The Book:

* FunnyMoments: The pharmacy owner hitting on an oblivious Dewey Dell is definitely this... until he [[spoiler: rapes her.]]
* 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:
* DeaderThanDisco: Originally one of the biggest melodic metalcore acts, Lambesis' arrest made the name poisonous overnight and destroyed the band's status in one fell swoop. This also extended to Austrian Death Machine and Pyrithion, both of which are most likely gone forever. Even if Lambesis does try to resurrect his career, it's unlikely that any major metal label will be willing to touch him.
* 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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