* CompleteMonster: [[DomesticAbuser Norman Daniels]], Rose Daniels's husband is a horrific example of a domestic abuser. He has been beating and sexually abusing her for fourteen years; his abuse has caused her to miscarry, threatening to kill her if she ever tells anyone about the incident. After he finds out that she left him, he is determined to hunt her down and torture her to death. His methods for locating his ex-wife are tracking down, torturing, and murdering the people who helped her. His favorite method of killing is [[ManBitesMan biting his victims to death]]. He is also a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist, sexist, homophobic]] creep who thinks all feminists are lesbians and despises one of his victims as soon as he finds out he's Jewish. His feelings about women are summed up in the fact that when he is in disguise and has to come up with the name of a woman who's protected him, he uses the first and last names of his two favorite porn actresses.
* CrazyAwesome: Gert.
* MoralEventHorizon: In-universe, Rose decides that Norman has crossed the line when she notices the bloodstain on her bed and realizes that her life could be in danger if she remains with him.
* NightmareFuel: Rose Madder's [[spoiler:true spidery form]]
** Norman is a heavy dose of nightmare fuel. "I want to talk to you up close", anyone?
* TheWoobie: Both the Roses, though in different ways.
** IronWoobie: Rosie becomes this by the end of the story.