The comic series contains examples of:
- Crosses the Line Twice: Considering that it was co-created and initially written by Garth Ennis....
- Fridge Logic: Jackie lures Frankie and a lot of his mooks into an old warehouse, then drops a lit match through a floor grating and into a pool of gasoline, blowing up the whole building. But with that much gasoline open to the air, the mobsters should have been able to smell it from a block away and known they were walking into a trap.
- So Jackie just found out that if he ever sires a child, he'll die the instant it is conceived. His immediate conclusion is that this means he can never have sex again, which means that life isn't worth living. You'd think he would at least consider sterilization as an option. Using protection might help, too. Of course, there is no form of contraception that is 100% effective save total abstinence.
- Ho Yay: Wenders really wants to serve Jackie...
- Les Yay: The Angelus and her "companion" in the first comic arc.
- Recently, the Angelus' host was a lesbian with a crush on the next host. Guess how they transfered the Angelus?
- Once the Angelus finds a host, it seems to get a girlfriend quickly afterward, whether it's one they made - the thousand-year-old Angelus in the comic's introductory arc created herself a female lover as one of her angel army - or one they met, such as Dani Baptiste and her girlfriend Finch. Even Celestine had a weird fixation on Sara Pezzini. While it's never been overtly discussed, it's possible that becoming the Angelus host actually makes the host a lesbian.
- Moral Event Horizon: Paulie Franchetti blowing up an orphanage with a bazooka is what causes the rest of the mob to turn on him.
- Uncanny Valley: A lot of the artwork lives there.
The video game contains examples of:
- Acceptable Targets: In the game, you are sent after drug dealers selling to kids (because they are encroaching on the Family's territory).
- More generally, all of the people Jackie has to kill in the game are either mobsters, corrupt cops, mob affiliates, or zombies.
- Complete Monster:
- Paulie Franchetti, the Big Bad of the first game, adopted Jackie Estacado so he could mold him into a hitman loyal to the family. The game starts with him sending Jackie on a suicide mission to kill a business rival because Jackie started questioning the way he does business, but Paulie has already killed the business rival and strapped his corpse full of explosives as a birthday present, leaving a tape to mock Jackie before he died. When Jackie survives the blast, Paulie gets revenge by blowing up the orphanage that Jackie grew up in, killing all the orphans and nuns inside and then telling Jackie over the phone it was all his fault. When Jackie starts to ruin Paulie's business dealings, Paulie retaliates by kidnapping Jackie's girlfriend Jenny, bringing her to the orphanage, and then murdering her right in front of Jackie, blaming it all on Jackie for not blindly following orders. Even at the end he shows no remorse for his crimes, telling Jackie that Jenny was a weakness and Jackie shouldn't have cared about her death.
- The Darkness II: Victor Valente is an Evil Sorcerer and the leader of The Brotherhood, an organization that originally intended out to capture and control the Darkness. The Brotherhood uses organized crime as the front of their operations, and uses a brothel as a base. The game opens with Victor sending a hit squad to attack a restaurant, killing innocent people in the crossfire, as an effort to get Jackie to stop suppressing the Darkness. When Jackie first confronts Victor, he is captured in crucified as Victor tries to extract the Darkness from him. He also sends his men to Jackie's penthouse to kill Jackie's men and kills his Aunt Sarah. Ordering an attack on Sarah's funeral, Victor lures Jackie into a trap, having him sealed in an Iron Maiden. After extracting the Darkness from Jackie, Victor declares that now that he controls it, the world will burn and kneel before its true God.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: When Jackie finally takes full control over the Darkness in the fourth chapter. Shame it doesn't last...
- Game-Breaker: In Vendetta Co-Op, once you purchase your character's ability to restore health by performing executions, you can just rush into combat and chain together executions of Mooks ad infinitum until you've beaten the game. Only bosses will slow you down, since you can't execute them.
- Moral Event Horizon: When the Darkness forces Jackie to watch, taunting him all the while, as his girlfriend is murdered.
"Awww, what did they do, Jackie? What did they do to Jenny?"
- In 2, the Brotherhood crosses this all the time. The ambush at the restaurant that killed innocent people? Them. Then they assault Jackie's house for the sole purpose of killing his Cool Old Lady aunt. Then they attack the aunt's funeral just to lure Jackie into a trap.
- Player Punch: I see you're near the end of the first chapter. Better prepare some raw steak for your eye, and possibly a stretcher.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The mental hospital sequences in the second game offer an extremely interesting view of the story, making the player and Jackie question which is real; the city or the hospital? But the rejection ending utterly obliterates any ambiguity the idea had, ruining what could have been a very interesting Ambiguous Ending.
The band provides examples of:
- Awesome Music:
- "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"
- "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
- "Street Spirit (Fade Out)"
- "Mighty Wings"
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
- The Igor, "Thank you, mastah!" section in "Stuck in a Rut".
- The audio clip from Hawk The Slayer played at the start of "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us".
- Crosses the Line Twice: One of the band's stage props was a boob chariot that Justin rode down to the stage from the rafters.
- Growing the Beard: Grew some stubble with "Hot Cakes", grown fully with "Last of Our Kind" .
- Signature Song: "I Believe in a Thing Called Love".
- Sophomore Slump: One Way Ticket to Hell is generally agreed to be weaker than their debut. The band themselves admitted that it didn't turn out as grand as they'd hoped, and Dan later noted that "it sounds like a drum machine. It's so uptight".