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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At one point a werewolf snatches a soldier's shotgun and starts shooting back yet they never do anything like that afterwards.
    • Of course, the weapon was a pump-action shotgun, and the werewolf probably didn't understand how to chamber another shell, so it tossed it aside.
  • Crazy Awesome: Spoon. Even when he runs out of ammo against the wolves, he resorts to using anything he can find.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Megan uses the camera flash to blind and distract the werewolves. As she's actually a werewolf and doesn't want to hurt her packmates, it makes sense she'd use a non-lethal Improvised Weapon rather than borrow a firearm from the squaddies.
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    • Not really, since she also unloads a whole mag from Browning Hi-Power right into a werewolf few scenes later. While she might be aware it's useless, it's established long by that scene that this particular type of werewolves might be nigh-invulnerable, but that doesn't mean they don't feel pain.
    • Which makes sense as well, given that while she may be working with them, that doesn't mean she doesn't feel anger at them for turning her into one and doesn't mind hurting them non-fatally.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sean Pertwee in charge of a guy named Bruce is funny now.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • Older Than They Think: As awesome as it was that Spoon was able to fight with a werewolf hand-to-hand without the use of any silver-based weapon, Dog Soldiers wasn't the first film to feature a Badass Normal human who was able to take on a werewolf with nothing but his wits and fighting skills. The 1996 film Were Wolf actually featured a random Badass Bystander who was able to go toe-to-toe with a werewolf using nothing but his martial arts abilities and put up a decent fight, though he still didn't win in the end.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Game of Thrones fans might now recognise Captain Ryannote .
    • Kevin McKidd as the lead seems much more obvious now than in 2002. Justified, since it was the role that put him in the spotlight.
    • Looks like Alfred wasn't kidding about how tough he had to be in the British military.
    • To a lesser extent, Emma Cleasby, who played Megan showed up in Coronation Street as a recurring character called Sylvia Ramsden.
  • Idiot Ball / Villain Ball - Ryan's Establishing Character Moment. Regardless of testing and the establishing of themes (dogs are symbolic of soldier-like fidelity), questions WOULD have been asked about the military dog being shot at the beginning of the movie.
    • Considering they are a valuable piece of military equipment, costing anywhere from $20-$40k to train in the UK, the willful and obvious destruction of military equipment during a TRAINING MANEUVER would have been badly frowned upon. Also, most dogs are considered higher rank than that of their handler. It works well for the movie, so Tropes Are Not Bad, but the culture of soldiers surrounding canine units would have probably gotten Ryan a demotion if not worse.
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  • Too Cool to Live: Joe, Spoon and Wells.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The premise is soldiers vs. werewolves.

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