• Acceptable Political Targets: Hitler Hound! Another Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Complete Monster: Lystra Ellen Alice Reid, aka Lear, is the enigmatic founder and leader of the titular BZRK, and is the most morally reprehensible of the main antagonists in the series. Lear wishes to drive the world insane, simply For the Evulz. At a young age, she murdered her mother, and at the age of 9 got sent to a foster family, who she murdered in a car "accident" 7 years later. Two years later, she started tattooing all of her victims to her body with tortured expressions on their faces, covering up around half of her flesh. She starts buying out failing medical companies in order to get DNA samples from random people for her plan, getting at least 29,000 samples by the time the series starts. In the third book, she starts putting her plan in motion and begins instilling fear into the world by driving various renowned and well-known figures, such as the Pope and the Prince of England, insane, as well as a majority of attendants at big events such as movie premiers, and forcing Bug Man to help her by threatening him with madness. She brainwashes Plath into giving the command to blow up the Armstrong Twins hideout, the Tulip, and killing hundreds of innocents. Then she starts mass-producing biots and driving people mad, starting with 15 major cities so they can cause mass pandemonium, then military bases that hold nukes so they can fire them off en masse. Utterly remorseless and psychotic, treating everything she does as a game, by the end of the series she has, either directly or indirectly, killed around 210 million people.
  • Crowning Momentof Funny: Quite a few, which is surprising compared to the dark tone of the book.
    • In one Nexus Humanus video that was part of the ARG, apparently a bunch of people saw the video and thought it was about an actual cult.
  • Nightmare Fuel / Paranoia Fuel: The entire concept can fall into this, really. When you realize how easily all of this could be going on, and there's absolutely nothing you could do to stop it. How do you know you don't hold a full platoon of nanobots? How do you know you're not currently being wired?
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: a kind of zigzagged example. Bug Man never thinks of what he's done to Jessica in terms of rape or relating to rape at all, and she enjoys it, but let's not forget that he had to hack her brain to get her to be his girlfriend, which means either she refused him at first or he thought she would so he didn't even bother asking before going straight to rewiring. So basically she was forced to say yes, and also forced to like it, and she doesn't even know. See Nightmare Fuel above.