brawls end up with the team or some mooks being thrown from high altitudes and their fall being broken by an open dumpster or an open trash fill.



%%* TricksterArchetype: Murdock.
%%** Hannibal and Face can also fit this, to a slightly lesser degree.

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%%* TricksterArchetype: Murdock.
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* TheTrickster: Murdock in general disobeys normal rules and conventional behavior. Hannibal and Face can also fit be considered this, to a slightly lesser degree.



%%* UnintentionalBackupPlan: Frequently, prompting Hannibal to spout his CatchPhrase, "I love it when a plan comes together."
%%* UnwittingPawn: Stockwell sets up the team in the final season.
* VillainOverForDinner: Through B.A.'s eyes in "Lease with an Option to Die", with his mother and his [[VitriolicBestBuds vitriolic best bud]] Murdock.

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%%* * UnintentionalBackupPlan: Frequently, even though Hannibal's original plan didn't work out, something else that may or may not be completely unrelated accomplishes the same goal, prompting Hannibal to spout his CatchPhrase, "I love it when a plan comes together."
%%* * UnwittingPawn: Stockwell sets up strong-arms the team in into working for him the final season.
* VillainOverForDinner: Through B.A.'s eyes in "Lease with an Option to Die", with his mother and his [[VitriolicBestBuds vitriolic {{vitriolic best bud]] bud|s}} Murdock.



--->'''Colonel Decker''': [The A-Team] think as one, feel as one, and act as one. But with a wounded man in their midst, they cease to be that. The good of the unit becomes the good of an individual. And that will be their undoing.

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--->'''Colonel Decker''': Decker:''' [The A-Team] think as one, feel as one, and act as one. But with a wounded man in their midst, they cease to be that. The good of the unit becomes the good of an individual. And that will be their undoing.


* ProWrestlingEpisode: "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E7BodySlam Body Slam]]" starred Hulk Hogan in a plot that made heavy use of Hogan's wrestling career (including footage from a 1984 match vs. Greg "the Hammer" Valentine, presented as legit), and featured several WWF faces as un-billed extras in a scene where they fight off that episode's villains. In the segment featuring the Hogan-Valentine match, the ending is altered to show the bad guys entering the arena to confront and assassinate Hogan (don't worry, they're stopped in time).

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* ProWrestlingEpisode: "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E7BodySlam Body Slam]]" starred Hulk Hogan Wrestling/HulkHogan in a plot that made heavy use of Hogan's wrestling career (including footage from a 1984 match vs. Greg "the Hammer" Valentine, presented as legit), and featured several WWF faces as un-billed extras in a scene where they fight off that episode's villains. In the segment featuring the Hogan-Valentine match, the ending is altered to show the bad guys entering the arena to confront and assassinate Hogan (don't worry, they're stopped in time).



** In "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E10ThereGoesTheNeighborhood There Goes The Neighborhood]]," the rock star our heroes had to guard was set to be played by CyndiLauper, but it fell through.

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** In "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E10ThereGoesTheNeighborhood There Goes The Neighborhood]]," the rock star our heroes had to guard was set to be played by CyndiLauper, Music/CyndiLauper, but it fell through.


** In one episode, Creator/IsaacHayes plays a prisoner at the mercy of the top of the prison's pecking order. This seems like a huge reversal of fortunes compared to his time as [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork The Duke of New York]].

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** In one episode, Creator/IsaacHayes Music/IsaacHayes plays a prisoner at the mercy of the top of the prison's pecking order. This seems like a huge reversal of fortunes compared to his time as [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork The Duke of New York]].


* BashBrothers: Very much so. Hannibal knows the strengths and weaknesses of each of the other three team members, and knows exactly how to best use their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. Different as they may be, when they all fight together, it's a bad day for slimeballs everywhere.
** Face and Murdock especially seem to be this. They have a very effective tag-team fighting style.
** Doubly so for Murdock and B.A. They usually drive each other nuts, but together they are a force of nature.



%%* BigDamnHeroes: Look in a dictionary and if [[Series/{{Firefly}} Mal Reynolds']] picture isn't next to the definition, chances are a picture of these guys is.

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%%* * BigDamnHeroes: Look The A-Team bursts in a dictionary and if [[Series/{{Firefly}} Mal Reynolds']] picture isn't next to at the definition, chances are last minute to save the day a picture of these guys is.lot. Even if it's not for a civilian, they tend to take turns doing this for each other.



%%* ColonelBadass:
%%** John "Hannibal" Smith
%%** Colonel Decker

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%%* ColonelBadass:
%%** John "Hannibal" Smith
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* ColonelBadass: "Hannibal", in this case, has nothing to do with the {{Serial Killer}}, but rather the Carthaginian general who almost brought down the Roman Republic. This Hannibal is that good. "I love it when a plan comes together."
**
Colonel DeckerDecker, the second Colonel who tries to catch the team and somewhat more competent than Lynch. He was picked for the job because of his unorthodox warfare techniques.



%%* ConMan: Face, who also operated as the team's [[TheFixer Fixer]].

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%%* * ConMan: Face, who also operated as Face's profession when the team's [[TheFixer Fixer]].team doesn't have a job on hand, and he puts those skills to (literal) good use when they are on a job.



* DistressedDude: Face sure did seem to get captured a lot.

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* DistressedDude: Face sure did seem to get captured a lot.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.



%%* EmotionalBruiser: B.A. Baracus.

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%%* * EmotionalBruiser: B.A. Baracus.A's a tough, intimidating ScaryBlackMan but is often shown as a friend of little children.



%%* HandsomeLech: Face.

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%%* * HandsomeLech: Face.Face. It helps that he's an awesome ConMan who tends to scam his way into penthouses, so he can make women believe he's rich and powerful.



* LampshadeHanging: At the end of the episode ''The Crystal Skull'', the natives are clearly chanting [[WhoWritesThisCrap "Who wrote this?]] [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Who wrote this?"]]

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* LampshadeHanging: At the end of the episode ''The "The Crystal Skull'', Skull", the natives are clearly chanting [[WhoWritesThisCrap "Who wrote this?]] [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Who wrote this?"]]



* LetsGetDangerous: When Murdock stops acting crazy and started being badass, usually at an episode's climax.

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* LetsGetDangerous: When Murdock stops acting crazy and started being badass, Murdock's usually at an episode's climax.crazy, but when he drops the act and gets serious he becomes even more awesome.



%%* MistakenForGay: B.A. jokes about this when Hannibal uses a mirror to apply makeup to fake an injury. He's less jocular when a neighborhood block captain\survivalist sees four men living together.
%%-->He ain't talking about what I think he's talking about.

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%%* * MistakenForGay: B.A. jokes about this when Hannibal uses a mirror to apply makeup to fake an injury. He's less jocular when a neighborhood block captain\survivalist sees four men living together.
%%-->He -->He ain't talking about what I think he's talking about.



* MrViceGuy: Face is even more prone to try to live large than the rest of the team, does cons even between assignments, is a big-time womanizer, and a few times during the show needs to remind Hannibal that they are ''mercenaries'' (in the sense that they ''are'' doing the deed of the day for ''some'' amount of money). Still is a pretty reliable member of the team.



%%* ObfuscatingStupidity: Murdock plays this to the hilt whenever possible; Hannibal and Face aren't averse to it either.

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%%* * ObfuscatingStupidity: Murdock is [[SouthernFriedGenius extremely smart]], but generally plays dumb to keep people underestimating him. He does this to the hilt whenever possible; so well, that even Face -- though not Hannibal -- who knows him well, will fall into underestimating him[[note]]See "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E16SayItWithBullets Say It With Bullets]]" and Face aren't averse to it either."The Taxicab Wars"[[/note]].



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* OnceAnEpisodeOnceAnEpisode:



%%* TheScrounger: Face.

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%%* * TheScrounger: Face.Face's greatest specialty. In a NoodleIncident he even scrounged up a '53 Cadillac convertible in the middle of the Vietnam jungle (all he has to say about that is: "trade secret").



* TakeThat: The character of Joe Skrylow in ''There Goes The Neighborhood'' is an episode long example aimed at survivalists. His dialog hints at racist, homophobic, and valor stealing tendencies, and the episode shows him to be an insulting, utterly inept, obese GloryHound, KnowNothingKnowItAll, who ends up blowing the team's cover when he sees the (false) news that they kidnapped Stevi.

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* TakeThat: The character of Joe Skrylow in ''There "There Goes The Neighborhood'' Neighborhood" is an episode long example aimed at survivalists. His dialog hints at racist, homophobic, and valor stealing tendencies, and the episode shows him to be an insulting, utterly inept, obese GloryHound, KnowNothingKnowItAll, who ends up blowing the team's cover when he sees the (false) news that they kidnapped Stevi.



%%* TeamDad: Hannibal.

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%%* * TeamDad: Hannibal.Hannibal smiles at (and sometimes plays along with) Murdock's antics like a parent watching their young child act out fantasies, he can keep B. A. under control, and he reminds Face to keep his wandering eye in check and focus on the task at hand. He also has this cute habit of referring to the other members of the A-Team by their military ranks (Captain, Lieutenant, and Sergeant, respectively), even though they've all technically been discharged, and they often refer to him as "Colonel." He always has unwavering faith that his men will get the job done, and his nerves of steel are likelier to be rattled by something threatening Face, B.A., or Murdock than him.



%%* WeHelpTheHelpless: As explained in the opening narrative.

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%%* * WeHelpTheHelpless: As explained in They've taken on the opening narrative.role of mercenaries who only take jobs from people who can't get help from anywhere else.

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* ActorAllusion:
** In an episode with a science fiction con, a guy in a [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 original Galactica Cylon suit]] walks past "Face". In the episode in question, it's actually Hannibal in the costume. The ActorAllusion was all Creator/DirkBenedict's idea. While filming at Universal Studios for the second season episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E11Steel Steel]]", Dirk spotted a park employee dressed as a Cylon, and decided he wanted to film a little nod to his days as Starbuck. The director told him it was a dumb idea, but let him do it anyway. So, they had the Cylon-clad actor stroll nonchalantly across the frame while Face was all "don't I know you?" Fortunately for Dirk, the scene ended up being quite funny and they kept it in the credits up to season 5.
** There was also George Peppard's allusion to his role as Series/{{Banacek}}, where he played a similar role, by having Hannibal spout even more [[IceCreamKoan off kilter words of wisdom]] in "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E15TheBigSqueeze The Big Squeeze]]".
*** Another one for Peppard. In the Episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E7TheRabbitWhoAteLasVegas The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas]]", Amy mentions that it's a shame Hannibal's being chased by the military as he is "a terrific actor" after Hannibal goes to great lengths explaining how he'll play his "character". A reference to Peppard's infamously stringent adherence to method acting, even when playing unchallenging roles.
** 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''.
** In one episode, Creator/IsaacHayes plays a prisoner at the mercy of the top of the prison's pecking order. This seems like a huge reversal of fortunes compared to his time as [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork The Duke of New York]].

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* TheMostWanted: The series is about a group of former soldiers that were FrameUp for a crime they didn't commit and were expulsed. After that, they were chased by the army and now act as an undercover group helping people in need, becoming US' most wanted team.

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* EvilCounterpart: The fake A-Team in "Showdown!", which only consisted of three members (there was no counterpart of Murdock, which offended him).

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