* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The first few issues of Volume 9 have a running subplot about an EscalatingWar between two gangsters in Miami that has nothing to do with the main plot. The things they do to each other get increasingly ridiculous ([[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext "Terry ate your dog.""]]) and it ultimately culminates in one decapitating the other with a katana and the second one's uzi flying through the air, spraying bullets everywhere and killing everyone else in the room. This plot never interacts with the main plot and is never mentioned again. Even more odd is that the two gangsters, Bosco and Spain, were introduced in previous volumes (Spain was mentioned in 4) in stories that ran parallel to the main plot, there was a ShaggyDogStory arc running all along.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Augustus Medici]] is the most powerful member of [[AncientConspiracy the Trust]] and [[TheChessmaster the one pulling the strings of every other character]]. The Trust is a coalition of thirteen families that secretly founded the United States, but this is not enough for Augustus, who puts into motion a grand and intricate plan to take the other members' holdings for himself. Augustus proposes that the Trust and their enforcers, [[CarnivalOfKillers the Minutemen]], take over another country, to which the Minutemen refuse and are marked for death by the Trust. The Minutemen's leader, Agent Philip Graves, secretly working for Augustus, would then lead the Minutemen on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and kill the Trust members Augustus wanted dead. After Augustus's son Benito is almost killed, Augustus enlists the sociopathic WildCard Minuteman Lono to torture and kill another trust head who had a hand in the hit and his heirs, and also orchestrate a [[FalseFlagOperation false flag assassination]] of female Trust head Megan Dietrich, whom Augustus then seduces despite a very large age difference. When a rival Trust head has two of Augustus's key allies killed, Augustus resigns his seat in favor of Benito, knowing that [[OffingTheOffspring this will lead to Benito's murder at Megan's hands]] and a power vacuum that ultimately kills all the other Trust members and most of the Minutemen. When confronted by a disgusted Graves over killing his own child, Augustus justifies himself by saying that he didn't ''technically'' make Megan do anything.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: "Did you bust a nut when I...?"
* DracoInLeatherPants: Azzarello was disturbed to discover that Lono was inexplicably popular among female fans. Keep in mind that the character is, among many other unpleasant things, a misogynistic rapist.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Cole Burns and because of MisaimedFandom, Lono.
* EvilIsSexy: Megan and Echo. Some of the minor female Trust members are also pretty hot, but it's not emphasized to the same degree as those two.
* FridgeBrilliance: The fact that the Trust is composed of '''13''' families initially just seems like a detail added in to make them seem more evil (because, y'know...'''13''' is an unlucky number). Then we find out that the Trust were the real founders of the United States--a nation that started out as a union of '''13''' colonies. One colony for each house of the Trust.
* GeniusBonus: Several involving the American-history stuff.
** "Lono" is a Hawaiian god of fertility and music. Aside of the fact that Lono '''is''' Hawaiian, he bears very little resemblance to the god.
* TearJerker: ''Wylie Runs The Voodoo Down'' has a plethora of these, namely:
** The death of Martin, who loses his jaw in a bear trap, destroying his talent for his trumpet. After lacking the resolve to shoot himself, Gabe makes Wylie do it. Wylie tells him to close his eyes and picture where he needs to go...and Gabe envisions playing his horn to his beloved April's admiration, just as Wylie, in tears and looking away pulls the trigger.
** Rose's death in a flashback. Wylie kills the woman he loves on a job, interspliced in dialogue and imagery to his current rage at Shepherd. Wylie executes Rose after a final kiss and promising her they're going to run away together. After, he cradles her in his arms, whispering he'll love her forever.
** Shepherd's reaction to having to make Wylie do the job. As much as Shepherd knows what has to be done, it's clear it's broken his heart as well. In present, he refuses to fight back against Wylie and only has two final words for him when it seems his death is inevitable: "I'm sorry."
** Issue 79, [[spoiler: the death of Wylie Times, the most good-hearted Minuteman and the moral core the story at this point. His death is as pointless as it is tragic, as Remi Rome, in an impulsive haste possibly spurred by his envy of Wylie, shoots him when Wylie reaches for matches, too focused on Cole, who knows Wylie well enough to relax his own guard. Even Graves is utterly horrified, and a dying Wylie is welcomed to the afterlife by his beloved Rose.]] The effect on the Minutemen is startling, as Victor Ray is seen in genuine mourning for the first time, to the point of nearly provoking a fight with a completely unrepentant Remi later. Tellingly, the news is enough to enrage short, fat, cowardly Branch to grab the nearest weapon he can and lunge at a ''Minuteman'' with a scream of fury in grief over his friend.
* UglyCute: Martin/Gabe from the "Wylie Runs the Voodoo Down" arc, a deformed and strangely endearing little guy who's employed as a janitor, but is actually a musical genius.