* DownerEnding: The intended finale [[spoiler: which closed on the death of a main character and a handful of {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s, bitter alienation from another main character, and the loss of Shade's child.]]
* EsotericHappyEnding: The true finale, which ends on George/Lily smiling up at the stars, but on reflection he doesn't have much to be optimistic about.
* MyRealDaddy: Milligan. Hardly anyone remembers much about Ditko's version, except that it had very little to do with Milligan's take.
* NightmareFuel: An intimate encounter gets a bit freaky as demonstrated in [[http://www.tgfa.org/comics/shade/images/Shade_28_08.jpg this panel]] from issue 28.