YMMV / Leviathan

Leviathan (The novels)

  • Awesome Art: Keith Thompson's insanely gorgeous illustrations expertly depict Bio Punk and steampunk Technology Porn in equal measure and are a major draw for fans.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Alek copes with his parents' deaths really well... It's especially jarring in comparison with Deryn, who's still pretty broken up about her father dying two years before the start of the story.
  • Crazy Awesome: Zaven. So much. Nikola Tesla is even crazier, and even more awesome.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nikola Tesla, to the surprise of exactly no one who knows their history well.
  • Ho Yay: Loads between Alek and "Dylan", mostly in Behemoth.
  • Les Yay: Lilit. Her last line to Deryn before she leaves implies that she figured out that Deryn was actually a girl, and this is after she kissed Deryn full on the lips and said she was "just curious."
    • "I know you better than you think, Mr. Sharp." (Cue chuckling from Bovril.)
    • It's worth noting that Deryn doesn't seem too bothered by it, either.
      Alek: That girl is quite mad.
      "Dylan": Aye. But she's not a bad kisser.
  • Narm Charm: Alek and Deryn's declaration of love at the end of Goliath is pretty cheesy, but it's pretty sweet as well.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Dalek has become quite popular in the fandom for Deryn/Alek...no, not that Dalek. Volger and Barlow also have Varlow.
  • Tear Jerker: Zaven's death.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: It explicitly states in the blurb of Goliath that Alek finds out about Deryn's true identity, and that she's in love with him. It also refers to "true love with a commoner," leaving little question of whether or not he'll reciprocate her feelings. It's particularly interesting since Westerfeld has enough track record breaking up his couples to create legitimate doubt in those who've read his other books.

Leviathan (The Band)

  • Archive Panic: So many demos, that's all we can say. And that's not even going into Jef's other projects such as Lurker of Chalice, his involvement with Twilight, and god knows what else.
  • Awesome Art: The album cover and supplementary artwork for Scar Sighted, which were made by Jef's girlfriend while she was dying of a brain tumor, and which he decided to keep.
    • The rest of his album covers could also qualify, particularly A Silhouette in Splinters.
  • Awesome Music: Everything, most have been recently labeling Scar Sighted as his best work.
  • Base Breaker: Jef himself, due to his criminal convictions and accusations of misogyny.
  • Creepy Awesome: Jef is the living embodiment of this.
  • Epic Riff: He's more known for the atmosphere of his music, but he can still write some distinctive, memorable riffs when he wants to. "Aphonos" is a good example.
  • Jerk Ass Woobie: Jef for some fans. For one thing, you pity his problematic childhood and the loss of his girlfriend, but then you read about him assaulting his later girlfriend with his tattoo tools and raise an eyebrow. It does end up being an Earn Your Happy Ending type deal when he got married and now is raising a baby girl.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Basically everything about his music, but especially his screams, which are just inhuman. Then there's the hateful, despairing, and disjointed tone of the music itself. It really isn't surprising when you learn about the dude's Creator Breakdown.
    • Again, his album covers. Tentacles of Whorror might be the worst one, because of how obscene it is.
    • All of Scar Sighted is nightmarish, but the closing track, "Aphonos", might be one of the most apocalyptic, crushing things he's ever recorded. Between the brutalizing riff and Jef's tortured screams, it legitimately sounds like a nightmare. The haunting ambient outro doesn't help matters.
  • Tear Jerker: Oddly enough, in the VICE documentary One Man Metal, Jef opens up about his struggles when he was a teenager writing his first two albums, and then explaining his depression about the loss of his girlfriend Jesse.
    • When he talks about Lurker of Chalice and mentions that the project had a "muse", only to pause and simply say... "…she’s dead, so I don’t think Lurker will happen again…" before looking away in sadness.
      • Lurker of Chalice's music also qualifies, considering how much more depressive it is than Leviathan. The intro to "Piercing Where They Might" and "Specter as Valkerie Is" are particularly sad.
    • The title track of Scar Sighted definitely counts. The instrumental sounds almost like a funeral dirge, and the vocals are mainly just tortured, agonized screams.