- Complete Monster: Azazel is a sinister demon who likes nothing so much as destroying the lives and names of good men. When Detective Hobbes crosses him, Azazel sets about targeting him by possessing Hobbes's mentally handicapped brother and making him kill himself. Azazel possesses others and murders others in their bodies, getting them convicted of murder and jumps out just before the execution, leaving the victim to face death for crimes they have no memories of committing. Azazel destroys Hobbes' life and reputation and possesses people to continuously drive him mad from near paranoia. What's worse is Azazel has been walking the earth for thousands of years and his MO has never changed.
- Foe Yay: Azazel, buddy, you need to scale back on your obsession with Hobbes just a smidge. And stop calling him "pal". And stop talking about how much fun you're having with him."I'll fuck you left, right, backwards, forwards, coming, going..."
- Memetic Mutation: A GIF of Denzel putting a hand on his chest and then chuckling relieved has become extremely popular when someone notices a person is trending, and look them up to make sure they're not dead (or, for Black Comedy purposes, is still dead and not resurrected or zombified).
- Moral Event Horizon: Azazel possessing Hobbes' brother Art, who's implied to be mentally disabled, to make him kill himself using poison.
- One-Scene Wonder: Elias Koteas makes a big impression in his brief screentime as Edgar Reese, alternating between Laughably Evil and terrifying.
- Paranoia Fuel: Azazel lives and breathes this trope. He can freely possess anyone who doesn't have strong enough willpower to resist him with a touch. In a crowded area he can be anywhere in moments. And if you kill one of his hosts he can just possess anyone he likes. He turns normal people into serial killers and does it purely For the Evulz. And it could easily be you next.
- Tear Jerker: Art's death. Hobbes is genuine saddened and shocked by this. Also Jonesy's possession and death considering what a truly friend he was to Hobbes.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Stanton. was killed the second Azazel revealed himself in the climax, when it might have been interesting to see him live a little longer, realized John had been telling the truth, and fight the demon with him for a little while before going down.
- The Woobie:
- Plenty of Azazel's hosts qualify, Charles being a very notable example; another is Jonesy.
- The whole Hobbes family. Art, Sam, and John himself.
- First Installment Wins: To say the least, this is the definitive Evanescence album. It's to the extent that they're commonly regarded as a One-Hit Wonder in terms of albums, as their later work didn't fare nearly as well when Amy Lee took over the band.
- Periphery Demographic: Even those otherwise turned away from nu metal like this album, perhaps because of the Genre-Busting sound. It's to the point where some will try to say that it isn't nu metal.
- True Art Is Angsty: Commonly regarded as the best album by Evanescence. Also their most angsty of them all.
- Wangst: Some detractors view the album as this.