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"Buildings burn, people die...but real love is forever."

The Crow, released in 1994, is a Cult Classic adapting James O'Barr's comic book of the same name for the silver screen. David J. Schow and John Shirley wrote the screenplay, Alex Proyas directed, and Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee) starred in what would be his final role.

A year after a group of gang-bangers kill him and his fiancée on their wedding night, Eric Draven rises from his grave to extract revenge. Now invulnerable and super-powered, he hunts down and slaughters his murderers with the aided of a crow that serves as his Magical Guide. Along the way, he befriends a local beat cop, Albrecht, and reconnects with a troubled local teen, Sarah, forcing him to remember that there was more to life than hatred.

While the film is notable for its stylish action, gothic art direction and energetic industrial soundtrack, it's destined to be forever overshadowed by the accidental on-set death of its lead actor, Brandon Lee, by a failed special effect.


The film proved to be a hit and was followed by a sequel, The Crow: City of Angels, two spin-off films, The Crow: Salvation and The Crow: Wicked Prayer, and a TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven that returns Eric Draven to life (with a new actor) to serve as protagonist.

This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Eric and Shelly aren't the random victims of a drive-by crime here. Instead, they are brutalized and killed after Shelly protests against wrongful tenant relocation.
    • Top Dollar was changed from just being a low-level drug dealer to being a twisted crime overlord with the gang as his hit squad and Myca and Grange backing him up.
    • Sherri in the comic book becomes Sarah in the film, and has a much larger role. She was friends with Eric and Shelly while they were alive, and at the climax of the film Eric has to save her life when she is threatened by Top Dollar and Myca. Sarah's drug-addicted mother (now called Darla) is much the same character in the comic, but a scene shows her having turned over a new leaf after Eric confronts her over her neglect of Sarah, and hints a reconciliation between mother and daughter.
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    • A lot of drama was added to the climax, unlike in the comic where Eric just rampages unstoppably through the criminal underworld. On the other hand, Tom-Tom was removed, Funboy was given a much smaller role and any scenes of Eric in the afterlife were excised.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Eric Draven is more human and less amoral than his comic book counterpart.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Sarah. Justified in that she lives in a gritty underworld and no one takes care of her, so she has to get by on her own.
  • Agony Beam: Eric defeats Top Dollar with this trope by Agony Beaming his fiancée's experience of being gang raped, beaten and dying from her injuries over 30 hours later into Top Dollar's mind, rendering him incapacitated and vulnerable to the final blow.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: T-Bird pretty much loses his mind when he recognizes Eric and realizes how far he's come. "There ain't no comin' back," indeed. David Patrick Kelly's performance makes it surprisingly moving.
  • All There in the Manual: Top Dollar, Myca, and Grange are never named in the actual film itself.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Devil's Night is a real thing in Detroit. Things have gotten better in the 21st century, thanks in large part to community groups that formed specifically to prevent the arsons.
  • Arc Words: "It can't rain all the time."
  • Ascended Extra: Sarah has much more focus in the movie than her comic counterpart, Sherri; also, Sherri never knew Eric while he was alive, and called him "Mr. Clown Face".
  • Award-Bait Song: "It Can't Rain All the Time" by Jane Siberry.
  • Badass Boast: This exchange with Albrecht.
    Albrecht: You're the guy that murdered Tin-Tin.
    Eric: He was already dead. He died a year ago the moment he touched her. They're all dead. They just don't know it yet.
  • Badass Longcoat: Eric takes Tin-Tin and wears it for the rest of the film.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Top Dollar is well dressed, even as he throws down with Eric.
  • Battle in the Rain: Despite being set in a city of perpetual rain, this only happens during the climatic fight between Top Dollar and Draven.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: From Myca to Top Dollar, after he wished he was hungry again.
    Myca: Be careful what you ask for.
    Top Dollar: Yeah, or you may get it, I know.
  • Big Bad: Top Dollar reveals he was behind everything near the end. He ordered Eric and Shelly's murders, and even started Devil's Night in the first place.
  • Big Damn Hero: Albrecht. Just as Grange is about to kill the raven, and by extension, Eric, Albrecht bursts in with a shotgun, has a firefight with Grange and manages to pump two rounds into his chest. Unfortunately, he is shot by Myca soon after and is down, but survives.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Tin-Tin, the one black member of T-Bird's posse, is the first to die. When the climactic battle starts, Grange is the first one to go down - shot, ironically, by the other black guy.
  • Blame Game: Skank does this when he realizes the reason why Eric wants him dead.
    Skank: It's not fair! It was Funboy's fault. That boy was outta control ! T-bird, he came in there, (whistles) "Waste 'em both". Now this ghost's gonna kill my ass, next!
  • Bottomless Magazines: In a particularly egregious example, during the shootout with the gangsters, Eric manages to fire several dozen bullets each from a pair of revolvers.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Half-sibling example with Myca and Top Dollar.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Top Dollar and Myca are a villainous variation of this. They're the closest members in Top Dollar's criminal syndicate, and she serves as his advisor on supernatural matters. Because they're villains, their relationship is openly incestuous.
  • Bloodstained Glass Windows:
    • The final showdown takes place inside and on top of a great Gothic church.
    • The focal point of Eric and Shelly's home is a large circular glass window, which Eric was thrown out of to his death.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Top Dollar is a collector of antique weapons, and he uses a rapier to execute Gideon. Eric also steals a katana from his collection while in the midst of mowing through his goons.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played with. Tin-Tin didn't seem to recognize Eric, nor his description of the rape and murder of his girlfriend Shelly, handwaving it as if he does that stuff all the time, but it doesn't stop him from taunting Eric about it. Funboy was the only one Eric didn't bring it up to, not that it mattered since he killed him in the middle of a Morphine bender. T-Bird does remember, but considers it ancient history, playing the trope somewhat straight. Skank remembers enough to know that he's next after seeing Eric kill T-Bird. Top Dollar, seeing as he was the one who cleared that building, does remember it vividly but treats it as business, snidely apologizing for spoiling Eric and Shelly's wedding plans.
  • Canon Foreigner: Top Dollar's henchman Grange and his sister-consort Myca, were created for the movie.
  • Catch and Return: Eric to Tin-Tin, after dodging his first two knives. Then he closes in for the kill with this memorable line: "Victims... aren't we all?"
  • Chekhov's Gun: By laying hands on Albrecht, Eric is able to psychically absorb every agonizing detail of Shelly's 30 hour ordeal, because of the fact that Albrecht stayed with her the whole time. Eric bottles it up until his battle with Top Dollar at the end, when he lays hands on him and transfers all 30 hours all at once.
  • Climbing Climax: The final fight between Eric and Top Dollar takes place atop the bell tower of an abandoned church.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Done on purpose by Top Dollar to show his lack of concern when Gideon and Grange first tell him about the Crow:
    Grange: I saw him too. He had a guitar, and he winked at me before he jumped out of a fourth story window.
    Top Dollar: He winked at you? Musicians!
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Officer Albrecht is lower on the totem pole, and eventually gets suspended for helping Eric, but the feeling is there.
  • Composite Character:
    • Officer Albrecht in the comic is a white rookie patrolman, and reports to a black detective by the name of Captain Hook (ha, ha). If you're gonna pay for Ernie Hudson, you might as well use him.
    • Top Dollar in the film was also sort of a mash-up of several gangster characters from the comic - though his role in the story mostly stands him in for T-Bird (who, in turn, was relegated to being Top Dollar's lieutenant) and turns him from a drug kingpin into an almost ludicrously depraved monster.
  • Cool Old Guy: Mickey, who runs a hotdog stand across the street from Gideon's pawn shop.
  • Cool Sword: Top Dollar has a large display of swords. His sword of choice, in the center of the display, is an ornate Royal Rapier. The prop is the same one used for the six-fingered sword in The Princess Bride.
  • Crapsack World: The world of Detroit is a nocturnal hellscape of crime and urban decay.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Top Dollar unwittingly created his own nemesis when he orders T-Bird's gang to lay waste to several apartments and murder their residents to create chaos. He never paid it any second thought until Eric Draven returns from the dead to exact revenge on his killers.
  • Creator Cameo: O'Barr himself appears in the film as one of the looters robbing Gideon's store: he's the long-haired guy with the tv.
  • Cultured Badass: Eric Draven, at least while he has crow powers. He's a guitar playing undead ninja who quotes Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven and William Makepiece Thackeray's Vanity Fair.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: The Anti-Hero version, done by Eric to T-Bird.
  • Dark Chick: Myca plays this role to Top Dollar.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Eric and Shelley were goths, but otherwise nice, normal people. Eric looks particularly menacing in his black leather outfit and sparse, harlequin-inspired makeup, but he doesn't let revenge stand in the way of his morals.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Eric in Gideon's shop. Gideon himself too. And Top Dollar. And Albrecht. You know what, pretty much everybody.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Myka, Top Dollar's sister and supernatural knowledge broker, is in an incestuous relationship with him. They have a threesome with a girl whom they accidentally kill, and Myka decides to take her eyes.
  • Destination Defenestration: Eric is sent right out of the window of his and Shelly's apartment after getting shot when he and she are murdered. One of Eric's revenge kills serves as something of an "eye for an eye" for this namely, Skank, who he sends out a window in the aftermath of the big shootout at Top Dollar's place.
  • Digital Head Swap: Brandon Lee's face was digitally grafted onto a stunt performer's body for a small smattering of scenes not yet shot at the time of his death. Most notable is the Becoming the Mask scene. From the time Eric enters the apartment until the end of the obligatory "runs along the rooftops" scene, a stunt man was playing Brandon Lee.
  • Dirty Coward: Skank. He spends most of his screentime whining or crying. When Eric interrupts Top Dollar's reunion, Skank immediately tries to escape by using one of the serving girls as a Human Shield.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: T-Bird seems to be the Big Bad, as the leader of the gang who killed Eric and Shelley, but it's shown halfway through the film that he works for a crime boss known simply as Top Dollar.
  • Disney Villain Death: Happens to Skank, Myca and Top Dollar.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Judging by Top Dollar's comment, "I think we broke this one," the dead woman in his bed was a random prostitute.
  • The Don: Top Dollar apparently has authority over all major crime in the city.
    Top Dollar: Nothing happens in this town without my say-so.
  • The Dragon: Grange is Top Dollar's bodyguard and the one tasked to find out more information about Eric.
  • Dragon Lady: Myca, played by Bai Ling, is a forceful queen of crime and black magic who sports a giant, colorful dragon tattoo.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Eric kills off the gang who attacked him and Shelly, eventually killing the leader, T-Bird. Skank, his right hand man, is the last member of the gang to die. While the gang might be considered a Quirky Miniboss Squad to Top Dollar, they were Eric's initial targets.
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous: As part of his Establishing Character Moment, Top Dollar realizes that the naked woman in his bed died at some point in the night. He's unfazed.
  • Empathic Environment: It finally stops raining after Top Dollar is dead, and Eric returns to his grave at peace.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The criminal gangs in the various movies were pretty ethnically diverse. Even the brother/sister team in the first film were of different ethnicities (they're half-siblings).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: T-Bird appears annoyed by the chaotic crowd in The Pit.
    T-Bird: Look at this mess. What's the world coming to?!
  • Eye Scream:
    • Myca has a fondness for eyes. When a prostitute dies in her bed, she decides that he likes the dead girl's eyes and cuts them out. We later see her burning an eyeball in a saucer.
    • Myca's own eyes are later pecked out by Eric's crow, causing her to fall to her death.
  • Fake Shemp: Since Brandon Lee died in an accident with dummy bullets, they had to use a stand-in for some of the scenes and used CGI to composite Brandon's face over his. It mostly worked unless you were paying close attention.
  • Fat Bastard: Gideon. Possibly also an incompetent one.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Top Dollar usually has a very amiable disposition, speaking casually about horrible topics and even complimenting Eric before he prepares to kill him. However, his total lack of empathy suggests that he does this simply because he's so confident in his hold on the city that he doesn't need to impress anyone.
  • Flaming Emblem: Eric did this using explosives and gasoline to turn T-Bird's own car into a bomb. When the car explodes, a trail of flames spread across the pier in a pattern created by Draven's accelerant, creating the crow emblem. This is an interesting case in that the character did not really have an emblem in-universe. The emblem was used in marketing and the film's logo.
  • For the Evulz: Top Dollar's speech about Devil's Night is about his belief that Devil's Night should be about pointless destruction, not profit.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Grange sports a rather stylish pair of round-frame glasses.
  • Freudian Excuse: The villainous Top Dollar brings up his apparently abusive father several times in the film, ultimately revealing that he's killed him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Eric Draven's return from the grave gifts him with a healing factor that prevents him from gaining any new scars - but the scars from the bullet wounds that killed him remain clearly visible on his chest when shirtless.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Eric's default strategy despite his fighting prowess. Officer Albrecht even lampshades this when his plan is for Eric to draw the bad guys' fire until they run out of ammo. Too bad his Healing Factor has been disabled at this point.
  • Groin Attack: Where does Eric place the stick of dynamite when he blows up one of Shelly's rapist-murderers? Between the legs, of course.
  • Guns Akimbo: Eric blasts off with both guns blazing during the boardroom shootout, while Top Dollar gets his moment during the church shootout near the end of the movie.
  • Guttural Growler: Top Dollar, as played by the prodigiously raspy Michael Wincott. Even in other foreign dubs of the movie he maintains this kind of voice.
  • Heel Realization: T-Bird dies quoting (in earnest, this time) Lucifer's Heel Realization from Paradise Lost.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Eric wears a whole leather outfit.
  • The Hero Dies: Eric Draven returns to the grave after avenging his murder.
  • Heroic Bloodshed: The action in this movie is very reminiscent of Hong Kong Blood Opera. It certainly helps that Brandon Lee's first movie was a Heroic Bloodshed flick.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Top Dollar is defeated by the misery he caused to Eric and Shelly.
    • Tin Tin is killed with his own knives, Fun Boy by his own gun and syringes, and T-Bird by his T-Bird and explosives. The only member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad who isn't Hoist by His Own Petard is Skank, who gets a Karmic Death by getting thrown out the window, just like Eric was.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Eric's death and return from the grave take place on Devil's Night. City of Angels had its resurrection scene on All Saints' Day, and its climax at a Day of the Dead festival.
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: The Cure's "Burn" (the movie's unofficial anthem) thunders on during the sequence where Eric makes himself into the Crow. Interestingly, the lyrics use the comic's plot, not the movie's.
  • Impaled Palm: Eric Draven first demonstrates his regenerating powers by impaling his hands on shards of glass lining the broken window he was thrown through.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Eric kills Tin-Tin by stabbing all of his major organs. In alphabetical order, no less. Plus, Top-Dollar is impaled on a gargoyle statue after being thrown off the chapel roof by Eric.
  • Improvised Weapon: During his final duel with Top Dollar on the roof of a cathedral, Eric rips off an ornate iron spire to use as an improvised sword against Top Dollar's katana.
  • In the Back: During Eric and Top Dollar's battle on the church rooftops, Eric is momentarily distracted by a distressed Sarah. Top Dollar takes a cheap shot by sneaking up behind him and stabbing Eric through the back with his sword.
  • It Always Rains at Funerals:
    • Inverted. It's raining when Eric crawls out of his grave.
    • Subverted at the end of the film after Eric returns to the grave, the rain is easing off when the crow gives Shelly's ring to Sarah. It can't rain all the time, after all.
  • I Think You Broke Him: Said by Top Dollar when he observes that the woman who'd recently been in a threeway with him and Myca has died. Neither are exactly broken up by the realization.
  • It's Snowing Cocaine: Top Dollar is seen with a ludicrously large pile of coke from which he occasionally snorts as he gives directions to his underlings.
  • Jerk Ass: Albrecht's superior Jenson.
  • Just Between You and Me: At the end, crime lord Top Dollar gives the avenging Eric Draven the speech after he impales him through the back. He admits that he's ultimately responsible for the death of Eric and his girlfriend Shelly, and expresses admiration for what he considered a Worthy Opponent. As he gets ready to slit Eric's throat, Eric gives back what Top Dollar's owed - the combined memories of 30 hours of pain experienced by Shelly as she died on the operating table.
  • Karmic Death:
    • "I have something for you. I don't want it anymore".
    • Skank is sent out a window, much like he and his buddies did to Eric himself.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Top Dollar has an entire cabinet full of swords, but uses a katana to fight Eric during the climax. Eric grabs one from the cabinet himself during the gang boss massacre. Ironic since Michael Wincott, the actor who plays Top Dollar, is an accomplished fencer in real life. The trope is somewhat averted earlier in the film, when a rapier (the Six Finger Sword) is shown to be the centrally placed in Top Dollar's sword cabinet, and is selected to kill Gideon.
  • Knife Nut: Tin Tin uses knives instead of guns. They duly get used on him when Eric takes him down.
  • Lack of Empathy: Top Dollar cares absolutely nothing for the pain he causes. His only reaction to a lover dying in his bed is, "I think we broke this one." He slaughters Gideon for backtalking him. His little heart-to-heart with Eric in the climax betrays no regret over his actions. He even has no reaction to the death of Myca, his sister and consort.
  • Large Ham:
    • Top Dollar, especially in his Motive Rant scene.
    • Eric himself on occasion, such as when he tortures Gideon for information.
    • T-Bird and his gang.
  • Le Parkour: Eric leaps and sprints across the city rooftops in two highly atmospheric scenes.
  • Lighter and Softer: Comparably speaking. The movie is very dark, but the character is less manically sociopathic than his comic book counterpart, and the violence is less extreme. For example, the film has a touching scene where Eric gives Albrecht a meaningful speech about how "nothing is trivial" and how you have to treasure each moment as they come. In the comic he shoots up drugs and self-mutilates in a frenzy of grief and anger, repeatedly.
  • Lipstick and Load Montage: In a non-comedic male example, Eric has one of these right before going out to avenge his and Shelly's deaths, including putting on the famous black and white makeup.
  • Madness Mantra: T-Bird's "There ain't no comin' back, there ain't no comin' back...." And for him, this was true.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Top Dollar dresses well, has a stylish loft and sips wine.
  • Meaningful Echo: "It can't rain all the time".
  • Meaningful Name: Eric Draven's surname contains "raven," another type of black bird similar to a crow.
  • Meta Casting As Himself: O'Barr supposedly based the look of Gideon in the comic on the actor Jon Polito. Jon Polito played the part of Gideon in the film.
  • Mexican Standoff: T-Bird and his gang briefly have one amongst themselves while drunk. It ends once T-bird shows he's just playing around.
  • Mind Rape: "Thirty hours of pain! All at once! All for you!"
  • Mook Horror Show: There's little tension through most of the movie that Eric is in any danger. Instead, we watch him inflict terror on the outmatched villains.
  • No Name Given: Top Dollar, Myca, and Grange are not referred to by name until the end credits.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Skank is a whiner and a coward. He's clearly the low man on the totem pole in T-Bird's gang, and compared to Top Dollar and Eric he's downright pathetic. You almost feel sorry for him. Then he gets hit by a car, and when the driver steps out to inflict more damage, Skank beats him down in seconds. The weakest of a gang of brutal thugs is still a brutal thug.
  • One Last Smoke: Subverted. After having shared a smoke with Eric, who ironically tells him "You shouldn't smoke these. They'll kill ya," Albrecht gets wounded and asks for a cigarette, but he spits it out and decides to quit. He lives, but hopefully it was still his last cigarette.
  • One-Man Army: Eric, when taking out the gangsters in Top Dollar's headquarters. Being invincible probably helped.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The gang who killed Eric and Shelly were employees of Top Dollar. Played with in that while Top Dollar is technically the Big Bad of the film, they are the targets of Eric's revenge.
  • Percussive Therapy: Eric plays his guitar and then smashes it in a fit of grief and anger.
  • Pet the Dog: A rare anti-hero centric example, as Eric's relationships with Sarah and Officer Albericht humanizes him and keeps him from becoming the borderline monster that he is in the comics.
  • Posthumous Character: Eric's girlfriend Shelly Webster was given this treatment, both in flashbacks and from the other characters, such as Eric himself, who came Back from the Dead in order to avenge them both:
    Eric: Little things used to mean so much to Shelly. I always thought they were kind of trivial. Believe me, nothing is trivial.
  • Post-Rape Taunt: Tin-Tin taunts Eric Draven, whose girlfriend was raped by him and his friends. He comes to regret these words.
  • Properly Paranoid: Skank, while not very smart and a coward. The second he sees a picture of Eric without the make up he instantly knows who it is and reacts in fear.
  • Psycho for Hire: Tin-Tin, Funboy, T-Bird and Skank, Eric Draven's targets of vengeance, who do particularly brutal jobs for the city's kingpin, Top Dollar. In something of a subversion of the trope, Top Dollar is far more evil than even these psychotic killers.
  • Psychometry: Eric has the ability to pick up on memories related to his past by touching things related to said past—including ones that didn't originate with him, as seen with the scene with Gideon when he sees Shelly's final moments through the cop's eyes. He eventually develops the ability to transfer memories and the pain that comes with them by touch, which he uses to completely wreck Top Dollar in the final battle.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Skank is a rapist and a murderer. He also frequently acts like a brain-dead hillbilly and is treated as a Butt-Monkey mascot for the rest of the gang, and he cries like a little boy whenever he's in danger. He eventually becomes so cowardly and pathetic that he essentially turns into an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, and the film has to flash back briefly to Skank's rape of Shelly to justify Eric's killing of him.
  • Pyro Maniac: Crime lord Top Dollar is a gangster who institutionalized the yearly arsons of Devil's Night that plague Detroit by starting the first fires and then expanding the idea each year while reaping profits on the side. At a conference between the major gang leaders he announces that he's grown bored of it all, and to top himself declares that he's going to burn down the whole city purely for his own amusement.
  • Race Lift: T-Bird, who is vaguely African-American or Pacific Islander-American in the comic, is played in the movie by Irish-American actor David Patrick Kelly.
  • Relative Button: Tin-Tin doesn't seem to recognize Eric's description of the rape and murder of Shelly, but he uses a Post-Rape Taunt to distract Eric and briefly gain an advantage in their fight.
    Eric: Her name was Shelly. You cut her. You raped her.
    Tin-Tin: Shelly, yeah. I shanked her pink ass and she loved it! *headbutts a distracted Eric*
  • Reusable Lighter Toss: "How awful goodness is..."
  • Revenant Zombie: Eric is a quintessential revenant but, unlike most, retains compassion for the living as well as a semblance of his former personality. This is less true in the original comics.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Eric rises from his grave in the beginning, literally crawling out of the ground.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: The final battle between Eric and Top Dollar takes place on the roof of a church.
  • Scary Black Man: Grange. Well, he is played by Tony Todd, so it's a given.
  • Shaped Like Itself/This Is Reality: "This is the really real world! We killed you dead!"
  • Shower Scene: Myca, Top Dollar's consort/sister is introduced taking a shower.
  • The Slow Walk: Eric advances slowly and ominously on Tin-Tin at the beginning of their confrontation.
  • The Sociopath: Top Dollar, a crime boss who decides to burn his city to the ground For the Evulz.
  • Something Only They Would Say: "It can't rain all the time."
  • Stuff Blowing Up: What Top Dollar and his Devil's Night gang like to do. Eric blows up Gideon's pawnshop as well as T-Bird's car with him inside.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Eric does that a lot to people. It's lampshaded by Albrecht four times. It's ultimately subverted when, after a particularly emotional conversation, Albrecht asks if Eric is going to just vanish out a window or something, and a tearful Eric says that he'd rather use the front door.
  • Tempting Fate: When confronting Eric, Tin-Tin takes out his knives and boasts he never misses. Eric dodges his first throw, slaps his second one aside, and pulls a Catch and Return on the third.
  • This Is Reality: Or so T-Bird keeps telling himself after he recognizes Eric.
    "There ain't no coming back. This is the really real world, there ain't no coming back."
  • Tomboy: Sarah, who wears hoodies, ripped tights, rides a skateboard and is into Eric's rock music.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Gideon, literally so. Just could not shut up when dealing with either Eric or Top Dollar. Eric blew up his shop. Top Dollar rammed a rapier through his throat and shot him twice.
    • For that matter, Top Dollar himself showed he was just Too Dumb to Live by getting himself involved in the first place. He was never on Eric's target list, ever. Had he stepped back and let Eric finish off Skank like Eric wanted to, Top Dollar would have no doubt lived a long and fruitful life as Detroit's chief boogeyman. But no... he just had to stick his nose in.
    • Sadly, Eric and Shelley themselves: the happy couple, while being aware of Top Dollar's reputation as a violent gangster, decide to remain well within his sphere of influence after reporting on his crimes officially, as opposed to fleeing the immediate area, or at least using an alias. T-Bird waves the paperwork (presumably complete with Shelley's name and address) in Shelley's face before he and and his gang rape her to death.
  • Tranquil Fury: The beginning of Eric's fight with Tin Tin, he never says a single word or expresses a sound, even when Tin Tin punches him. Then when he finally has Tin Tin pinned to the wall, he screams, "Fuck you... murderer!"
  • Unhand Them, Villain!: Top Dollar.
  • Villainous Breakdown: T-Bird pretty much loses his mind the moment he recognizes Eric. Considering the verses he's quoting from John Milton's Paradise Lost ("Abashed the Devil stood ..."), this might also qualify as a Heel Realization.
  • Villainous Valour: Top Dollar braves Draven's fury by refusing to hand over Skank, a low-level thug and Boisterous Weakling.
  • Worthy Opponent: This is Top Dollar's feeling towards Eric by the end, saying, "You've got a lot of spirit son. I am gonna miss you."