* ArchivePanic: Hey, I've always wanted to read Arabian Nights! Wait, there's ''1001 of these stories?!''
** And more than 30 versions of the book.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** ''Aladdin'' and ''Ali Baba'' are the most famous stories from Nights even though they are ''not'' in the original source material; in fact their oldest documented versions aren't even in Arabic, but come from the French translation of Antoine Galland.
** Sinbad the Sailor, who's probably second best known after Aladdin.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: According to TheOtherWiki, the ''Nights'' to this day aren't particularly well-regarded in the Arabic world to anyone beyond certain writers and scholars, and it was even ''less'' popular back whenever it first was written (as Medieval Arabs thought that True Art Is Poetry). It's entirely possible that the ''Nights'' have had more influence on European literature than they did on Arabian.
* HoYay: The old man and the beautiful boys.
* HolyShitQuotient: One story has on android pop up out of nowhere. Really unexpected for a story this old.
* ShockingSwerve: "Adi Bin Zayd and the Princess Hind" seems like a typical romance with the HappyEnding where Adi marries the princess. Then out of nowhere at the very end Scherezade says "after which time the King was wroth with Adi and slew him".
* ValuesDissonance: Like crazy. Many/most of the stories portray women as devious, immoral, unfaithful, foolish, and untrustworthy, and there's something of an obsession with women cheating on their husbands with ''black'' men, as if that's particularly egregious. Beating one's wife is treated as acceptable and even laudable. It's not uncommon for male characters to have sex with women who aren't their wives, and this isn't treated as morally objectionable, whereas a woman cheating is treated as a justly capital offense.
** One notable instance is in the fourth voyage of Sinbad, in which he murders and robs innocent people for their food and jewelry to survive a little while longer in a pit. He apparently didn't even bother to look for an escape, seeing as he easily finds one later, just by following a wild animal that was snacking on all the corpses.
** Another one being the story of a King discovering his wife was cheating on him with what later translations claim to be the ugliest man on earth. [[TranslationWithAnAgenda Apparently more accurate translations were simply that she was cheating on him with a black slave.]]
** In one story, a man murders his wife after concluding, after a comment from a random person on the street (who has an apple that her husband travelled a great distance to give to her), that she's unfaithful to him. Immediately after this, he learns that he was wrong. When the sultan learns of the murder and the man tells him this story, the sultan orders the death of the man who falsely claimed the wife was cheating, but appoints the murderer to a high position.
** On the other hand, in the first section of the King 'Umar ibn al-Nu'man stories we meet a [[FeministFantasy group of warrior women]] whose leader can fight a warrior prince to a stalemate... She is then drugged and raped by the King, so she flees in 'dishonour'. So close to being ahead of its time.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: The book is known for its violence, sexual, and racist content. Thanks to ValuesDissonance, it borders on BlackComedy at times.
* WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHerBack:
** (In the 2010 musical) [[spoiler: The male genie and Aladdin take back Djinninia and Jasmina in spite of all the wrong they've done.]]
** More commonly, why would anyone want to marry a man so vengeful and cruel that he enacted a plan to marry a new woman every day, sleep with her at night, and then kill her in the morning -- in some versions, for three whole years? A man that vicious should be put down, nevermind the fact that he ''rules a country.''