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  • Arc Fatigue: The second season is full of this. It started off strong but lost momentum the moment the gang reached New Orleans.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: When it was announced that Preacher would be adapted into a TV series fans of the comic were cautiously optimistic. Much less so when it was announced that Seth Rogen would be in charge of the series to the point of decrying the show a failure. So far the series has made a good impression on the fans and it has managed to survive three seasons.
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  • Awesome Music: The a capella version of Blind Melon's 'No Rain' that plays during a montage of Annville residents reacting to learning God has disappeared.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Jesse Custer has developed into this in the second season. Somewhat subverted as the third season has expanded the character into Jerkass Woobie territory.
  • Broken Base: "Dallas" has proven to be one of the most polarizing episodes of the show's short history. Either you love it for its exploration of Jesse and Tulip's relationship, or you hate it for being a Whole Episode Flashback that, minus the Saint's return, doesn't advance the current plot.
  • Complete Monster: Marie L'Angelle is the head of the Angelville plantation, as well as Jesse Custer's grandmother and a major source of pain in his life. Years ago, Marie made a Deal with the Devil himself to make herself virtually immortal by consuming the souls of others, stealing them from clients who don't pay their debts for her voodoo services. After her daughter, Christina, eloped with John Custer, Marie ordered Christina's stomach cut open when she tried to hide a photo of Jesse from her. After ordering the death of John Custer, she forcefully took Jesse under her wing, physically and emotionally abusing him while trying to keep him under her thumb and forcing him to participate in her twisted family business. Many years after leaving that life behind, Jesse returns to Angelville to have Marie bring Tulip O'Hare Back from the Dead, but it comes at the price of a blood contract. With her holding Tulip's life as leverage and threatening to consume her soul out of a sense of entitlement, Jesse is forced into Marie's service and subject to the same abuse once again until he can get his soul back from the Grail. Motivated solely by her desire to live forever and someone who sees people, even her own family, as little more than tools that she can dispose of once she has no further use for them, Marie L'Angelle is a cruel, selfish, vengeful, and manipulative human being that sticks out like a sore thumb in a setting that runs on Black and Gray Morality.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The Running Gag about the All Saints Congregational sign.
    • The pile of bodies in the hotel room after the Seraphim is finally defeated.
    • The ending of "Mumbai Sky Tower".
    • Eugene and Hitler escaping from hell. The pit they escape through provides an alternate version of Eugene's worst experience, and it still involves Tracy attempting suicide. He tries again, and she still blows her brains out. It goes from horrifying to hilarious after a few times.
    • The montage of exploding Humperdoo clones in "The Tom/Brady", while "Waltz on the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314" plays.
      • And one episode after this, all of the Humperdoo clones (and the original Humperdoo disguised as the rest) being released into the wild. We get a top-down view of thousands pouring out into the streets of a major city, several hitting random obstacles and even more dying in traffic as the rest wander off.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It can be hard to really get into the series when every character is a deplorable asshole and whatever genuinely good characters the show has are revealed to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Due to his tragic past, a lot of fans are incredibly enamoured with the Saint of Killers and are prone to overlook his own horrific actions, most notably beheading an entire classroom full of children.
  • Dueling Shows: Mildly with Outcast - the two premiered just a fortnight apart, each has a 10 episode run, both are based on comic books, were commissioned on the back of the success of The Walking Dead (Outcast is actually based on another Kirkman series); and deal with themes of Christianity in contemporary America and demonic possession in a Crapsack World. However, so far the "duels" seem to have mostly been done in the spirit of fun, with reviewers largely recommending that the shows pair well together.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme can have this effect.
  • Growing the Beard: From the beginning, viewers could tell that this show had potential but the slow burning plot combined with comic fans still adjusting to the Adaptation Distillation of the series led to a lot of fans writing off most of the first season as So Okay, It's Average. Thankfully, the exciting Wham Episode of the finale and the implication that the entire first season was just an Prolonged Prologue to the events of the comic series has generated a renewed interest in the show.
    • Come the third season the beard has fully grown as the show now has a fully established Myth Arc.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Sheriff Root's story to DeBlanc and Fiore about the missing children in episode 3 is a bit of a gut punch for him. Especially with his son now missing.
    • In the Season 1 finale, the methane reactor powering the smalle town of Annville, Texas, explodes, destroying the town and killing everyone. In 2013, a fertilizer processing plant in the small town West, Texas exploded with the force of 10 tons of TNT, registering a 2.1 on the Richter scale and levelling the town.
    • The Saint killing Satan in the Season 3 finale is an Awesome Moment, but then 3 months later, South Park killed off their own Satan, and it's one of the show's biggest Tear Jerkers.
  • He Really Can Act: Well, direct, but Seth Rogen's direction of the first two episodes has earned a lot of praise.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Jesse and Cassidy develop plenty over the course of the series, particularly on Cassidy's side. After one meeting with him, Cassidy becomes curiously loyal to Jesse. In "Finish the Song", after talking things out and patching up their friendship, Cassidy asks Jesse if they should shag now or just cuddle and hold hands. While he's clearly joking, it sure seems like he wouldn't say no either if Jesse were unexpectedly up for it.
    • DeBlanc and Fiore qualify because of their Those Two Guys status, though they may actually be a couple in canon: "Finish the Song" sees Fiore worrying that if they attempt to contact Heaven for help before they settle the mess with Genesis they'll be separated forever, and later in the same episode DeBlanc calls Fiore "my dear" and appears to give him an affectionate caress on the cheek when Fiore is feeling sad.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy have each developed into this.
  • Love to Hate:
    • Odin Quincannon. Any ounce of redeeming qualities Quincannon had died with his family. Nobody would blame anyone if they felt that it should have been him that Jesse sent to hell instead of Eugene. Yet Jackie Earle Haley is such a great actor with a terrific screen presence that he makes Odin compelling and fascinating. He also delivers Odin's many humorous lines very well, such as his blithely blunt speeches to his minions.
    • Herr Starr is just as much of an entertaining Hate Sink in the show as he is in the comics, with "Pig" being almost entirely devoted to showing off his uncompromising evil and Pip Torrens' performance.
    • Marie L'Angelle is every bit the Manipulative Bitch that she was in the comic, with Season 3 repeatedly demonstrating her cunning and cruelty enough to make her eventual defeat at the end of the season very satisfying, and Betty Buckley helping to make her a memorable villain.
  • Narm: The white text overlays have a tendency towards this, especially when they are describing things in an overly dramatic manner.
  • Narm Charm: While the characters themselves can come off as overly dramatic, it's one of the factors that draws the viewers in.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • In the Season 3 debut episode, there is Marie drinking a mixture of Tulip's hair, finger nails and cornea in order to attach her life to Tulips.
    • Allfather D'Aronique runs on this. In addition to being a very sloppy eater, he's also a purging type bulimic (and he purges right after his meals in front of his cohorts). Even his death is nauseating, with one of the visible scattered organs being his anus, which poops out Jesse's soul. Which is then followed by a fight between Jesse and Starr over the soul in the middle of the Allfather's scattered guts, and Jesse eating it as soon as he gets his hands on it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Frankie Muniz has a brief but hilarious cameo in "Viktor".
  • Seasonal Rot: The second season has been seen as this due to the very slow pacing, Tulip's unexplained PTSD from her encounter from the Saint of Killers giving her a reduced role and Jesse's continuing villainy going unchallenged.
  • Spoiled by the Format: Brad. If you have closed captions turned on, you see that Brad is actually B.R.A.D. the entire time which removes the implication that Brad is a human operative of the Grail.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: While it's understandable that some elements of the comic series simply wouldn't work with the timeline of the show (John Custer never fought in Vietnam, Arseface didn't get his face from the fallout of Kurt Cobain's suicide and there's little chance that Bill Hicks will make an appearance) there are still some comic purists who resent the show for particular changes like the abundance of Canon Foreigner, everyone's Adaptational Villainy, completely overhauling Tulip's backstory/relationship to Jesse and making Jesse/Tulip/Cassidy into a Love Triangle instead of the one-sided Stalker with a Crush infatuation Cassidy has for Tulip in the comics. Although this can be averted by simply viewing the television series as an Ultimate Universe to the comic series.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • As contested as Season 2 was, most fans agreed that the subplot with Hitler and Eugene was one of the highlights. Then comes Season 3, with both characters still being billed as main characters in the intro... but during the whole season, they've had not even half an hour of screentime.
    • It would have been interesting to see where Anneville would head to after the chaos of discovering that God abandoned the Earth had eased up. A shame we'd never know since the whole town got blown up.
  • Uncanny Valley: Cassidy after he has been burned can be this. While there is makeup used, very little is on his face, with the result being a young man's face on a scarred, old man's head.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: In Season 3 we finally see a little bit more of hell. And it is near enough identical to the version shown in the Saint of Killer's origin comic, complete with the devil. Who is a Visual Effect Of Awesome in his own right, what with the entire look being entirely practical effects.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The common criticisms regarding the second season was its padding, unfocused plots, and a few out of character moments from its main characters. The third season, on the other hand, has been praised as the best season the series has with its faster paced storylines, solid character development, and the establishment of its grand Myth Arc.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The preacher in the Saint of Killers' backstory: Yes, deliberately antagonize the man you know to be a remorseless killer, but make no attempt to incapacitate him or otherwise protect yourself from retaliation. Surely nothing bad will come of this!
    • Jesse learns that The Saint is now susceptible to his The Word after giving The Saint 1% of his soul. Jesse refuses to send The Saint to Heaven believing he doesn't deserve happiness (breaking his deal with The Saint) but won't send him to Hell because he has part of Jesse's soul.
      You'd Expect: Jesse to order The Saint to be his faithful servant. Having a superhuman killing machine on your side while searching for God can only be an asset.
      Or: Order The Saint to never try to kill Jesse and his friends ever again and then make him go away.
      Instead: Jesse locks The Saint in an armored car and sinks him in a swamp. The Grail find him and release him. Now the superhuman killing machine is very angry for being betrayed and seeks out Jesse and his friends. It's only because the agents of Hell arrive and take The Saint back that Jesse and his friends manage to survive.


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