In April 1945, the Allies are struggling to advance through the heart of Nazi Germany as Hitler orders a desperate final push. The American "Fury" tank crew, led by Staff Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt), have engaged in multiple battles and just barely survived an assault that wiped out the rest of their tank platoon. Arriving back at allied camp, Wardaddy is ordered to take along a new assistant driver, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), a new recruit who has been in the Army for just eight weeks and has never fired a gun in his life apart from basic training. Norman is introduced to the rest of Fury's crew, including Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Peña) and Coon-Ass (Jon Bernthal), and works to gain their trust and get over his shock at the horrific battles.
His time with the crew culminates in them being ordered to undergo a dangerous mission in the heart of Nazi Germany to Hold the Line against encroaching SS troops and defend a supply train. Outnumbered and outgunned, this may be their most dangerous mission yet...
The film is notable for marking the first time in cinema that an actual Tiger I tank is seen on-screen.
This film provides examples of:
- Ace Custom: Fury is customized with extra machine guns, along with a ton of ancillary gear scattered along her hull and tree trunks as improvised armour. Besides that, Fury and Matador are M4A3E8s, "Easy Eight" Sherman variant with a 76mm anti-tank main gun, HVSS suspension and wide tracks, while Lucy Sue and 'Murder, Inc. are older M4A3 versions with 75mm general purpose gun and VVSS suspension (Old Phyllis is also armed with a 76mm). M4A3E8 came to service in early 1945. Usually an American tank platoon was assigned one Sherman with 76mm gun, the rest being armed with the old 75mm cannon. In this case, Fury is the Sole Survivor of another platoon in the same company.
- Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene:
- The film actually opens with one — a lone German officer is riding his horse through the eerily-still aftermath of a battle, several burnt out tanks littering the landscape. And then Wardaddy leaps down from one, Fury, and stabs the man to death in the face...
- The scene in the German house, where Wardaddy and Norman meet the two German women.
- Norman and Grady sharing a smoke among the corpses in the abandoned German field hospital.
- The scene right before the SS soldiers show up during the movie's climax.
- Actually Pretty Funny: The crew of the Fury is riding on the tank when Norman spots a young and pretty German woman. It quickly turns into light-hearted hazing among the crew that even has the shell-shocked newbie laughing.Gordo: She'll let you fuck her for a chocolate bar.
Norman: That's not true.
Gordo: It's not true?
Norman: (Shakes his head.) No.
Gordo: Okay, it's not true.
Coon-Ass: It's completely fuckin' true. Or just give her some smokes. Ain't gotta fuck around and give her a whole pack neither. Fuckin' four'll do it.
Bible: Norman. Ignore him. Don't disappoint Christ, now. Don't let them lead you astray.
Wardaddy: You see we can kill 'em but we can't fuck 'em. Cause it says so in the Bible.
Bible: Stop, alright? I'm done tryin' to convert you heathens. You mind if I continue invadin' Germany?
Wardaddy: Boyd, do you think Jesus loves Hitler?
Bible: Do I think Jesus loves Hitler? I'd assume so. If Hitler accepted Jesus into his heart and got baptised, he'd be saved. Ain't gonna save him from man's justice.
Wardaddy: What about your regular-issue Nazi line trooper?
Bible: No, I'm not gonna do this with you.
Wardaddy: Is he goin' to heaven?
Bible: We've been talkin' 'bout the same dumb shit for three years. You know where I stand on it. You' tryin' to rile me up now.
Coon-Ass: Hey, what about me, huh? You think you can save me? Sing me a hymn?
[Gordo looks to Norman, chuckling now]
Bible: Yeah sure.
Coon-Ass: [Dual Dialog with Bible] Sing Old Rugged Cross? I like the way your mouth moves when you sing. Let me just touch your mustache. I like it. Let me just touch your mustache. I just wanna touch your mustache. Why's that bother you so much when I touch your moustache?
Bible: [Dual Dialog with Coon-Ass] Like hell. Don't. I'll sing it if you don't do that. Don't fucking touch me! Stop, Grady! Stop fool, I'll shoot you! I'll shoot you, I swear!
Wardaddy: Alright knock it off, knock off the horseplay.
Wardaddy: Boyd, you think Hitler'd fuck one of us for a chocolate bar?
Bible: (Bible and Coon-Ass Laughs.) I hope so!
[Another Long Pause]
[Entire crew bursts into laughter a few seconds later.]
- The Alcoholic: Gordo is seen drinking straight from the bottle whenever he could.
- All Germans Are Nazis: Averted. The movie makes a point of showing that German civilians aren't much safer from the Nazis than the Allied soldiers.
- Of course, the biggest aversion is that the young (probably about 13 or 14) SS conscript in the end of the film is one of the few people to show mercy to another soldier.
- All There in the Manual: A deleted scene details Wardaddy's backstory before joining the Army, including how he got the burn scars on his back.
- All Women Are Lustful: Coon-Ass seems to have this attitude toward German woman, suggesting that a chocolate bar or a few cigarettes will do fine for their attention.
- Anyone Can Die: And they do, except Norman.
- Armor Is Useless: Played straight with the (often regarded as historically inadequate) armor on the other Shermans when faced with a Tiger, subverted with the Tiger itself, where it keeps rolling with only scratches no matter how many times it's hit in the front before Fury gets around it to its more vulnerable rear armor note . Fury is an otherwise ordinary Sherman (albeit the best Sherman model), but during the battle with the Tiger manages to survive a number of hits with bad angles and ablating the clutter on the hull causing them to ricochet.
- A notable incident averting this trope was during the attack in the town. Fury takes a full front hit by a Pak 38 gun and survives with the shell deflecting off. Granted, however, this gun was quite obsolete by 1942 and serves to prove a point how desperate the German situation is for weapons.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Downplayed, as the film is on the cynical end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, but still we've got this exchange:Binkowski: Why're we rescuing kittens instead of just driving down to Berlin?Wardaddy: Why're you such an asshole?Davis: Now that is an excellent question.
- A little later, Wardaddy shows some brief Hidden Depths and some Foreshadowing, revealing he understands the Germans' refusal to give up, and shuts his complaining C.O. up with this exchange:Waggoner: Why don't they just give up?Wardaddy: Would you?
- Grady delivers one to Norman right after Emma dies, and Norman has to be dragged away from her body.Grady: Who d'you think you are, huh? Jesus Christ? You gonna raise her up?
- A little later, Wardaddy shows some brief Hidden Depths and some Foreshadowing, revealing he understands the Germans' refusal to give up, and shuts his complaining C.O. up with this exchange:
- Artistic License History:
- The second line in the opening statement is this. "US tank crewmen suffered staggering losses against the superior enemy vehicles" is a broad statement in relative to the armored warfare. Though tank losses ran as high as 10,000 in 1944 Europe to the end of the war (though, compared to a total production of 50,000 M4 Shermans, not a big loss), crew casualties in tanks only averaged out at one per tank at the point of penetration, and sometimes crews were left unscathed from penetrations as well. Total scale of personnel casualty according to Morans is that out of ~50,000 tankers deployed in the ETO, only 1,407 were KIA.
- According to historian Steve Zaloga, the U.S. Army encountering a Tiger I tank was actually rare. In fact, in the entire Normandy campaign, he only manages to find three verifiable instances where U.S. tanks encounter it, making the encounter in the movie that much more implausible in April 1945.
- Artistic License Military: When the Tiger tank attacks the tank column, it knocks out the tank at the rear first. In the DVD Bonus Content, the director says that the normal practice during the war was to shoot the leading tank first, to create a roadblock, "but that would have killed Brad Pitt and ended the film."
- Hell, the entire 2nd part of the film is a case of this trope in action. Tanks are not supposed to travel alone out in the open without support from another group such as the air force or infantry, even if they are in a platoon. This increases their vulnerabilities to attacks such as the one the Tiger tank did. And let's not even begin with the German SS tactics detailed in the Hollywood Tactics section.
- As the Good Book Says...: From Bible, of course.Bible: [...] 'Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And Who will go for us? And I said... Here am I. Send me.'Wardaddy: ...Isaiah, Chapter 6.
- As You Know: Regarding a tank's weak point among the Fury crewWardaddy: Bible, put it up his ass, where the armor is thin!
Bible: I know where to fucking hit him!!
- Atomic F-Bomb: Norman drops the loudest in the film after killing the German Tiger commander.Norman: Fuckin' Nazi. [opens fire with his machine gun] FUCK YOU!!!
- Atop a Mountain of Corpses: The final shot of the film.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: The SS soldiers in the finale show a disturbing lack of self-preservation or tactics, in some cases attacking the Fury crew barehanded.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Fury destroys the Tiger I by hitting the weaker rear armor. In real life however, the sides and rear were the same value in protection.
- Badass Boast: Wardaddy delivers one as a response in the climaxing battle.German Officer: We're going to skin you alive!Wardaddy: [in German] Shut up and send me more pigs to kill!
- Badass Crew: The whole crew is this from the beginning except for Norman, who becomes one by the end, though special mention goes to Wardaddy.
- Badass Preacher: Boyd "Bible" Swan. Wardaddy too by a smaller degree in the preaching part only.
- Batter Up!: SSGT Petersen carries a baseball bat when dismounted. Though we never see him use it, it's sufficiently worn and dented to suggest that he's probably caved in a few (or more than a few) kraut skulls with it.
- Battle Trophy: Fury has quite a few, both inside and out, from the crew's long service in Africa, France, Belgium, and Germany (Fury herself is not that old, the first "Easy-8" models having entered service in November of 1944, with Wardaddy's crew having switched over from an older model). From the German helmet and gas mask mounted on her bow to the numerous German medals inside the crew compartment, both the tank and crew have obviously seen a lot of action. Wardaddy also wields a German StG 44, one of the first assault rifles made, as a personal defense weapon. Grady occasionally wears a German helmet when dismounted. Gordo wears a German Walther P-38 in a Wehrmacht holster, though he never uses it. Captain Waggoner wears a Waffen-SS Major's fur-lined overcoat.
- The German corporal captured by the Americans is wearing an American coat he'd presumably taken off of a dead US soldier.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
- Emma winds up dead, but is still recognizable (and only partly buried despite the destruction) after her apartment collapses on top of her.
- Wardaddy's face is almost entirely unmarred and fit for cradling by Norman, despite two German grenades going off in his lap.
- Big Bad: Adolf Hitler, but he isn't seen throughout the film.
- Bilingual Bonus:
- Some of the Mexican Spanish curses directed towards the Germans by Garcia are extremely profane. For example, "Chínga tu madre!" means "Fuck your mother!"
- The signs attached to the executed German civilians are mostly untranslated. One woman has one saying "I did not want to let my children fight."
- Bittersweet Ending: Wardaddy and his crew are able to cripple the German offensive, but at the cost of everyone's lives except for Norman.
- Bookends: The film begins and ends with someone on a white horse approaching a broken-down Fury in the aftermath of a battle.
- Boom, Headshot!: Bible. Exaggerated with Sergeant Peterson, who has his entire head taken off by an 88. Also happens to the old man who informs Wardaddy which buildings the Wehrmacht are hiding in. Several German SS soldiers who try to fight against Fury get graphically mulched by a .50 BMG round from Wardaddy.
- Bottomless Magazines: Averted, with dire consequences.
- Break the Cutie: Norman gets subjected to this, very brutally. Upham had it easy...
- Break Out the Museum Piece: Downplayed. The Tiger I tank encountered late in the film is an early production model from late 1942 or early 1943, but is nevertheless still very effective in knocking out the newer Sherman tanks it comes against. Justified in that, by this point in the war, the Germans were desperate to press anything still working into service just to halt the Allies.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Coon-Ass tells Norman that back when the crew was in North Africa, Wardaddy shit his pants the first time their tank's armor stopped an enemy round. This is after telling him what a great leader he is.
- Bullet Sparks: When any bullets hit the tanks, they create sparks that shows quite brightly, even in the daylight.
- There's a more gruesome and rarely-seen version when the Americans use white phosphorus rounds on German infantry — they leave white-hot bits of burning phosphorus embedded in the corpses.
- Tank Fu: One scene has Fury run over a German soldier.Wardaddy: Watch 'em on the leftGordo, run that son of a bitch over!
- Cartwright Curse: It's implied Norman has sex with a German girl named Emma after taking the town she lives in. She dies in an artillery attack three scenes later.
- Catchphrase: Bible's "ON THE WAY!" before firing each shell. He's not saying it just because he can, it's a standard procedure to warn the loader before firing so that the recoiling breech doesn't come back and maim him.
- To paraphrase a tank crew instructor when talking to a new loader about the subject. That gun recoils back with almost as much raw force as required to push the shell out. That, combined with the weight of the gunnote , means that the 180lb loader behind it is not going to stop it.
- Also as required per procedure, Coon-Ass also shouts "UP!" to let Bible know the gun's loaded and primed.
- Chekhov's Skill: In the town, Gordo teaches Norman how to open a fuel container to refuel Fury. Near the climax, Norman uses a fuel container to douse some rags and a dead German to fake a knocked out Sherman.
- Child Soldiers:
Wardaddy: You see that? See what a kid can do? That's your fault! That's your fucking fault! Next German you see with a weapon, you rake the dogshit out of 'em! I don't care if it's a baby with a butter knife in one hand and momma's titty in the other, YOU CHOP HIM UP!!!
- The Americans take members of the Hitler Youth prisoner, which includes several girls.
- Three of them attack the column with a Panzerfaust. Norman sees them, but hesitates to shoot at kids. They hit Lieutenant Parker's tank, killing the whole crew. Wardaddy cuts them down with his Sturmgewehr, then berates Norman for not shooting.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Most of the film's dialogue are subjected to this, especially if Coon-Ass is talking.
- Cold Sniper: The German sniper who shoots Wardaddy doesn't say a word in his entire appearance.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The Germans fire green tracer rounds, while the Americans fire red tracer rounds from their respective machine guns. Truth in Television.
- Colour Wash: The film has a blue/grey tint. This is especially noticeable in the "Making of" features of the DVD Bonus Content which switch between the filming of a scene and the finished version.
- Companion Cube: Wardaddy treats the titular tank as this, giving it the name and calling it "his home".
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: The entire crew of Fury notes that they could just hide and let the SS batallion pass, as they are in no condition to fight them on anything even remotely close to equal ground. They choose to stay and fight to the death anyways.
- Cunning Linguist: Wardaddy can speak German, allowing him to converse with the locals.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Tiger battle almost became one for the Tiger tank, but Hollywood Tactics play in and averts it.
- Darkest Hour: Happens twice:
- The encounter with the Tiger tank. The first downed Sherman was taken by complete surprise. Then American guns prove to be completely ineffective. And within seconds Fury is the only tank left from four-tank platoon of seasoned veterans.
- The final battle. Fury is immobilised thanks to a mine blowing off one of her tracks, and an entire battalion of SS infantry is on their way. Better yet, the tank is alone and low on ammo. It's only a matter of time now.
- David vs. Goliath: The battle against the Tiger I can be interpreted as this, pitting Sherman medium tanks up against a heavy tank that can take on anything the Sherman has with its armor.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he's not quoting Scripture, Bible can be this.Bible: I'm done tryin' to convert you heathens. You mind if I continue invading Germany?
- Death Seeker: The deleted scenes reveals that Wardaddy is this. Though, he's not going down without a fight.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: There are a few African-Americans present in the film, though they serve a very minor role as in World War II, the U.S. military was still segregated and Africans often served in menial assignments. Most notably, Captain Waggoner's aide is African-American, and his first scene involves Waggoner throwing a helmet at him and screaming at him to "wake up".
- Distinctive Appearances: Fury is instantly recognizable whenever she's sitting next to other Shermans, courtesy of her extra machine guns, bright white name on the barrel (all other tanks in the film have mustard yellow stencils instead), and her long 76mm cannon with a muzzle brake.
- Dramatic Gun Cock: A realistic version with the German sniper, who cycles the bolt of his Mauser rifle slowly and smoothly. This prevents his rifle from jerking off-target between shots, allows him to easily police his brass (thus leaving no evidence of his presence) by not launching it far, and is far less likely to draw the eye than a rapid motion, keeping him stealthy. This is exactly how real snipers do it.
- The Dreaded: The Tiger I tank. It is feared to the point where when Fury hits a mine, the crew is paranoid enough to believed they are being attacked by this.
- Due to the Dead: Played with in the ending. Norman has enough time to drape his coat over Wardaddy's body before he's rescued by American forces, but the rest of the crew are left in the tank where they lay as the platoon continues marching. However, the bodies may have been recovered by the ordnance team after Norman left.
- Dwindling Party: During the climax, the tank crew are picked off until only Norman is left standing.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: The tank gets totaled and four of the five crew are killed, but they shattered the SS battalion and held the crossroads.
- Elite Mooks: The SS battalion at the movie's climax. Whereas other Wehrmacht in the movie were disorganized, fairly weak forces that quickly surrendered, these guys are boldly marching to combat, singing, fully armed, and when they come across Fury and find that she's operational, they make it their top priority to get rid of it.
- Ensign Newbie: Lieutenant Parker, who's young and clean-shaven, compared to the older, dirty faces of the tank commanders. Exemplified when he mixes up Sgt. Binkowski with Peterson.
- Everybody Smokes: To the point where Norman is ridiculed for not doing so.
- Every Bullet Is a Tracer: Averted with the machine guns. As Norman familiarizes himself with his machine gun, Gordo explicitly tells him that one out of five rounds is a tracer round, so the gunner knows where the bullets are going, which plays in the film by having tracers only appear every so often shots from the machine gun.
- Played straight with the tank cannon rounds, all the cannon rounds fired have a light streak behind them for us to see. Though this is an actual feature on all tank shells, even to this day.
- Everyone Has Standards: Wardaddy really hates the SS, and is all too happy to order one shot after asking if he's the one who's been hanging kids.
- Every Scar Has a Story: Wardaddy's back scars gets their story told in a deleted scene.
- Extremely Short Time Span: The film appears to take place over a period of, maybe, a day and a half.
- Faking the Dead: Fury's crew pull a vehicular version of this when they dress the disabled tank up to look as if it is destroyed or abandoned. They wait until SS troopers are actually climbing on Fury to investigate when they cut loose with everything they have. The ruse works: they kill or severely wound several dozen of the enemy in their initial onslaught.
- Fatal Family Photo: Inverted. Norman finds the family pictures of Red, the crewman he's replacing, after Red's death (namely when Norman is cleaning up his remains inside the tank).
- Fate Worse than Death: Wardaddy warns Norman against surrendering to the SS, saying, "They'll hurt you real bad, and they'll kill you real bad."
- A Father to His Men: Wardaddy to the Fury crew.
- Captain Waggoner also, with him asking some men to take his truck if needed to get the wounded to an aid station and for Wardaddy to pound the Germans hard for murdering good boys out there.
- Fire-Forged Friends: The crew of Fury. Nearing the big climax, they all accept Norman as a member of the crew and give him his war-name, "Machine".
- Forced Friendly Fire: Played for drama when War Daddy forces Norman to shoot a German POW. He refuses, so War Daddy grips his struggling hand and literally pulls the trigger with Norman's finger.
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Norman and Emma go off into a bedroom together. When her cousin goes to intervene, Wardaddy stops her, saying "They're young and still alive."
- Good Guns, Bad Guns: Subverted. Don is carrying a captured German StG 44, as it simply provides more firepower than anything else he could get. Later Bible is trying to get himself any German gun, as his Thompson ran dry. Some US Soldiers are also seen using captured German MP40s in the hedgerow battle as well, as noted by IMFDB.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Most notably, Wardaddy and a veteran SS sniper are shown as being heavily scarred. Averted in that Wardaddy does some morally corrupt things while the sniper is just doing his job by shooting Wardaddy.
- Jason Isaacs (who plays a U.S. army captain) is also heavily scarred.
- Norman's first duty on joining the Fury's crew is to clean up the remains of the dead crewman he's replacing. This is grim but not gruesome until Norman finds that man left a very recognizable chunk of his face behind — he has to exit the tank and puke immediately.
- During the ambush by the Tiger I, Sergeant Peterson takes an 88mm round to the neck and simply ceases to exist from the waist up.
- The hedgerow battle also features some truly horrific casualties. From the raining chunks of German artillerymen to the poor grunt who gets run over by Fury, it hammers home how truly horrifying a tank assault can be.
- During the city battle, three GI's get caught by a surprise burst of MG42 fire and one of them gets his leg shot off. note The film makes a point to hold on their corpses, with the ragged leg stump front and center.
- The film throws in plenty of casual background Gorn to emphasize the sheer brutality of the setting. Examples include a US bulldozer filling a mass grave within minutes of the opening of the film and Fury driving over a literally-flattened corpse on the road. (In contrast to the hedgerow battle example above, this body is so mangled and mud-spattered that the crew don't even notice it.)
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- The crew of Fury have plenty of time to get away when they realize what is coming their way. However, if they leave, the SS battalion will be able to get behind the American lines and wreak havoc on the lightly defended supply areas. They know that staying means that they will probably all be killed.
- Garcia huddles over a live grenade to save the rest of the crew when he drops it back into the tank after being shot.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: The Tiger tank's Ominous Walk toward the Sherman platoon allowed Fury to get behind it and shoot it in the rear.
- Hollywood Tactics:
- Averted in the hedgerow battle, which demonstrates a textbook combined-arms assault by tanks and infantry against an entrenched enemy (though ideally you would throw in artillery and air support, but those aren't always available). Special note goes to the soldiers pinned down in the field rolling across the ground to get behind the tanks for cover as they pass.
- Showed in spades in the climactic battle, where the Germans seem to use mostly human wave tactics rather than encircling the Tank, attacking from blind spots and using their anti-armor weapons from the start (which in the scene prior where they are marching they actually had readied, yet still apparently have to break them out in the later scene; granted those carrying the Panzerfausts may have been killed first). Tanks actually have a critical weakness against infantry due to their extreme lack of visibility. Immobilized tanks would either be bypassed or attacked from their blind spots. By 1945 the Germans were actually masters of infantry anti-tank tactics and even produced training films outlining the proper ways to assault tanks. However, by this time in the war, new SS recruits long on fanaticism and short on training did attempt such things on occasion.
- In the fight with the Tiger, the film tries to invoke the tactic of shooting a tank in the rear where the armour was thinnest. In reality a hit to the side of a tank is almost as good as the rear as the Tiger side armour is just as thick as the rear. Moreover, instead of charging the Tiger head on where the guns of the Shermans would likely fail to penetrate at point range, the standard tactic would be for a group of faster Shermans to maneuver around the Tiger for a shot on the side or rear. Also, up-gunned Shermans like Fury and Old Phyllis with their 76mm guns were more than capable of destroying a Tiger at the ranges seen in the film.
- In the same fight, the Tiger also commits several tactical errors, primarily by moving from a perfectly good firing position. By moving forward, it made itself easier to flank, and made its powerful gun less accurate since tank cannons were quite inaccurate while moving. Could be justified since the Shermans had just fired smoke shells at the Tiger and messed with its visibility. The crew also inexplicably go from professional to incompetent over the course of the fight, taking longer and longer to reload, and sitting perfectly still so Fury can get the kill right at the end, though this could be chalked up to human error and panic.
- In particular, an experienced Tiger commander would not only have never abandoned a good firing position in such a situation, but if he did do so, the correct course of action for the Tiger to take upon being rushed by the Shermans would have been to start backing up. This would have made it harder for the Shermans to flank him, allowed him to keep his front (with its thicker armor) pointed towards them, and preserved the enormous range and power advantage that his main gun gave him.
- To be fair, it was no longer a good firing position. The Tiger was surrounded by smoke from smoke shells, and likely moved forward to get out of the smoke and regain visibility. To be even more fair, with how the film had built up the Tiger as an unstoppable monster (despite Fury's 76mm gun actually being able to penetrate its frontal armour in real life), if the German tank commander had averted this trope there would have been no plausible way the heroes could have won.
- In addition to all of this, there's a general sense of Hollywood Operations at play. Fury and its brethren are constantly moving and fighting detached from their adjacent support, with no evidence of other units to their left, right, or rear. This flies in the face of doctrine which dictates a very specific organization to armored units. Even if Fury's platoon is down to its last few tanks, there ought to be no shortage of support for them in April 1945, but it is as though they exist in an operational vacuum. It is no exaggeration to say that the film's plot would not occur if the protagonists were acting as they are supposed to.
- Honor Before Reason: Wardaddy takes it upon himself to try to beat this quality out of Norman. He may have succeeded.
- Hopeless War: It's mid-April 1945. Nazi Germany has already lost the war and can't do a thing about it, regular Wehrmacht units are surrendering in droves, and the German people are starving because Hitler ordered the SS to burn all of the food supplies (hence, "She'll let you fuck her for a chocolate bar."), but the High Command still haven't surrendered and fanatical SS units continue to fight, to the chagrin of everyone, Germans included. To illustrate the point further, a massed formation of dozens of American bombers can be seen flying high overhead, with only 5 German planes seen moving to intercept them, showing that the Luftwaffe cannot field a meaningful defense over their own homeland at this point.
- Hypocrite: An SS lieutenant ordered that children who refused to fight the Americans should be hanged. When the American forces take the town, he surrenders rather than fighting to the death. He gets unceremoniously executed by the Americans once Wardaddy finds out what he did.
- I Call It "Vera": All the Shermans in the platoon have names: Fury, Matador, Lucy Sue, Old Phyllis, and Murder Inc.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: A rare heroic example, for a certain value of "heroic." Wardaddy wants to make sure Norman will be able to kill on the field, so he forces Norman to shoot an unarmed German soldier that had already surrendered. He actually has to hold Norman's hands to make sure he pulls the trigger.
- I Have a Family: The German corporal captured by the Americans says this when he begs for mercy. It does not work: Wardaddy forces Norman to shoot him down.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The Germans manage to be this with anti-tank guns. The Sherman platoon were only about 600 meters away, yet the guns can't seem to aim for shit, with the closest being a graze on Peterson's tank, whereas the Shermans were able to pepper the tree line with cannon rounds from the same distance and take out both Pak guns.
- Improvised Armor: Played straight. Most of the Sherman tanks seen on-screen are festooned with tree trunks. Unfortunately, it does nothing for lieutenant Parker's Sherman, which goes up in flames moments after being struck by a Panzerfaust. However, toward the end of the film the logs are implied to have spared Fury from a Tiger shell penetrating. In reality, tree trunks, sandbags, and even concrete blocks were used to protect the Sherman tanks from handheld anti-tank weapons, where the extra distance would keep shaped charges from getting ideal performance. These improvised solutions worked to varying degrees, though the most effective approach was simply to cut up burnt-out tanks and weld on actual purpose-made armor plate.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Garcia takes a swig from a bottle right after the destruction of the Tiger tank.
- Emma's cousin knocks back a shot too when the other members of Fury come in and start harassing Norman and Emma, more specifically when Coon-Ass starts "playing" the piano.
- Informed Flaw: Subverted with the M4 Sherman's vulnerabilities to German guns. In the movie depiction, the two combat scenes with the Sherman in at the Beetfield and the town make it seem like an indestructible American war machine (with Lt. Parker's tank taken out by a fluke due to an ambush). Then cue the Tiger I tank that proceeds to absolutely wreck the tank platoon.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Norman, though they border on being Icy Blue Eyes in the latter part of the film.
- In-Series Nickname: Every member of the Fury crew has a "war name". Norman earns his after taking a slug of Wardaddy's good whiskey and not choking like he did earlier, prompting Grady to call him a "...fightin', fuckin', drinkin' machine."
- Insert Grenade Here: Attempted by the German infantry in the film's climax which they finally succeed at. Reversed by the crew's preferred tactic whenever the infantry got too close: Popping the hatch open and chucking a grenade out.
- I Want My Mommy!: Inverted. When Lt. Parker's tank catches fire, he screans for his father instead.
- Grady is pretty much a constant a-hole, smartass and insubordinate prick throughout the film. You think Wardaddy's being cruel by calling him a "dog" in the opening scene, but that description slowly becomes more and more accurate throughout the film.
- He shows a small sliver of good nature while sharing a smoke with Norman in the abandoned field hospital, and is the one who gives the rookie his "war name". What's more, he reveals a surprising level of self-awareness about how awful he is. He knows he's not a good person, but he thinks Norman is, and he tells him so. Even when he's dragging Norman away from Emma's corpse, his behavior has a "tough love" quality to it, with an underlying hint that he may have had a similar experience, and used to be a much nicer guy before he experienced the horrors of war.
- Jerkass Has a Point: After the apartment Emma is in gets destroyed and Norman tries to hold onto her body, Grady roughly drags him away and trash-talks him by asking if he was going to send love letters to her. While the audience is supposed to hate Grady for being insensitive, his point that they're in the middle of a war and the overly-romantic life Norman wanted is unattainable isn't exactly unfounded.
- Wardaddy has one as well; when Norman refuses to shoot the surrendered German soldier, Wardaddy reminds him that the Germans are there to kill the Americans.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grady. He bullies Norman near the beginning, and twice he reduces Emma, the German girl, to tears, but he shares a quiet smoke with Norman in the abandoned field hospital, admitting to him that he thinks he, unlike himself, is a good man, and gives the rookie his 'combat name' of Machine.
- The Juggernaut: The Tiger quite literally wades through the fire of three Sherman tanks without even slowing down, and whenever its shells find their mark dead-on it's a One-Hit Kill. Broadly Truth in Television too, those things were nightmarishly tough (although Fury's upgraded 76mm gun should have been able to penetrate).
- Jumping on a Grenade: Garcia smothers a grenade that falls into Fury to prevent any harm to the other crew members.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Bible via a headshot.
- Kill 'Em All: Fury was the only tank out of a five unit platoon that even made it to the final engagement of the movie. And among its crew, Norman is the only survivor.
- Large Ham: Jason Isaacs hams it up in his first scene.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Early in the movie, Norman tries to show mercy to a surrendering German soldier. Norman's own life is later spared by a young German soldier who finds him hiding under the tank, but decides not report him to his officer. Also the SS officer in the bank.
- Last Stand: Five guys in one tank against an entire SS battalion (about three hundred men).
- Leitmotif: SS Marschiert in Feindesland, the march song which the SS battalion sings. Doubles as Ominous German Chanting.
- The Lost Lenore: Wardaddy's pistol grip contains a picture of a woman that is visible at several points in the film. In a deleted scene, he tells Norman about how he was responsible for the death of his fiancee before the war.
- Made of Explodium: Zigzagged. It seems every piece that has a cannon in the film has a tendency to either explode, go up in flames, or none of the above.
- Every destroyed tank behaves realistically. Instead of dramatic Hollywood fireballs, we get a nice, round hole where the armor-piercing round punched through, followed by the tank "brewing up" from the inside, with flames visible only from the open hatches. Sergeant Davis's tank's turret is blown off by a round striking the ammo locker, also realistic.
- The moment Lieutenant Parker's Sherman gets hit by a Panzerfaust in the beginning of the movie, it quickly goes up in flames and roasts everyone in it alive. Sherman tanks were very susceptible to fire, so this is pretty accurate.
- The Pak 40 in the Hedgerow battle explodes in massive fireworks probably due to the ammo exploding once the Shermans manage to hit close enough with high-explosive shells.
- The Pak 38 in the town didn't blow up when hit with a white phosphorus round, but probably because the white phosphorus didn't immediately cook off the ammo.
- During the Tiger tank battle, two Shermans instantly blows up when penetrated, with the turret dramatically coming off as well, while Peterson's Sherman catches fire very quickly once penetrated. All of the tanks are left with no survivors. Then Fury hits the Tiger tank in the rear and it catches fire very quickly due to damaging the engine and fuel area, and are left with three surviving crew members before Fury guns them down.
- Finally, when Fury gets hit by a Panzerfaust near the end, no magnificent explosions or fire was made and suffered minimal damage. This is probably only because the ammo locker for the main gun was empty.
- Man on Fire:
- The fate of Lieutenant Parker. He climbs out of his burning tank and falls to the ground, immolated and screaming. He quickly puts his .45 to his temple to stop the agony. Also, several Germans holed up in a building who are flushed out by White Phosphorus.
- At least one SS officer dies in a manner eerily similar to Parker, wreathed in flames, but is unable to end his own suffering.
- Meaningful Name: Norman, which sounds and is often pronounced like "normal". As in "the only normal crewman".
- Mercy Kill: Norman guns down several Germans burning from white phosphorus when the others were content to let the men burn.
- Million Mook March: The SS Battalion gets its own scene with troops marching down the road with weaponry and vehicles. Downplayed as it's only representing a battalion of about 300 men, but it definitely means something if the opposing side only has five men and a broken-down tank.
- Moe Greene Special: Bible is shot through the eye.
- Moment Killer: The rest of the Fury crew show up to hog the table and demand a meal when Norman is flirting with Emma.
- Mood Whiplash: In one scene, Norman watches as German civilians are forced to evacuate their homes to get away from the war and in one part, sees a young woman with just a bicycle going. Looks like the part where the New Meat sees just how the war is affecting the people in the land, then...Gordo: She'll let you fuck her for a chocolate bar.
- In one scene, the crew of Fury are laughing on the whole dialogue up in Actually Pretty Funny, the next scene Lt. Parker's tank goes up in flames.
- Moral Myopia: An SS officer gives an awesome Rousing Speech to his men about defending their homeland. Never mind that they are being invaded because they invaded their neighbors first.
- More Dakka: The titular tank is fitted with two Browning machine guns on top of the turret (a .30 caliber M1919 and a .50 caliber M2), something actually rather common on Sherman tanks in 1945. This is in addition to the two other .30 cal machine guns; one mounted next to the main 76mm gun and another mounted in the bow of the hull.
- Mud Wrestling: Bible gets into one with a German SS troop while trying to acquire a weapon.
- New Meat: Norman is a clerk-typist who was forced onto the front lines. Neither he nor Fury's battle-hardened crew are particularly happy that he's there. However, despite how green he is, he manages to do quite well once he gets past his hangups about killing (with a little forced assistance from Wardaddy).
- No OSHA Compliance: After returning to the camp in the first act, Don is smoking right between two huge fuel containers.
- Another one was when the crew decided to smoke inside the Fury, which is a breach in standard safety protocols (fire + ammo = big boom). However, given that they were expecting their position to be their Last Stand, that danger seems very small compared to the incoming enemy.
- No Range Like Point-Blank Range: During the attack on the village, Fury and Murder Inc. come across a machine gun nest mowing down their fellow soldiers. Their solution? Murder Inc. blows it up with a 75 mm gun at about a tank's equivalent of point blank range. The only reason why Fury didn't was because it was too close to even bring the gun to aim at it, though it likely helped that Murder Inc. was equipped with the 75mm M3, which had a better high explosive shell than Fury's 76mm M1A2.note
- Nose Art: The individual names of the Shermans are painted on their cannon barrels.
- The Tiger takes the rounds from the Sherman tanks full in the face to virtually no effect. Until Fury gets around behind and digs in a few shots at a key weakpoint.
- The German infantry fires everything they have at the tank, but bullets just bounce of its hull. The only real damage they do is from a single Panzerfaust team that manages to get close enough to fire at its side. It kills Grady, but otherwise the tank is still functional and the Germans have to wait till the crew runs out of ammo.
- Not Afraid to Die: Resoundingly subverted. When finally cornered by the Germans with no way out, Norman has a small, muted breakdown and tells Wardaddy he's afraid. Wardaddy admits that he is too.
- Obligatory War Crime Scene:
- Averted in the aftermath of the hedgerow assault. A German corporal is captured wearing an American overcoat, which completely obscures his issued uniform. Wardaddy forces Norman to execute him to cure Norman of his fear of killing. Brutal, but perfectly in line with The Laws and Customs of War. Regardless of why he had the coat (it was cold in April 1945, so the implication is that he took it off a dead GI), according to the Geneva Conventions, an enemy soldier captured wearing your own side's uniform is legally considered an infiltrator and subject to summary execution, while the Hague Convention of 1907 expressly forbids Dressing as the Enemy while engaging in combat against said enemy (specifically Article 23). The Germans would (and did) do the same thing. Notice that other captured troops were not harmed by the Americans. Troops on both sides were warned about this, and told to get rid of any captured enemy gear before surrendering. It was his own fault for not doing so.
- At one point, an SS lieutenant is shown to be conscripting children as Child Soldiers into the SS (itself a war crime, even then) and hanging any who refuse. Wardaddy orders him summarily executed (that was also a war crime, though, as he was a lawful combatant who had just surrendered).
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Fury being the lone survivor of 3rd Platoon in the beginning of the film is apparently attributed by a Tiger tank. We never saw if Fury destroyed the Tiger or simply evaded it, but given Wardaddy, probably the former.Tank Commander: There weren't supposed to be no more Tigers, Don.Wardaddy: Tell my platoon that.
- In the intro scene with the horse-riding German officer, some of the destroyed tanks have been identified as an upgraded Panzer IV and a Panther tank, both having the capacity to destroy M4 Sherman tanks with ease yet both are destroyed as well. Fury must have been in one hell of a battle. This is somewhat disjointed with the intro, which tells us that Germany is on its last legs, yet somehow still has resources enough to throw all these tanks into suicidal battles.
- Off with His Head!: The fate of the assistant driver Norman replaces. Peterson, one of the tank commanders, has his head taken off by an 88 round. During the final battle, at several SS troopers get their heads blown off by a .50 cal.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Norman's expression when two of the Shermans land a direct hit clean on the front of the Tiger and it just bounces off with no effect just screams "we're all gonna die".
- Norman does it again when he first spots the approaching SS battalion.
- Ominous Walk: A tank version. The Tiger tank slowly inches toward the Fury platoon after leaving its shooting position. As it crawls toward them and they bum rush it, they fire at each other. The Shermans only manage to scratch the front armor with their cannons while the Tiger is able to dish out One-Hit Kill on the Shermans. This ends up to be the Tiger's undoing as getting in close with the platoon allowed Fury to get behind it and hit it in the back, killing the tank.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Wardaddy towards the Waffen-SS, including surrendering prisoners. Somewhat Truth in Television, as SS and, to a lesser extent, Fallschirmjägernote , were often shot on sight by American troops after the Battle of the Bulge in retribution for the Malmedy Massacre.
Wardaddy: Hey, Abe. Shoot that guy.
* Pet the Dog: Shortly after Fury's demise, one of the German soldiers spots Norman hiding under the tank. He spares him and pretends he didn't see anything.
- Pink Mist: To be expected when 88mm of anti-tank munition hits somebody, misting not only the head, but part of his upper torso.
- Playing Possum: Invoked by Gordo, who wants to be extra sure that none of the German soldiers will get up and burn their tank.
- Played straight with Fury at the end, the crew disguised the tank to look knocked out. They wait for the incoming SS battalion to be right on top of Fury before opening fire, killing many in the initial attack.
- In the final battle, as Bible runs out of the tank to grab weapons from dead soldiers, one springs up and they engage in a Mud Wrestling.
- Plot Armor: Mentioned by the Bible and Coon-Ass after the Tiger battle when the two contemplates why God didn't claim the crew in the battle when everyone else dies. Bible then comes to the conclusion that it was Lord's Protection, and everyone agrees. Too bad it didn't last long.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: The US infantry sergeant with the Alabama drawl grabs the SS lieutenant out of the line, calls over a man with a Tommy gun, then slaps the Nazi on the back and says, "Auf wiedersehen, asshole!"
- Pyrrhic Victory: The Tiger tank battle. The tank destroyed all the Shermans in the platoon except Fury, so while they were able to defeat it, they are left the only survivor with a mission to complete still.
- Reality Ensues: A tank crew consisting of only five men is simply not capable of defeating a German advance of three hundred soldiers, regardless of how determined and ferocious they are.
- From the same battle: The SS troopers charge the American tank, spraying it with small arms fire while trying to get their Anti-Armor rocket troops in close enough to attack. They are mowed down in droves and the small arms fire is entirely ineffective on the tank's armor. Even the one shot with a Panzerfaust that gets through fails to destroy the tank, as they had already run out of ammo, leaving little inside the tank to be blown up once the armor is pierced. Ultimately, what dooms the Americans is that they run out of ammunition and can't keep the Germans from climbing on the tank to force the hatches open.
- Rated M for Manly: If you aren't caked in at least an inch of mud and motor oil, Fury doesn't wanna know.
- Reality Is Unrealistic:
- Many viewers have questioned the laser-beam like tracers during many of the prominent battles from tank cannons and machine guns. For the machine guns, one can find footage from WWII where an M1919 Browning machine gun is firing, and indeed the tracers it has are very visible. As for the tank cannons, tracers may have also been used in larger guns to help with aiming.
- This video shows a modern day example with an M1 Abrams firing off a shot during a live fire exercise. Not only is there a visible streak of light in broad daylight, but the round bounces off the ground.
- A relatively frequent complaint was that the tracer rounds make it look "too much like Star Wars", apparently without realizing this is exactly what Lucas' "blasters" are based on.
- Some may question the decision of sticking untrained personnel inside a tank during combat operations without so much as a five minute "This does X" explanation. However, Sherman tanks often rolled out with actual trained tankers (usually the gunner, commander, and driver) and guys plucked from other areas. The reason for this was that Sherman tanks were often knocked out during the war, and crew members were often severely wounded, or killed outright, and training new recruits to replace them took time. However, there were plenty of reserve infantry, mechanics, and other personnel just itching to get into combat...
- Tank commanders do ride "heads up" out of the hatch as much as possible, even under fire. Riding buttoned up using periscopes severely restricts their visibility.
- People have questioned the Sherman's tactics in the Tiger battle, where the Shermans zerg rushed the enemy head on with no cover, plus since there were 76mm Shermans available, they could've took it out at long ranges. However, Nicholas Moran from Wargaming found a document in this video that indicates that if you were out-range by the enemy's gun, charge.
- The fact that every single Sherman tank aside of Fury is instantly set ablaze upon penetration has nothing to do with Plot Armor. For almost the entire war, ammunition was stored all around the Sherman tanks, increasing their vulnerability to catching disastrous fires and/or explosions upon penetration, but unlike the common myth, it had nothing to do with M4 design as such. When Fury is penetrated in the climax, there are no more shells left, hence no instant fire. It is also worth noting that by 1945, this issue had been solved by the introduction of wet ammo stowage, making the Sherman no more likely to brew up than any other tank on either side.
- Some people questioned how downright theatrical the SS was during the climax, giving rousing speeches to orderly rows of soldiers mere meters from a tank that's trying to kill them. The fact that with the exception of the sniper they can't hit anything doesn't help. However the SS really were both that crazy and poorly trained.
- Many viewers have questioned the laser-beam like tracers during many of the prominent battles from tank cannons and machine guns. For the machine guns, one can find footage from WWII where an M1919 Browning machine gun is firing, and indeed the tracers it has are very visible. As for the tank cannons, tracers may have also been used in larger guns to help with aiming.
- Red Shirt: Lieutenant Parker. Had his tank blown up to show Norman and the audience how vicious and desperate the German situation is. In the end, his leadership isn't necessary as Wardaddy instantly takes over with no complications.
- Repeat Cut:
- During the assault in the town when a Pak cannon fires onto Fury.
- Later, when Fury gets a shot to the Tiger tank's rear.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Wardaddy's side-arm is a Smith & Wesson M1917 revolver.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: The credits include "Young SS Trouper." A trouper is a theatrical performer. A soldier is a trooper.
- Rousing Speech: Given by an SS officer to his men before sending them up against Fury in the final battle. In particular, he reminds them that "This is our land!" The fact that he avoids any "master race" stuff makes it easy to forget that this awesome speech is about fighting for Nazi Germany.
- R-Rated Opening: Taken Up to Eleven. Not only in the very first scene the camera slowly pans over a battlefield full of mud, mutilated bodies, and destroyed tanks, but also one of the main characters pulls a brutal, graphic, and lethal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on an enemy officer. After which he and his crew drop a few Cluster F-Bombs in casual dialogue.
- Rule of Drama:
- The reason why a certain component on an M4 Sherman tank was ignored in the climax battle. Did you know Sherman hatches have locks?
- The second line in the opening statement sensationalized the US tank crew situation in the European Theater. "US tank crewmen suffered staggering losses against the superior enemy vehicles" is a broad statement in relative to the armored warfare.note
- Rule of Symbolism: After Norman wakes up the morning after the Fury crew have been killed, a white horse (possibly the same one from the opening scene of the film) can be seen trotting by the tank as he looks around.
- Senseless Sacrifice: The German troops are ordered to keep fighting despite the fact that the war is lost and nothing they do will change that.
- Sergeant Rock: Wardaddy to a T. You may not like him, but he'll make sure you do your job, survive the fight, and win the war.Bible: "He may be crazier than a shit-house rat, but ain't no crew stuck together like we have."
- Notably, after the battle against the German Pak guns, he extensively berates Norman for being unwilling to kill, forcing him to kill a captured German soldier, and then in the very next scene, he expresses concern that Norman hasn't eaten anything all day. At the end of the day, Wardaddy wants his men able to perform, which means chewing their asses off when he feels they've failed, and making sure they take care of themselves so they are ready to fight.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: With deleted scenes in mind, a lot of situations from the film where Grady and Gordo are total and callous dicks are much more understandable.
- While it's only implied in the proper film, the deleted scenes make it more than clear that Grady is on a brink of total mental collapse (he dreams every night about one of fellow soldiers being shred into pieces by artillery barrage)
- Gordo drinks every given chance to simply forget and he was already desensitized before the war due to working in a slaughterhouse. He has a minor breakdown while they're in the house with Emma and her cousin.
- Wardaddy maintains the facade of being a tough and fearsome leader, but only due to years of combat experience - he knows that if he starts showing any weakness, the morale of the entire crew will collapse, while he himself is scared shitless of not coming back one day from a sortie or other assignment.
- Shirtless Scene: Wardaddy gets a prominent one, to establish his back is covered in scar tissue.
- Shovel Strike: A German soldier climbs onto Fury's turret and hacks at Wardaddy with his entrenching tool.
- Show, Don't Tell:
- The American's typical strategy against German's tanks during World War II of numerical superiority is shown against the Tiger.
- The dilemma of fighting an enemy who uses Child Soldiers is shown when Lt. Parker's tank is destroyed by a child with a Panzerfaust.
- Shown Their Work: While the movie has its share of Hollywood Tactics, a number of scenes are fairly accurate:
- Throughout the film, the most common threat faced by the Sherman tanks are enemies firing from concealment, to include infantry with anti-tank rockets, towed anti-tank guns, and armored vehicles lying in wait for the enemy to come into the kill zone. An armored vehicle was far more likely to face its end at such a surprise attack than they were to be attacked out in the open.
- The tactics used to protect the tanks from enemy infantry, to include friendly supporting infantry and lobbing grenades from open hatches. It was also fairly common to keep the tank "unbuttoned", with the crew (or at least the commander) sticking their heads out of the hatches for improved visibility (they were far more likely to survive if they saw a threat earlier).
- The tactics used when the Shermans faced the heavier Tiger tank: Charge at it to close the distance and try to outflank it. Nearly all tanks put their strongest armor on the front, so weaker opponents would have to get around it to Attack Its Weak Point.
- And of course, the Germans' use of Child Soldiers, as the closing months of the war saw the use of rather desperate tactics by the Nazi leadership.
- The US soldiers in the film throughout never once called the M4 tanks "Shermans". Which would be periodically accurate, "Sherman" was a British coined term first while Americans only ever referred to them by their designations, it isn't until after the war that the "Sherman" name was pasted onto the M4 in American designations.
- In the Tiger I battle, only one of the Tiger's machine gun fired in the sequence despite having two. A small design detail in the Tiger was that it couldn't fire its coaxial machine gun when it was traversing the turret.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Type 4. Coon-Ass seems to thrive on the chaos he causes, though hints seem in the final movie as well as more obvious cues in the deleted scenes indicate that its how he copes with combat stress (and that his coping mechanism is no longer working). Wardaddy also, killing Germans all the way and even forcing poor Norman to go along.
- Soldiers at the Rear: Norman was a clerk typist, but got pulled into frontline duty as bow gunner in a tank to replace a casualty. He claims to be able to type 60 words a minute.
- Sole Survivor:
- Norman is the only survivor from Fury's crew.
- Fury itself is the sole surviving tank of two different tank platoons.
- In a deleted scene, Grady reveals that out of the original unit that Fury was attached to in Africa, only the crew members of Fury other than Norman were left.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The artillery strike in the German village is revealed to also have fatally wounded Captain Waggoner in a deleted scene. In the final cut, his fate isn't told or shown.
- Steel Ear Drums:
- A grenade goes off inside Fury after Garcia covers it with his body, but no one in the tank, not even Norman who was right next to it, suffers any hearing loss.
- An SS machine gunner uses a fellow soldier as an improvised bipod by resting the weapon on his shoulder and firing it past his ear. This was a method the Germans actually used sometimes.
- Stress Vomit: When, Norman's cleans up the remains of the dead crewman he's replacing, he finds that man left a very recognizable chunk of his face behind. Norman has to exit the tank and puke immediately.
- Student and Master Team: The movie focuses on the relationship between Wardaddy, a jaded and experienced soldier, and Norman, a young newbie. Wardaddy gives Norman lessons about war.
- Tank Goodness: Oh yeah. The tanks used in the filming are all period accurate. And in particular the Tiger is an actual Tiger tank, Tiger 131 captured in Tunisia instead of a 3D render or mockup, borrowed from the nearby-to-the-film set Bovington Tank Museum, and also the only operational Tiger I in existence. This marks the film debut of an actual Tiger outside wartime propaganda reels and the odd French film from the immediate postwar era.
- Tanks, but No Tanks:
- Fury's crew has supposedly been operating together in the same tank since Africa, three years before the "Easy Eight" came into service. While it's theoretically possible that their old tank was upgraded in the field (some "Jumbo Shermans" had their cannons changed after D-Day, for example), it's much more likely that the crew would have been issued a new tank. This presents something of a plot hole given the entire reason for the climactic fight is that Fury has been a home to Wardaddy and the crew.
- Fury fires 'Supercharge' and White Phosphorus ammunition that 76mm models never had.
- The tanks are mostly diesel-powered due to being British surplus. Fury itself is an M4A2E8, a British variant with a twin diesel engine. In real life, the US Army standardized on gasoline-powered variants like the M4A3. The movie seems to use stock sounds and the tanks clearly sound like diesels.
- Murder Inc. is an M4A4 Sherman, which was largely supplied to Allied countries under the Lend-Lease Act, such as the Commonwealth, so it is unlikely one would be in a US tank unit (the A4 can be differentiated from the A2 and A3 by the length of the hull and spacing between the bogies; this was to accomodate the Chrysler A57 Multibank engine, which was five straight-six car engines geared together).
- Though played straight at times with the major battles. For example, there's debate that the PaK 40 anti-tank gun should've been able to take out the tank it was firing at, instead of having its round ricochet off. Though the angle at which the round impacted may have been extreme enough, which is just as ridiculous anyway.
- The scene against the Tiger I has the Tiger fire its cannon right on a Fury's side and be deflected. At its angle, even with the improvised log armor, the Tiger round should be able to penetrate Fury straight through the back, but instead is deflected off to the left, ruining the log improvisation but otherwise leaves the tank standing fine.
- Also, Fury's 76mm Cannon should allow it to be able to engage the Tiger I tank from up to 800 meters away, so it didn't need to get up close to the Tiger I to penetrate its armor.
- Taught by Experience: Norman didn't even attend basic tanker training before being reassigned as Fury's bow machine gunner.
- Tempting Fate: In the final battle...Norman: How long can we keep this up?!. (Cue machine gun running out of ammo).
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: Wardaddy has the tank behind him use its 75mm cannon to take out a machine gun position in a cellar that's right in front of Wardaddy.
- Peterson, one of the tank commanders, has his head taken off by an 88 round.
- A deleted scene has Grady talk about a man he saw running away from the Germans, only to be hit by a cannon shell.
- Throw-Away Guns: When Wardaddy runs out of ammo for his Sturmgewehr 44 rifle, he chucks it with good effect at an incoming German soldier.
- Token Minority:
Michael Peña: My hats go off to David Ayer for paying homage to Latins that fought in World War II that were unacknowledged.
- Gordo, a Latin American in the whole crew of whites. The actor even lampshades it in a behind-the-scene cut. At the time, Hispanics were classified as white.
- There was also a curious case in the beginning when Wardaddy attacked the SS prisoner. There is also an Asian soldier escorting the prisoner, leading some to assume that it's a reference to the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team. It's far more likely, though, that the soldier in question is of Chinese descent. As many as 20,000 Chinese-Americans served during WWII, and 75% of those served in non-segregated units, including several that fought in Germany in 1945.
- Token Religious Teammate: Bible, in a surprisingly real and non-stereotypical way. Hes as foul-mouthed and ill-tempered as anyone else, but he refrains from philandering (notice hes also wearing a wedding ring, though his wife is never mentioned).Bible: No, no! Youre just tryin' to rile me up! We been talkin' 'bout the same dumb shit for three years now! Im done tryin' to convert you heathens! You know where I stand on it. You mind if I continue invadin' Germany?
- Trailers Always Spoil: Some of the trailers for the movie has a clip that shows Fury fighting the Tiger tank.
- Vehicle-Roof Body Disposal: A subversion occurs when the Sherman crew puts a dead German soldier onto their disabled tank and set the corpse on fire. When the SS troopers arrive shortly after, they approach the tank carelessly to investigate the odd situation, and the crew opens up with everything they still have at point-blank range, with devastating results.
- Vehicle Title: Fury is the nickname of the tank.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The film's events were inspired by a few actual events that happened in World War II.
- Wardaddy taking up the .50 caliber machine gun on Fury at the end is similar to Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy when he climbed onto a knocked-out and burning M10 tank destroyer and used its machine gun to hold off a German attack.
- In an interview with a tank veteran, he described a time his group of Shermans defended a small village at night against German infantry, which is not too unlike Fury's climactic scene. The German infantry climbed up at the tanks (no Panzerfausts this time) and so the Shermans decided to shoot each other with machine guns to kill the infantry on them, but the crew would be safe in the tanks. A Korean War veteran had a similar experience with North Koreans. One minor detail this scene reveals that would present a huge plot hole in the movie was that the infantry tried opening the Sherman hatches...but the hatches have locks.
- The name Wardaddy was actually based on a real tank commander, Lafayette G. "Wardaddy" Pool, who is the US tank ace of aces.
- A Sherman lasting the entire war unscathed such as Fury (well...until the end of the movie) isn't unheard of. A Canadian Sherman tank named Bomb survived from D-Day to the end of the war without being knocked out (although the crew members were swapped out due to injuries).
- Villain Song: A variation, as the SS show up in the movie being preceded by the sound of them marching and singing the real-life marching song SS Marschiert in Feindesland. Due to the lyrics of the full version of the song from real life, this is also a clear-cut case of a Card-Carrying Villain song as well, as the beginning part they sing specifically calls it an "evil song".
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Norman throws up on-screen when he sees the remains of Fury's former assistant driver.
- Walking Spoiler: The Tiger I tank. Seriously, just look at all entries related to it on this page. Plus, given the infamous reputation this had in the war, you will be certain that many American tanks are going to die if it is ever mentioned.
- War Is Hell: The action isn't the least bit shy on gruesome content, and even the quieter moments show just how much damage the war has done to the psyches of everyone involved.
- War Was Beginning: The film begins with a caption about the state of the war in April 1945.
- Wasn't That Fun?: "Best job I ever had." Sometimes said in a distinctly weary way.
- The Women Are Safe with Us: Zig-zagged. When Wardaddy barges into the apartment of two young women hiding from the American troops, he at first appears to have malicious intentions, but ultimately wants only a home-cooked meal. Coon-Ass appears to have no qualms about raping Emma, but Wardaddy tells him she's off limits, so we never have to find out if he's actually serious or if it's just more of his Jerkass bravado. His earlier dialog about trading cigarettes for sex and his nonviolent treatment of the German girl he and Gordo have sex with suggest the latter, at least. He's still an asshole, of course.
- A deleted scene has Wardaddy tell the messenger to ensure the women are treated well.
- The Worf Effect: The Shermans in the film's combat scenes make it seem like a nigh-impenetrable American war machine, curb-stomping most of the opposing German forces. The moment the Tiger tank shows up, it destroys three of the four said Shermans and puts it as vastly inferior to the German monster. At least, this is what the film wants to tell us, but in reality, the Tiger I only had a 1.7/1 K/D ratio at most in the entire war.
- Working-Class Hero: While the film is clearly favouring blue-collar, low ranking personnel as the "real" soldiers who do all the dirty job and actual fighting, Coon-Ass comes out as a vicious deconstruction of this trope, showing exactly how primitive and crude characters with such a background can turn out.
- Would Harm A Child:
- The SS is not afraid to hang children for refusing to fight for Germany.
- The American soldiers are just as willing to shoot any German child soldier that points a weapon at them. Given how deadly a kid with a Panzerfaust was shown to be, it's the only sane reaction.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Norman at first, with disastrous results.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Zig-Zagged. Fury's right track is indeed busted, but the crew makes it look as if the whole tank was just a burning wreck.
- You Always Hear the Bullet: German AT fire onto the Shermans in two scenes have the sound shrieking through the air, before we see the shells. In actuality, the 7.5 cm anti-tank guns used in the hedgerow scene and the 8.8 cm cannon on the Tiger I fires shells traveling more than twice the speed of sound, meaning we should see the shell streak before the sound.
- You Are in Command Now: After Lieutenant Parker is killed, Wardaddy (a seasoned tank sergeant) is left to command a multi-vehicle tank column, plus the men on foot assaulting an entrenched German position. Luckily, he has the experience to direct such numbers.
- You Shall Not Pass!: The film's climax, as the crew tries to hold a crossroads against a German advance. Of Fury's crew, only a traumatized Norman survives, and though many SS soldiers are killed, they were merely held up, not stopped at the crossroads. One of the medics called Norman "a hero", implying that their last stand stalled and weakened the enemy forces enough that it couldn't be a significant threat to the Allies' supply line.
- Zerg Rush: The tactic the Sherman platoon did against the Tiger tank. Also what the SS troopers did against Fury in the climax.