* AssPull:
** Margaret Murphy (Tara's Boss) being a biker chick in her younger years. That kinda came out of nowhere.
** [[spoiler: Romeo and Luis being CIA and completely negating the Potter investigation]] in season 4. Also the Irish suddenly [[spoiler: refusing to work with anybody but Clay.]]
** [[spoiler: An innocent bystander being randomly killed who coincidentally has such a ruthless and powerful immediate relative that the situation becomes a real threat to the survival of the Sons as a whole. Pulled off not just once, but twice (with Pope's daughter and Toric's sister).]]
** [[spoiler: Although Veronica Pope was a certainly a case of wrong place, wrong time and "collateral damage", she wasn't really a random bystander but the girlfriend of the intended victim. It's likely her boyfriend, Laroy, met her via his dealings with her father or, to take a more cynical view, he may even have started a relationship with her to strengthen his ties to Damon Pope and make them more personal.]]
* AwardSnub: Katey Sagal did win a Golden Globe in 2011, though.
* BadassDecay: Toric is introduced as a vengeful GeniusBruiser with military training, police contacts and an Ivy League degree. In the next season, it's revealed that he's a paunchy, strung-out junkie who makes a few major mistakes that [[spoiler:ultimately cost him his life]].
* BrokenBase: The Season 6 finale. Was it the most traumatic and devastating WhamEpisode in the entire series that left you weeping for several minutes, or was it an absolutely frustrating finale that resulted in [[spoiler:the death of two characters]] all because everyone seemed to be playing with the IdiotBall?
* TheChrisCarterEffect: The series has an infamous amount of this and it has gotten worse as the seasons have gone on. It is common for them to stretch a single question across an entire series. A running joke amongst fans is that Jax always says he will get to the bottom of something, but doesn't. Season 6 is particularly directionless both due to [[AdoredByTheNetwork FX letting every episode be 90 minutes or longer]] leading to [[{{Padding}} a surplus of pointless subplots in every episode]] and the planned season long Big Bad having to be offed four episodes in [[RealLifeWritesThePlot due to the actor's schedule]]. Thanks to this there is no main driving conflict for much of the season but instead several plotlines piled on top of one another with none really taking primacy.
* CompleteMonster:
** James "Jimmy O" O'Phelan, season 3's BigBad (he also appears near the end of season 2), is a member of the True IRA, a Northern Irish terrorist organization and criminal syndicate mainly involved in gun running. O'Phelan previously ran current SAMCRO member Chibs out of the IRA and stole Chibs's wife and daughter (Fiona and Kerianne), years later threatening to dump Fiona and [[WifeHusbandry marry Kerianne next]] to Chibs's face. He goes rogue in the third season after receiving a demotion back in Ireland. He tries to kill all of SAMCRO and SAMBEL in an explosion, and after his family escapes his wrath he kills an IRA member in a failed attempt to get them back before torturing and executing another one to find Jax Teller's kidnapped baby son Abel. He murders the adoptive family Abel was placed with and takes the child to ensure his escape to the States, before exchanging him for another hostage whom he later kills. Aside from his bodycount, O'Phelan stands out among the show's many gangsters in that he [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes has no real loved ones]] [[note]]He tells Chibs to "take care of our girls," but he may just be trying to taunt Chibs and rob him of the pleasure of killing him.[[/note]], shows no remorse for any of his crimes, and only ever displays purely selfish motives.
** Season 6's "Sweet and Vaded" bring us Venus's EvilMatriarch [[AbusiveParents Alice Noone]]. It's revealed that when [[{{Transsexual}} Venus, as Vincent]], was ten and confused she was part of having Venus constantly drugged and raped, and from there it grew into a lucrative child porn ring. Alice later kidnaps Venus's son, drugs him, and is going to have him raped. When SAMCRO track him down to the studio they are sickened by portraits of the children that Alice had taken to be raped, the videos on the computers and ''a video camera aimed at a crib.'' When Alice arrives, she threatens that Venus is a freak and Venus's son is going to kill himself over it, until Jax [[BoomHeadshot blows her brains all over the wall.]] Venus is left a wreck over the [[MindRape emotional torture]], and the DirtyCop says [[EvenEvilHasStandards he would have killed Alice if Jax hadn't]].
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%%* CrossesTheLineTwice: Frequently, especially Tig.
* DracoInLeatherPants: While all of the Sons could qualify, it's definitely Tig.
* EightDeadlyWords: [[http://www.hitfix.com/monkeys-as-critics/sons-of-anarchy-season-six-finale-recap-a-mothers-work This reviewer]] almost says all eight words towards the end of the review of the Season 6 finale, and frankly doesn't care about Season 7 or the characters' closure anymore [[IdiotPlot due to the way this finale ended]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
%%** Deputy David Hale and Gemma Teller.
** Chibs also counts; originally just a background character who might get one or two lines, he came to the forefront in season two and was given a major storyline.
*** He also gets a lot of respect for being the OnlySaneMan who won't go flying off the handle and is not emotionally unstable (unlike several other club members).
** Beyond his KavorkaMan status onscreen, Tig seems to be emerging as a lust object for a lot of female viewers.
*** Case in point - a photo was recently posted of Kim Coates (Tig's actor) sitting on a chair. The comments went a little something like this:
-->'''Commenter 1:''' I want to sit on his knee!
-->'''Commenter 2:''' No, ''I'' want to sit on his knee!
-->'''Commenter 3:''' Ladies... He has two knees.
-->'''Commenters 1/2:''' Oh, ''yes'' he does!
** Two fingered compulsive masturbator Chuck Marstein reaches darkhorse status by the end of season three.
** Opie. Not even billed in the opening credits at first. Eventually became an integral cog in the story arc.
* GeniusBonus: The title of the episode "Capybara" counts as a mild one, since it's completely nonsensical unless you know that a capybara is an abnormally large species of rodent. The episode was about Opie being wrongly framed for acting as a ATF informant (i.e. being a "big rat"), though the title could also be seen as an allusion to Opie's innocence (a capybara looks like similar to a rat, but is a completely different species).
* GrowingTheBeard:
** Midway through the first season.
** Also, season 4 regrows the beard after an ill received (by fans) third year.
* HarsherInHindsight and LifeImitatesArt: Johnny Lewis played Half-Sack in Seasons 1 and 2 (2008 and 2009). [[spoiler: Half-Sack was KilledOffForReal at the end of Season 2.]] Three years later, [[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/sons-of-anarchy-actor-jonathan-lewis-murder.html Lewis died for real, after allegedly committing a murder.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/DannyTrejo plays a character called Romero. He's also in the [[NaziZombies Call of the Dead]] mode for VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps fighting...George Romero.
* HoYay: There's more hugging and guy love amongst the Sons than on any other show this side of Scrubs.
-->'''Chibs''' Jesus Christ, two guys huggin' in a toilet.
* IdiotPlot: [[http://www.hitfix.com/monkeys-as-critics/sons-of-anarchy-season-six-finale-recap-a-mothers-work Some are calling this]] on the season six finale. (don't read if you haven't seen it. Major spoilers) Many of those are calling it on the season as a whole.
%%* JerkassWoobie: Gemma during Season 2
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Jax [[spoiler: sleeping with porn star Ima]] as a way to push Tara away may have made his character irredeemable to many fans. Ironic given that the entire world of SAMCRO is a study in ambiguous morality and viewers' ability to consider members of an Outlaw Motorcycle Club as anti-heroes.
** AJ Weston and Ethan Zobelle when they [[spoiler: rape and beat Gemma]].
** In Season 1, Gemma goes to Jax's ex-wife, recovering from an overdose in the hospital, and slips her heroin in a bible. Then she outright tells her she's human garbage and should just end it already. Another episode has Gemma [[spoiler:holding a '''''[[ChildrenAreInnocent baby]]''''' at gunpoint and threatening to "cut this baby in half" to force a nun to tell her and Jax Abel's whereabouts.]]
** In the penultimate episode of Season 3, Stahl beats out everyone on this by [[spoiler:murdering her lover and fellow ATF agent in cold blood and pinning the safehouse debacle on her]]. And then she does it ''again'' by [[spoiler:revealing that Jax cut a deal to the club, just to mess with SAMCRO. Of course, they were in on it the entire time.]] It could even be argued that she crossed it in Season 1 by [[spoiler: setting up Opie to look like a rat, knowing full well the danger it would put him in. Of course, it wasn't her fault that Opie and Donna switched vehicles]].
** Clay has finally crossed it by [[spoiler: killing Piney to keep the letters a secret]] and may have crossed it even further by [[spoiler: paying the cartel to kill Tara because she's read the letters.]] Take it another step further with [[spoiler: Clay beating the hell out of Gemma.]]
** Pope leaps over in his first appearance, by [[spoiler: forcing Tig to watch as his daughter is burned alive in front of him.]]
** [[spoiler: Jackson Teller]] crossed the line by [[spoiler: forcibly injecting heroin into his ex-wife, a recovering addict, in retaliation for her threatening to sue for custody of their son Abel.]]
** And Gemma bashes Tara and threatens she'll be fist raped in prison for aiding Otto in his murder if she tries to leave Charming or not hand over custody of her children. She's there when the police arrest her for handing over the crucifix on the pretense of premeditation, indicating she set Tara up anyway.
** [[spoiler:Tara]], of all people, crosses it when she [[spoiler:bangs her abdomen on the corner of a desk and fools nearly everyone into believing that Gemma kicked her in the stomach and made her have a miscarriage, even though she was never pregnant to begin with]]. Of course, considering all the hell's she been put through, many fans agree with [[spoiler:Tara's]] decision.
** Season 7 seems to be setting up to be one long one for [[spoiler: Jax himself. All his plans of making the club into a gang of [[NobleDemon honorable outlaws]] is thrown away in his pursuit of [[RevengeBeforeReason vengeance]] for Tara's death. In the first two episodes alone, he goes full ColdBloodedTorture on a man, back stabs his supposed-allies, and even fucks-over his HonoraryUncle just so he can take his [[BestServedCold sweet time]] in torturing Lin.]]
* {{Narm}}: Some viewers reject Tig's understated reaction to his [[spoiler:daughter getting burnt alive]].
* OneSceneWonder: In the third season, Creator/StephenKing utterly steals two scenes of one episode with his sudden inexplicable appearance. It's amazing since he barely has any lines.
* {{Padding}}: Many think that season 6, with every episode being 90 minutes, is filled to the brim with this.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Who would've guessed that Nero used to a be [[Film/AttackOfTheClones a senator in a galaxy]] [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith far, far away?]] Or that he used to [[Series/{{Dexter}} work for the DA?]]
* TheScrappy: Discussed after the Season 6 finale, where Katey Sagal was questioned over whether or not she was worried that all the fans will hate Gemma after she [[spoiler:killed Tara]].
* ShockingSwerve:
** Some fans and critics are starting to think this way about the Season 6 finale, stating that [[spoiler:Tara's death, [[IdiotBall and the circumstances surrounding her death]]]], was put in just to add more despair to the show.
** A lesser example would be Bobby's storyline at the beginning of season 6. Season 5 ends with him cutting off his VP patch seemingly in disdain of [[spoiler: Jax framing Clay after Bobby had gone to great lengths to make sure Jax didn't cross the line to kill him]]. Season 5 starts off with Bobby seemingly trying to set up another chapter to get back to the roots of what the club should be about. Then all of a sudden a few episodes in it turns out that Bobby was actually trying to recruit new members for Jax. Why he had to stop being VP and distance himself from the club to achieve this is never explained.
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** It's easy to tell that [[spoiler:Opie shooting Clay]] was fake, especially due to the time delay and the obvious CGI blood.
** [[spoiler: Clay getting his ink filled after losing his patch]] has a shot that a really crappy effect.
* {{Squick}}:
** Tig's apparent attraction to both the dead and to livestock.
** Jax and [[spoiler:Tara]] getting it on about 5 feet from [[spoiler:Agent Cohn]]'s gently cooling body.
** For those of you who enjoy chili, ''do'' '''''not''''' highlight this spoiler: [[spoiler: Chuck hides a ''severed head'' inside a pot of chili so the cops won't find it, and then later serves some of the same chili to two police officers]].
** Otto [[spoiler:biting off his tongue in the Season 5 finale, and then flicking it at a window]].
** [[spoiler:Tara's death]], which features a GrossUpCloseUp of [[spoiler:her getting stabbed in the back of the head with a carving fork]].
* TrappedByMountainLions: Gemma (and, to a lesser extent, Tara) in Season 3. [[spoiler:After being framed for a murder in Season 2, Gemma (oblivious to the fact that her grandson was abducted) is on the run at some hideout while Tig watches after her. Gemma breaks loose and visits her dad who's suffering from dementia. While Tig is screwing his caretaker, he gets shot in the back by Gem's father. Gemma calls Tara who stitches him up. The caretaker gets wind of Gemma being wanted and tries to alarm the police. Gemma locks her away. Gemma's father runs off, and Gemma is looking for him. Tara accidentally frees the caretaker, Gemma comes back home and accidentally kills her. They call a cleaner. Gemma brings her father to a nursing home, has a breakdown and decides to turn herself in. As she gets back to Charming, she gets a call from Maureen that Abel is in Belfast. She falls unconscious and awakens in a hospital, tied to the bed. With the help from Tara, she escapes and joins the Sons on their way to Ireland.]] And that was only the first half of the season...
* WhatAnIdiot:
** In the Season 6 finale, Unser clearly doesn't want Gemma to drive anywhere because she's high, drunk, and overall, unstable. So why did he [[spoiler:carelessly leave the keys to his truck right there on a counter where Gemma can see them?]]
** And then there's Roosevelt from the very same episode. Even if he did see [[spoiler:Unser's truck in Tara's driveway and thought it was him, why didn't he, at the very least, check Tara's house in advance to make sure the coast was clear, and ''then'' let her go inside?]]
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Charlie Hunnam? The British pretty boy from ''{{Undeclared}}''? As a biker? More to the point, the Geordie twink from ''QueerAsFolk'', who became famous in the UK for taking it up the wrong 'un from a much older man?
* TheWoobie:
** Tig becomes this in season 5. [[spoiler:No matter how you felt about him before, if you didn't feel heartbroken for him during the scene where he was forced to watch his daughter die, you're not human.]]
* Juice, as of Season 5. Everything he does is out of loyalty to the club because he ''cannot'' stand to be alone, and every one of those decisions backfires on him. By the final season he's a suicidal wreck all alone in the world.
%%** Opie.
** Tara. Just look at her life: [[spoiler:Her mother died when she was nine years old, and her dad was a worthless drunk. She goes to medical school and becomes a gifted surgeon, and gets the hell out of Charming, only to return because of her abusive, stalker boyfriend. Said boyfriend follows her back to Charming under the guise of investigating SAMCRO, but he's really after her. He breaks into her house, she shoots him, and she calls Jax in to finish him off. They wind up getting back together, but her in-laws stop at nothing to make her life a living hell. Then she stumbles upon a long-lost family secret, which leads to Clay hiring hitmen to shut her up. She survives, but her hand is crushed and her career is ruined. Then she unwittingly becomes an accessory to murder, which leads to her becoming the target of the district attorney and a sociopathic former US Marshal. Just when her husband announces his plan to give himself up so she can raise their sons in relative peace, she is murdered by her mother-in-law in an extremely cruel and brutal way, and all because Gemma was too messed up to make a phone call!]] Who WOULDN'T feel sorry for her?
** Otto. The guy literally lost everything for his club.

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