* TearJerker: The death of Von Hammer's mascot/puppy Schatzi. It traumatized a lot of kids during the comics original run.
* VillainDecay: The Hangman starts off as a sympathetic WorthyOpponent, but by the end of the original series, he's little more than a cackling madman who kills for the love of killing.
* {{Wangst}}: Von Hammer's guilt-ridden monologues.

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