* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Mostly involving Gene, Finny, and [[HoYay their relationship]].
** Also, Finny. He's either a good guy PuritySue, a normal kid seen through the eyes of [[UnreliableNarrator Gene]], or bad guy who was just CrazyAwesome?
** Is Leper [[SanitySlippage a nice guy who becomes insane]] or a [[BreakTheCutie naive kid who grows to understand the craziness of the world?]]
* {{Anvilicious}}: Blitzball is an allegory for war. Thankfully the book doesn't dwell on this and the whole scene is still pretty funny.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: During the film version of the 'trial', the boys sing "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" to their own tune for no apparent reason.
* TearJerker: Given its themes, the entire story can count as this, especially on repeated readings. Especially sad are [[spoiler: the scene where Gene learns of Finny's death]]--it's not milked for drama at all, but just the subject matter makes it heartbreaking--and the very last page of the book.
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