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  • Bile Fascination: A driving force of the appeal of the series, although quite a few people are still turned away from it.
  • Crazy Awesome: Anti-Crossed, the in-universe comic book in Badlands 91-92.
    • Jackson in the "Wish You Were Here" webcomic arc provides a straight example. He's about as nuts as they come (even if he is faking some of it) and accepts sheep sex as payment for his services. Because of this, he's one of the few able to survive alone and even thrive in the post-apocalyptic hellscape of Crossed.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Though the comic is undeniably visceral and horrifying, the entire concept of Horsecock is pretty funny in a dark sort of way.
    • The scene where the Crossed sing "We Could Have Been Anything" from Bugsy Malone.
    • The possible fate of the British Royal Family as told by a heavily scarred man claiming to be Prince Harry. When the pandemic started, he and Prince Charles were bundled into a helicopter by their bodyguards and flown to Balmoral for safety... only for the crossed to swarm the helicopter the moment it landed. The last thing "Harry" claimed to see before he ran for it, was an infected Queen Elizabeth II chewing Prince Charles's bollocks off while still alive.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: As the comics progress, each new arc trying to top the last one in terms of shock value, it becomes increasingly difficult to be all that fazed by all the blood, guts and absurdly over-the-top violence. For instance, the scene in the first series where the Crossed simultaneously gang-rape and mutilate a family was considered unbelievably horrific when it was released. Such a scene wouldn't even raise an eyebrow anymore. On top of that, it's hard to care about the characters when you know the vast majority of them will either die or become Crossed. This series puts The Walking Dead to shame with its willingness to kill off characters.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Jackson from the "Wish You Were Here" webcomic became so popular that he eventually got his own mini-spinoff.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Maggie and Olivia from "Lesser of Two Evils" qualify. Go and check the covers for this arc if you don't believe.
  • Memetic Mutation: HORSECOCK!
  • Moral Event Horizon: In Wish You Were Here, Shaky shoots a child that has become Crossed after extorting a promise from Rab to put him into the expedition to the mainland in return for saving his life. It's implied that Shaky unlocked the door that held the child on purpose in order to engineer the situation. Shaky wanted to be in the expedition in order to stave off his ennui and find a reason to live again.
    • And it turns out that he crossed the Moral Event Horizon long before that, when he abandoned Ashoke to his fate while Aoileann was asleep, due to him being a hindrance. This eventually led to him becoming the Trashbag Mummy.
    • Don crosses his in Volume 3, Chapter 18 of Wish You Were Here when he points his gun at the driftfleet baby's head.
    • Richie in Dear Or Alive crossed his when he knocked out his fiancée and left her to die in the crashed and burning plane on C-Day.
    • Jack in Shrink crossed his already in childhood when he sexually molested his younger brother Clancy.
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    • It can be argued that Cindy (and Stan) crossed it when they shoot the children they come across in issue 3 of volume 1. Yes the kids had been doing some questionable things but still.
    • Steve from Homo Superior was already sadistic, ruthless and sociopathic long before the Crossed outbreak, as demonstrated by her treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and her abandonment of people who trusted her after the outbreak. While she's implied to have a Freudian Excuse and seemingly mellows out during her travels with her companions, Steve eventually throws it away and crosses the line by shooting Greg in the kneecap to leave him for the Crossed and then willingly infecting herself at the end.
  • Narm: In Crossed +100, the Future Slang used by most of the cast frequently sounds like text-messaging shorthand, enshrining typos and Mondegreens and employing a steeply limited vocabulary. This can result in very serious moments and conversations taking on the tone of Facebook messages between twelve-year-olds or the infamous "I cri evrytiem" copypasta - for example, a character somberly proclaiming "I heart you" before shooting an infected lover in the head.
    • For some readers, the sheer amount of gorn in the series is so over-the-top that it comes off as almost juvenile and becomes more laughable rather than properly horrifying.
  • Nightmare Fuel: If the Gorn doesn't get to you, the relentless bleakness and what people do to survive will.
    • In the last volume 1 chapter of Wish You Were Here, Shaky makes the unsettling discovery that Sister Theresa (real name Aoileann), an Irish nun he once loved, is now a Crossed, but with an X on her face instead of a cross. While very little has been revealed about her nature, it has been shown that she appears smart enough or vicious enough to make the regular Crossed subservient to her and slightly afraid of her.
      • Kinda averted. Turns out that the x on her face was cut into her by the Gameskeeper while he raped her.
  • Strawman Has a Point: An unusual in-universe case, resulting from the story being told by an Unreliable Narrator. Don and Johnson from the "Wish You Were Here" webcomic arc are both assholes, and Shaky portrays all of their planning for sorties and "fightback" as suicidally stupid. The sortie actually goes fairly well, though, and even Shaky recognizes that just staying on Cava isn't a viable option if only because human nature won't allow it. In the +100 arc, it's revealed that surviving bands of humans eventually did fight back, and a century hence outnumber the Crossed 2 to 1 even in the worst affected areas.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Having Harold make an appearance in the final issue of the third arc had tons of potential, but his role is limited to convincing Edmund to have sex with the dead body of Nicole for no reason other than to set up a requisite Downer Ending to the story.
    • In general, detractors of this series are of the opinion that the basic premise, a horror tale of survival and desperation in a world gone mad, could've been legitimately gripping and interesting, but the author is more interested in being as shocking, offensive and "edgy" as possible rather than actually telling any sort of story.
  • What an Idiot!: Yes Edmund, blurt out the fact that you killed Nicole and had sex with her corpse to Donna, tell the whole biker gang you did it, while you're at it. That'll work out swimmingly.
    • For that matter, why did he even have sex with her corpse in the first place? Harold flat-out admits that it had nothing to do with hiding her body.
    • In the final issue of the fourth Badlands arc, the Crossed have to get across a wide river to reach the survivors at Samarkand. They solve this problem by driving several cars and trucks into the river, eventually forming a bridge through the waters. This means they'll be walking in a line, two or three wide at the most, across an unsteady surface with dangerous waters on either side, and survivors armed with assault rifles and plenty of ammunition who can easily pick them off one by one ahead of them, with each fallen infected making their bridge even more slippery and difficult to traverse. The survivors response is to immediately declare the situation hopeless and run back to the house.
      • Ultimately, Welles' people at Samarkand were just heavily-armed amateurs, with virtually no concept of tactics or strategy whatsoever. If someone like Lorna the policewoman had been there to direct them, they would have repelled the Crossed easily. On the other hand, the storyline demonstrates that the atmosphere in Samarkand was poisonous and corrupt to begin with due to Welles' malign influence, they would have been destroyed sooner or later. Hell, Clooney and his finger was itself a ticking timebomb.
    • Alistair from the "Thin Red Line" arc. Not only is he an incompetent aide to Gordon Brown but his idiocy and cowardice results in Brown's bodyguards being infected by an early strain of the Crossed virus. He follows this up by constantly and obsessively insulting and belittling Harry and his team even though they obviously want to kick the shit out of him for his actions. His crowning moment of idiocy, however, is his single-minded obsession with having Patient Zero, the ONLY person in the entire franchise to successfully resist the Crossed virus, (and thus possibly the biggest hope humanity ever had to find a cure) who is only resisting its effects by the skin of his teeth and sheer willpower, tortured for non-existent information as to what started the epidemic. This however comes back to bite him in the ass in the most horrible and literal way imaginable.
    • Yes Satoshi, keep antagonizing the Yakuza boss whom you left for the Crossed once already, whose men are armed to the teeth and who has a man-eating lion at his beck and call. It can't possibly backfire.
    • Geoff, we know you've come to appreciate your new friends and want to come clean about your sordid past, but what did you think would happen when you confessed to being a Serial Killer?

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