* CompleteMonster:
** [[PsychoForHire Colton Banes]] is an assassin for [[{{Megacorp}} Nightrise]] hired to track down Jamie and Scott, two of "[[TheChosenOne The Five]]". When Jamie escapes Colton kills "Uncle Don", the stage manager they were staying, and his wife to pin the rap on Jamie. When he and [[ThoseTwoBadGuys his partner Kyle Hovey]] report back to Susan Mortlake, she has Colton strangle Kyle. Colton does this immediately and without remorse, stating the he always hated Kyle. When Jamie tries to scan him to find Scott's location, he sees not only the after mentioned crimes, but also sees memories of a girl locked in a battered trailer with puncture wounds. When Jamie tries to [[GetIntoJailFree go to prison under an alias]], he is caught and one the guards reports him to Colton. Colton tells the guard to turn off the Air Conditioning in the cell, [[EvenEvilHasStandards which the guard does reluctantly]]. During the raid on the prison Colton shoots Jamie in the back.
** [[BadBoss Susan Mortlake]] is one of the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Chief Executives]] of Nightrise, and is [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Colton Banes and Kyle Hovey's]] direct superior. When they and report back to Susan Mortlake that Jamie escaped them, she concludes that one of them has to die and has Colton strangle Kyle. She then takes Scott Tyler to a HellholePrison where she and Colton [[MoreThanMindControl torture him into helping]] them assassinate a Senator, [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming analyzing his cries of pain like a symphony]]. She has him [[BrainwashedAndCrazy mind control]] the senator's bodyguard into killing him, so that the death will not be linked back to Nightrise.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Matt's story is ''suspiciously'' similar to the life of JesusChrist. Born with special powers according to some higher plan, destined to save the world from TheLegionsOfHell and their very {{Satan}}-like leader, leads a small group of followers of whom the closest to him is named Pedro ('Peter' in Spanish), accepts his destiny despite wishing there was another way, betrayed by one of his companions, flogged and beaten and hung up to be jeered at, [[spoiler: died, came back and ascended to Heaven right in front of his friends]].
* MagnificentBastard: The world's magnificent bastards are working for the Nexus: Shang Tsung, a ruthless Asian crime lord, a DGSE spy and a not-so-subtle Rupert Murdoch analogue, are both the villains of another story, but here are vital warriors on the side of good.
* TheWoobie: Most of the Five, to be honest.
** JerkassWoobie: Scott, especially after the abuse he goes through at the hands of Susan Mortlake.
** IronWoobie: Matt, once he learns that his destiny is [[spoiler: to be tortured by the Old Ones and given a MercyKill by Richard]] and [[{{Determinator}} still manages to keep going]].
** StoicWoobie: Matt again, by the last book. Also Pedro, who never really complains despite being a starving street urchin who spends most of his pagetime being hunted, abused, betrayed, nearly killed on several occasions and repeatedly exhausting himself trying to use his [[HealingHands power]] on grievously-injured people who often don't make it anyway.
* UncannyValley: Shape changers pretending to be humans have this effect. Of the few that are mentioned, not a single one has maintained their deception for any length of time: One lets his disguise slip when he meets Scarlett, the other has a freakishly round head, one can't speak, one doesn't notice cutting his own thumb off, and one doesn't notice an enormous insect crawling over his eye. The best impersonation so far has been "Audrey Cheng", and even it gave the game away when it forgot to eat. Scarlett rumbled it when she realized the only time she had ever seen "her" express hunger was looking at a fishmonger's slab.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The Old Ones vote Republican. No, really.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The books are fairly scary and deal with some fairly adult themes.
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