* AccidentalInnuendo: "and [Jim] would always call me honey, and pet me and do everything he could think of for me, and how good he always was."
* AngstWhatAngst: Huck's reaction to [[spoiler:finding out his father and Miss Watson had died a while ago]] was either unmentioned or nonexistent.
** Though it's understandable with the former.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: At one point, Huck and Jim have a conversation that has nothing whatsoever to do with the rest of the story. (It ends with Jim arguing that French people must not be human because they don't speak English.) This was apparently supposed to be funny to nineteenth-century readers, and some critics have contended that Twain included it as a send-up of the minstrel-show comedy routines popular at the time.
** And yet some critics have argued that there is some [[RuleOfSymbolism hidden symbolism]] in that Huck and Jim's several arguments [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything are actually about slavery]].
** Arguably it is also set up to show that Huck and Jim are NotSoDifferent, since even with his education, Huck still is unable to counter Jim's logical (for what he is told) points.
** In at least one adaptation, it's made blatantly clear that Jim is playing DevilsAdvocate here to encourage Huck to think more for himself instead of uncritically accepting what other people tell him as fact.
* EndingFatigue: The story comes to a grinding halt once Jim gets locked in the smokehouse - in part because Tom Sawyer, once he finally shows up, seems to be trying to take the book away from Huck.
* EvenBetterSequel: While ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' is still a good book, ''Huck Finn'' is widely considered better. The former is full of AgeAppropriateAngst and misadventures of the Antebellum South in the 1860s. The latter is a condemnation of slavery and a powerful message about [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight standing up for what you believe in]]. Mark Twain even agreed, preferring ''Huck Finn'' to ''Tom Sawyer''.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: An attempted [[DefiedTrope defiance]] by the author in his preface, saying anyone attempting to find a plot would be shot. It hasn't stopped generations of scholars from analyzing the heck out of this book.
* FairForItsDay: It's now considered by some to be racist, but is actually a satirical work condemning slavery. Also, we have to understand that back then it was considered highly offensive for a southerner to denounce his society in this way. People cry racism for the outdated terms (n-word being commonly used, whether intended badly or not) but it was radical then. And while Jim is portrayed as being [[BookDumb ignorant]] (being Black at that time, he had not received any sort of formal education; Huck has a hard time explaining how it is that French people don't speak English) he is by no means stupid. In fact, he's generally the smartest guy in the room.
* GeniusBonus: Prior to the American Civil War, the United States did not have a unified money supply. As such, cash printed in big cities was more easier to pay with. On his journey, Huck has to pay a person in cash for a favor. It is accepted without a hitch because the cash was printed in New Orleans, and New Orleans is described as having some of the most reliable currency available. Not a strong case of DidDoTheResearch because Twain knew this tidbit first hand.
** Whole essays have been written on what may or may not exist between Huck and Jim--most famous being "Come Back on the Raft Agin, Huck Honey."
** Tom and Huck, especially with the line "I wanted him and me to be together"
* IAmNotShazam: At no point in the novel is Huck's companion ever called "Nigger Jim"--that came from various descriptions and ties-in to the book shortly after its publication.
* MagnificentBastard: Tom attempts to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope based on the adventure novels he's read... and [[SmugSnake fails.]]
* MisaimedFandom: Inverted. Sometimes condemned as an unironic endorsement of Civil War-era racism due to its extremely liberal use of the N-word and its somewhat stereotypical portrayal of Jim, despite the fact that the book's primary message is to criticize slavery as inhumane, and that Jim actually subverts many of the contemporary UncleTomfoolery stereotypes. Tellingly of the book's true intent, Huck, believing that even ''God'' is prejudiced against his black friend, renounces all hope of Heaven for ThePowerOfFriendship.
* OneSceneWonder: The book has quite a few memorable characters who only appear very briefly, but the best example of this has to be Colonel Sherburn, who gives a spectacular TheReasonYouSuckSpeech [[ShamingTheMob to an angry mob]], and despite being a cold-blooded murderer, he remains an impressive figure.
** Both unintentionally, as discussed above, and intentionally in regard to Huck's unwillingness to return Jim to slavery. Huck decides to be a CardCarryingVillain, and most of those around him proclaim themselves good and him evil, but the way it's written makes it clear that they're not good, and he's a morally righteous rebel, or at worst a NobleDemon.
** Beatings, whether at school or at home, were quite common, and Huck even states that his back doesn't mind anymore.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic: The book is prefaced with a "Notice" threatening with various dire fates any reader who dares treat it as SeriousBusiness. The warning has been universally disregarded, often taken as [[SchmuckBait an invitation]].
* WriterCopOut: Creator/ErnestHemingway thought so, saying that it was a great book but that "if you read it, [[SnicketWarningLabel you must stop where the Nigger Jim is taken from the boys.]] That is the real end. The rest is just cheating."