- Complete Monster: Azazel is a sinister demon who likes nothing so much as destroying the lives and names of good men. When Detective Hobbes crosses him, Azazel sets about targeting him by possessing Hobbes's mentally handicapped brother and making him kill himself. Azazel possesses others and murders others in their bodies, getting them convicted of murder and jumps out just before the execution, leaving the victim to face death for crimes they have no memories of committing. Azazel destroys Hobbes' life and reputation and possesses people to continuously drive him mad from near paranoia. What's worse is Azazel has been walking the earth for thousands of years and his MO has never changed.
- Foe Yay: Azazel, buddy, you need to scale back on your obsession with Hobbes just a smidge. And stop calling him "pal". And stop talking about how much fun you're having with him.
"I'll fuck you left, right, backwards, forwards, coming, going..."
- Moral Event Horizon: Azazel possessing Hobbes' brother Art, who's implied to be mentally handicapped, to make him kill himself using poison.
- Paranoia Fuel: Azazel lives and breathes this trope. He can freely possess anyone who doesn't have strong enough willpower to resist him with a touch. In a crowded area he can be anywhere in moments. And if you kill one of his hosts he can just possess anyone he likes. He turns normal people into serial killers and does it purely For the Evulz. And it could easily be you next.
- The Woobie:
- Plenty of Azazel's hosts qualify, Charles being a very notable example; another is Jonesy.
- The whole Hobbes family. Art, Sam, and John himself.
- First Installment Wins: To say the least, this is the definitive Evanescence album. It's to the extent that they're commonly regarded as a One-Hit Wonder in terms of albums, as their later work didn't fare nearly as well when Amy Lee took over the band.
- Periphery Demographic: Even those otherwise turned away from nu metal like this album, perhaps because of the Genre-Busting sound. It's to the point where some will try to say that it isn't nu metal.
- True Art Is Angsty: Commonly regarded as the best album by Evanescence. Also their most angsty of them all.
- Wangst: Some detractors view the album as the album as this.