!!The book:
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: it is not Hortensius who {{Heel Face Turn}}ed to Cicero's side, but Cicero who {{Face Heel Turn}}ed to side with Hortensius and the aristocrats.
** Mark Antony is regarded by Cicero (and Tiro) as a bloodthirsty, power crazed thug. On the other hand, Cicero has Antony's stepfather executed without trial and proclaims the assassination of his mentor Caesar to be the greatest act in the history of the Republic. From Antony's point of view, it's quite possibly {{Pay Evil unto Evil}}.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
** Cicero's speech about Verres' crimes in ''Imperium'' which leads to such loud cheering that the awnings that are covering the forum fall down from the noise.
** Cicero's opening speech as consul, derailing MagnificentBastard Caesar's plan completely
* MagnificentBastard: Caesar; Crassus on occasion. Cicero himself manages it once or twice.