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After the Saint of Killers tracks him down, Jesse learns more about his adversary and devises a way to get rid of him.

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  • And I Must Scream: Jesse disposes of the Saint by locking him in an armoured car and sinking the car into a swamp. Unusually, this is actually less cruel than Jesse's original plan of sending him back to Hell, but the Saint has one percent of Jesse's soul in him now, and Jesse is understandably worried about the consequences of having even that much of his soul be in Hell.
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  • Barehanded Blade Block: Cassidy grabs the Saint's sword blade to keep him from swinging it at Tulip. A more realistic version of this trope than usual, since he catches it as the Saint is pulling it back for the strike rather than when it's already in motion, and it still doesn't turn out too well for him - see Fingore, below.
  • Batman Gambit: Jesse manages to convince the Saint of Killers not only that he won't, in fact, get his promised reward of being reunited with his family for killing Jesse, but that Jesse can do so by first getting the Saint a soul, which he needs in order to enter Heaven, and then using his powers to send him there. He does get the Saint a soul - actually a small piece of his own - but once it's in the Saint, he reveals that he's figured out that it was being soulless that made the Saint immune to Jesse's powers, meaning that the Saint is now at Jesse's mercy.
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  • Blessed with Suck: Having a soul makes it possible, at least in theory, for the Saint of Killers to go to Heaven. Too bad for him, it also means he can no longer No-Sell Jesse's Compelling Voice.
  • Book-Ends: The episode begins with Jesse looking into the mirror and smiling confidently. It ends with him looking into the mirror and looking sick and haunted.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The soul trade looks an awful lot like the black market for organ donations, with shady businessmen buying from people in desperate financial straits and selling to rich people with otherwise incurable conditions.
  • Fingore: Cassidy grabs hold of the Saint's blade to keep him from cutting down Tulip. He wins some precious seconds by doing so, but at the cost of the sword slicing off all his fingers. Don't worry, they grow back by the end of the episode.
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  • Heroic BSoD: Getting chokeheld and tossed around by the Saint of Killers really does a number on Tulip, who's never been at the mercy of anyone.
  • Japan Takes Over the World: The Japanese use high-tech solutions to buy and sell souls, squeezing traditional practitioners out of the business.
  • Mythology Gag: Artwork from the original Saint of Killers comic is used to illustrate the Saint's history.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Parts of them can be extracted, stored, and turned into pills. Even fifteen percent of a soul is apparently an instant Alzheimers cure.
  • Post Modern Magic: The Japanese extracts souls with high-tech tools, transports them in an armoured car and sells them as pills. Apparently it works really well - he's all but driven the traditional magicians out of business.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jesse delivers one to the Saint when he's got him controlled by his voice, asking him if he really expected to live happily ever after in Heaven with his family after all the many Moral Event Horizons he has crossed.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Cassidy's older friend Denis is actually his son.
  • Take That!: One of the chapters of the American Psychopaths audio book is devoted to Dick Cheney.
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