YMMV / Banshee

  • Complete Monster:
    • Damien Sanchez, from season 1's "Meet the New Boss", is a charismatic MMA champion. He's also a sadistic sociopath. He seduces a waitress then, deciding the consensual sex wasn't rough enough for him, mercilessly beats her, rapes her, and assaults her with a champagne bottle. It's later established that this is standard behavior for him, with him usually just buying his way out of any consequences. He is absolutely remorseless, and even laughs when confronted with his crimes. While Banshee is a show full of violent people, rape is uncommon, and Sanchez, despite being a minor character, stands out for his viciousness, pettiness, and complete and total absence of redeeming characteristics.
    • "The Albino", real name unknown, appears in the first 2 seasons, in flashbacks to Hood's time in prison. He is a sadistic prison rapist who delights in dominating everyone around him, and seems to live only for sex and violence, frequently at the same time. He boasts about his unwilling harem, predicates his beatdowns on inflicting the most harm possible without killing his victims, and seems to find his own crimes funny.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nola Longshadow, the itinerant Native American assassin and smarter Longshadow sibling, and Clay Burton, Kai Proctor's bodyguard, are incredibly popular for the supporting roles they play.
  • Narm: Chaytonís death was an entirely serious scene that became hilarious after he takes a shotgun blast in the face. The CGI of his half-blown head is so ridiculously bad one canít help but laugh.
  • Narm Charm: The show basically makes it its life mission to be so over the top insane that everything curls back in on itself and becomes compelling again. This has won it both a fairly sizable pocket of critical support and the best audience figures for any of Cinemax's original series to date.
  • Seasonal Rot: The fourth season's Darker and Edgier tone and lowered production values soured a lot of fans.
  • Squick:
    • Kat Moody and Lucas Hood hooking up is a little squicky given that he recently killed her husband.
    • The Albino taking his pants off for Lucas to give him oral sex. Then Lucas cuts off his penis. The cherry on top is we see the dismembered penis on the floor for a brief second.
    • Depending on how you feel about incest, the relationship between Kai and Rebecca Proctor may veer into this territory for you, particularly in season two.
      • Season three brings it definitely into this territory. At the very least they sleep naked in the same bed.
    • Proctor dumping cow guts and blood into Alex's jacuzzi. While he's in it.