!! From the game

* HellIsThatNoise: The low rumbling of a Shockwave, the sibilant hissing of a Rift Creator, or the dying screams of a Martyr, depending upon which side you're playing as.
* MostWonderfulSound: The sounds of heavy turrets firing, whether it be the distinctive booms of the Heavy Rail Tower or the indescribable sound of the Neutron Accelerator.
* ThatOneLevel: Level 5 in the first game, no matter whose side you were on. For the Freedom Guard, it was a [[HopelessBossFight Hopeless Level]] where you have to collect 30,000 credits while holding off wave after wave of devastating Imperium tanks. For the Imperium, you have to destroy the Freedom Guard base, while making sure the [[MacGuffin Water Extraction Compound]], [[SarcasmMode sensibly]] located inside the Freedom Guard base, wasn't destroyed. Aside from being an infuriating mission on its own, it also signifies a major upswing in difficulty for the rest of the game.

!!From the Comic Book

* AuthorsSavingThrow: ''Dark Reign'' and ''Siege'' can be seen as a collective effort by [[Creator/BrianMichaelBendis Bendis]] and Marvel finally bringing some closure to the Civil War storyline.
* CompleteMonster: {{Norman Osborn}}, Bullseye, Daken, Zodiac, Mr. X, Nuke.
** And Mr. Hyde:
-->'''Jefferson:''' Two fellow prisoners murdered. One raped. And that guard....
-->'''Prison administrator:''' He bit his hand off.
-->'''Jefferson:''' For sure Mr. Hyde was busy during last two months here.
-->'''Prison administrator:''' Last two months? Mr. Jefferson, it was all this morning.
* CreatorsPet: Justified in ''Mighty Avengers'' - Dan Slott has admitted that he's focusing so hard on Pym in an attempt to rescue the character from the ButtMonkey status that writers had been handing him for years.
* HilariousInHindsight: A few years ago there was a ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story where Dormammu said to Brother Voodoo that Earth has to be in ''really'' bad shape if he's managed to claim the Sorcerer Supreme rank. Guess who's got the title not a few days after Osborn took over?
** For bonus points, Daimon Hellstrom ''does'' point out how fucked up things are after they defeat Dormammu (and, by proxy, the Hood), citing that if someone as powerful as him can access the mortal plane through a cloak, it might still get worse.
* IdiotPlot: Seen by many. The very idea of taking a known and convicted supervillainous psychopathic lunatic whose alternate persona was a crazed MadBomber and putting him in charge of National Security (with dictorial powers and backed up by a team of ''other'' supervillainous psychopathic lunatics, no less)...for many fans, that was just stretching it, even for a franchise like this one. Didn't help at all that ''CivilWar'' (where Osborn was first given national security powers, albeit subordinate to ComicBook/IronMan and others) took place only a couple of story arcs after Osborn had been exposed as such; had this story occurred only three or four years earlier, it would have made a lot more sense, as although most heroes already knew who and what Osborn was, the public did not. As it is, people cheered for a man who had, amongst other things, attempted to exterminate all life on Earth in a fit of worse-than-usual madness, deliberately caused a bus to crash into a school in order to frame (and in the event, cripple) the driver, and had, before one of his final pre-Dark Reign captures, been mentioned offhand as taking a entire church hostage and tying bombs to a young girl to draw Spiderman into a fight. VillainWithGoodPublicity UpToEleven right there.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Let's face it, no matter how Matt Fraction tried to draw out the drama, ''nobody'' reading the ComicBook/IronMan comic actually believed that the whole long-term suicide concept would end in death, even those who hadn't seen the future solicits for the book. Because of this trope, the video message in issue twenty ended up re-igniting some [[InternetBackdraft Internet Backdrafts]] over ComicBook/IronMan's characterization, as many readers saw Tony's noting that his life was in the others' hands as viciously manipulative, since he knew heroic nature would keep them from just letting him die, while others saw it as a ''very'' badly handled attempt at contrition.
* MagnificentBastard: Zodiac, Loki.
* MemeticMutation: while not being there yet, [[IntrepidReporter Will Stern]]'s exaggerated facial expressions in ''"Siege: Embedded"'' are pretty much ''begging'' for it.
** There's always ''Bob, I want this X thrown into the sun''.
* MoralEventHorizon: Norman crossed it years ago multiple times, but a few his actions during Dark Reign are worth mentioning, especially what he wanted to do to [[spoiler: his own son]], and what he ''did'' do, albeit indirectly, to [[spoiler: Chicago]].
** Sentry's crossed it by [[spoiler: killing Ares]].
*** NOT Sentry, NOT Robert Reynolds, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide VOID]].
**** Although it seems to be implied that [[spoiler: they're rapidly becoming one and the same, if they weren't always.]]
***** Especially considering the just before Siege [[spoiler: the Sentry ''let'' the Void take control]].
* NeverLiveItDown: Lampshaded
-->'''Norman Osborn:''' Are you still slapping women around?
-->'''Henry Pym:''' Are you still dropping them from bridges?
* NightmareFuel: Sentry/The Void in Siege [[spoiler: Not only his newly revealed secrets are damn scary, but also the way he kills Ares by tearing him apart, without a single word or any emotion can make you scream like hell]].
** In Dark Wolverine Bob has one scary scene, when Daken provokes Venom to fight with him. Sentry out of the blue says "stop" and ''everybody'' in the room ceases to move and looks at him scared.
** Siege 3 [[spoiler: Sentry vs Asgard, more literal than expected. Also, the final page, with the scorpion/void/storm/HELL-thing! ]]
** Daken's battle with ThePunisher would practically be grounds for a MookHorrorShow if shown through Frank's eyes (and, y'know, if Frank wasn't too psychotic to feel fear). He shrugs off every last bullet and grenade that Frank throws at him, then messily shreds him into pieces -- and he does this because he wants to, he could have killed the Punisher a lot quicker if he'd wanted to.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Daken was TheScrappy to some, but this era garners him some actual fans.
** ComicBook/IronMan was rescued for many people who didn't like him after ComicBook/CivilWar, when he deleted the entire superhero database except himself from Norman's systems.
* {{Squick}}: There are a lot of icky match-ups (Goblin/Menace, most of Daken's relationships...), but the big one right now is Hank/Jocasta. Readers who know anything about Jocasta's background tend to gag profusely whenever they do anything romantic towards each other, and the creepiness has been pointed out more than once by other characters as well.
* TheUntwist: After all the guessing about which new or forgotten character would turn out to be Norman's "secret weapon" against the Cabal, it turned out to be [[spoiler: the Sentry/Void]], which many readers had dismissed as too lazy or obvious.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic - In the last issue of "Siege", [[spoiler:Loki uses the power of the Norn Stones to power up the heroes. So, the god of imagination (yes I know Loki does other things as well, but still) decides to favour the heroes over the mindless engine of destruction. [[ComicBook/HeroicAge Hmmm]].]]
** [[spoiler:The Sentry and the Void. Sentry is supposed to be the "ultimate hero" while the Void is the "ultimate villain". Dark Reign began with the Sentry joining with the villains, the fall of the ultimate hero, and it ended with the Void's death, the defeat of the ultimate villain.]]
* TheWoobie: Jessica Drew. Henry Pym, a little, though he's been getting better.
** Norman, the villain, becomes this over the course of the series. There are very few people who actually believe that he wants to make the world a better place, he and his team get kicked around a lot, and none of the heroes are particularly menaced by him, thinking he'll end up destroying himself, something even his fellow villains foresee.