YMMV: Dark Angel


  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ben/X5-493 only appeared in one episode, but proved popular with the fans. And with the writers, so that they decided to bring Jensen Ackles back as his clone, albeit with a very different personality.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Max and Alec, despite the pseudoincestuous aspect noted on the main page.
  • Ho Yay: Normal's "gladiator" dreams about Alec. Also a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Occasionally one finds people on the internet who think Max goes by the name "Dark Angel". She doesn't. It's a reference to her dark past, dark complexion, angelic features, and job as a bike messenger.
    • "Angel" because from the pilot onwards she becomes a (beautiful female) hero to the downtrodden, and "Dark" because she has bleak past as a government-engineered super-soldier/assassin, and a somewhat dubious present as a part-time cat burglar, and not of the Robin Hood variety.
    • The angel - messenger connection is made explicit in "Art Attack" when she prevents a man from committing suicide and introduces herself as a messenger, which he thinks means "of the Lord".
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many people on forums confess to only watching for Jensen Ackles. Unfortunately, this usually means they watch only "Pollo Loco" and Season Two and thus don't appreciate that Season One is also good.
    • Both Sky1 and SyFy in the UK (when it was still Sci-Fi) implied in their trailers that the main reason to be watching was Jessica Alba. This proved to be the case for a lot of people (and unlike Jensen Ackles, she appears in every single episode).
  • Special Effects Failure: Gossamer. Dammit, the Dark Overlord from Howard the Duck looked better!
  • The Woobie: Joshua. Between having to kill his deranged brother Isaac to protect Max and Ames White murdering his girlfriend Annie, it's a wonder he's still well-adjusted.


  • Broken Base: A lot of it between their first two and latter two albums, but the main points of contention are Don Doty vs. Ron Rinehart and the general decrease in brutality after Darkness Descends.
  • Face of the Band: Gene Hoglan.
  • Magnum Opus: Darkness Descends, which is widely seen by thrashers as one of the genre's pinnacles. Fans of the more progressive side of thrash sometimes side with Time Does Not Heal instead.
  • Sequel Displacement: It's not by any means the best (neither in fame or in quality), but there was indeed an album before Darkness Descends. Not helping matters is that one of the songs on the album was recorded again for Descends.
  • Signature Song: "Merciless Death" or "The Burning of Sodom".