There's a shootout between some drunken cowpokes over at the old corral, the schoolmarm's been kidnapped by the Boulder Gang, a dying rider with an arrow in his back says that the Indians have attacked a passing wagon train, and Deputy Bob's got a bullet in him but Old Doc's passed out from too much whiskey. Just the start of an average day for a Sheriff in the Old West.
These cliches are divided up into some of the popular sub-categories.
- Tight Ropin': Can toss a lariat aroun' somethin'.
- Straight Shootin': Can put a bullet into somethin'.
- Fast Ridin': Can stay on a movin' horse.
- Hard Drinkin': Swillin' whiskey.
- Backwards Shootin': Can shoot at lawmen while ridin' backwards.
- Safe Blowin': No safe is safe from this handy outlaw skill.
- Robbin' Stages: Without disrespecting' the lady folk, natch.
- Relentless Pursuit: Always gets his man.
- Square Jawed: Resolute and handsome.
- Super Six-Shootin': Yer guns never need reloadin'.
- Scalpin': Like barberin', only closer.
- Medicine Man: Kinda like Doctorin', but don't cost no money.
- Archery: Killin' buffalo or cowboys with bow and arrow.
- Scoutin': Findin' a path through the wilderness.
- Gatlin' Gun Operatin': Shootin' lots of Injuns real fast.
- Grousin': Complainin' about Army life.
- Doctorin': Pullin' out bullets, makin' housecalls in a buggy.
- Schoolmarmin': Teachin' settlers' kiddies, and meltin' a cowboy's heart.
- Engineerin': Drivin' a steam train.