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The comic series contains examples of:

  • Complete Monster: Paulie Franchetti.
    • Eddie Shrote is one nasty, sadistic son of a bitch as well. Not to mention, of course, the Darkness itself.
    • The Angelus isn't so heavenly either (see its Light Is Not Good entry below).
    • Sonatine probably quallifies as well what with handing out Mind Rape and Fates Worse Than Death like candy.
  • Crosses the Line Twice
  • Fridge Logic: Jackie lures Frankie and a lot of his mooks into an old warehouse, then drops a lit match through a floor grating and into a pool of gasoline, blowing up the whole building. But with that much gasoline open to the air, the mobsters should have been able to smell it from a block away and known they were walking into a trap.
  • Ho Yay - Wenders really wants to serve Jackie...
  • Les Yay: The Angelus and her "companion" in the first comic arc.
    • Recently, the Angelus' host was a lesbian with a crush on the next host. Guess how they transfered the Angelus?
    • Once the Angelus finds a host, it seems to get a girlfriend quickly afterward, whether it's one they made - the thousand-year-old Angelus in the comic's introductory arc created herself a female lover as one of her angel army - or one they met, such as Dani Baptiste and her girlfriend Finch. Even Celestine had a weird fixation on Sara Pezzini. While it's never been overtly discussed, it's possible that becoming the Angelus host actually makes the host a lesbian.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Paulie Franchetti blowing up an orphanage with a bazooka is what causes the rest of the mob to turn on him.
  • Squick
  • Uncanny Valley: A lot of the artwork lives there.

The video game contains examples of:

  • Acceptable Targets: In the game, you are sent after drug dealers selling to kids (because they are encroaching on the Family's territory).
    • More generally, all of the people Jackie has to kill in the game are either mobsters, corrupt cops, mob affiliates, or zombies.
  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: Mike Patton as the voice of the Darkness.
    • The fandom rejoyced again when Mike Patton returned for the sequel years later.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: When Jackie finally takes full control over the Darkness in the fourth chapter. Shame it doesn't last...
  • Moral Event Horizon: When the Darkness forces Jackie to watch, taunting him all the while, as his girlfriend is murdered.

  "Awww, what did they do, Jackie? What did they do to Jenny?"

    • In 2, the Brotherhood crosses this all the time. The ambush at the restaurant that killed innocent people? Them. Then they assault Jackie's house for the sole purpose of killing his Cool Old Lady aunt. Then they attack the aunt's funeral just to lure Jackie into a trap.
  • Player Punch: I see you're near the end of the first chapter. Better prepare some raw steak for your eye, and possibly a stretcher.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The entire NYPD are portrayed as sadistic bad guys. At least, the ones we see who work for Schrote. If there are honest cops in the setting, we certainly don't interact with any.
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