- Foe Yay/ Ho Yay: A dark and violent example between Tate and Chuncho. Both of them favour guns and money over women; Chuncho completely ignores his human prize once he hears news of a machine gun, which is foreign, like Tate. Film scholar Alex Cox describes the film as being a love affair between Tate and Chuncho.
- Moral Event Horizon: Both men cross the line at some point: Chuncho when he kills his friend Guapo to protect Tate, and Tate when he murders not only Chuncho's brother Santo, but General Elias as well.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: The music for the bandit raid resembles Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
YMMV / A Bullet for the General