* ActorAllusion: Ciaran Hinds plays the role of a ruler. [[{{Series/Rome}} Now where have we seen that before?]]
* ContractualPurity: Keisha Castle-Hughes's real-life teen pregnancy was no Virgin Birth.
* FakeNationality: Keisha Castle-Hughes is from New Zealand, Ciaran Hinds and Stanley Townsend are both Irish, and Oscar Issac is Guatemalan-born, but American. Averted with Shohreh Aghdashloo, who is of Middle Eastern descent (Iranian). Subverted with the Sudanese-born (but English-raised) Alexander Siddig.
* HeyItsThatGuy: While [[{{Series/Rome}} Gaius Julius Caesar]] has his run of Judea, [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Dr. Bashir]] notifies [[Film/WhaleRider Pai]] that she has a bun in the oven. [[Series/RobinHood Prince John]] decides to remain in the marriage, as the child will need a father. [[Series/TwentyFour Dina Araz]] is also pregnant, despite being past child-bearing age.