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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Near the end of the series, Augustus and his allies assert that they only need to kill one more person before its over. That person was Joan D'Arcy, but that raises the question of why they intended to spare Megan and Tibo. Was it simple Pragmatic Villainy to make it easier to absorb and control their assets, or due to doubts that they'd be able to kill them as quickly and efficiently as their plans required? Was it a form of Villain Respect that came from watching those two counter their moves and feeling that there was a place for them in their new vision for the Trust? Or did Augustus and Vasco see them as Morality Pet's given that Tibo had been working with Vasco in publicly challenging Augustus's agenda for a while, and Megan had a sexual relationship with Augustus that might have led to him developing stronger feelings for her than he'd anticipated.
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    • Did Roland Dietrich really conspire with Rose Madrid to move against the Medici's (which led to her death)? Roland did ask for Graves and the Minutemen to support him with something right after they were deactivated and right before Graves betrayed him which might have been that, but Augustus himself (or one of his allies) wold have also had motive to have been manipulating Rose to further the divide between the Trust and the Minutemen that came from her execution.
    • Did the remaining younger Trust heads really kill Benito? Graves confidently asserts that they did, but they seem genuinely shocked and rattled by his fate (particularly Joan) even when alone with each other, and continue to deny it, while Lono (who was lurking around) and Augustus who was seen watching Benito and Megan in the pool also had motives.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The first few issues of Volume 9 have a running subplot about an Escalating War between two gangsters in Miami that has nothing to do with the main plot. The things they do to each other get increasingly ridiculous ("Terry ate your dog."") and it ultimately culminates in one decapitating the other with a katana and the second one's uzi flying through the air, spraying bullets everywhere and killing everyone else in the room. This plot never interacts with the main plot and is never mentioned again. Even more odd is that the two gangsters, Bosco and Spain, were introduced in previous volumes (Spain was mentioned in 4) in stories that ran parallel to the main plot, there was a "Shaggy Dog" Story arc running all along.
  • Complete Monster: Augustus Medici is the most powerful member of the Trust and the one pulling the strings of every other character. The Trust is a coalition of thirteen families that secretly founded the United States, but this is not enough for Augustus, who puts into motion a grand and intricate plan to take the other members' holdings for himself. Augustus proposes that the Trust and their enforcers, the Minutemen, take over another country, to which the Minutemen refuse and are marked for death by the Trust. The Minutemen's leader, Agent Philip Graves, secretly working for Augustus, would then lead the Minutemen on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and kill the Trust members Augustus wanted dead. After Augustus's son Benito is almost killed, Augustus enlists the sociopathic Minuteman Lono to torture and kill another trust head who had a hand in the hit and his heirs, and also orchestrate a false flag assassination of female Trust head Megan Dietrich, whom Augustus then seduces despite a very large age difference. When a rival Trust head has two of Augustus's key allies killed, Augustus resigns his seat in favor of Benito, knowing that this will lead to Benito's murder at Megan's hands and a power vacuum that ultimately kills all the other Trust members and most of the Minutemen. When confronted by a disgusted Graves over killing his own child, Augustus justifies himself by saying that he didn't technically make Megan do anything.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: "Did you bust a nut when I...?"
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Azzarello was disturbed to discover that Lono was inexplicably popular among female fans. Keep in mind that the character is, among many other unpleasant things, a misogynistic rapist.
    • Sinister Femme Fatale Megan might count as a female version given how often she's associated with the series.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Cole Burns is Out of Focus for large parts of the story and arguably has the fewest fight scenes of the Minutemen, but he's still popular with just about everyone in the fanbase.
    • Because of Misaimed Fandom, and how much he keeps surviving Lono.
    • Joan D'Arcy is one of the more popular members of the Trust due to being more intelligent and more morally gray than most of her peers, despite not having any dialogue, or even a name, until less than fifteen issues before the end.
    • Benito, for getting a fair amount of Character Development and being a Wild Card in the Trust-Minutemen War.
    • Resident Femme Fatale Megan Dietrich.
    • Jack's friend Mikey is decently liked for having a minor arc of his own, with many feeling pleased at his happy ending of sorts.
    • Remi's brother Ronnie has his fans, due to being a non-Minuteman tough guy who with some interesting family dynamics.
    • Milo Garret is the least-appearing Minuteman, but as a Hard Boiled Detective with a Bandaged Face who refuses to return to Graves thrall, he has his fanbase.
    • Intrepid Reporter Mr. Branch.
    • For some, the gang of criminals from the issue Victor first appears in, who were with him in an off-screen heist.
    • Coop, the Cool Old Guy leader of Joan's bodyguards, for his bravery against Remi and nice interactions with both his boss and coworkers. He's only in one issue, but it (and Coop) tend to be well-remembered.
    • The surprisingly brave, Deadpan Snarker, Anti-Medici Trust member Fulvio Carlito gets a little appreciation despite only appearing in four issues and having no dialogue in two of them.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Megan and Echo. Some of the minor female Trust members (Joan, Anna, Helena and Constance) are also pretty hot, but neither their attractiveness or their evilness (assuming their evil at all) is emphasized to the same degree as those two.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The fact that the Trust is composed of 13 families initially just seems like a detail added in to make them seem more evil (because, y'know...13 is an unlucky number). Then we find out that the Trust were the real founders of the United States—a nation that started out as a union of 13 colonies. One colony for each house of the Trust.
  • Genius Bonus: Several involving the American-history stuff.
    • "Lono" is a Hawaiian god of fertility and music. Aside of the fact that Lono is Hawaiian, he bears very little resemblance to the god.
  • He's Just Hiding!: It's interesting that in the final issue, Tibo's face isn't visible when they find his body, Joan's body doesn't have any clear marks on it, and Megan isn't seen in the frame with Cole when he burns to death (and might have had the insight to run when she saw him drop the lighter). Likewise, Jack and Crete might have been capable of fighting off the alligators that came after them. Finally, while Ronnie Rome likely died as a result of his brother's suicide, perhaps Victor's laugh afterwards was because Remi failed to hit him when he jumped off the roof.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Agent Philip Graves is the man who delivers the attache cases, offering people who have been wronged a chance for carte blanche vengeance. Often having multiple hidden agendas to his actions, Graves strategically uses some attaches to gain favors or followers, and is eventually revealed to have faked his death with those of his squad, the Minutemen, who he manipulates back into service. Revealed to be secretly working in conjunction with his supposed rival Augustus Medici to slowly dismantle the infamous Trust and bring it down until only Augustus, Grave and their ally Javier Vasco remain, Graves is also revealed to be a man of principle, which separates him from the monstrous Augustus, willing to slect his principles over even his life in the end.
  • Rooting for the Empire: It’s not that hard to root for some of the Trust members given that so many of the Minutemen are vicious killers it kind of makes sense to retire, and while the Trust are a conspiracy they don’t seem to be that malignant of one, at least by what we see of them in present day. the fact that Augustus, the face of The Trust, is using the Minutemen to clean house makes it even worse.
  • Tear Jerker: Wylie Runs The Voodoo Down has a plethora of these, namely:
    • The death of Martin, who loses his jaw in a bear trap, destroying his talent for his trumpet. After lacking the resolve to shoot himself, Gabe makes Wylie do it. Wylie tells him to close his eyes and picture where he needs to go...and Gabe envisions playing his horn to his beloved April's admiration, just as Wylie, in tears and looking away pulls the trigger.
    • Rose's death in a flashback. Wylie kills the woman he loves on a job, interspliced in dialogue and imagery to his current rage at Shepherd. Wylie executes Rose after a final kiss and promising her they're going to run away together. After, he cradles her in his arms, whispering he'll love her forever.
    • Shepherd's reaction to having to make Wylie do the job. As much as Shepherd knows what has to be done, it's clear it's broken his heart as well. In present, he refuses to fight back against Wylie and only has two final words for him when it seems his death is inevitable: "I'm sorry."
    • Issue 79, the death of Wylie Times, the most good-hearted Minuteman and the moral core the story at this point. His death is as pointless as it is tragic, as Remi Rome, in an impulsive haste possibly spurred by his envy of Wylie, shoots him when Wylie reaches for matches, too focused on Cole, who knows Wylie well enough to relax his own guard. Even Graves is utterly horrified, and a dying Wylie is welcomed to the afterlife by his beloved Rose. The effect on the Minutemen is startling, as Victor Ray is seen in genuine mourning for the first time, to the point of nearly provoking a fight with a completely unrepentant Remi later. Tellingly, the news is enough to enrage short, fat, cowardly Branch to grab the nearest weapon he can and lunge at a Minuteman with a scream of fury in grief over his friend.
  • Ugly Cute: Martin/Gabe from the "Wylie Runs the Voodoo Down" arc, a deformed and strangely endearing little guy who's employed as a janitor, but is actually a musical genius.
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