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  • Author's Saving Throw: With a bit of clever thinking, the inept creeper who was caught on camera decisively not punching Dustin Rhodes in the head was written into the story, with the Exalted One ordering Evil Uno to dispose of him and Uno interrogating the man about whether he was working for someone else before having Grayson finish him off.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The group as a whole really took off in Being the Elite, with many finding their skits to be the funniest of the entire show. Silver & Reynolds in particular got a big boost in popularity from the skits. Beyond BTE, Silver especially was noted to be massively over by the time of his PPV singles match against another one of AEW's biggest dark horse stars, Orange Cassidy, at Full Gear 2020.
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  • Evil Is Cool: With a great talker in Evil Uno, some talented wrestlers in the ranks of their recruits, and the terrifying Mr. Brodie Lee at their head, the Dark Order are considered one of the coolest groups in AEW, although it took a bit of effort to get there.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The "Brodie Lee Celebration of Life" special tribute episode of Dynamite on the 30th of December 2020, following the sad passing of Lee a few days earlier, saw the entire Order collectively turn face and wrestle a series of matches in homage to him, siding with other faces on the roster to get a clean sweep over the hapless heels who stood against them, while their newest recruit, Brodie's 8-year old son Brodie Jr. (who'd been inducted into the Order as "-1") watched from ringside (and even got involved by smashing MJF over the head with a kendo stick when the jerk stole his mask). Fans opined that it would be almost impossible to boo the Order again after this.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Being the Elite also brought us the recurring "SHUT THE FUCK UP, SILVER!".
    • Also from BTE: JOHNNY HUNGIE!
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The Dark Order got off to a very rocky start in AEW; when Evil Uno and Stu Grayson (together with a bunch of creepers) assaulted the Best Friends and Hybrid 2 after their match at Double or Nothing 2019 they were greeted with chants of "WHO ARE YOU?" from the crowd, most of whom didn't recognise the team formerly known as The Super Smash Brothers. Their first few months on Dynamite didn't improve the audience's opinion of them much either, with the nadir probably coming during an angle where the group assaulted The Elite and beat them down to close an episode, complete with an inept creeper who was caught on camera assaulting Dustin Rhodes with punches that weren't even in the same postcode as his head. Then AEW started playing up the Cult aspect of the group as they began recruiting members from the enhancement roster and releasing fascinating story vignettes, including one which excused the incompetent creeper as a mole who'd infiltrated the group, who they they disposed of at the command of their newly-revealed true master, the Exalted One, and the Dark Order started to really catch on. The debut of Mr. Brodie Lee as their sadistic and sinister mastermind was the final piece of the puzzle needed to make the Order one of the most popular groups on AEW, and when he defeated Cody for the TNT Championship it was highly praised for elevating the group to the level they deserved to be at in the company.
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  • Tear Jerker: Episode #236 of Being the Elite, simply titled "Brodie", was just thirteen and a half minutes of recaps of some of the late Brodie Lee's greatest moments, running gags and catchphrases from the series, interspersed with clips of Silver and Reynolds talking about what Brodie had meant to them and everybody, including some hilarious outtakes of bloopers and times everyone, including Brodie, had cracked up laughing.

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