YMMV: Destroyermen

  • Complete Monster: Kurokawa. He's constantly plotting to advance his own interests at the expense of literally everyone on the planet, and has long since given up trying to convince anyone he's out for anybody but himself. He's also a brutal sadist on top of all that, and got genuine enjoyment out of torturing Grik "volunteers" during his experiments. Kurokawa has literally no redeeming qualities, and it's amazing he hasn't faced more dissent from the inside regardless of Imperial Japanese doctrine. It's so over the top he would almost be funny if he wasn't so horrible.
    • Don Hernan as well, seeing as how he's one of the most powerful men in a crazy death cult that combines superficially-Catholic terminology with hedonistic oligarchy and Mesoamerican human sacrifice that would've made Torquemada lose his lunch.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Again, Silva. He has a habit of dealing out a ridiculously appropriate (and often over the top) lesson and/or punishment to anyone he thinks needs one. For example: Machinist's Mate Dean Laney is mocking Coxswain Tony Scott, who has become terrified of the sea since arriving in the new world (for very good reason, and Scott continues to do his job despite being humiliated by his own fear). Silva's response? To pull the pin on the chain Laney was leaning against, leaving him to go tumbling over the side and only save himself by grabbing the chain. Afterward, he's afraid of the water.
    • His "prank" on Chack (a Lemurian who joins the Americans on Walker): Silva proclaims Chack's sister to be his wife...and she goes along with it! Poor Chack was this close to murdering Silva when that happened.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • That racist asshole who raped a 'Cat in book two. Walker's other enlisted men lynch him for it.
    • Kurokawa's is probably when he destroyed Neracca Home, killing eight thousand people purely so he could get a better shot at Walker. His attempt to handwave it later on, claiming that he gave them a more "honorable" death than the Grik would have afforded them, just makes it worse.
    • Walter Billingsley wades into this territory when he abducts Rebecca, Sandra, Sister Audrey, Silva, and Lawrence and blows up the dock's fuel reserves, killing 17 people. He steps up a notch by ordering the captain of the Ajax to fire upon two Lemurian ships because the female Lemurian captain of the frigate dared to speak to him and concocts a plan to "dispose" of all hostages but Rebecca and have the captain and the men loyal to him executed by a Kangaroo Court for "firing upon a defenseless ship". His death comes courtesy of Silva setting Ajax's powder magazine up to explode.
    • The Grik as a race get one at the end of Into the Storm. See Nightmare Fuel below.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • EM1 Rodriguez's hair caught fire when the Walker took a hit during an engagement with Amagi. His new nickname: Ronson, after a popular brand of cigarette lighter.
    • Ensign Fred Reynolds attacked an enemy ship in his unarmed PB-1B Nancy seaplane, firing his .45 out of the cockpit in the absence of better options. His first six rounds at least hit the enemy ship. The seventh punched a hole in the nose of his own plane. His Lemurian deck crew patched the hole, but instead of painting over it, they circled it and wrote a big "NO" where he can see it from the cockpit.
  • Nightmare Fuel: How much time you got?
    • At the climax of book one, Matt and his crew team up with the Lemurians to board a Grik ship. The battle is horrific enough (though not without several badass exploits from humans and Lemurians alike), but then everyone goes belowdecks and find a "brig" where Lemurian captives are being butchered alive for food, and the survivors are Forced to Watch.
      • They're perfectly willing to do the exact same thing to each other if there are no prisoners around. And they're so damned casual about it...
    • And then there's the twisted sonsofbitches of the Holy Dominion.
    • "Superlizards" in the jungles of Borneo.
    • "Flashies," basically man-eating tuna that act like piranha. Also the plesiosaur-like gri-kakka, also man-eaters. Basically, falling in the water is a death sentence.
    • The Mountain Fish/Leviathans. Maelstrom opens with Princess Rebecca Anne McDonald having a nightmare about her ship being attacked by one of these huge bastards, only to wake up and find that her ship really is being attacked and devoured by one. She and O'Casey are the only survivors.
      • The USS Mahan ran into one of these west of Java following Kauffman's mutiny. With half of her boilers already knocked out, Mahan could only run away at 16 knots, and the damn thing still almost caught her. It finally gave up when the destroyer reached shallow water.
      • The first one that chased the USS Walker took a dozen 4-inch high-explosive rounds and a pair of depth charges. They still don't know if they actually killed it or just pissed it off. Silva still claims bragging rights either way, though.
      • At least active sonar will scare them off...