- Designated Villain: Troinano can be considered this. Though he has most likely has done some bad things to rise in rank within the Mafia and he is cheating on his wife with another woman, the film never shows him doing any violent acts or being a Jerkass toward anybody. Compared to Frankie, he's almost a saint.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Troinano may be a gangster and an adulterer, but he's never seen doing anything egregiously evil and other people seem to find him a pleasant fellow to be around. He actually comes off as a nicer guy than Frankie at most points.
- What an Idiot!: Frankie has this moment toward the end of the film. For an experienced hitman, it's pretty damn stupid for him to not see the warning signs of meeting a bunch of Mafioso at an abandoned dock on a river outside of town. Especially given that these were the exact same guys who threatened his life earlier.
- Big Ralph is also guilty of this. After threatening Frankie (a well-known and very successful hitman) with blackmail, he decides to immediately go out and get totally hammered. This really bites him in the ass when, shock of all shocks, the hitman kills him rather than pay a larger fee for his piece.
- What Could Have Been: Peter Falk was originally considered for the role of Frankie, but he turned the project down to star in another noir, "Murder Inc."
YMMV / Blast of Silence