The Book:

* TheHero: Darl, the only one who understands that Addie was a loveless, cruel individual who only wants to be taken to Jefferson out of revenge,[[spoiler: and so he tries to bury her as quickly as possible, first in the river, then in the fire.]]
* MemeticMutation: My mother is a fish.
* {{Squick}}: Where do you start? [[spoiler: Vardaman drills a hole through his mother's corpse's face. Said corpse grows progressively more rotten, as does Cash's poorly-treated broken leg.]]
* TheWoobie: Dewey Dell.
** IronWoobie: Cash.
** JerkassWoobie: Darl and Jewel.

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The Metalcore band:
* FaceOfTheBand: Tim Lambesis
* GrowingTheBeard: The songs in An Ocean Between Us have gotten more impressive on a technical and melodic level
* MagnumOpus: Either Shadows are Security or An Ocean Between Us.
* SignatureSong: Forever, Nothing Left[=/=]The Sound of Truth, Confined, or Parallels.
* WhatAnIdiot: Lambesis hiring what he thought was an ordinary hitman ended up being an undercover cop.
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