* ContestedSequel: ''The Cartel''.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Reverend Ray's showdown with Juarez:
-->"I bring not peace... BUT THE WRATH OF THE LORD!" [Ray then proceeds to murder an entire army with a Gatling gun].
** And in ''Bound in Blood'', the death of [[spoiler:William]].
* HilariousInHindsight: [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/01/mexican-police-capture-juarez-kingpin Head of the RL Juarez Cartel]] was captured by the police just thirteen days after the release of ''Call of Juarez: The Cartel''. Guess we know who did it...
* TearJerker: While the original game already had a touching ending where Billy promises never to run away again [[spoiler:at Ray's grave]], ''Bound in Blood'' outdoes it by ''far'' with Ray's solemn SoWhatDoWeDoNow monologue. Even knowing the [=McCalls'=] ultimate fate won't stop those ManlyTears.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: TurnedUpToEleven, thanks to how most people responded to the announcement of ''The Cartel'' as a [[NewOldWest modern western]], saying that the idea is simply ridiculous, apparently never having watched ''{{Justifed}}'' or ''RedHill''.
* UnfortunateImplications: In ''The Cartel'', there is an achievement/trophy for killing a set number of enemies in a level entitled [[GangBangers "Gang Bang"]]. It has to be mentioned that all of the enemies in this level are black and this is the ''only'' time where you're given a "kill-quota" achievement in the game.
** According to [[http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/call-of-juarez-the-cartel this Extra Credits video]], that's only one of a long list of unfortunate implications, including either TheyJustDidntCare or CriticalResearchFailure in regards to the realities of HumanTrafficking near the border, [[HanlonsRazor depending on which idea you prefer]].[[note]]For the record, the game portrays it as American women being kidnapped then sold south of the border, while the reality is that it's Mexican women being kidnapped and sold in the US.[[/note]]