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1[[quoteright:350:]]²²''Branded'' is an American Western series that aired on NBC from 1965 through 1966, starring Creator/ChuckConnors as disgraced former US Army captain Jason [=McCord=].²²Jason [=McCord=], the only survivor of the Battle of Bitter Creek, is court-martialed and kicked out of the Army because of his alleged cowardice. Rather than demean the good name of the Army commander who was actually to blame for the massacre, [=McCord=] travels the Old West trying to restore his good name and reputation.²²!!Tropes used in ''Branded'' include:²²* ClearMyName: Subverted when [=McCord=] meets the widow of one of his fellow officers, who has proof that [=McCord=] is innocent. [=McCord=] tells her to burn the letters that would exonerate him, fearing that if the truth came out it would be used by the Army to start another military campaign against Native Americans.²* ExpositoryThemeTune: ²-->All but one man died\²There at Bitter Creek\²And they say he ran away!\²Branded! Scorned as the one who ran.\²What do you do when you're branded, and you know you're a man?\²Wherever you go, for the rest of your life\²You must prooooove you're a man.''²* InsigniaRipOffRitual: The opening title sequence show the hero going through this ritual, complete with ExpositoryThemeTune²* Magazine/{{MAD}}: Their parody was called "[=BrandXed=]". ²* MarkOfShame: Jason [=McCord=] is (unjustly) dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army for cowardice; his mark of shame is a broken sabre.²* ReforgedBlade: [=McCord=] has his broken cavalry saber remade into a long knife.²* TheSoCalledCoward: The whole series happens because Jason [=McCord=] was branded one of these by the Army.²* SoleSurvivor: Jason [=McCord=] was the sole survivor of the Bitter Creek Massacre.²* TakingTheHeat: [=McCord=] chose to be marked as a coward rather than dishonor the memory of his commanding officer by admitting he was at fault for the Bitter Creek Massacre.²* VerbedTitle²* WalkingTheEarth: Jason wanders the frontier helping people because of being drummed out of the Army.²* WreckedWeapon: As part of the InsigniaRipOffRitual, [=McCord=]'s saber is broken. He takes it and has it remade into a knife.²----


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