YMMV / Nightside

  • Fridge Brilliance: In Bride, Razor Eddie and Dead Boy fight a giant black centipede that's actually Rogue the immortal. Eddie cuts off several of its legs in the fight. A while later, Harry Fabulous turns up at John's stag party, offering a variety of drugs and other exotic delights... including black centipede meat! Might even be a call back to Angels, in which Eddie mentions having sold off the remains of another bunch of his kills.
  • Fridge Horror: The Harrowing and their relentless pursuit of John become even more horrifying if you realize it was all for nothing. Even if they had killed him as a child, it wouldn't have done jack-squat to stop Lilith from returning, because A) she already had another child (the Speaking Gun) to tie her to the material world, and B) there'd have been nothing to stop her from saying to heck with it and just wiping the Nightside out at a stroke, with no son (= audience) to drag out the process for. So all those many, many friends, protectors, and hapless bystanders whom the Harrowing killed, over the years, died for nothing at all.
  • Fridge Logic: In Unnatural Inquirer, John's having killed all the Elite Mook minions of a gang boss is said, both by John himself and by the Big Bad, to lend greater credibility to the idea that the Afterlife Recording is genuine. Given that John wipes the floor with Cosmic Horrors on a regular basis, and cultivates a reputation for committing mayhem on anyone who so much as snickers at his trench coat, why would this incident be seen as proof of anything, rather than written off as yet another case of dumb thugs pissing him off?
  • Magnificent Bastard: Walker. His Gambit Roulette in The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny. He sets things up so that no matter what happens, John is effectively forced to take Walker's place as the Voice of Authority in the Nightside.
    • Puck shows his true colors in Knight.
    • At this point, John is one, too.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Nightside has whole industries dedicated to this, ranging from "mere" sexual depravities and torture clubs that are a dime a dozen to the horror shows offered by the good people at Precious Memories.
    • As Even Degenerates Have Standards, some villainies are too abhorrent even for Nightside residents. Whatever went on at the Maxwell Mausoleum was so repugnant that it got the Maxwells lynched, burned and buried in a much-pissed-on grave, and convinced the normally-indifferent Authorities to nationalize the funerary industry so it could never happen again.
  • Narm Charm: The series occasionally runs on this. It's probably one of the most gleefully troperiffic series out right now.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Particularly the first book if giant insects aren't your favorite thing.
  • Squick: Razor Eddie's fate in the future John sees in Something from the Nightside.
    • Not to mention an awful lot of the Nightside's offered "entertainments".
    • In Larry Oblivion's origin-story, he revives from death thinking he's just woken from sleep, complete with an uncomfortable urge for the loo. The morbid truth becomes irrefutably clear to him when he glances down, and realizes he's just expelled a pile of squirming maggots into the toilet.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In Hard Day's Knight John has to briefly leave the Nightside and go back to the mundane world. Instead of exploring what he was up to in the time he spent outside there or how people would react to something from the Nightside, he humiliates a vengeful acquaintance turned murderer and then goes to find the knights. To be fair, it's not actually the first time he's been back since the series started: he commuted back and forth until he moved into Suzie's place, because he felt safer sleeping in mundane London.