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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Gilgamesh a cold, cruel, calculating monster who deliberately sold out his own people in a selfish grab for more power? Or was he simply a greedy, foolish Jerkass?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In “I have to shoot myself in the face”, Michael learns how to jump between timelines (“.hop”) by shooting himself in the head with one of Edgar Kharon’s revolvers (which causes an instant Debigrath Effect). It's Played for Laughs, due to Michael’s instantaneous resurrections (which sometimes land him in awkward situations) and his general incompetence. At the end of Season 3, however, Michael is Killed Off for Real by a headshot from one of Edgar’s other revolvers — fired by his own double, Michaelis. This was intentional foreshadowing on the part of DeathlyLogic.
    • A number of fans made light of the fact that Ellpagg always appears to be wearing Guyliner during his most intense emotional outbursts. DeathlyLogic even made a video spoofing it. Then DL revealed that every time Ellpagg is wearing black eye makeup, he’s actually being possessed or influenced by The Carver. And it was confirmed onscreen (in Acquaintences).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In Chapter 7 of The Writings of Raziel, we learn that Raziel began to seek out the company of humans on Earth some time after Azazel's sentencing, because he found himself “cold and hurt from the ways of the Aristocracy, Religious Leaders, and the overall lack of hope, empathy, and joy in the everyday meanderings of life”. Initially, the reader assumes that this is because of the Watchers affair. Several chapters later, however, it's revealed that sometime prior to the Watchers incident, the Council of Paradisium turned on him (for the crime of violating his vow of celibacy and producing children) and had his family brutally executed in public — while he was Forced to Watch. No wonder he wanted nothing to do with the Arkn cause.
    • In "The Court of Three Kings", we learn that Uriel sent himself to The Infernous because he felt that he deserved to suffer for "abandon[ing] his people"; the wiki further revealed that Uriel defected after he was jailed for beheading a member of his own council, after discovering that they sent his friend and fellow knight, Ellpagg, to The Infernous as a prisoner to be tortured and corrupted. That in itself is bad, but it becomes even more heart-wrenching when it's revealed (in the Michael's Camera episode "Call To Arms") that Ellpagg isn't just Uriel's friend, but his son.
      • It gets worse a bit later, when we learn the real reason Uriel chose to send himself to The Infernous: he made a deal with the Carver, and agreed to create a physical vessel for Malek's scrolls — in exchange for full control over the Infernous. Not only did he make a deal with the arch-enemy of his people, but he had the power to free Ellpagg from his torment at any time — and instead chose to wallow in his own self pity. Abandoned his people, indeed. The in-universe reveal is enough to cause a complete, centuries-long falling out between the Arknza.
      • This also makes Malek's efforts to snap Uriel out of his Infernous-induced stupor (and his anger over Uriel's refusal to do so) a bit more heartwrenching: Malek doesn't just want Uriel to "wake up" because he's his friend, he wants him to do it because Ellpagg is suffering!
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    • In a meta example, the falling-out between the Arknangels is more difficult to watch in light of the bitter Real Life falling-out between the main writers of the Arknthology.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Tour Guide Michael (Michael's Camera) is a sleazy creep who likes toilet humor, uses the House’s joint bedroom to masturbate, and (or so we’re told) was sentenced to the Infernous because he was into “kiddy porn”. The viewers, however, adored him, mainly because of his twisted, frank sense of humor.

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